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Although most people with acute tonsillitis do not seek medical help, acute tonsillitis is one of the most common reasons for seeking medical advice.

It is usually seen in people between the ages of 5 and 15 years, and it occurs most commonly in the winter and early spring in temperate climates.[4][5][6]

Patients may have a history of contact with infected people, particularly in institutions or enclosed spaces (e.g., child care centres, schools, prison).

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