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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between strep / bacterial tonsillitis and viral tonsillitis?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
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.

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A 37-year-old male asked:

What is difference between viral and bacterial tonsilitis?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
See below: Bacterial tonsillitis is more severe and requires antibiotic treatment. Viral tonsillitis is self limited.
A 42-year-old member asked:

I have bacterial or viral tonsillitis, what to do?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
See an ENT doctor: The best advice I can give you is to see an ENT doctor for evaluation. You need a culture of the tonsil to determine if you have a bacterial infection and determine the correct antibiotic to use.
Last updated Jan 29, 2020


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