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My son 2yrs has tonsillitis. Temp. High. 4 4days. Taking antibios 1day now. Temp still too high > 39d.C. Over the counter drug 2 bring temp. Down?

My son 2yrs has tonsillitis. Temp. High. 4 4days. Taking antibios 1day now. Temp still too high > 39d.C. Over the counter drug 2 bring temp. Down?

Why didn't Dr advise: You need to give weight-based, children's tylenol (acetaminophen) or children's Ibuprofen to help reduce discomfort and fever. If not controlled / if concerns, take to pediatrician / urgent care. ...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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Over the counter medication for tonsilitis?

Over the counter medication for tonsilitis?

Chloraseptic: If Severe seek medical attention for treatment. If mild without fever and chills or trouble swallowing consider Chloraseptic Spray! ...Read more

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Is it okay that I take antibiotics for my tonsillitis or not?

Is it okay that I take antibiotics for my tonsillitis or not?

Not unless directed: By a medical provider. Many cases of tonsillitis are caused by viruses and do not require antibiotics for treatment. ...Read more

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

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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Almost 9 month old boy with tonsillitis. Today is the last day of Antibiotics. Why is he getting worse?

Almost 9 month old boy with tonsillitis. Today is the last day of Antibiotics. Why is he getting worse?

Hard to say: Tonsilar infections in a 9 mo are rarely simple. They can involve non standard germs which may not respond to simple antibiotics. They can also involve abscess formation within a tonsil or along the back wall of the throat. If you thing the kid is worse after a few days of treatment have him re-evaluated. ...Read more

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My 18month old is having temp for the past week with a tonsillitis & has finished one antibiotic with no result, she is miserable. What can I do?

My 18month old is having temp for the past week with a tonsillitis & has finished one antibiotic with no result, she is miserable. What can I do?

Please let her: Pediatrician know about her current symptoms. That physician knows her history and will be the best equipped to deal with her on-going illness. I hope she feels better soon. ...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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Went to dr yesterday have tonsillitis just got antibiotics when will the big white patches and pain clear up? Also have anxiety over it spreading2lungs

Went to dr yesterday have tonsillitis just got antibiotics when will the big white patches and pain clear up? Also have anxiety over it spreading2lungs

Don't worry: The tonsils will improve over the next 48 - 72. It is not common for tonsillitis to spread to the lungs especially since you are now on antibiotics that will destroy the bacteria. ...Read more

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Best antibiotics for tonsillitis?

Best antibiotics for tonsillitis?

Usually none: Unless you have a positive strep test, your tonsillitis is probably due to a viral infection. Antibiotics are useless and aren't recommended. If you have a positive strep test, the best treatment is penicillin or amoxicillin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about antibiotics for tonsillitis?

Culture: The best answer is that you need a culture and sensitivity of the tonsil tissue. The sensitivity by the bacteriology laboratory will then tell the physician two things. 1,) a pathogenic bacteria is present from the tonsillar culture and 2.) the appropriate antibiotics that will most likely be effective in eradicating the infection in the tonsils. ...Read more

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How long till tonsillitis clears up while on antibiotics?

Usually viral: Tonsillitis is usually caused by a viral infection (such as a cold virus), so antibiotics aren't effective. The only exception is when it's caused by strep. Antibiotics don't really speed up recovery with strep; they just prevent uncommon complications. ...Read more

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My tonsillitis is getting worse with antibiotics. What should I do?

My tonsillitis is getting worse with antibiotics. What should I do?

See your doctor: If your tonsillitis is getting worse on antibiotics see your doctor. Your infection may be resistant to your antibiotics so you may need a culture. Your infection may be viral so you may need other medications or testing. Stay hydrated! ...Read more

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Is it possible to relapse with tonsillitis before fully recovering from the first bout? Or is being on antibiotics make relapse unlikely?

It's possible: Maybe the antibiotic wasn't covering all the potential pathogenic bacteria, maybe there are resistant bacteria that flared up. Being on an antibiotic doesn't eliminate the possibility of a flare in symptoms. ...Read more

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I have had tonsillitis for four weeks now and am on my third course of antibiotics and it still won't go away what can I do about this?

I have had tonsillitis for four weeks now and am on my third course of antibiotics and it still won't go away what can I do about this?

The real issue: You need to know what is being treated hear. Go back to the beginning and start over. Go to the doctor start with blood draw. May all be viral. Just start over ...Read more

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How can I recover from tonsillitis quicker? I am on antibiotics and I wad given an injection yesterday too. The pain came back. Pls advise.

How can I recover from tonsillitis quicker? I am on antibiotics and I wad given an injection yesterday too. The pain came back. Pls advise.

Steroids: My preferred treatment is a 10 day course of Clindamycin with a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak. If you are on antibiotics and your symptoms are worse, you could be developing an abscess which must be drained. Symptoms of an abscess: trismus, hot potato voice, and the pain is usually localized to one side, . ...Read more

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Is it allowed to resume the previous antibiotic when my tonsillitis returned after two months? My antibiotic is levoflox 500mg once a day.

