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Can You Die From Tonsillitis
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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