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Doctor insights on: Can You Have Strep Throat Without Tonsils

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Can i get strep throat without tonsils?

Can i get strep throat without tonsils?

Absolutely: Streptococcal pharyngitis is not dependent on the presence or absence of tonsils, so the answer is yes! a simple swab will confirm your diagnosis in a few minutes, and you can immediately start appropriate therapy. Good luck. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


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I was told I have strep throat without doing a culture (pus on tonsils) is it normal to have a runny nose with this? Or could it be something else?

I was told I have strep throat without doing a culture (pus on tonsils) is it normal to have a runny nose with this? Or could it be something else?

Strep or not: It is often difficult to distinguish strep from a virus. Often the diagnosis is made on exam with responsible certainty. The other option is to wait until the screen/ culture comes back, often up to 3 days and often with questions about processing. Many physicians, rightly or wrongly treat every throat as strep. If you are not quickly getting better, be rechecked. All the best. ...Read more

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Symptoms of strep throat if you don't have tonsils?

Symptoms of strep throat if you don't have tonsils?

Essentially the same: Strep throat is strep throat--a bacterial infection due to exposure to a specific germ called streptococcus. Headache, sore throat, red throat, swollen lymph nodes of the neck, nausea, vomiting, generalized achiness or malaise, even a fine sandpapery red rash known as scarletina can occur whether one has tonsils or not. Admittedly the chance of strep throat seems less after tonsillectectomy. ...Read more

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Even with your tonsils out can you get strep throat?

Even with your tonsils out can you get strep throat?

Yes: The tonsils and adenoids represent large collections of gland tissue that are often involved with strep infections. After removal of most of those structures there will still be other glandular tissue present that can become infected with strep. ...Read more

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Can you get strep throat even if you do not have tonsils?

Can you get strep throat even if you do not have tonsils?

Not Uncommon: Although tonsillectomy greatly reduces the frequency of strep throat, it is not uncommon to still have such an infection in chidren.Thus you still should be concerned if your child is sick with a sore throat. ...Read more

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I've had my tonsils removed can I still get strep throat?

I've had my tonsils removed can I still get strep throat?

Yes: Although removing the tonsils may decrease the frequency of strep throat, it is still possible to become infected with strep without tonsils. ...Read more

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Should I get my tonsils out if I keep getting strep throat?

Should I get my tonsils out if I keep getting strep throat?

Yes: If recurrent cultures of the tonsils, when infected, demonstrate streptococcus and you are significantly ill and it occurs 3 to 4 times a year, you should have a tonsillectomy. Rarely, but definitely, the recurrence of true strep tonsillitis may lead to heart or kidney disease. I believe this rare but potential danger should motivate you to have surgery on the tonsils. ...Read more

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What does strep throat look like in children without tonsils?

What does strep throat look like in children without tonsils?

Hard to say: I wouldn't think about a "look" of strep in the throat. It can be hard to predict sometimes by looking. Instead, if a child has a sore throat with a fever in the absence of cold symptoms like cough and runny nose, they should be checked for strep. Whether or not they have tonsils, they can also have headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and/or rashes. ...Read more

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What does strep throat look like on an adult with no tonsils?

What does strep throat look like on an adult with no tonsils?

Red: The area around where the tonsils used to be may look beefy red. There may also be red spots on the soft palate. The appearance does not help one identify strep vs virus. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more