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can tonsillitis be fatal

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ask George Washingto: It is rare to dies from tonsillitis. This could occur with acute airway obstruction... Unlikely, or spread of the infection or abscess formation. Geor ... Read More

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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Having sore throat?: Throat symptoms can be from strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), mono or a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some ... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Yes: Antibiotics work well for most tonsillitis; for recurrent tonsillitis (several times a year), see your ENT for risk reduction.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Rarely: Tonsillitis is a treatable infection. Left untreated, in rare circumstances, the infection may spread to other tissues, cause septicemia and death. ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes...: Acute bronchitis is caused by infection and it is very treatable and is usually not serious. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, can be life-threateni ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
If immunosupressed: Rhinovirus ("rhino-" = nose) strains are the most common cause of the common cold, but in people who are severely immunocompromised (notably bone marr ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: In spite of a number of advances in treatment medications and methods there are a significant number of asthma deaths every year.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Alexander
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes but not commonly: Acute gastroenteritis is extremely common & most cases resolve on their own with simple support care. (many cases of "stomach bug" or the inaccurately ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael DePietro
34 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Most patient will respond to antibiotics and any other support that is needed and the infection will resolve.
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Sure: If viral, it will go away in time. If bacterial, antibiotics effect a c ure.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
26 years experience Urology
No: Chlamydia infections are not fatal if left untreated. They lead to bothersome urinary symptoms and chronic pain, especially in women, but are not fata ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allison Greco
8 years experience General Practice
Usually not: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection that can cause flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals & it doesn't require treatment. If you are immune-suppre ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Usually Resolves: A patient with good general health and a normal immune system will usually recover from a viral pneumonia after it runs its course. Occasionally a ba ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Singh
Dr. Raj Singh answered
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Kidney infection called pyelonephritis can lead to severe sepsis and can be fatal if not treated aggressively with antibiotic therapy.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
Yes it can be : Yes especially if severe and untreated it can cause stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure as well as kidney disease.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David May
Dr. David May answered
29 years experience Dentistry
Yes: In fact, before the advent of antibiotics an infection of the upper front teeth was one of the leading causes of death because of the ability of the i ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: Visceral and mucocutaneous types can be lethal.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Although e. Coli is a very common bacteria in the human intestinal system, some strains of this bacteria can be deadly.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Rarely: It is impossible to give a specific answer. It would depend on what other conditions coexist with the lymphedema. Severe lymphedema could coexist with ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
21 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Yes: Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections - bacterial (and viral) pneumonias can be lethal, but, in general, bacterial infections, including ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brittany Chan
9 years experience Pediatrics
Can be, but rare: Most people w/ treated itp can expect to live a normal life span. Platelets help the blood clot, so a person w/ extremely low platelets (due to immune ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
GI obstruction can: How do you define "constipation?" a medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). I know of no patient who d ... Read More
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