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strep throat in adults without tonsils

A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wasserman
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Red: The area around where the tonsils used to be may look beefy red. There may also be red spots on the soft palate. The appearance does not help one iden ... Read More

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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Possibilities: There is a sub-set of the population that always carries strep, but they do not respond to it with tonsil swelling/illness. Recurrent true strep disea ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to say: The actual adult equivalent of croup is voice loss/laryngitis. A white spot on a tonsil is not specific to a particular illness and could be a benign ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Stachler
31 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsillectomy in adu: Tonsillectomies in adults have about the same amount of bleeding as the children. They are definitely more painful. You will lose a minimum of 8 to t ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
40 years experience General Surgery
Absolutely: Streptococcal pharyngitis is not dependent on the presence or absence of tonsils, so the answer is yes! a simple swab will confirm your diagnosis in a ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
Pretty much same: Sore throat, fever, and pain while swallowing.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Essentially the same: Strep throat is strep throat--a bacterial infection due to exposure to a specific germ called streptococcus. Headache, sore throat, red throat, swolle ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: The tonsils and adenoids represent large collections of gland tissue that are often involved with strep infections. After removal of most of those str ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
46 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Although removing the tonsils may decrease the frequency of strep throat, it is still possible to become infected with strep without tonsils.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Highly unlikely: Highly unlikely. I've had a patient who developed not only tonsillitis but an abscess after a previous tonsillectomy. It happens if residual tonsil ti ... Read More

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