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Clindamycin (Definition)

Part of the lincoside family . It has good gram positive an anaerobic coverage, but its association with the development of clostridium difficile infection has limited its use. It is used in certain drug allergy situations where staph, strep, pneumococcal, and anaerobic organisms. Its use in MRSA infections is spotty. It is a bacteriostatic drug that works ...Read more


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Was given clindamycin for tonsillitis 4 weeks ago. Pills exploded in throat. Has felt sticky and dry ever since. Water makes it worse.

Was given clindamycin for tonsillitis 4 weeks ago.  Pills exploded in throat. Has felt sticky and dry ever since.  Water makes it worse.

Dry throat: I don't think it's the pills. It may be the tonsils. After waiting 4 weeks, You need to have this examined by your physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Is clindamycin safe and effective to take for tonsillitis?

Is clindamycin safe and effective to take for tonsillitis?

Possibly but: Clindamycin is effective but has a black box warning. It can occasionally cause a severe colitis due to a bacterium called C. difficile. Other antibiotics can cause this also, but more likely with clindamycin. Penicillin or amoxicillin would be the first choice, unless your allergic to penicillin. If allergic, clindamycin is a reasonable choice or azithromycin(less likely to cause colitis). ...Read more

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I have tonsillitis for 5days. Taking clindamycin 300 my q8 for 24h. My fever still coming back. When does fever subside?

I have tonsillitis for 5days. Taking clindamycin 300 my q8 for 24h. My fever still coming back.  When does fever subside?

Need recheck: If fever persists more than 3 days after treatment initiated, you need a recheck. Several possibilities exist. You may have a resistant bacterium causing the infection and need a different medicine. The infection may be viral, even something like mono, and antibiotics won't help at all. You may also have developed a complication such as a tonsillar abcess. Regardless, if still fever, need recheck! ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed me 300 mg clindamycin 3 x a day for 21 days for a mild case of lingual tonsillitis isn't that excessive?

My doctor prescribed me 300 mg clindamycin 3 x a day for 21 days for a mild case of lingual tonsillitis isn't that excessive?

Yes: Lingual tonsillitis as an isolated problem without palatine tonsillitis is not common. Secondly, without a culture you do not know if it is bacterial. Finally, upper respiratory infections are viral and 21 days of Clindamycin is more than most physicians would order. Clindamycin is an excellent antibiotic when indicated but 21 days is too long and can give rise to bacterial resistance. ...Read more

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Does clindamycin get rid of fungus on your feet? I've been taking that for tonsillitis and I noticed the fungus is going bye-bye as well, any connectio

Feet fungus: Hello, Clindamycin is an antibiotic that will treat your throat infection. It is unlikely that the fungus on your feet is being treated by this medication. An antibiotic will have little effect on a fungal infection. Coincidence I think. ...Read more

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Hi, my SGPT/ALT last Jan 28 was 66. But in Feb 2-9, I took Clindamycin for my tonsilitis. I had a blood test after 2 weeks, and it was 91. Is it ok?

Hi, my SGPT/ALT last Jan 28 was 66. But in Feb 2-9, I took Clindamycin for my tonsilitis. I had a blood test after 2 weeks, and it was 91. Is it ok?

May be temporary...: If Liver enzyme elevated to begin with Clinda may make it worse (contradicted in severe hepatitis). Make sure to recheck after treatment and keep well hydrated. Avoid any alcohol, Tylenol. Add to your regimen after Antibiotics high dose " Probiotics"- Kefir, Yogurt, and supplement VSL#3/Vsibiome 450 mil. It controls Gut bacteria and restore immune system. Have your MD recheck labs. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be cured?

Yes: Antibiotics work well for most tonsillitis; for recurrent tonsillitis (several times a year), see your ENT for risk reduction. ...Read more

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Can you die from tonsillitis?

Can you die from tonsillitis?

