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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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How can you actually get tonsillitis?

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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Where can I get medicine for tonsillitis?

Where can I get medicine for tonsillitis?

Your physician: The best place is your regular medical doctor. If they are not available then there may be an urgent care walk-in clinic in your neighborhood. You need to be evaluated by a doctor to make sure that it is not some other problem instead. Do not self medicate, this can mask a problem and make it more difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get tonsillitis, or is it unusual?

More in younger: We see it more often in younger people, but we can also see it in mature people. It depends on your immune strength as an adult. There are more attacks in children, but lot of adults get it. The causes are clasically streptococcus but also viruses and other bacteria. Usually antibiotics but sometime surgery - tonsilectomy. A dangerous situation with an abscess can occur - surgery then. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a child to get tonsillitis twice in 3 weeks?

Is it normal for a child to get tonsillitis twice in 3 weeks?

It can happen. ..: Because tonsillitis is often viral and there are many strains of viruses being passed around the communities. ...Read more

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3 bouts of tonsillitis in 1 month, normally only get 4-5 times a year, should I be concerned?

Yes.: You have too many infections much higher than average. Must see an ENT specialist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How do you get septicemia from tonsillitis?

How do you get septicemia from tonsillitis?

Spread: The bacterial that have nestled down in your tonsils for a feast can spread into the blood directly or produce toxic byproducts that cause systemic (body-wide) illness. ...Read more

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Can you get tonsillitis from herpes?

Herpes: Herpes virus can attack tonsil area as a cluster of small blisters but not common. Tonsillitis is usually due to other viruses or bacteria. ...Read more

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The day before I got tonsillitis I kissed someone, will he get it too?

Possibly: This depends on the cause of the tonsillitis, and the degree to which he was exposed and his immune status and prior exposure to whatever organism is causing your tonsillar inflammation. How do you know he did not give you the tonsillitis. ...Read more

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How many times do you need to get tonsillitis before you are offered a tonsilectimy?

It depends: Seven episodes of tonsillitis in a 12 month period will meet the indications for tonsillectomy. There are other tonsillitis indications. If any one episode becomes chronic, which means no resolution after 3 months, this also meets the criteria. If the tonsillitis is accompanied by a peritonsillar abscess, a tonsillectomy is often done after one episode. ...Read more

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I kissed someone and the day after he was diagnosed with tonsillitis will I get it now too?

Cold: In most cases, tonsillitis is essentially just a cold. You could definitely get a cold from having kissed this person. If he has strep throat, you could get that too. Whether you will develop tonsillitis as well is impossible to predict. ...Read more

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If my boyfriend has tonsillitis & he gave me oral sex, should I be worried? Should I get checked out? Please Help!

If my boyfriend has tonsillitis & he gave me oral sex, should I be worried? Should I get checked out? Please Help!

Not an STD: Tonsillitis is not transmitted sexually to the skin or organs of the clitoris and out vaginal tissues. But, did you kiss him? Is your throat now sore? ...Read more

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Th dr said I have tonsillitis on tuseday I just got to get my antibotics on friday how long will it take for me to tlk good?

A few days, maybe...: Tonsillitis etc can be due to viruses & bacteria, but most commonly the former. In these situations, we'll get better w/time but nothing we take, including antibiotics, will make infection go away any faster. If we truly have strep throat, then antibiotics such as penicillin can make a difference. Check out http://www. Mdcalc. Com/modified-centor-score-for-strep-pharyngitis/ to determine difference. ...Read more

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My roommate in a college dorm has tonsillitis, am I going to get it too now?

Maybe: You are at risk in getting tonsillitis as well. Don't share food, cups, utensils, napkins, etc. Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and remind your roommate to do the same. Make sure your roommate covers his/her mouth when he/she sneezes or cough. ...Read more

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If I don't have tonsils can I get tonsillitis?

Not usually: Tonsils and adenoids are usually removed at same time. Tonsils usually do not grow back. Adenoids not infrequently can regrow related to incomplete removal of all adenoid tissue. ...Read more

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How do you get a rash with tonsillitis?

Several ways: Tonsillitis is inflammation (redness, swelling, pain) and/or infection of the tonsils, which can be due to viruses, bacteria, or other germs. Antibiotics to treat tonsil infections sometimes cause rashes. Viruses can cause rashes by themselves or in combination with antibiotic usage. Strep throat causes strep scarlet fever, a well-known rash that feels rough and looks like many tiny reddish dots. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of tonsillitis?

What can I do to get rid of tonsillitis?

Several things: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Can you get rid of tonsillitis naturally? (Without meds?)

Can you get rid of tonsillitis naturally? (Without meds?)

No: If it is do bacterial infection you will likely require antibiotics. If viral self limited. Warm fluids and analgesics ...Read more

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I seem to get tonsillitis at least twice a year, should I consider a tonsillectomy?

I seem to get tonsillitis at least twice a year, should I consider a tonsillectomy?

Possibly: If you are an adult and are having 2 true tonsil infections/year then it may be an option. Tonsillitis is usuall pretty painful and most people feel really bad during an episode. This could translate into up to 2 weeks of missed work/year... That may be too much for what you do. If you've had any complications related to tonsillitis - breathing issues or an abscess - I would consider tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had tonsillitis for over a month now and I can't get rid of it!?

Tonsillitis: How do you know you have tonsillitis? what have you been treated with? What are your symptoms? What is your medical history and what medical conditions do you currently have? Please consult your doctor or obtain consult through Health Tap Prime. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had tonsillitis for over a month now and I can't get rid of it!!!?

Seen an ENT yet?: Not sure what you have done as far as treatment, but if you have had symptoms for a month, it may be time to see an ENT. ...Read more

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Is chronic tonsillitis contagious? If you have chronic tonsillitis can other people get it?

Is chronic tonsillitis contagious? If you have chronic tonsillitis can other people get it?

The: The short answer- possibly. A person with chronic tonsillitis that is caused by group a strep is contagious until they are 24 hours into a course of antibiotics. A person with chronic tonsillitis that is caused by other conditions such as acid reflux or enlarged tonsils is not contagious. As you may have guessed, the only way to find the answer is to see the doctor. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have had tonsillitis for over a month now and I can't get rid of it!?

What do you suggest if I have had tonsillitis for over a month now and I can't get rid of it!?

Diagnosis: Most cases of acute tonsillitis start with a viral infection. Only secondarily, a bacterial infection may result. It is unusual to have a true infection of the tonsils for a month. You need a culture and also Infectious mononucleosis has to be ruled out. It mono spot test is positive, surgery may cure you because this viral infection leads to repeated episodes of tonsillitis. ...Read more

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My husband whose 32 has had tonsillitis about 4x already this year, is this alarming? Should he get tonsilectomy?

Criteria: Certainly, your husband needs to see an ENT to discuss the details of his situation, but the standard criteria for tonsillectomy for acute tonsillitis is 7 episodes of strep throat or tonsillitis in 1 year, 5 per year for 2 years, and 3 per year for 3 years. ...Read more