U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Washington, DC
A 23-year-old male asked:

Had 100-102 fever for a day. 2 days later developed pain in throat with some minor swelling of tonsils. no other symptoms. strep or tonsillitis?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Get checked!: Tonsillitis can be due to strep or other germs. You need to be seen. The older you get, the more likely a fever with a sore throat is due to strep, but not always. Get checked to be sure. If you have "strep throat" and don't get treated, you risk serious complications, like rheumatic heart disease.
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Fever sore throat: Would get a strep test because the complications of untreated strep can be significant, rheuamtic fever, rarely endocarditis. So would go to urgent care and do strep test or better have them send out a culture . Strep can cause tonsillitis , it is just a worse infection then just the sore throat Coudl also be from post nasal drip, viral , mycoplasma, reflux. But get a strep test
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Strep & tonsillitis: Tonsillitis describes infection and inflammation of the tonsils. It generally presents with fever, sore throat or throat pain, painful swallowing and swelling, redness and sometimes white, yellow or grayish material on the tonsils. "Strep" is one of the readily identifiable bacteria that can cause tonsillitis. Typically a throat culture can be done to identify strep

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jul 9, 2015

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.