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Can you have tonsillitis without tonsils?

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

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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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Can i still have tonsillitis without tonsils?

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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Treating Tonsillitis (Checklist)

Check with a doctor to see what the cause of the tonsillitis is
Once
Gargle with warm salt water as needed for comfort
Daily
Take anti-inflammatories as needed for discomfort or fever.
Daily
Avoid sharing foods, utensils, cups, or other things that have saliva
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Can I still get tonsillitis without tonsils . I got my tonsils out when I was 7 and since than my sore throats are worse or they feel like that?

No and Yes...: Once you have a tonsillectomy, you can't get tonsillitis anymore. Unfortunately, there are other structures in the throat that can give you a 'sore throat', including the adenoid and the lingual (tongue) tonsils. That surgery is intended to reduce throat infection frequency and intensity but, won't stop viruses or these other factors. Check with your doctor for tips to reduce your burden. ...Read more

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Can staph aureus cause pus inside tonsils instead of abscess?& can it cause tonsillitis without inflammation of tonsils & fever?Plz ans both separately

Can staph aureus cause pus inside tonsils instead of abscess?& can it cause tonsillitis without inflammation of tonsils & fever?Plz ans both separately

Yes and no: tonsillitis is inflammation by definition, so, no, you can't have tonsillitis w'out inflammation. Doubtful the germ can be there w/out doing anything. mainly, Staph produces a tonsillitis that is hard to treat without surgical removal http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6417772 (with a lot of irritation, inflammation and pus, but does NOT generally make abcesses). it's ...Read more

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Treating Tonsillitis (Checklist)

See doctor to see if infection is strep and antibiotics are needed
once
Use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain
3x day
Drink ice water to help with throat pain
every 4 hours
If pain is severe or you have trouble swallowing seek emergency care
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Can you get tonsillitis if you have had your tonsils removed?

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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Treating Tonsillitis (Checklist)

drink lots of fluids so you do not end up dehydrated
every 4 hours
treat pain with ibuprofen
every 6 hours
see the doctor and consider antibiotics if bacterial in nature
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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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