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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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Is it true that gargling vinegar helps treat tonsilitis?

Is it true that gargling vinegar helps treat tonsilitis?

I won't go for it: Vinegar is diluted acetic acid. The acids can destroy the enamel of teeth, can also cause inflammation as oral mucosa is very soft and sensitive. Go for salt in warm water gargling or otc gargles like Chlorhexidine mouth wash/listerine etc. ...Read more

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If you eat dairy while you have tonsillitis does this put you at risk for developing tonsil stones? Does gargling salt water prevent this?

If you eat dairy while you have tonsillitis does this put you at risk for developing tonsil stones? Does gargling salt water prevent this?

Probably not: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You should see an otolaryngologist and discuss. ...Read more

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I have a prednisone pill lodged behind my right tonsil. How do I get it out? I have tonsillitis and i already tried gargling with warm water.

I have a prednisone pill lodged behind my right tonsil. How do I get it out? I have tonsillitis and i already tried gargling with warm water.

Spray: I would get a bulb suction (rubber -- the kind we suck out kids noses with) and fill it with water and try to squirt it at the back tonsil/pill to try to dislodge it with a spray action. ...Read more

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I had tonsillitis about a week ago. But I gargle salt water and got rid of it. But now I feel a tickle at the back of my throat. Could I have it again?

I had tonsillitis about a week ago. But I gargle salt water and got rid of it. But now I feel a tickle at the back of my throat. Could I have it again?

Yes: Morgan - you can get a throat infection more than once, even if you were treated with antibiotics. Most throat infections are viral and can take several days to go away. For bacterial sore throat infections (pharyngitis), antibiotics are very effective but you can get reinfected from a family member or even from using a toothbrush that you used while you were sick. ...Read more

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Does tonsillitis ever spread?

Tonsillitis spread: Yes, tonsil infections can "spread" to include pus accumulation in the areas next to the tonsils called the peritonsillar space to cause a peritonsillar abscess. Lymph nodes in the neck can get infected as well.
Untreated tonsillitis has the potential to lead to blood poisoning or sepsis. Streptococcal tonsillitis can be complicated by inflammation of the kidneys. ...Read more

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How can I heal tonsillitis at home?

Well - you won't : Cure a bacterial tonsillitis at home. Even it is a viral tonsillitis - you are treating the symptoms while you wait for the infection to resolve. For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/. ...Read more

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How much time can I have tonsillitis?

How much time can I have tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: It usually runs 7-10 days, see PCP to get a throat culture to rule out Strep. You may need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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How can you cure tonsillitis naturally?

Be careful: Most tonsillitis is viral and will resolve on it's own. Salt water gargles can help relieve the pain.However strep throat may travel to your kidneys, heart, or joints and can cause permanent damage. If sore throat persists beyond a few days you should see a doc for a strep test. ...Read more

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What can I do for symptoms of tonsillitis?

What can I do for symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Symptom relief:
drink plenty fluids, get plenty rest
chloraseptic spray
warm salt water gargles
tylenol or advil
go to doctor if symtoms persist or become severe. ...Read more

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Could getting your tonsillitis taken out hurt?

Could getting your tonsillitis taken out hurt?

Yes: Tonsillectomy is the procedure for removal of tonsils. In general, this is done under general anesthesia and will not hurt during surgery. The recovery from removal of tonsils can be painful, however. Luckily, there are medications and diet plans that can help with your pain. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC medicine for tonsillitis?

What is the best OTC medicine for tonsillitis?

SORE throat suggest: Hydrate, lozenges especially cepacol which has mild anesthetic properties, tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil, throat coat tea are suggestions. Gargle with warm salt water with a dissolved Aspirin in it. If fever, large lymph glands, or infected looking tonsils then get culture for strep. ...Read more

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What will be the best way to treat tonsillitis?

Depends: If caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are needed. If caused by a viral infection, time improves. Other causes such such as allergies or trauma require specific interventions. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have tonsillitis?

Should I still go to work if I have tonsillitis?

Depends on cause: Many people will have mild tonsillitis with common cold of flu and it would be okay to go to work, once you are beyond three days from the start of illness. However, strep throat needs to be treated immediately to avoid complications. Rarely, tonsillitis may be due to a serious infectious illness such as diphtheria which should be treated asap and you should avoid work till cleared by a doc. ...Read more

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Will you always have tonsillitis on only one side?

Will you always have tonsillitis on only one side?

Rarely: Inflammation of the tonsils or tonsillitis is almost universally on both sides. There are cases where one side may have a more complicated problem such as an abcess. See your doctor for help. ...Read more

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Is there a specific cause to recurrent tonsilitis?

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

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What is the most effective way to cure tonsillitis?

Depends on cause: Acute tonsillitis is either viral which will resolve on its own or bacterial. Bacterial can be acute (pain, pus, fever, large red tonsils) and should respond to antibiotics. Recommend strep test first. Chronic tonsillitis may respond to antibiotics but several rounds of antibiotics don't work then tonsillectomy. Adults who have their tonsils out for chronic disease have less pain, antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have tonsillitis? How can I tell?

Look in mouth: Sore throat, fever, pain swallowing and red, enlarged, inflamed tonsils often with whitish exudate are the hallmarks of tonsillitis. Frequently swelling in the neck occurs at the same time. If in doubt have your doctor look. ...Read more

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If tonsillitis spreads throughout the body can you die?

Sepsis: If a bacterial tonsillitis were to spread into the blood stream to cause bacteria in the blood it could certainly become life threatening. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tonsillitis and how to cure it fast?

Get Strep test: See the doctor to find out if you have strep throat.If so, antibiotics will cure it quickly.If not strep then the virus will take generally 4-7 days and symptomatic relief such as motrin, tylenol, (acetaminophen) throat spray, tea and honey help symptoms, but no cure. ...Read more

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What to do if i might have given my boyfriend tonsillitis?

What to do if i might have given my boyfriend tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Please do not use your parents account to pose questions. You are likely a very young minor and you need to speak with your parents about your concerns. ...Read more

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What are good home remediesfor tonsillitis please help :(?

What are good home remediesfor tonsillitis please help :(?

SORE throat suggest: Hydrate, lozenges especially cepacol which has mild anesthetic properties, tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil, throat coat tea are suggestions. Gargle with an Aspirin dissolved in salt water. If fever, large lymph glands, or infected looking tonsils then get culture for strep. ...Read more

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How bad do you have to have tonsillitis for them to be removed?

How bad do you have to have tonsillitis for them to be removed?

Tonsillectomy: Tonsillectomy is commonly performed for recurrent infection (4-5 episodes annually) or severe infection causing a complication or hospitalization. ...Read more

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I have tonsilitis, I don't feel particularly unwell at the moment- is it ok to exercise?

I have tonsilitis, I don't feel particularly unwell at the moment- is it ok to exercise?

Yes but: take it easy. If you are not feeling well, you will not perform at your maximum level. Don't push too hard, and don't feel badly if you can't do as much as usual. If you feel any unusual symptoms while exercising, stop and rest until you are feeling better. Hope this helps! ...Read more