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A 43-year-old member asked:

how do i know if i have tonsillitis?

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Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 34 years experience
Sore, red throat: Sore throat combined with a stuffy nose is almost always a common cold. Sore throat that looks red will generally be strep throat. You may have ulcers or a white coating on your tonsils, that can be present with a virus or bacterial infection. If you're pretty sure it's not a cold, go see your doctor.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How do you get septicemia from tonsillitis?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Poor Immune Response: This may happen if your immune system does not keep the infection localized to the throat, allowing it into the bloodstream from where it can spreads.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
or if the bacteria is virulent enough - this is not typical - or if treatment is not initiated in a timely manner (even then this is not a typical occurrence with tonsillitis).
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the normal treatment for tonsillitis?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on Cause: If caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are needed. If caused by a viral infection, time improves. Other causes such such as allergies or trauma require specific interventions. See your doctor.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What will be the best way to treat tonsillitis?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: If caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are needed. If caused by a viral infection, time improves. Other causes such such as allergies or trauma require specific interventions. See your doctor.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Will you always have tonsillitis on only one side?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Rarely: Inflammation of the tonsils or tonsillitis is almost universally on both sides. There are cases where one side may have a more complicated problem such as an abcess. See your doctor for help.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How to know if I have tonsillitis or strep?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Medical test: Tonsillitis can be caused by strep. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications.

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