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how to know if you have viral or bacterial tonsillitis, i mean, i searched the difference of those two but my symptoms can be found at viral and the other one is in bacterial (aside from their common symptoms?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
You do a strep test. The symptoms overlap & many of the nastiest looking throats are viral. Most primary care offices carry simple quick tests where a swab picks up the genetic material in the germ & turns the test positive if strep. It only takes a few minutes.

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