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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Albers
41 years experience Addiction Medicine
Tonsillitis: Tonsil pain, enlargement, with exudate (white patches), can be caused by viral infection, or bacterial infections. After cultures and blood tests medi ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Knox
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsilltis - Primary: Tonsillitis is a common infection of the upper airway and digestive tract. It is caused most of the time by a viral or bacterial infection. Typically, ... Read More
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
60 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: A general physician can certainly make the diagnosis of acute tonsillitis and treat you appropriately. Of course it would be nice if you have acute in ... Read More

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mann
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsillitis: The first thing is a physical exam. The doctor can determine tonsillitis by one's symptoms and the physical exam. Next, a swab of the tonsil is often ... Read More
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Dr. Nadia Ghattas
48 years experience Pediatrics
Strep test: After the pediatrician checks the baby, if the throat or tonsils are inflamed, a throat swab is taken & a quick strep test is done, result shows ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Doctor can recheck: Throat pain can be from strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), mono, a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
No: Blood test may show a high white blood count but nothing specific for other infections unless cultures are done.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Hands
67 years experience Endocrinology
Virus: salt water gargles still work. Honey and lemon is also soothing as a warm tea. Cedar fever/allergies can also cause symptoms. No antibiotics indicated ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Did you miss a: period? You should do a home pregnancy test only if you have missed your period by 4-5 days. You did not mention the medication you are taking, but it ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Daus
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: The strep test only lets the doc know if you have the bacteria present. You can have strep without having tonsillitis.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
27 years experience Infectious Disease
It depends: Some clinics are more sensitive to the possibility that an infection could potentially be HIV infection. Often you will be told (or asked) if someone ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Don't overtreat: Penicillin won't prevent future attacks, and is appropriate only if there's good reason to think this is strep throat. Antistreptolysin O titers are u ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
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

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