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Last Updated: Nov 22, 2022

Diarrhoea - Is It Associated With Tonsillitis!

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Dr. G.R. AgrawalHomeopathy Doctor • 37 Years Exp.DHMS (Hons.)
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There are two tissue masses (oval-shaped) at the backside of the throat and those are known as tonsils. Tonsils trap airborne germs that enter the windpipe through the nostril and such germs can cause infections. So, tonsils don’t just trap the germs, they fight the germs by producing antibodies targeted to the germs.

However, tonsils themselves can also get infected if there is an overwhelming presence of viruses or bacteria. In such a situation, the tonsils swell up and become inflamed. This condition is known as tonsillitis. If the tonsillitis is caused due to the flu virus, it can also cause stomach infection which can lead to ‘Diarrhea’.

Can tonsillitis give you Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a watery, loose, and more frequent bowel movement problem that causes dehydration and weakness. Sometimes, both tonsillitis and Diarrhea, are not considered an illness, but these can be symptoms of some other diseases. For example, if a person is suffering from fever, there are chances that he/she may experience tonsillitis and Diarrhea.

What Cause Tonsillitis?

Infections from bacteria and viruses are responsible for tonsillitis. The most common bacteria that can precipitate tonsillitis is Streptococcus. And among the viruses that can cause tonsillitis, there are many, such as Influenza virus, adenovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, Enteroviruses, Parainfluenza viruses, Herpes simplex virus, etc.

Cause of Diarrhea

Usually, Diarrhea is caused due to an infection in the gastrointestinal tract. The microorganisms that can cause this infection include:

  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Parasites

Symptoms of Tonsillitis 

Symptoms of tonsillitis include swelling and inflammation of the tonsils. If the swelling is severe, it may even block airways causing severe distress. Other symptoms include:

  • Throat tenderness or pain
  • Redness of tonsils
  • A yellowish or whitish coating on tonsils
  • Painful blisters in throat
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Ear-ache
  • Fever and chills

Symptoms of Diarrhea

How Diarrhea is Associated with Tonsillitis? 

Since both, Tonsillitis and Diarrhea can be caused due to the attack of viruses or bacteria, both of these can be associated with each other. This case or condition is most common in young children. Young children who suffer from tonsillitis due to the flu virus may also experience the problem of Diarrhea. They can also experience stomach infection which causes vomiting, stomach ache, dehydration, nausea, etc.

Treatment  of Diarrhea

To treat any problem, doctors first identify the cause. In most cases, limiting the causes can help to get rid of the problem. This is also true in the case of Diarrhea associated with Tonsillitis. Doctors first diagnose the problem by performing different tests and if both conditions are caused by the flu virus, doctors will prescribe a few medicines. If the condition is not too severe, then within a week you can see the changes and results.


Though the problem of having both tonsillitis and Diarrhea at the same time might not seem to be associated, it is possible. If this happens due to the attack of the flu virus or any other disease, it is advisable to consult a doctor as soon as possible and get rid of it.

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