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How long does it take for the white dots to disappear if you have strep or tonsilitis

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
7-10 days usually: If it is due to tonsillitis and you take antibiotics. Some people have "tonsilliths" (tonsil stones) which will not get better with antibiotics. Th... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Get rechecked: get a repeat strept test and also a mononucleosis test, since mono can mimic the world's worse sore throat.
Dr. Anastasia Williams
Specializes in Pediatrics
Reassessment Needed: While Azithromycin is effective against some forms of strep throat, it does not work for all forms of strep throat. There are also multiple other cau... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Strep throat: Tonsillitis is a generic term that describes an irritation/inflammation of the tonsils. Tonsillitis can be caused by infectious bacteria or viruses s... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Sure. Happens often.: Tonsillitis has many causes. Lots of viruses cause it. Strep throat is pretty much the only bacteria that causes a lot of cases of tonsillitis. Strep ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils and can be caused by many different agents, including strep. Strep throat is caused by group a streptoco... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Two issues: Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed & may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
See below: A strep throat is a type of tonsllitis and pharyngitis. Not all tonsillitis is caused by the streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. In fact most are cause... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
PCN: The person is usually not contagious after completing the first 24 hours of antibiotics and they generally feel significant improvement after 24 to 48... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Worse?: Either are not fun, and Strep is treated with antibiotics. Strep has risk of, albeit small, of affecting the kidneys and therefore it is treated with ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Antibiotics needed: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic ther... Read More
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