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A 20-year-old male asked:

I've got swollen tonsils with white bumps on them. hurt to swallow for a week but now pains gone. red bumps back of throat. strep and std test =negati

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Strep bacteria is a common cause of bacterial tonsillitis, however the vast majority of tonsillitis is caused by viral pathogens.
Dr. Mike Siroky
Specializes in Urology
Swollen tonsils: May be due to an infection by strep or other bacteria. In your case it looks like you have some pus on the tonsils called exudate. However, it is good news that your strep and std tests were negative. In that case it is most likely a viral infection that will clear itself. If it does not improve within a week to 10 days, you should consult again with your doctor.

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