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What will you do if you have tonsillitis?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 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.
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils. There are a variety of different types of infection and numerous bacteria that can cause tonsillitis. Most of the time, we treat tonsillitis with antibiotics. The best way to determine the correct antibiotic is to culture the tonsils and throat.

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