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How bad should tonsillitis be before surgery?

How bad should tonsillitis be before surgery?

See an ENT: Any ENT physician can take a history, examine you and determine whether your tonsils should come out. ...Read more

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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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?

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?

Yes, antibiotics: Will become ineffective eventually. And you might get airway obstruction or abscess formation. Follow your doctor's advice. Tonsillectomy should be no more painful than another bout of bad tonsillitis. ...Read more

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I am allergic to penicillin and I have tonsillitis what should I do if surgery?

I am allergic to penicillin and I have tonsillitis what should I do if surgery?

Alternatives: There are plenty of non-penicillin alternatives that can be used; Erythromycin is one of the most common. If you really need to be treated with a penicillin derivative, your allergist can desensitize you prior to starting the antibiotic. But it is always best to use an alternative so that you don't run the risk of having a penicillin reaction. ...Read more

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Good Day. For chronic hypertrophic rhinitis and chronic tonsillitis that are solutions to avoid surgery?

Good Day. For chronic hypertrophic rhinitis and chronic tonsillitis that are solutions to avoid surgery?

Chronic inflammation: You might try steroids intermittently as an anti-inflammatory drug. However, the problems that you are describing are the result of chronic inflammation and often do not respond to medical therapy such as antibiotics. It is true that surgery for both of your complaints will usually result in a cure. ...Read more

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Son went adenoids & tonsillitis surgery wen 4 (now 6) due to breathing probs. Now again he is facing same prbs. He puts finger while slpng. Pls guide.

Allergy possible : He is being treated for asthma like symptoms is he better with treatment no fever symptoms only at night is possible he may have stuffy nose and can only breath thru mouth no tonsils may have postnasal drip i would try with md permission to use allergy treat and see effect not seeing is difficult to be exact hope I have helped good luck. ...Read more

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Diagnosed by ENT for Chronic Tonsillitis. Want a 2nd opinion please on any treatment before going to surgery. Any options to discuss with my ENT ?

Diagnosed by ENT for Chronic Tonsillitis. Want a 2nd opinion please on any treatment before going to surgery. Any options to discuss with my ENT ?

Chronic tonsillitis: If you have failed on multiple antibiotic courses and this is chronic tonsillitis then I would agree with your ENT that you may need to have a tonsilectomy. ...Read more