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How long does it take for the white dots to disappear if you have strep or tonsilitis?

How long does it take for the white dots to disappear if you have strep or tonsilitis?

7-10 days usually: If it is due to tonsillitis and you take antibiotics. Some people have "tonsilliths" (tonsil stones) which will not get better with antibiotics. These appear as whitish pockets of debris that are actually inside the tonsil and sort of poking out. If you've been treated, your throat isn't sore, and you still have white spots-that's likely a tonsillith. See your md if you're concerned. ...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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How long would strep throat/tonsillitis last while on penicillin?

How long would strep throat/tonsillitis last while on penicillin?

PCN: The person is usually not contagious after completing the first 24 hours of antibiotics and they generally feel significant improvement after 24 to 48 hours. You still need to take the full course of antibiotics. Don't stop just because you are feeling better. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to smoke/drink after mono/strep/tonsillitis?

How long should I wait to smoke/drink after mono/strep/tonsillitis?

For ever.: You have no need to smoke, ever. It's bad for you before, during, or after mono/strep/tonsillitis. If you have stopped for more than three days because of your illness, the physical addiction is already broken and any cravings you feel are just habit. Stay a non-smoker, for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis, strep and/or pharyngitis catching? Can others catch it from me through common contact while i take antibiotic that works against all 3

Is tonsillitis, strep and/or pharyngitis catching? Can others catch it from me through common contact while i take antibiotic that works against all 3

Possibly: You can transmit an oral or throat infection by close contact in the early phase of the infection. But not likely with casual contact. Furthermore, after you have been on appropriate antibiotics for 24 hours or so, you won't be infectious. ...Read more

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How long can tonsillitis last? Had 6 days of severe pain, much better but still swollen, sore, and I'm absolutely exhausted. Neg rapid strep culture.

How long can tonsillitis last? Had 6 days of severe pain, much better but still swollen, sore, and I'm absolutely exhausted. Neg rapid strep culture.

Sore throat: If you were not taking antibiotics when the strep test was negative, then the chances are this is caused by a virus. Mono is a common cause of severe sore throat with fatigue - you could ask your doctor to check for that, and to make sure your spleen is not enlarged. ...Read more

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If I was prescribed Azithromycin for strep throat 5 days ago and have no improvement. Now I have severe tonsillitis. What do i do? Can I take amox too

If I was prescribed Azithromycin for strep throat 5 days ago and have no improvement. Now I have severe tonsillitis. What do i do? Can I take amox too

Reassessment Needed: While Azithromycin is effective against some forms of strep throat, it does not work for all forms of strep throat. There are also multiple other causes for tonsillitis. Usually if your medication is effective, you begin to feel much better within 2 to 3 days of starting the medication. I recommend you have your throat reevaluated to assess appropriate changes in your treatment or medication. ...Read more

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Strep, mono, tonsillitis or what? What's the difference?

See full answer: Tonsillitis is an infection or inflammation of the tonsils. Strep is a specific bacteria that can cause tonsillitis or pharyngitis (infection of the throat). Mononucleosis is an infection caused by epstein barr virus. All three can present with severe sore throat, fever, and other symptoms. Your doctor can differentiate between them with a combination of physical exam and tests. ...Read more

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Why am i always getting strep or tonsillitis, this is the 2nd time I've gotten it this yr, is it cause i live with older people?

Why am i always getting strep or tonsillitis, this is the 2nd time I've gotten it this yr, is it cause i live with older people?

Possibly: Usually its the other way around. That is, young children frequently become ill because they attend day care where many children harbor viral infections. At age 53 most people do not become infected with bacteria as often as children. However, i see adults at your age with tonsillitis but rarely. I do not think that living with older people is commonly a reason for frequent infections. ...Read more

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What's the difference between strep throat and tonsillitis?

Strep throat: Tonsillitis is a generic term that describes an irritation/inflammation of the tonsils. Tonsillitis can be caused by infectious bacteria or viruses strep throat refers to the bacterial organism sometimes responsible tor tonsillitis. It is characterized by beefy red, ulcerated, very painful tonsillitis. Strep throat remains the most common reason for removing the tonsils. ...Read more

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Hi docs, can you tell me if strep throat and tonsillitis are the same thing?

