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A 34-year-old member asked:

do symptoms like tonsillitis go away quickly?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Not usually: Infected or inflamed tonsils can be quite painful. A bacterial infection will usually respond in a couple of days to antibiotics - there are medications to minimize the discomfort while the antibiotics are working (throat lozenges, nsaid's, prescription pain medications, etc). Viral tonsillitis requires time to resolve - the same pain meds noted above can help.
Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Tonsillitis Go Away: Tonsillitis usually lasts five - seven days, whether viral or bacterial. If symptoms persist only a day or two, suspect an allergen or irritant, most commonly mouth breathing with a stuffy nose or a recent cold or reflux of stomach acid.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can tonsillitis be fatal?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Ask George Washingto: It is rare to dies from tonsillitis. This could occur with acute airway obstruction... Unlikely, or spread of the infection or abscess formation. George washington actually died from complications from a "quinsy tonsillectomy." a surgical procedure to drain an abscessed tonsil...
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Does tonsillitis ever spread?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tonsillitis spread: Yes, tonsil infections can "spread" to include pus accumulation in the areas next to the tonsils called the peritonsillar space to cause a peritonsillar abscess. Lymph nodes in the neck can get infected as well. Untreated tonsillitis has the potential to lead to blood poisoning or sepsis. Streptococcal tonsillitis can be complicated by inflammation of the kidneys.
Dr. Pablo Arango
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
It can also "spread" because it is contagious through your saliva
Nov 12, 2012
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A 25-year-old member asked:

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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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is tonsillitis viral?

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Dr. Rishi Kumar
Dr. Rishi Kumar answered
Anesthesiology 8 years experience
Viral and Bacterial: While viruses (adenovirus, influenza, and even epstein-barr) account for most acute cases of tonsillitis, there are well known bacterial causes too - "strep throat" being a good example. Tonsillitis' course and appropriate treatments are based on the etiology - antibiotics for bacterial causes, symptomatic relief and time for viral.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Viral tonsillitis is most common and no antibiotic will help, but the only way to know for sure is to get it tested. (It could "look" bacterial and be viral, or "look" viral and be bacterial.) Testing is the only way to know for sure.
Oct 23, 2011
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What will you do if you have tonsillitis?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: If caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are needed. If caused by a viral infection, time improves. Other causes such such as allergies or trauma require specific interventions. See your doctor.

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