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Will you always have tonsillitis on only one side?

Will you always have tonsillitis on only one side?

Rarely: Inflammation of the tonsils or tonsillitis is almost universally on both sides. There are cases where one side may have a more complicated problem such as an abcess. See your doctor for help. ...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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Would i be able to have strep or tonsillitis only on one side of the throat?

Would i be able to have strep or tonsillitis only on one side of the throat?

Yes: The bacteria is likely all over your throat but you may only have one tonsil that has significant swelling. However, if one side is markedly swollen to the point that it is causing the uvula to be pulled to one side that could be a serious condition called a peri-tonsilar abscess. That can impact the airway and merits emergency care. ...Read more

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I had tonsillitis and was put on amoxicillin for 10 days , I have one more day but i still see white puss on them should I get more meds ?

I had tonsillitis and was put on amoxicillin for 10 days , I have one more day but i still see white puss on them should I get more meds ?

Not actually: Do you have fever and pain too? Most likely your throat had a viral infection and there is residual exudate. If you had a positive strep culture, you should check with your doctor for follow up. ...Read more

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My tonsils are red and puffy and there is a medium/big white bump on one side and it's very painful and I have a bad earache as well.is it tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: This is a generic term, meaning inflammation of the tonsils. So, the answer to your question is "yes" you have it. Whether it is viral or bacterial is the issue. If it has been developing for 7-10 days, there is purulent drainage from the tonsils, fever, and soft palate petechiae(red spots), then it is bacterial. Sometimes, it is not as clear cut. See MD for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have tonsillitis, I saw white dots and one side is more swollen. Painful on swallowing fever etc. my gp prescribed antibiotics without seeing me?

I have tonsillitis, I saw white dots and one side is more swollen. Painful on swallowing fever etc. my gp prescribed antibiotics without seeing me?

Medical care: Would you allow your car to be fixed over the phone? Telephone medicine, in my humble opinion, is not practicing medicine at all. You made your own diagnosis and transmitted it to them and accepted their advice? Suggest that you go and get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Could I have a tonsil stone? One sided tonsillitis 3 weeks ago, still feels like something behind tonsil, sore and difficult swallowing.Treatment?

Could I have a tonsil stone? One sided tonsillitis 3 weeks ago, still feels like something behind tonsil, sore and difficult swallowing.Treatment?

Tonsillar infection: You need to see a doctor asap. This could possibly represent a tonsillar or peri or retrotonsillar abscess which can be very severe. Please go and see a doctor, preferably an ENT specialist quickly. Good luck and hope this is amenable to rapid and simple treatment. ...Read more

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My laryngologist told me i have tonsillitis im taking antibiotics but it doesnt help can it be tonsil cancer? ive fever and my throat hurts on one side

My laryngologist told me i have tonsillitis im taking antibiotics but it doesnt help can it be tonsil cancer? ive fever and my throat hurts on one side

Tonsilitis: Cancer in this area at your age is extremely rare and unusual, particularly if this is an acute illness. More than likely this infection, if responding to antibiotics at all, is curing the infection, but the inflammatory process takes a longer time to recede. Hope you are better soon. Cancer would not be likely. ...Read more

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White spots on my uvula & tonsils. Left side looks a bit swollen. Negative for strep. No sore throat. Ent said tonsillitis & saw a "pus pocket" on one side. I had a bad cold for 5 wks. Could be mono?

White spots on my uvula & tonsils. Left side looks a bit swollen. Negative for strep. No sore throat. Ent said tonsillitis & saw a "pus pocket" on one side. I had a bad cold for 5 wks. Could be mono?

Maybe: Mono symptoms are much more pronounced than what you are describing. Usually the tonsils are swollen and tender and look awful. You can always ask your doctor to get a mono blood titer or a blood test on you to diagnose mono. ...Read more

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