Is it allowed to resume the previous antibiotic when my tonsillitis returned after two months? My antibiotic is levoflox 500mg once a day.

I would not: I would not try it as it may indicate failure if tonsillitis returned despite treatment. Although, I may not be aware of all the details of your problem, but Levofloxacin doesn't seem to be the first choice antibiotic for tonsillitis in most cases. Again, your physician may have had compelling unknown reasons why he prescribed it in the first place, but I would move with another one. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with tonsillitis but it has been 3 days since starting antibiotics and my symptoms have gotten worse. Is that normal?

No: The cause of your tonsillitis may be bacterial, but it can also be related to mononucleosis or other viral causes. It could also be that the antibiotics you got for tonsillitis does not cover the bacteria that you are infected with. ...Read more

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My dr. Always telling me not to use antibiotics if I have flu or tonsillitis.. What should I do?

My dr. Always telling me not to use antibiotics if I have flu or tonsillitis.. What should I do?

Treat your symptoms: The flu and colds are caused by viruses and therefore antibiotics do not work. Taking antibiotics could cause problems with developing resistant bacteria. Treat your symptoms if you feel the need, but your immune system will take care of the disease. ...Read more

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Hello I have been given antibiotics for bacterial tonsillitis but I am scared I have caught it off something.

Hello I have been given antibiotics for bacterial tonsillitis but I am scared I have caught it off something.

Tonsillitis: I am not sure what you are saying/asking.
Tonsil infections are fairly common. Can come from postnasal drainage or part of the flu. Tonsils can lose their ability to defend against infection and require a therapy such as Hydro Pulse Throat Irrigation to be cleared.
please see www. Hydromedonline. Com and
www. Grossaninstitute. Com ...Read more

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My friend has tonsillitis for 3 months, could their be any kidney damage now, what are few antibiotic can he get?

As above: Having tonsillitis that long, means he has chronic tonsillitis and may benefit from tonsillectomy discuss w u ENT physician. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the white spots from tonsillitis starts to turn black after starting an antibiotic regimen?

The infection is: Likely responding to the antibiotics and the pus is turning color. Necrotic tissue can also give the darker/ blackish appearance which would indicate failure of therapy with antibiotics. Rely on other signs (i.e. worsening pain, worsening fever, weakness, increased phlegm or shortness of breath, etc.) to give you an idea if things are better or worse. ...Read more

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What would be the best medication/antibiotic for tonsillitis (only right side of tonsil is painful)? Need help... : (

Diagnosis: If you have a bacterial tonsillitis which can only be documented by a throat culture, then Augmentin is the drug of choice if you are not allergic to penicillin. If you are allergic, Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Levaquin would be my choices. But a culture and sensitivity is the only certain method to determine if and what antibiotic you should be given. ...Read more

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I am 26 years old. I have been having acute diarrhea for the past 72hours. I was on a course of antibiotics for tonsillitis before the diarrhea.?

I am 26 years old. I have been having acute diarrhea for the past 72hours. I was on a course of antibiotics for tonsillitis before the diarrhea.?

Common: Antibiotics are notorious for leading to diarrhea. Which one are you on? C. Diff infection can also result for antibiotic utilization and can be checked easily by giving a stool sample. ...Read more

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My daughter 15 has I think tonsillitis she has had in the past some times antibiotics. Had for 10 days but tonight can't swollow hardy and painful?

My daughter 15 has I think tonsillitis she has had in the past some times antibiotics. Had for 10 days but tonight can't swollow hardy and painful?

Doctor can recheck: Sore throat or tonsillitis symptoms usually are evaluated with a strep test in addition to an exam. If there are strep germs, antibiotics such as Amoxil (amoxicillin) or Zithromax are needed. Sometimes tonsils get whitish mucousy stuff on them. Persistent problems may mean a tonsillar abscess (needs a recheck), or maybe MONOnucleosis. One can catch mono coincidentally when one has strep throat. ...Read more

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Hi doc! I've had tonsillitis for 3/4 days now. Started antibiotics yesterday. How long will these take to work? And how long does tonsillitis last?

Depends.: Tonsillitis is often not bacterial. When it is bacterial it responds in a few days for certain. When it is viral it may not get better for 4-5 days. Maybe your doc did a culture or rapid strep test? ...Read more

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I have had tonsillitis for 3 months, 8 lots of antibiotics/penicillin injections 2weeks ago, now having3more. Why isn't it going away? Immune disorder?

Chronic tonsillitis: Hopefully I understand your question correctly, but I think you're saying you are having chronic tonsil issues, perhaps with pain or sore throat or bad breath or swallowing issues. This could mean the tonsils are chronically infected with "biofilms" and that you may need to be evaluated for tonsillectomy. Other issues like reflux or masses should also be evaluated for at that appointment. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more