Hi docs, can you tell me if strep throat and tonsillitis are the same thing?

No: Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils and can be caused by many different agents, including strep. Strep throat is caused by group a streptococcus, a specific germ that responds to antibiotics. ...Read more

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How to know if I have tonsillitis or strep?

How to know if I have tonsillitis or strep?

Medical test: Tonsillitis can be caused by strep. 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. ...Read more

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How do you know if tonsillitis is caused by strep?

How do you know if tonsillitis is caused by strep?

You don't: 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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between severe strep and tonsillitis?

What is the difference between severe strep and tonsillitis?

Strep Tonsillitis: Group A Streptococcus bacteria is one type of infection that can impact tonsils. Tonsillitis is inflammation of tonsils that can be caused by different germs (to include bacteria and viruses). ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be due to strep bacteria?

Can tonsillitis be due to strep bacteria?

Yes: Strep bacteria is a common cause of bacterial tonsillitis, however the vast majority of tonsillitis is caused by viral pathogens. ...Read more

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How can I know I have strep / tonsillitis?

How can I know I have strep / tonsillitis?

Culture: The only way you can determine if you have Streptococcus as a cause of your tonsillitis is to have a swab culture directly into the tonsillar tissue. Although one can suspect it clinically, there are other bacterial causes of bacterial tonsillitis, including S. pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenza, and Moraxella catharhalis. ...Read more

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Can it be possible to have tonsillitis due to strep bacteria?

Can it be possible to have tonsillitis due to strep bacteria?

Of course: Streptococcus is one of the more common causes of bacterial tonsillitis. Get a throat culture and find out whether or not the culture identifies streptococcus. ...Read more

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Is it possible for strep or tonsillitis to still get worse the first day after starting antibiotics?

Possibly: Bacterial infections can worsen, even if beginning antibiotics. Sometime patients feel worse in 24 or so hours due to substances released into the body from the death of the bacteria and cell death. Antibiotics do not guarantee cure. If one is worsening after beginning antibiotics and there is concern, a phone call to the doctor may be warranted or a re-visit. Give it a chance then call. ...Read more

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Can I get strep from someone who has tonsillitis. But I do not have tonsils?

Yes possible: although your symptoms will be much less severe. Even if your tonsils may not have grown back but you may have tonsil tissue left behind. Also, if your adenoids were not removed during the initial surgery, strep may infect those as well. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is a strep, tonsillitis, or thrush?

How do I know if it is a strep, tonsillitis, or thrush?

Culture: A culture of the throat is the definitive way to diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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What is the difference between strep / bacterial tonsillitis and viral tonsillitis?

Different agents: Viral tonsillitis is from a virus such as epstein-barr or adenovirus. Antibiotics don't help. Strep and other bacterial tonsillitis are caused by bacteria against which antibiotics work. Symptoms and throat appearance are very similar. ...Read more

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Would i be able to have strep or tonsillitis only on one side of the throat?

Would i be able to have strep or tonsillitis only on one side of the throat?

Yes: The bacteria is likely all over your throat but you may only have one tonsil that has significant swelling. However, if one side is markedly swollen to the point that it is causing the uvula to be pulled to one side that could be a serious condition called a peri-tonsilar abscess. That can impact the airway and merits emergency care. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have tonsillitis, strep throat, what?

How do I know if I have tonsillitis, strep throat, what?

Two issues: Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed ; may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific agent streptococcus group a which is easily confirmed with a quick test or culture. While viral tonsillitis requires no abx ; will self heal, strep needs rx to prevent complications ; prevent spread within the community. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have tonsillitis and not strep throat?

How do I know if I have tonsillitis and not strep throat?

Two issues: Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed & may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific agent streptococcus group a which is easily confirmed with a quick test or culture. While viral tonsillitis requires no abx & will self heal, strep needs rx to prevent complications & prevent spread within the community. ...Read more

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How are tonsillitis and strep throat distinguished from each other?

How are tonsillitis and strep throat distinguished from each other?

Vs.: A stretph infection can cause inflammation of tonsils (tonsilitis). However, tonsilits can be due to a number of different causes. ...Read more