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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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Do symptoms like tonsillitis go away quickly?

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 more

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Is tonsillitis a serious illness?

Is tonsillitis a serious illness?

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 more

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What can I do for symptoms of tonsillitis?

What can I do for symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Symptom relief: drink plenty fluids, get plenty rest chloraseptic spray warm salt water gargles tylenol or advil go to doctor if symtoms persist or become severe. ...Read more