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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Tonsillitis In Children

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Dr. Robert Knox
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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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What causes tonsillitis?

What causes tonsillitis?

Infection: The tonsils can be infected with bacterial, such as strep or with a virus. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause tonsillitis ?

Can smoking cause tonsillitis ?

Tonsillitis: When we say this, we specifically mean an inflammation of the tonsil due to infection. So smoking on its own does not cause it. Can it contribute? With all the bad things that it does including its effect on blood flow, yes. But it is not causing your tonsillitis per se. ...Read more

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Did smoking caused tonsillitis?

Did smoking caused tonsillitis?

It can: Smoking cigarettes or other substances weakens your body defenses and can lead to throat and sinus infections. ...Read more

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What is the cause of acute tonsillitis?

What is the cause of acute tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Most commonly infection with viruses (mono and many others) or bacteria (such as strep). ...Read more

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How do you know if tonsillitis is caused by strep?

How do you know if tonsillitis is caused by strep?

You don't: 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. ...Read more

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What causes over a bad cold and tonsillitis quickly?

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

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What causes allergic tonsillitis?Which are specific allergens?

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

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I have been diagnosed with tonsillitis, does tonsillitis cause neck pains front and back?

I have been diagnosed with tonsillitis, does tonsillitis cause neck pains front and back?

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

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If tonsillitis was caused by herpes how long would it take for it (tonsillitis) to present itself after exposure to herpes?

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