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A 31-year-old female asked:

Very sore throat with white buildup on tonsils. neg strep test @ urgent care. completed zpak but there's still some white buildup on tonsils 2 weeks later (now w/ some redness too - but no pain). hpv+, left tonsil larger than right. what could it be?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies: The more common cause of sore throats include a number of viruses.This includes the EB virus known to cause mono and a number of adenoviruses.These would be strep negative and unresponsive to any antibiotic.Some difference in tonsillar size is common.When the tonsil is truly massive it could be hiding a staph or other abscess.

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Last updated Mar 14, 2017

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