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Can you die from tonsillitis?

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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Dr. Robert Knox
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Tonsillitis (Definition)

Tonsillitis is a condition in which there is a swelling of the tonsils due to a bacterial or viral infection. Common symptoms include fever, and sore throat, ...Read more


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Can you die from tonsillitis and how fast does it take tonsils to sweet to the point when they would block your airway?

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

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Can I die from tonsillitis if I ignore it?

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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If tonsillitis spreads throughout the body can you die?

If tonsillitis spreads throughout the body can you die?

Sepsis: If a bacterial tonsillitis were to spread into the blood stream to cause bacteria in the blood it could certainly become life threatening. ...Read more

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Can you die from tonsilitis my doctor said if you just clean your through with mouth wash it will be fine he also said it wont effect you at all ?

Can you die from tonsilitis

my doctor said if you just clean your through with mouth wash it will be fine he also said it wont effect you at all 
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Not typically: Tonsillitis and pharyngitis will typically take care of itself. There can be rare complications such as abscesses that can cause problems. If the thought is that it is viral, then you will be fine. Just get checked if it's getting worse or you have concerns. ...Read more

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What causes tonsillitis?

What causes tonsillitis?

Infection: The tonsils can be infected with bacterial, such as strep or with a virus. ...Read more

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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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Does tonsillitis ever spread?

Tonsillitis spread: Yes, tonsil infections can "spread" to include pus accumulation in the areas next to the tonsils called the peritonsillar space to cause a peritonsillar abscess. Lymph nodes in the neck can get infected as well. Untreated tonsillitis has the potential to lead to blood poisoning or sepsis. Streptococcal tonsillitis can be complicated by inflammation of the kidneys. ...Read more

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How do you catch tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: You can be exposed to someone who has an infection. These infections can be spread by direct contact, coughing or sneezing, or by eating or drinking something that is contaminated. Can also occur if your bodies immune system is weakened and typical mouth bacteria grow out of control. ...Read more