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how long should you wait to go to the hospital with tonsilitis

A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Loury
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Suggestions: For the pain try tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen assuming you're not allergic to them. Warm salt water is soothing. Try lozenges such as cepaco ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Wait: I would wait 3 days or so to let the antibiotic start taking effect and to let your daughter recover a little. Why send her right back when she may i ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: If she was diagnosed with strep tonsillitis she will not be contagious after 24 hrs on medication. If it is not strep, she is considered contagious as ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
For ever.: You have no need to smoke, ever. It's bad for you before, during, or after mono/strep/tonsillitis. If you have stopped for more than three days beca ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Tonsillitis: I was going to say to watch and wait. But the spots on your tonsils worry me enough that i think you should be seen when your clinic next opens.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Tonsillitis: If you have waited three months a few more weeks is not likely to matter. Have a great holiday season.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See below: Usually days to weeks.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Most viral infections will last 10 to 14 days. You should see gradual improvement in your symptoms as time goes on.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Usually viral: Tonsillitis is usually caused by a viral infection (such as a cold virus), so antibiotics aren't effective. The only exception is when it's caused by ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
24-48 hrs: If you have strep throat the infection is gone in 24-48 hours.If viral the antibiotic will not help at all.

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