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White spots on tonsils, strep throat or tonsilitis?

White spots on tonsils, strep throat or tonsilitis?

Could be: White spots on the tonsils could be food particles. The only way to be sure of strep throat is a throat culture. Tonsillitis is a specific diagnosis made by a physician when the tonsils in the throat are red and enlarged and painful. Strep throat does not necessarily indicate tonsil involvement. Obviously you need an objective diagnosis by a specialist. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


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Just finished a z pack for strep throat. The white spots are gone from my tonsils but a painful yellowish area remains on the side of my throat.

Just finished a z pack for strep throat. The white spots are gone from my tonsils but a painful yellowish area remains on the side of my throat.

Needs evaluation: Usually tonsillitis and ear infections "feel better" within 2-3 days and viruses typically don't last more than 10 days. You should return to the doctors office. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my tonsils? Every 2 months my tonsils repeatedly become inflamed and sore and sometimes develops white spots. It's very irritating and my mother is tired of taking me to the doctor for them to say "you do not have strep throat". This ha

What is wrong with my tonsils? Every 2 months my tonsils repeatedly become inflamed and sore and sometimes develops white spots. It's very irritating and my mother is tired of taking me to the doctor for them to say "you do not have strep throat". This ha

There : There are a few different things that could be going on here: - chronic/recurrent bacterial infections with non-strep bacteria - viral infections (such as mono) - tonsilliths - also known as "tonsil stones" these are little pieces of food that become lodged in the folds of the tonsil. Like an oyster, the tonsil becomes irritated and coats these pieces in mucus until the pop out on their own (those are the "white spots"). They can sometimes cause soreness and bad breath. If this continues to be a chronic problem, you may want to see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) for a more in-depth exam, throat cultures, and to possibly consider having your tonsils removed if other therapies are not working. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can thrush leave white spots on back of your throat like strep throat?

Can thrush leave white spots on back of your throat like strep throat?

Maybe: mainly the white spots are on the inside of the cheeks, but can be on the throat too, strep throat is different in that the spots are round and smaller, thrush is rather flakes, besides the soreness with strep throat ...Read more

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I have strep throat since month ago with white spots i looked to my throat now it's like one side is good and the other side still have whit spots?

Not always Strep: I recommend you go get strep test or even strep culture again as white spots do not indicate strep. Viral infection can present with white spots also. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have strep throat without white spots? My doctor said it might be strep, but I have to wait for the test & pain is unbearable. Help!

Is it possible to have strep throat without white spots? My doctor said it might be strep, but I have to wait for the test & pain is unbearable. Help!

It is possible for: Streptococcus Group A to cause a sore throat and fever with findings of redness without pus. It is also possible to be a carrier of "strep" & have a viral sore throat & fever. Your doctor is wise to await throat culture results, especially if Rapid-Strep test was negative, so as not to give you unnecessary antibiotics. The clinical course is not shortened, but If +, take all 10 days of Penicillin ...Read more

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Is it possible to have strep throat without feeling it? My throat looks bad and has white spots on it, but I feel no pain.

Is it possible to have strep throat without feeling it?  My throat looks bad and has white spots on it,  but I feel no pain.

Difficult answer: From 5-20% of the general population will be symptom free strep carriers at different times of the year. These do not show blood tests showing an immune response (INFECTION) but a throat swab would be positive.In general, if you have no symptoms other than what you think is a red throat, you don't need treatment. If you have a throat swab done, a positive does not always mean you are infected. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more