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Should I still go to work if I have tonsillitis?

Should I still go to work if I have tonsillitis?

Depends on cause: Many people will have mild tonsillitis with common cold of flu and it would be okay to go to work, once you are beyond three days from the start of illness. However, strep throat needs to be treated immediately to avoid complications. Rarely, tonsillitis may be due to a serious infectious illness such as diphtheria which should be treated asap and you should avoid work till cleared by a doc. 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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Will probiotics make zpack not work? Because im taking them together also ive been on zpack for 5 days and my tonsillitis still hasn't gone and has pus

Will probiotics make zpack not work? Because im taking them together also ive been on zpack for 5 days and my tonsillitis still hasn't gone and has pus

Zpack: Zpack is not first line antibiotic for tonsillitis or in fact any actual bacterial infection in my opinion. If someone actually improves on ZPACK, they likely had a viral infection or no infection at all. The probiotic is likely to help you more than the ZPACK, in my opinion. Read more

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22 months old have a viral tonsilitis, and on antibiotic 7 days. But her nose is still extremely stuffed. Saline drops and decong. Doesn't work at all!

22 months old have a viral tonsilitis, and on antibiotic 7 days. But her nose is still extremely stuffed. Saline drops and decong. Doesn't work at all!

Saline drops are it: If the tonsillitis is viral there is no reason for the antibiotic. Stuffiness are part of a respiratory virus and needs to resolve on its own. I know your child is uncomfortable but there is not much you can do but wait it out. The fda has warned against using decongestants in young children. You certainly know from your own experience that you can be stuffy for days when you get a cold. Read more

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What works against tonsillitis without going to the doctors?

What works against tonsillitis without going to the doctors?

I don't recommend it: Especially at your age it needs looked at as there are some more serious things as well as complications of real tonsillitis that require special care. Read more

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I have got tonsillitis and I have taken amoxillin but pain is still there.

I have got tonsillitis and I have taken amoxillin but pain is still there.

Not surprising: Tonsillitis can be caused frequently by a viral infection. Therefore, an antibiotic is not needed. Secondly as high as 40 to 50% of non-typable hemophilus influenza (a bacteria often causing tonsil infection) is not sensitive to amoxicillin. The correct way to treat tonsillitis is to culture the throat before treatment and determine what bacteria may be the cause and treat specifically. 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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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

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I woke up with a flushed face and it's still here it's 2 pm now, no new meds apparently clean bill of health. I do have tonsillitis though.

I woke up with a flushed face and it's still here it's 2 pm now, no new meds apparently clean bill of health. I do have tonsillitis though.

More info needed.: Who diagnosed tonsillitis and are you on any medication or antibiotic? Do you have fever now? Is your blood pressure normal? Do you have any allergic issue which could cause the facial flushing? If you answer any of these questions positively, you should be seen. Read more

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Just got over tonsillitis. Still sore?

Inconsistent: It is difficult to state that you have "just got over tonsillitis. Still sore? The two statements are inconsistent. Either you have not completely resolved your tonsillitis (if indeed that is the correct diagnosis) or it is a persistent inflammatory process in other areas of your throat. For example, the pharynx, the base of tongue, or base of your throat may still be inflamed. See a physician. Read more

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Can I still have tonsillitis without tonsils?

Yes, you still: Have lymphoid tissue on the tongue and around the back of the throat that is not removed with a tonsillectomy. Read more

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How long will it take for amoxicillin to work for my 3 year olds tonsillitis?

How long will it take for amoxicillin to work for my 3 year olds tonsillitis?

Varies: Usually within 7 to 10 days, improvement should be seen earlier than that... 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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I had tonsillitis and was put on amoxicillin for 10 days, I have one more day but I still see white puss on them should I get more meds?

I had tonsillitis and was put on amoxicillin for 10 days, I have one more day but I still see white puss on them should I get more meds?

Not actually: Do you have fever and pain too? Most likely your throat had a viral infection and there is residual exudate. If you had a positive strep culture, you should check with your doctor for follow up. Read more

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I had tonsillitis and was put on penicillin for 10days, I stopped taking the pill. It has now been 15days and I still haven't come on could I be preg?

Menses irregular: Acute infectious conditions can alter your menstrual periods regularity. If you think you are pregnant get a home kit and use the urine test strip to check. But wait a few more days. This may just be due to the tonsillitis. Read more

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Got bacterial tonsillitis + have been given penicillinV, I haven't collected penicillin + has started to feel better should I still get the penicillin?

Got bacterial tonsillitis + have been given penicillinV, I haven't collected penicillin + has started to feel better should I still get the penicillin?

Bacterial tonsilliti: A documented bacterial tonsillitis should be treated with antibiotics to eradicate the infection. While you feel better, I recommend revisiting your physician to establish that the tonsillitis spontaneously improved. Read more