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Can Tonsillitis Be Fatal
Usually not: Tonsillitis is an annoying issue but usually very treatable. Strep throat should be treated with antibiotics to prevent some scary complications like scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, kidney inflammation or abscesses of the peritonsillar space. Also, severe swelling of tonsils (and adenoids) with mono or other infections and cause airway obstruction. So get a tonsil infection checked out! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone with gangrene that wont take care of it properly cause germs to spread?Ive been going to meetings with her and gotten tonsillitis and stre
Can you die from tonsillitis and how fast does it take tonsils to sweet to the point when they would block your airway?
Rarely: Only if tonsillitis leads to a peritonsillar abscess which then could rarely progress into the carotid sheath and infect the carotid artery or the jugular vein. Another scenario would be the development of a retro-pharyngeal abscess that could progress into the mediastinum and cause a fatal pneumonia. These complications of tonsillitis are rare but possible. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Our first president (george washington) died from a complication related to surgery for tonsillitis but generally tonsillitis is not serious... Other than causing severe pain. Complications include a peritonsillar abscess and severe swelling which can block your breathing. More importantly the streptococcus organism can produce toxins which can cause heart and kidney damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Many people will have mild tonsillitis with common cold of flu and it would be okay to go to work, once you are beyond three days from the start of illness. However, strep throat needs to be treated immediately to avoid complications. Rarely, tonsillitis may be due to a serious infectious illness such as diphtheria which should be treated asap and you should avoid work till cleared by a doc. ...Read more
More in younger: We see it more often in younger people, but we can also see it in mature people. It depends on your immune strength as an adult. There are more attacks in children, but lot of adults get it. The causes are clasically streptococcus but also viruses and other bacteria. Usually antibiotics but sometime surgery - tonsilectomy. A dangerous situation with an abscess can occur - surgery then. ...Read more
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