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What can happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

What can happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

You will either get: Better or develop one of the complications of tonsillitis ie peritonsillar abscess/ retropharyngeal abscess. Since most cases of tonsillitis are viral, treatment would be for comfort and hydration. Untreated strep infections could lead to scarlet fever and rheumatic fever. Recent studies have shown that strep may cause heart damage that shows up much later in life. ...Read more

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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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What will happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

What will happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

See below: It can result in swelling of the tonsils which can close off your throat to swallowing and even breathing. The infection can also spread up to the sinuses and to the brain or down to the lungs. ...Read more

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I have tonsillitis how do I treat them?

I have tonsillitis how do I treat them?

Most: Acute tonsillitis is treated with antibiotics if there is a bacterial reason. However other reasons for tonsillitis include viral infections and infectious Mono! In most cases you need a "hands on" visit for a bood test (for Strept or Mono)....
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How do you treat mild tonsillitis at home?

Supportive care: Tonsillitis is (by definition), inflammation of the tonsils. This is most often due to viral infections and the only medically concerning bacterial illness that is routinely treated is group a beta-hemolytic strep or "strep throat". There are other possible much less common bacterial diseases that can occur but with vaccination most of these are rarely seen. Tx with rest, gargling, pain meds. ...Read more

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What will be the best way to treat tonsillitis?

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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How long can tonsillitis last if it is not treated?

See your doctor: If there hasn't been any resolution for a month, see your doctor. He/she should be able to diagnose and treat it appropriately. ...Read more

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Suspected tonsillitis. What can I take to treat this?

Gargle: Gargling with warm salt water may relieve some symptoms, Ibuprofen (advil) may reduce inflammation and fever, but a bacterial tonsillitis is treated with antibiotics. See your physician or an urgent treatment center. ...Read more

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What is cryptic tonsillitis? Is it difficult to treat?

Large crevices: The normal tonsil has deep crypts normally which increases the surface of the tonsillar tissue for an-active immunological response. I think it is difficult for any physician to specifically tell you that crypts are infected. The treatment is culture and sensitivity and if you have pain and difficulty swallowing for months, then surgery should be considered. ...Read more

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I was treated for tonsillitis yesterday and today I feel worse. Is it possible to have something else with the same related symptoms?

Take the medications: You already examined by the doctor if there is some thing else, your doctor might have informed you, take the medications and call for follow up visit ...Read more

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What is acute tonsillitis? How is it treated?

Throat infection: Acute tonsillitis is a throat infection which may be caused by a virus or a bacterium. Strep throat is the most common bacterial cause of acute tonsillitis. It is easily diagnosed with a throat swab and easily treated with antibiotics. Viral tonsillitis does not respond to antibiotics and is generally not treated. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?

What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?

Rest, fluids, OTC: Rest and fluids and patience are the first line for a viral sore throat. If there is pain, over the counter Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can be taken. If severe and the swelling makes it difficult to swallow, see your doctor who can prescribe steroids for the swelling. ...Read more

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If you are allergic to penicillin, what would be your preferred drug to treat tonsillitis/pharyngitis?

If you are allergic to penicillin, what would be your preferred drug to treat tonsillitis/pharyngitis?

Other choices: If it is a bacterial infection, the most common antibiotic would be erythromycin or a similar drug. However, many cases PF pharyngitis are due to viruses and don't require any antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have doxycycline how long do I take these pills and how many times per day do I take them to treat the tonsillitis?

I have doxycycline how long do I take these pills and how many times per day do I take them to treat the tonsillitis?

Don't take doxy: This is probably a virus, but could be strep throat. In any case, you should not take left over doxycycline for this purpose. If it's a virus, no antibiotic will help; and doxy is not the best antibiotic for strep infections. Contact your doctor and let her decide whether or what antibiotic to prescribe. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had tonsillitis tried to treat it on my own. Most pus patches went away except one. Tonsils still swollen and it's been like 3 weeks. Why won't go away?

