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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 I have chronic tonsillitis in one tonsil if I have deep crypts but no tonsil stones but have really bad breath and only 1 swollen tonsil?

Can I have chronic tonsillitis in one tonsil if I have deep crypts but no tonsil stones but have really bad breath and only 1 swollen tonsil?

Yes, it is possible.: It is possible to have only one swollen tonsil, but it should not be so bug that it is blocking tour throat or airway. Just because there are no tonsil stones doesn't mean there is nothing wrong. If you haven't already, please go see an ENT to make sure there is nothing wrong. ...Read more

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Had tonsillitis tried to treat it on my own. Most pus patches went away except one. Tonsils still swollen and it's been like 3 weeks. Why won't go away?

Had tonsillitis tried to treat it on my own. Most pus patches went away except one. Tonsils still swollen and it's been like 3 weeks. Why won't go away?

Severe infection: Tonsils can become severely infected and may fail to respond totally to even anti-biotic therapy — that's why so many people have to have them removed. I hope you did not self-prescribe the Amoxicillin — it's not a good idea to do that and could make your health problems into the future harder to treat. See a doctor to get that last bit taken care of. ...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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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 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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I've had tonsillitis, rash, fever, swollen glands. Now ulcers on my tonsils and one on inside of vaginal labia. Is the vaginal one related? Def not STI

I've had tonsillitis, rash, fever, swollen glands. Now ulcers on my tonsils and one on inside of vaginal labia. Is the vaginal one related? Def not STI

Possible: It is possible that you have something called Bechet's syndrome which has both oral and vaginal manifestations. It is ALS possible that if you have cold sores (herpes labialis) you can transfer the virus to the genital area on your fingers and develop genital herpes. Hope this is of some help and you feel better fast. ...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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Tonsil on one side is red, slightly swollen and painful when swallowing, could this be tonsilitis? also, felt very tired, cold and painful muscles

Tonsil on one side is red, slightly swollen and painful when swallowing, could this be tonsilitis? also, felt very tired, cold and painful muscles

May need strep test: Sore throat and tonsillitis symptoms usually are evaluated by a rapid strep test in addition to an exam. If there are strep germs, antibiotics such as Amoxil (amoxicillin) or Zithromax are needed. Sometimes tonsils get whitish mucousy stuff on them. Other possible causes of throat symptoms include allergens, viruses, other irritants, etc... ...Read more

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What would one or two white spots on your tonsils mean? Would it be tonsilitis, thrush, or tonsil stones? They clear up and come back.

What would one or two white spots on your tonsils mean? Would it be tonsilitis, thrush, or tonsil stones? They clear up and come back.

Tonsils: Tonsils may develop small white patches that are simply dried surface secretions and have no medical concern. If there is no abnormal asymmetry of tonsils, no redness or pain then infections, such as strep or mono are unlikely. Thrush tends to cause scattered white thin exudate on the palate and cheeks or throat, and less so on the tonsils. ...Read more

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1 bigger tonsil I have had it for a few years it doesn't seem to be growing also had no problems, noticed size few years ago when i tonsillitis

Get it looked at: You could have one tonsil that is just larger than the other, but tonsillar cancer can occur. You might want to get a doctor to look at it. ...Read more

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Can you have tonsillitis without tonsils?

No, unless ......: This could only happen if the surgeon left some tonsils behind. ...Read more

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Can i still have tonsillitis without tonsils?

Yes, you still: Have lymphoid tissue on the tongue and around the back of the throat that is not removed with a tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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

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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Can removing your tonsils completely cure tonsillitis?

Yes, But see below: Tonsilectomy will prevent tonsillitis but this procedure is not recommended today unless all alternatives have failed. See an infectious disease specialist or an ear, nose and throat surgeon for advice and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you get tonsillitis if you have had your tonsils removed?

No: However, you can still get infections of the throat. It's really pharyngitis not tonsillitis since the tonsils are (or in your case, were) part of the pharynx. ...Read more

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If I have tonsillitis, will my tonsils have to be taken out?

If I have tonsillitis, will my tonsils have to be taken out?

Tonsillitis: The need for tonsillectomy is dependent upon the frequency and severity of tonsillar infections and this can be best assessed by an ENT doctor examining you. A single episode of tonsillitis virtually never requires removal of the tonsils. ...Read more

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Can you give tonsillitis to someone who got their tonsils out?

Sort of: You can give pharyngitis, which is an inflammation of the throat, caused by the same organisms; they have no tonsils, and therefore cannot get a tonsillitis per se. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many times do you have to get tonsillitis to get your tonsils removed?

Depends: The most recent guidelines for tonsillectomy based upon frequency of tonsillitis are: 7 episodes in 12 months or 5 episodes per year for 2 years or 3 episodes per year for 3 years or 4 episodes of strep in a year. Other factors that may be taken into account are severity of episodes, days of school/work missed, etc. Patients who have had a peritonsillar abscess may be candidates as well. ...Read more

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I haven't been coughing, but suffer from tonsillitis! I want my tonsils out I get it twice maybe 3 times a year?

See an ENT: Having three episodes of tonsillitis a year for several years in a row meets criteria for tonsillectomy. I would suggest you set up an ENT appointment to discuss surgery. Keep in mind that all the risks as well as benefits need to be entertained prior to surgery. ...Read more

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Many tonsillitis episodes can bring to chronic tonsils disease? And what about consequences? I'm very bored I'm always sick! :-(help me please

Possibilmente: Recurrent tonsillitis can lead to scarring in the tonsils so that they are unable to protect themselves. Chronic infection can lead to fatigue and malaise (my interpretation of your saying, "I'm bored.") And possible autoimmune disorders. Treatment is usually tonsillectomy when repeated cycles of antibiotics prove ineffective. See your doctor for referral to ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Can tonsil cancer first present as tonsillitis?

Can tonsil cancer first present as tonsillitis?

Yes it can.: Tonsil cancer presents as a mass, ulcer or swelling of the tonsil. It can be infected and look like tonsillitis. But tonsillitis itself does not becessarily become cancer. Tonsil cancer occurs more in smokers, drinkers and persons with poor oral hygiene. It also occurs more in persons with certains types of genital virus infection. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis cause occasional bleeding of tonsils?

Can tonsillitis cause occasional bleeding of tonsils?

Yes: In acute tonsillitis, bleeding is more common with streptococcal ("strep") infection. Antibiotics are the standard treatment. In chronic tonsillitis, bleeding is again more common with strep infections, but more importantly is an indicator that it's probably time to have a tonsillectomy. ...Read more