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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

Dr. Robert Knox
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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsil tissue, which can be either an acute or chronic process. Most of the time, it is caused by infection. In the acute phase, most cases of tonsillitis are viral. Once the problem extends beyond 10 days, it typically ...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 won't 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 won't 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 more

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What causes tonsillitis?

Tonsil inflammation: Tonsillitis is a general term that describes tonsil inflammation. It can be "acute" when there is a sudden onset, active, often more severe infection, sometimes caused by "strep" or other bacteria/viruses. It can be "chronic" when the inflammation is ongoing for long periods of time and causes a sore throat and swollen glands, white cheesy stuff coming out of the tonsils, etc. ...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

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How long can tonsillitis last?

If viral : Ade essays to a week if you have. Fever get checked for strep throat ...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 are symptoms of tonsillitis?

What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis symptoms: Symptoms can include: throat pain, ear pain (referred from throat pain), swollen tonsils, red tonsils, white patches on tonsils
swollen nodes in upper neck, fever, fatigue, body aches, pain with swallowing, voice change
if symptoms persist or are severe see doctor right away
if any trouble with breathing, go to er. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Fever, pain,: Difficulty with swallowing. If you have pain when opening your mouth, you need to see a doctor right away because it could signify underlying abscess that might require surgical drainage. ...Read more

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What is medicine for tonsillitis?

What is medicine for tonsillitis?

Depends on cause: Treatment of tonsillitis depends on the cause and severity of the inflammation. A doctor will take a history, perform an examination and order appropriate tests to determine the cause and recommend a treatment. ...Read more

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What can be done for tonsillitis?

Depends: Tonsillitis can be viral, bacterial and very rarely fungal in origin. If the diagnosis is correct, then the etiology of the inflammation needs to be identified. The treatment follows the specific diagnosis. Viral infections resolve without any treatment. Bacterial infections resolve with the correct antibiotic and if the person has more than 3 or 4 documented episodes, surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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How can I heal tonsillitis at home?

Well - you won't : Cure a bacterial tonsillitis at home. Even it is a viral tonsillitis — you are treating the symptoms while you wait for the infection to resolve. For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a tonsillitis?

Sore throat: Sore throat, sometimes vomiting, fever, difficulty swallowing, muffled voice

Mostly sore throat. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Medicine: Most tonsillitis is caused by a virus so the treatment is to manage the symptoms until the virus gets better. Some is caused by strep or other bacteria and you would need to see a health care provider to tell. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have tonsillitis?

How do I know if I have tonsillitis?

Sore, red throat: Sore throat combined with a stuffy nose is almost always a common cold. Sore throat that looks red will generally be strep throat. You may have ulcers or a white coating on your tonsils, that can be present with a virus or bacterial infection. If you're pretty sure it's not a cold, go see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis Symptoms: Acute tonsillitis, that is less than two weeks' duration, leads to sore throat, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and fever. The usually cause is a virus, but bacterial infections may occur, but are much less frequent. Chronic tonsillitis is all the above, but usually without the fever. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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What cures are there for tonsillitis?

Depends on Cause: If caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are needed. If caused by a viral infection, time improves. Other causes such as allergies or trauma require specific interventions. See your doctor. ...Read more

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In what way is tonsillitis diagnosed?

Examination: A physical exam, looking in your mouth is the tried and true method. Also, a throat swab for strep throat helps identify the cause as occasionally a blood test does. ...Read more

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How much time can I have tonsillitis?

How much time can I have tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: It usually runs 7-10 days, see PCP to get a throat culture to rule out Strep. You may need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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How can you actually get tonsillitis?

Inflammation: Tonnsilitis is an inflammation of your tonsils. It may be viral or it may be a strep infection. An evaluation is important to determine if it is strep because strep can be serious if not treated. ...Read more

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Tonsillitis: how can I get this cured?

See your doctor: Your doctor needs to examine you and run some tests to see what's going on. ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis a symptom or condition?

Dx: Tonsillitis is a diagnosis. It means that the tonsils are inflamed. Different types of viruses and bacteria can cause tonsillitis. ...Read more

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How can you cure tonsillitis naturally?

Be careful: Most tonsillitis is viral and will resolve on its own. Salt water gargles can help relieve the pain.However, strep throat may travel to your kidneys, heart, or joints and can cause permanent damage. If sore throat persists beyond a few days you should see a doc for a strep test. ...Read more

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I have tonsillitis how do I treat them?

I have tonsillitis how do I treat them?

Most: acute tonsillitis is treated with antibiotics if there is a bacterial reason..however other reasons for tonsillitis include viral infections and infectious Mono! In most cases you need a "hands on" visit for a bood test (for Strept or Mono)....
Hope this is helpful!'
Dr Z ...Read more