Severe infection: Tonsils can become severely infected and may fail to respond totally to even anti-biotic therapy - that's why so many people have to have them removed. I hope you did not self-prescribe the Amoxicillin - it's not a good idea to do that and could make your health problems into the future harder to treat. See a doctor to get that last bit taken care of. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a very painful canker sore on my uvula and before that I had tonsillitis and it's good now and treated. I can't eat, please help?

Hi, I have a very painful canker sore on my uvula and before that I had tonsillitis and it's good now and treated. I can't eat, please help?

Canker sore: Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. If concerned see your dentist for laser treatment, immediate solution. ...Read more

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Hello, I have red bumps on back of my tongue I have tonsillitis bumps are caused by tonsils I wanna know and how to treat bumps. Thanks?

Hello, I have red bumps on back of my tongue I have tonsillitis bumps are caused by tonsils I wanna know and how to treat bumps. Thanks?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold virus or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat symptoms are bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Strep throat can have a tongue coating or bumps. ...Read more

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I have recurring tonsil stones and recurring tonsillitis. Currently breastfeeding a 7 week old. Will I need to wait till I wean my baby to be treated?

I have recurring tonsil stones and recurring tonsillitis. Currently breastfeeding a 7 week old. Will I need to wait till I wean my baby to be treated?

Not necessarily: Most treatments involving medications can be designed with breastfeeding in mind. Anesthesia required for surgical intervention could temporarily interfere with breastfeeding but storing enough breast milk for a few days while you recover is a viable solution. Hope you are feeling better soon! ...Read more

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My 4 year is always clearing his throat or coughing. Starting couple months ago. Was treated 4 double ear infect and tonsillitis. Underlying issue?

My 4 year is always clearing his throat or coughing. Starting couple months ago. Was treated 4 double ear infect and tonsillitis. Underlying issue?

?? tic: If this happens randomly, day or nite, might be allergies or hidden acid reflux.If only during the day and never while asleep. Almost always a tic or involuntary, unconscious act, worse when stressed or tired. Your pediatrician should be able to tell. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for a sinus infection, an ear infection, and tonsillitis with amoxicillin. My symptoms seem worse now (after 5 days) is this normal?

I'm being treated for a sinus infection, an ear infection, and tonsillitis with amoxicillin. My symptoms seem worse now (after 5 days) is this normal?

Contact Ur PCP: Your present sx may indicate the germ or germs involved are resistant to the antibiotic you are taking. Contact your pcp discuss your sx. A followup or change in med is in order. ...Read more

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Treated for tonsillitis but whole throat/tonsils swollen & red. Glands in neck swollen too after 20 days. Should it get worse to get better?

Treated for tonsillitis but whole throat/tonsils swollen & red. Glands in neck swollen too after 20 days. Should it get worse to get better?

Culture: If the tonsils are red and swollen for 20 days and an antibiotic has been unsuccessful I would strongly recommend a culture of the throat to rule out a viral infection or a specific bacterial infection. Finally, infectious mono needs to be ruled out. No it should not get worse before it gets better. You need a specific diagnosis. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives rather than antibiotics to treat tonsillitis? Throat is sore from 3/10 w/ white spots and 98.6 fever now. Was 101+ for 3 days.

Are there alternatives rather than antibiotics to treat tonsillitis? Throat is sore from 3/10 w/ white spots and 98.6 fever now. Was 101+ for 3 days.

Waiting it out: Is possible but if you are not improved by 10 days or develop high fevers antibiotics are indicated. Using basic supportive care (fluids, pain relievers, etc) will help. ...Read more

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Don't feel ill, no fever but have WORST headache and neck ache ever had. I do have IIH. Treated for tonsillitis and infected nose piercing. Meningitis?

Don't feel ill, no fever but have WORST headache and neck ache ever had. I do have IIH. Treated for tonsillitis and infected nose piercing. Meningitis?

Meningitis symptoms: Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. The signs/symptoms of meningitis include sudden high fever, severe headache +/- nausea/vomiting, stiff neck, seizures, confusion/difficulty concentrating, light sensitivity, sleepiness or difficulty waking up, and/or loss of appetite. There are MANY causes for head/neck aches. Go to your doc or ER if sx's persist. ...Read more

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