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what will you do if you have 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.
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 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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A 16-year-old member asked:

Are you able to smoke with tonsillitis?

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Dr. Russell Faust
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
NO: If i told you "no, " does mean that you (or your spouse) will stop smoking? Do yourself and you children a huge favor - stop smoking!
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Smoking, aside from the long-term negative effects, also affects healing. I know surgeons who have stopped doing elective surgery on patients until they are smoke free for 4 to 6 weeks. We have many aids to help you quit. The biggest aid is wanting to quit. Even cutting down helps. Good luck
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A 34-year-old member asked:

In what way is tonsillitis diagnosed?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Examination: A physical exam, looking in your mouth is the tried and true method. Also a throat swab for strep throat helps identify the cause as occasionally a blood test does.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long will it take to recover from tonsillitis?

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Dr. Bobak Ghaheri
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Tonsillitis : I've noticed it takes adults slightly longer to recover, even 7-10 days. Beyond that, i'd suspect that a non infectious cause may be present.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What will happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
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 sinuses and to the brain or down to the lungs.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

This is my 3rd time getting tonsillitis within 3 months.. what will my next step be?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See ENT surgeon: You should see an ENT specialist to determine if it would be appropriate to remove your tonsils. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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