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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

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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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How long can you leave strep throat untreated before its could turn serious. I've had white spots in throat for four days now. No fever no pain?

How long can you leave strep throat untreated before its could turn serious. I've had white spots in throat for four days now. No fever no pain?

Define "serious": The major issue I worry about is the 1/200 that will trigger antibodies that attack the heart/brain/kidneys, a process lumped into the Rheumatic fever label. Data suggests 10 days from the first fever as the window of opportunity to treat & stop RF. It is probably only 5-7 days to stop the kidney failure. Some strep cases actually improve without meds, but go on to develop the complications later. ...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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Hi, I have a painful tonsils this morning and it seems my throat has white spots similar to when I had strep B last year.

Hi, I have a painful tonsils this morning and it seems my throat has white spots similar to when I had  strep B last year.

You probably have: it again or could have Strept A. Seek a health care provider for testing. You don't want to go untreated and risk rheumatic disease if it is Strept A. ...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 was given penicillin for strep throat 24 hours ago. It is still very sore and there are more white spots?

I was given penicillin for strep throat 24 hours ago. It is still very sore and there are more white spots?

Be patient: Penicillin works only against bacterial infections such as strep throat and it might take a few more days. The drug will not help sore throats caused by allergies or viral infections. Sinus rinse and mouth wash are very helpful otc remedies. Hope it helps. ...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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I've had a sore throat for 3 days No white spots in back of my throat I'm worried that it might be strep throat help?

I've had a sore throat for 3 days No white spots in back of my throat I'm worried that it might be strep throat help?

Strep throat: Strep throat will require an exam and a swab for culture. Check in with your doctor or urgent care for an assessment and antibiotics if needed. All the best. ...Read more

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My tonsils are swollen with white spots, and my throats also red with little bumps. I'm a virgin. Not std or strep. Ideas?

My tonsils are swollen with white spots, and my throats also red with little bumps. I'm a virgin. Not std or strep. Ideas?

Tested ?: The majority of these are viruses that gained access to your throat off your contaminated fingers or inhaled droplets. They can be the first stage of a multisystem illness that involves your lungs or digestive tract or just stay in your throat. If you tested negative for strep there is no need for antibiotics .It should self heal over a few days to a week. ...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

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Hey, I never really smoked before but yesterday I had a few and now I have some white spots on my throat. strep throat? Mononucleosis? Infection?

Hey, I never really smoked before but yesterday I had a few and now I have some white spots on my throat. strep throat? Mononucleosis? Infection?

Likely an infection: Most sore throats are caused by viruses and do not require antibiotics. Rest. Drink lots of fluids. Gargle with warm salt water 4 x/day. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) up to 4 times/day if you have a fever or feel uncomfortable. If your symptoms do not improve in 4-5 days you should have a strep test. If strep throat is not treated with antibiotics, it can lead to serious consequences. DON'T SMOKE! ...Read more

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Have white spots on my tonsils for 2 months l.I've been on clyndamycin & amoxicillin spots go away then come back. Strep neg & normal throat culture?

Have white spots on my tonsils for 2 months l.I've been on clyndamycin & amoxicillin spots go away then come back. Strep neg & normal throat culture?

Fungal Infection: Have white spots on tonsils for 2 months. Been on clindamycin and amoxicillin. Spots go away then come back. Strep neg and normal throat culture. Have you had labs done? Diabetes is in the differential as fungal overgrowth due to high sugar levels.Could also be fungal infection due to side effect of the antibiotic use. Need more information and conversation. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat for 10 now with white spots on each tonsil. The CBC and strep test swab were negative. What could this be ?

I have a sore throat for 10  now with white spots on  each tonsil. The CBC and strep test swab were negative. What could this be
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Viral pharyngitis: This most likely represents a viral tonsillitis or pharyngitis. These illnesses will typically manifest with ulcerations and or white patches on the lining of the tonsil and throat. CBC and strep tests will predictably be normal during these illnesses. Mouthwashes which soothe the pain are most helpful for this; 50/50 maalox and liquid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a good place to start. ...Read more

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Severe sore throat, white spots on tonsils. I'm going to the dr tomorrow but in the meantime I took some Nyquil and it BURNED! Strep?

Severe sore throat, white spots on tonsils. I'm going to the dr tomorrow but in the meantime I took some Nyquil and it BURNED! Strep?

Cannot say: Unfortunately, your symptoms aren't enough to tell if you have strep throat. You will need a throat swab which can be sent for a rapid strep test and culture. Sometimes the rapid test is wrong too, so waiting for the final culture results is the only way to know for sure. ...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


Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more