Rarely: Tonsillitis is a treatable infection. Left untreated, in rare circumstances, the infection may spread to other tissues, cause septicemia and death. Tonsillitis may be followed by renal and heart disease. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis symptoms: Symptoms can include: throat pain, ear pain (referred from throat pain), swollen tonsils, red tonsils, white patches on tonsils
swollen nodes in upper neck, fever, fatigue, body aches, pain with swallowing, voice change
if symptoms persist or are severe see doctor right away
if any trouble with breathing, go to er. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Fever, pain,: Difficulty with swallowing. If you have pain when opening your mouth, you need to see a doctor right away because it could signify underlying abscess that might require surgical drainage. ...Read more

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What is medicine for tonsillitis?

What is medicine for tonsillitis?

Depends on cause: Treatment of tonsillitis depends on the cause and severity of the inflammation. A doctor will take a history, perform an examination and order appropriate tests to determine the cause and recommend a treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a tonsillitis?

Sore throat: Sore throat, sometimes vomiting, fever, difficulty swallowing, muffled voice

Mostly sore throat. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Medicine: Most tonsillitis is caused by a virus so the treatment is to manage the symptoms until the virus gets better. Some is caused by strep or other bacteria and you would need to see a health care provider to tell. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis Symptoms: Acute tonsillitis, that is less than two weeks' duration, leads to sore throat, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and fever. The usually cause is a virus, but bacterial infections may occur, but are much less frequent. Chronic tonsillitis is all the above, but usually without the fever. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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In what way is tonsillitis diagnosed?

Examination: A physical exam, looking in your mouth is the tried and true method. Also, a throat swab for strep throat helps identify the cause as occasionally a blood test does. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I have tonsillitis?

See an ENT doc.: Let an ENT doctor make that decision. If you look in the mirror, and open your mouth and you see 2 red swollen areas in the lateral wall of the back of the throat with yellow purulent exudate, you have tonsillitis. ...Read more

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Can I die from tonsillitis if I ignore it?

Yes: Particularly if an abscess develops. The tonsils are close to the spinal cord. An abscess in that area can be devastating, requires surgery to drain, and a lot of antibiotics. It can compromise the wind pipe and make it impossible to breathe. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to soothe tonsillitis?

Soothe tonsillitis: Pain control with otc Motrin or Ibuprofen can be helpful. Hydrogen peroxide gargles are also useful. For best improvement, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is tonsillitis and what are the symptoms?

Tonsils...: Tonsils are the lumps on the two sides of the throat; when they are inflamed, that's called tonsillitis. Symptoms are usually: sore throat, fever, stomach ache is also possible, as well as difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis contagious?

Yes: Generally it is, whether caused by a virus or a bacterium. Some people are more susceptible than others. ...Read more

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How contagious is tonsillitis?

Pass it by the mouth: Normally tonsillitis is not contagious unless the infected mucous lands on another person's mucosal membranes. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid kissing, drinking or eating from the same kitchenware of a person with tonsillitis. Cough with your hand covering your mouth, wash your hands and avoid sneezing on people. Those are the general precautions to be least contagious. ...Read more

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What is the cure for tonsillitis?

Antibiotics usually: Appropriate antibiotics will often resolve the problem. ...Read more

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Should I kiss someone if I have tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is an infection. Infections are generally considered contagious. When you have an infection, you should avoid kissing as you could share your infection with your kidding partner. Bottom line is that you can certainly kiss with tonsillitis, but you risk spreading your infection around. Even coughing or sneezing is enough to spread some infections. Wash your hands often and get well. ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis viral?

Is tonsillitis viral?

Viral and Bacterial: While viruses (adenovirus, influenza, and even epstein-barr) account for most acute cases of tonsillitis, there are well-known bacterial causes too — "strep throat" being a good example. Tonsillitis' course and appropriate treatments are based on the etiology — antibiotics for bacterial causes, symptomatic relief and time for viral. ...Read more

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Pathophysiology of tonsillitis?

Infection: Tonsillitis refers to inflamation of the tonsils caused by a virus or bacteria. Serious infections are often caused by bacteria such as streptococcus pharyngitis. Pathophysiology is similar in concept to most other infections. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Knox
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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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