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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)

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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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

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Why do I catch stuff like strep and tonsillitis more than i used to, had two blood transfusions with my hip surgeries, did i catch something from it?

Why do I catch stuff like strep and tonsillitis more than i used to, had two blood transfusions with my hip surgeries, did i catch something from it?

Probably not.: The increase in strep is usually related to increased exposure to people with strep. Stress can lower your immune system strength as well which may be contributing. ...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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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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I have really bad tonsillitis, been on amoxicillin 50mg for 2 and a half days, not clearing it as fast as I would like, can I take 4 a day?

I have really bad tonsillitis,  been on amoxicillin 50mg for 2 and a half days,  not clearing it as fast as I would like, can I take 4 a day?

Even better idea..: Get another antibiotic. There's a lot of resistance to the penicillin derivatives in the bacteria out there these days. Amoxicillin just might not be working at all, and might not work no matter how much you take of how long you take it. Rather than fiddle with the dose yourself, revisit your doctor and get a different antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have had tonsillitis for 14 days now and I have took all my antibiotics for it . Today it has flared back really bad causing me to gag and feel sick?

I have had tonsillitis for 14 days now and I have took all my antibiotics for it . Today it has flared back really bad causing me to gag and feel sick?

Tonsillitis: If it is failing to improve on antibiotics, your doctor may want to review your medication and check you for mono. It is also possible you may have developed an abscess. All the best and I hope you start to feel better. ...Read more

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The back of my tongue hurts bad. Tonsillitis?

Could be: When most doctors refer to tonsillitis, they mean infection (viral or bacterial) of the tonsils at the side of the throat (palatine tonsils). There are also tonsils at the back of the tongue (lingual tonsils) if the location of the pain is truly in the back of the tongue, several diagnoses are possible. Lingual tonsillitis, infected taste buds or if you are a smoker, more serious problems. Ent. ...Read more