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is tonsillitis viral?

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Dr. Rishi Kumar
Dr. Rishi Kumar answered
Anesthesiology 8 years experience
Viral and Bacterial: While viruses (adenovirus, influenza, and even epstein-barr) account for most acute cases of tonsillitis, there are well known bacterial causes too - "strep throat" being a good example. Tonsillitis' course and appropriate treatments are based on the etiology - antibiotics for bacterial causes, symptomatic relief and time for viral.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Viral tonsillitis is most common and no antibiotic will help, but the only way to know for sure is to get it tested. (It could "look" bacterial and be viral, or "look" viral and be bacterial.) Testing is the only way to know for sure.
Oct 23, 2011
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Could be: 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. So yes most tonsillitis is in fact caused by viruses.See your doctor to determine proper therapy.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How long does viral tonsillitis last? Is there really no treatment?

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Dr. David Mann
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Viral tonsillitis: This usually runs its course within 7-10 days. Exception: mono is a virus that can cause a severe case that can last for weeks ! with viral tonsillitis, there is no specific treatment. General treatment includes steroids to decrease swelling, pain medications (tablets or numbing gargles). Drink plenty fluids, rest plenty, take Ibuprofen for fever.
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How long does viral tonsillitis usually last?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera answered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: Most viral infections will last 10 to 14 days. You should see gradual improvement in your symptoms as time goes on.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can kissing spread viral tonsillitis?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Any active viral illness may shed contagious particles in the saliva.Those causing tonsillitis are usually acquired through some chance contact with such material.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long can viral tonsillitis last?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: Usually days to weeks.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

My tonsil is enlarged and painless w/ brownish red small patches. Been like this for over a month. History of viral tonsillitis, no current symptoms.

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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
Observe : your tonsils are swollen after a virus. Careful watch and observe. At 20 years of age it might take a while for swelling to resolve.
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
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Mononucleosis patients should also have fatigue. If you have these symptoms then you should see a doctor for testing.
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