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what causes tonsillitis?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Infection: The tonsils can be infected with bacterial, such as strep or with a virus.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tonsillitis: The most common causes of tonsillitis are the cold viruses (adenovirus, rhinovirus, etc). Bacterial infections of the tonsils can be caused by beta streptococcus (strep. Throat). Epstein barr virus (cause of mono) can also cause tonsillitis.
Dr. Linda Brodsky
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Tonsil inflammation: Tonsillitis is a general term that describes tonsil inflammation. It can be "acute" when there is a sudden onset, active, often more severe infection, sometimes caused by "strep" or other bacteria/viruses. It can be "chronic" when the inflammation is on-going for long periods of time and causes a sore throat and swollen glands, white cheesy stuff coming out of the tonsils, etc.

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Is tonsillitis caused by a pathogen?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Often Can Be: Many cases of tonsillitis are caused by infectious agsnets whic are pathogenic, such as strep or ebv(mono). See your doctor for correct therapy to prevent possible serious complications.
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Can tonsillitis be caused by the flu?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: Tonsillitis is by definition, inflammation of the tonsils. Therefore, flu could cause the tonsils to become inflamed.
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How do you know if tonsillitis is caused by strep?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You don't: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Can smoking cause tonsillitis ?

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Tonsillitis: When we say this, we specifically mean an inflammation of the tonsil due to infection. So smoking on its own does not cause it. Can it contribute? With all the bad things that it does including its effect on blood flow, yes. But it is not causing your tonsillitis per se.
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A 25-year-old male asked:

Can tonsillitis cause enlarged left lymph node and if not can the weather be the cause?

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Dr. Elaine Melamud
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Test it can: Tonsilitis can cause a swollen lymph node. If ot doesn't go away once your throat is better, see your doctor.

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