Symptoms of tonsillitis in adults are similar to symptoms in children, and may include: sore throat; pain when swallowing; red, swollen tonsils.
Talk with your doctor if you have very painful swollen tonsils. In adults, some specific tonsil symptoms may indicate tonsil cancer.
Signs and symptoms of tonsillitis include swollen tonsils, sore throat, a factor that may account for the rare cases of tonsillitis in adults.
Adults who have the surgery typically have had several sore throats over the past 1 to 3 years or have had a sore throat and swollen tonsils.