A 41-year-old member asked:
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what is the difference between strep / bacterial tonsillitis and viral tonsillitis?

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Dr. Mark Loury
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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See below: Bacterial tonsillitis is more severe and requires antibiotic treatment. Viral tonsillitis is self limited.
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