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Causes Of Recurrent Tonsillitis In Adults
Depends on situation:
If it is sudden, you probably need antibiotics. That is, if it is bacterial tonsillitis. If it is a cold, then they are not useful. If the tonsillitis is recurrent enough or chronic, tonsillectomy can save you many future illnesses.
The tonsils sometimes just have small pits that harbor bacteria like the plaque in your teeth. ...Read more
Tonsil inflammation: Tonsillitis is a general term that describes tonsil inflammation. It can be "acute" when there is a sudden onset, active, often more severe infection, sometimes caused by "strep" or other bacteria/viruses. It can be "chronic" when the inflammation is on-going for long periods of time and causes a sore throat and swollen glands, white cheesy stuff coming out of the tonsils, etc. ...Read more
Yes: Anyone at any age can have infected tonsils. More common in kids. See an ENT for evaluation. ...Read more
Common issue: Tonsillitis is a common, usually minor problem in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. It is somewhat more worrisome for kids 4-10 who may have some airway compromise due to tonsil & adenoid growth. At any age it can be complicated by abscesses or other issues. Individual experiences & therapeutic needs must be based on history & exam. ...Read more
Remedies: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
Tonsils not allergic: Tonsillar tissue is lymphatic in origin and function covered by mucosa. As such the mucosal lining could swell with any acute allergic reaction involving the mouth. However, I am unaware of any allergic reaction that would cause isolated acute tonsillar inflammation (tonsilliitis). ...Read more
Tonsillitis: Pharyngitis and tonsillitis are associated with throat pain or sore throat. Inflamed tonsils, such as may be found in strep throat, are swollen, red, and may have some purulent exudate (pus). There are possible complications of strep throat which involve headache, such as sinusitis, and rarely, meningitis or brain abscess. Most cases, however, are self-limited with symptoms resolving in 2-5 days. ...Read more
Front usually: Acute tonsillitis often is accompanied by cervical lymphadenopathy (swollen glands). I do not think this inflammatory disease (infection) would cause pain in the back of your neck. That is usually, at your age, muscle tension. But the pain in the front of your neck is very commonly associated with acute tonsillitis. ...Read more
If tonsillitis was caused by herpes how long would it take for it (tonsillitis) to present itself after exposure to herpes?
Not a cause: Tonsillitis typically is caused by viruses that cause the common cold, initially. Sometimes, the infection perists and then bacterial infection develops. Herpetic infections in the oral cavity don't typically affect the tonsils. The virus will cause painful vesicles on the lips, palate, oral mucosa, gums and on the skin around the mouth, typically. They can show up 1-26 days after exposure. ...Read more
If tonsillitis was caused by herpes how long would it take for it (tonsillitis) to present itself after Possible herpes exposure?
Tonsillitis: You are asking a question that is hard to answer. There are so many maybe's. But the better thing to do is to avoid contact with a child that is well. And keep yourself healthy. Do the basics that you have always done. And see if you develop any symptoms. But hopefully this is just a period that you area little nervous. ...Read more
Having tonsillitis once every 2/3 months. Don't want surgery cause scare of pain. Does frequent tonsillitis affect the body in anyway in the long term?
What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?
Why am I always getting strep or tonsillitis, this is the 2nd time I've gotten it this yr, is it cause I live with older people?
Possibly: Usually its the other way around. That is, young children frequently become ill because they attend day care where many children harbor viral infections. At age 53 most people do not become infected with bacteria as often as children. However, I see adults at your age with tonsillitis but rarely. I do not think that living with older people is commonly a reason for frequent infections. ...Read more
Can someone with gangrene that won't take care of it properly cause germs to spread? I've been going to meetings with her and gotten tonsillitis and stre
2 separate condition: These two medical conditions should be addressed separately. 1. Tonsillitis, see your PCP for evaluation, tests and treatment. 2. Swollen gums are worth paying attention to; they might be a sign of gum disease or gum infection. See your dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I have had tonsillitis (diagnosed on symptoms, not testing), which responded well to penicillin. Does this rule out potential HIV exposure as a cause?
I have bacterial tonsillitis and its re occuring. I'm an adult so what would the risks of a tonsillectomy be?
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