A 41-year-old member asked:
what is the difference between strep / bacterial tonsillitis and viral tonsillitis?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Mark Loury answered
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Different agents: Viral tonsillitis is from a virus such as epstein-barr or adenovirus. Antibiotics don't help. Strep and other bacterial tonsillitis are caused by bacteria against which antibiotics work. Symptoms and throat appearance are very similar.
Answered on Jan 29, 2020
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