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Can tonsillitis be fatal?

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 more

Dr. Robert Knox
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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsil tissue, which can be either an acute or chronic process. Most of the time, it is caused by infection. In the acute phase, most cases of tonsillitis are viral. Once the problem extends beyond 10 days, it typically ...Read more


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Can tonsillitis be cured?

Can tonsillitis be cured?

Yes: Antibiotics work well for most tonsillitis; for recurrent tonsillitis (several times a year), see your ENT for risk reduction. ...Read more

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Can you die from tonsillitis?

Rarely: Tonsillitis is a treatable infection. Left untreated, in rare circumstances, the infection may spread to other tissues, cause septicemia and death. Tonsillitis may be followed by renal and heart disease. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis symptoms: Symptoms can include: throat pain, ear pain (referred from throat pain), swollen tonsils, red tonsils, white patches on tonsils
swollen nodes in upper neck, fever, fatigue, body aches, pain with swallowing, voice change
if symptoms persist or are severe see doctor right away
if any trouble with breathing, go to er. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Fever, pain,: Difficulty with swallowing. If you have pain when opening your mouth, you need to see a doctor right away because it could signify underlying abscess that might require surgical drainage. ...Read more

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What is medicine for tonsillitis?

What is medicine for tonsillitis?

Depends on cause: Treatment of tonsillitis depends on the cause and severity of the inflammation. A doctor will take a history, perform an examination and order appropriate tests to determine the cause and recommend a treatment. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Medicine: Most tonsillitis is caused by a virus so the treatment is to manage the symptoms until the virus gets better. Some is caused by strep or other bacteria and you would need to see a health care provider to tell. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis Symptoms: Acute tonsillitis, that is less than two weeks' duration, leads to sore throat, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and fever. The usually cause is a virus, but bacterial infections may occur, but are much less frequent. Chronic tonsillitis is all of the above, but usually without the fever. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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In what way is tonsillitis diagnosed?

Examination: A physical exam, looking in your mouth is the tried and true method. Also a throat swab for strep throat helps identify the cause as occasionally a blood test does. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I have tonsillitis?

See an ENT doc.: Let an ENT doctor make that decision. If you look in the mirror, and open your mouth and you see 2 red swollen areas in the lateral wall of the back of the throat with yellow purulent exudate, you have tonsillitis. ...Read more

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Can I die from tonsillitis if I ignore it?

Yes: Particularly if an abscess develops. The tonsils are close to the spinal cord. An abscess in that area can be devastating, requires surgery to drain, and a lot of antibiotics. It can compromise the wind pipe and make it impossible to breathe. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to soothe tonsillitis?

Soothe tonsillitis: Pain control with otc Motrin or Ibuprofen can be helpful. Hydrogen peroxide gargles are also useful. For best improvement, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is tonsillitis and what are the symptoms?

Tonsils...: ...Are the lumps on the two sides of the throat; when they are inflamed, that's called tonsillitis. Symptoms are usually: sore throat, fever, stomach ache is also possible, as well as difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis contagious?

Yes: Generally it is, whether caused by a virus or a bacteria. Some people are more susceptible than others. ...Read more

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How contagious is tonsillitis?

Pass it by the mouth: Normally tonsillitis is not contagious unless the infected mucous lands on another person's mucosal membranes. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid kissing, drinking or eating from the same kitchenware of a person with tonsillitis. Cough with your hand covering your mouth, wash your hands and avoid sneezing on people. Those are the general precautions to be least contagious. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause tonsillitis?

Can smoking cause tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: When we say this, we specifically mean an inflammation of the tonsil due to infection. So smoking on its own does not cause it. Can it contribute? With all the bad things that it does including its effect on blood flow, yes. But it is not causing your tonsillitis per se. ...Read more

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Did smoking caused tonsillitis?

Did smoking caused tonsillitis?

It can: Smoking cigarettes or other substances weakens your body defenses and can lead to throat and sinus infections. ...Read more

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What is the cure for tonsillitis?

Antibiotics usually: Appropriate antibiotics will often resolve the problem. ...Read more

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Can you get tonsillitis from herpes?

Herpes: Herpes virus can attack tonsil area as a cluster of small blisters but not common. Tonsillitis is usually due to other viruses or bacteria. ...Read more

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What is the cause of acute tonsillitis?

What is the cause of acute tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Most commonly infection with viruses (mono and many others) or bacteria (such as strep). ...Read more

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Are you able to smoke with tonsillitis?

Are you able to smoke with tonsillitis?

NO: If I told you "no, " does mean that you (or your spouse) will stop smoking? Do yourself and you children a huge favor - stop smoking! ...Read more

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How to know if I have tonsillitis or strep?

How to know if I have tonsillitis or strep?

Medical test: Tonsillitis can be caused by strep. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. ...Read more

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Can my tonsillitis be from giving oral sex?

Can my tonsillitis be from giving oral sex?

Possible: If your partner had an STD/STI, it is possible it was transmitted in this fashion. If timing (few days after event) correct, recommend seeing your Dr for testing--NEED TO TELL Dr your concerns, as "routine" testing would not look for STI. ...Read more

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What does "acute" mean? Eg acute tonsillitis

What does "acute" mean? Eg acute tonsillitis

Acute=new: An acute condition is one that has recently developed, vs. Chronic meaning long standing. ...Read more

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Should I kiss someone if I have tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is an infection. Infections are generally considered contagious. When you have an infection, you should avoid kissing as you could share your infection with your kidding partner. Bottom line is that you can certainly kiss with tonsillitis, but you risk spreading your infection around. Even coughing or sneezing is enough to spread some infections. Wash your hands often and get well. ...Read more

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How can you tell if tonsillitis is healing?

Seeing improvement: The pain, redness, lymph node swelling, tonsil enlargement will improve as it heals. It may take a couple months for the tonsils to return to their original size. ...Read more

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How bad should tonsillitis be before surgery?

See an ENT: Any ENT physician can take a history, examine you and determine whether your tonsils should come out. ...Read more

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Is difflam (benzydamine) good for tonsillitis?

Is difflam (benzydamine) good for tonsillitis?

Possibly: Most likely to be beneficial in cases of bacterial tonsillitis. Good scientific studies are lacking, but unlikely to be harmful. ...Read more