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what happens if tonsillitis goes untreated

A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sherris
32 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Abscess: Abscess or severe life threatening infection, including rheumatic fever.
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Peritonsillar abscess: There are a number of complications of tonsillitis. 1.) the potential of a peritonsillar abscess. The lateral wall of the tonsil is the carotid sheat ... Read More

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not usually: Infected or inflamed tonsils can be quite painful. A bacterial infection will usually respond in a couple of days to antibiotics - there are medicati ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsillitis Go Away: Tonsillitis usually lasts five - seven days, whether viral or bacterial. If symptoms persist only a day or two, suspect an allergen or irritant, most ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
You will either get: Better or develop one of the complications of tonsillitis ie peritonsillar abscess/ retropharyngeal abscess. Since most cases of tonsillitis are viral ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
See below: It can result in swelling of the tonsils which can close off your throat to swallowing and even breathing. The infection can also spread up to the sin ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends on cause: Many people will have mild tonsillitis with common cold of flu and it would be okay to go to work, once you are beyond three days from the start of il ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Tonsillitis: Consult an ENT specialist.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Depends on cause: For instance - swelling related to Epstein-Barr virus ( mononucleosis) may be present for a long time.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick Debnath
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See your doctor: If your tonsillitis is getting worse especially if on antibiotics see your doctor. Your infection may be resistant to your antibiotics so you may need ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: If you have a viral infection involving the tonsillar tissue, it is certainly possible that your immune system can eradicate the virus in about 2 week ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Tonsils: You need to get a culture if its bacterial and if so you need to be on an appropriate antibiotic. If the culture is negative, then get a blood test to ... Read More

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