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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
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
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
Was told over a week ago I had bronchisits and tonsillitis still have a terrible cough what could be going on?
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
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
Listen to Doctor: Stay away until your doctor tells you that you are not contagious. ...Read more
I've got tonsillitis and its purple but it's the second time I've had it only under 3 weeks I've had the pensilin but dident work?
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?
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.
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
Varies: Usually within 7 to 10 days, improvement should be seen earlier than that... ...Read more
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
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?
Got bacterial tonsillitis + have been given penicillinV, I haven't collected penicillin + has started to feel better should I still get the penicillin?
I keep getting tonsillitis a lot but do not always go to the doctors but I want my tonsils out, will I still get tonsillitis?
Tonsillectomy: You need to consult with an ENT specialist. They will be able to determine whether the frequency of your infections (usually >3/yr) warrants tonsillectomy and give you the risk/benefit assessment. ...Read more
How long until my tonsil should go down from tonsillitis? It is still swollen, but the white pus has gone down a lot. It's been well over a week now
1-2 weeks: It's not uncommon to have continued swelling of the tonsilar tissue for up to 2 weeks after treatment is started. ...Read more
Diagnosed with tonsillitis Tuesday started zpack that night now Saturday and there is still swelling and white spots. Should we go in?
Wrong antibiotic: If you truly have a bacterial tonsillitis, then azythromycin (zithromax) is not a good antibiotic. If you have not had a culture of the tonsil, using any antibiotic is a leap of faith. Furthermore, if you are not allergic to penicillin, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a better drug to chose as an empirical antibiotic. Zithromax has no effect against NTHI, a common bacterial cause of tonsillitis. Get a culture. ...Read more
Had a bad cold 3 months ago. Took antibiotics, didn't really go away. Still is slightly swollen but no cold. I've had tonsillitis & T stones what to do?
See ENT doc: Sometimes tonsils have to be removed. See ENT Doc for exam/advice ...Read more
Had tonsillitis tried to treat it on my own. Most pus patches went away except one. Tonsils still swollen and it's been like 3 weeks. Why won't go away?
Severe infection: Tonsils can become severely infected and may fail to respond totally to even anti-biotic therapy - that's why so many people have to have them removed. I hope you did not self-prescribe the Amoxicillin - it's not a good idea to do that and could make your health problems into the future harder to treat. See a doctor to get that last bit taken care of. ...Read more
My 4 yr old always gets tonsillitis with high fever she has been on amoxillin for 3 days and still the same fever goes down with neurofen but comesback?
How long does it take for tonsil to go back to normal after tonsillitis? On antibiotics, fever&pain subsided but left tonsil still swollen size 2
Varies: Usually gets back to normal size within a couple of weeks. Recommend Healthtap visit for a specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more
How long does tonsillitis take to heal. I'm going on day 6 and my throat is still very red and raw and partially swelled (no white). Was told viral?
A viral infection could take several days (and up to a couple of weeks) to resolve.
However - if you were told it was viral, and you are taking good care of yourself and the symptoms are still not getting better - you should return to an ENT physician to make sure that the infection was indeed viral. ...Read more
Had chest pressure and hoarse voice for 4 days. Thought maybe bronchitis after zpack still no relief. Should I go get checked? Possibly tonsillitis?
Odds are you have: And had a viral infection which is why you have no response to the Z-pak. Probably influenza. Unlikely to be tonsillitis from your description but it would't hurt to get checked out since you are uncomfortable. Your health care provider will be able to give you tips for dealing with viral infections so maybe you can avoid indiscriminate use of antibiotics in the future. ...Read more
Supposed to go in for cystoscopy today but have uti, tonsillitis, toe infection, & now hives that started last night. Should I still go or reschedule?
Yes: Your symptoms do not sound real. Or u are just one unlucky person. ...Read more
The doctor at the ER said I have tonsillitis and strep throat and its been almost five days now and been taking my antibiotics but its not helping ive been having sharp pains and my tonsils are still really swollen. Sometimes I can barley swollow my own s
Had tonsillitis & felt sick for 3 days, pus still coming out of tonsils after two weeks but no other symptoms. Why?
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?
My 3 year old has enlarged tonsillitis. Dr says antibiotics won't work. He has to get them removed. I want all ideas to cure him naturally only. Thanks?
2-3 days: If there is no improvement if 72 hours, you amy have a strain that is resistant to azithromycin. Rates of resistance to z pack are at least 40% here in the new york area. Let your doctor know if you still have severe pain or fever after 3-4 days. Keepin mind that the vast amount of tonsil infections are viral and will clear on their own in 7-10 days. ...Read more
Can you still develop peritonsillar abcess if you are already on antibiotics for tonsillitis? How to prevent?
I have tonsillitis for 5days. Taking clindamycin 300 my q8 for 24h. My fever still coming back. When does fever subside?
Need recheck: If fever persists more than 3 days after treatment initiated, you need a recheck. Several possibilities exist. You may have a resistant bacteria causing the infection and need a different medicine. The infection may be viral, even something like mono, and antibiotics won't help at all. You may also have developed a complication such as a tonsillar abcess. Regardless, if still fever, need recheck! ...Read more
I'm taking phenoxymethyl paracillin for tonsillitis, everything has cleared up but I'm still taking the tablets, can I drink alcohol?
Alcohol: Yes, but not often!Get a more detailed answer ›
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