White angina

Angina is a very common disease, especially in children from the age of 3 to 15 years. Adults suffer much more rarely from this disease.

Erythemato-pultaceous angina or "white angina" is in fact an angina in which we observe the presence of white spots, or even a whitish pultaceous coating on the tonsils.

Today, the term "white angina" is no longer used extensively. It was more so when we made a very detailed description of the various symptoms (semiology), such as those describing the appearance of the tonsils in case of angina.

In the past, for example, we observed what was called a pseudo-membranous angina, with "non-adherent false membranes". The tonsils are covered with a whitish-greyish coating.

  • This type of angina can reveal infectious mononucleosis.
  • This angina also corresponded to an infection that had happily disappeared in many countries, thanks to vaccination: a diphtheria angina.

The term "white angina" is not so much used by doctors because it is not significant enough for a specific cause, symptomatology or evolution.

And we speak of angina in a general way, the whole being to know if it is of viral or bacterial origin.

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Read also :

> Laryngitis: causes, symptoms and treatments
> Angina and sore throat
> Angina pectoris (angina)
> Tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils)

Authors: Nathalie Barenghi and Dr Nicolas Evrard

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