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What does strep throat look like on an adult with no tonsils?

What does strep throat look like on an adult with no tonsils?

Red: The area around where the tonsils used to be may look beefy red. There may also be red spots on the soft palate. The appearance does not help one identify strep vs virus. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I have strep throat at least three times a year plus many sore throats. The ER doctors say I should have my tonsils removed, is it safe as an adult?

I have strep throat at least three times a year plus many sore throats. The ER doctors say I should have my tonsils removed, is it safe as an adult?

See own doc: Decisions on whether you need surgical intervention for a chronic problem should not be coming for an er doc. You need to discuss this with a primary care doctor or with an ENT doctor for your particular case of recurrent throat infections. While the surgery is generally safe, there can always be complications from bleeding, infection, anesthesia. That's why you need to talk to your personal doc! ...Read more

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Can I get strep throat without tonsils?

Can I get strep throat without tonsils?

Absolutely: Streptococcal pharyngitis is not dependent on the presence or absence of tonsils, so the answer is yes! A simple swab will confirm your diagnosis in a few minutes, and you can immediately start appropriate therapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Symptoms of strep throat if you don't have tonsils?

Symptoms of strep throat if you don't have tonsils?

Essentially the same: Strep throat is strep throat--a bacterial infection due to exposure to a specific germ called streptococcus. Headache, sore throat, red throat, swollen lymph nodes of the neck, nausea, vomiting, generalized achiness or malaise, even a fine sandpapery red rash known as scarletina can occur whether one has tonsils or not. Admittedly the chance of strep throat seems less after tonsillectectomy. ...Read more

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Even with your tonsils out can you get strep throat?

Even with your tonsils out can you get strep throat?

Yes: The tonsils and adenoids represent large collections of gland tissue that are often involved with strep infections. After removal of most of those structures there will still be other glandular tissue present that can become infected with strep. ...Read more

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Can you get strep throat even if you do not have tonsils?

Can you get strep throat even if you do not have tonsils?

Not Uncommon: Although tonsillectomy greatly reduces the frequency of strep throat, it is not uncommon to still have such an infection in chidren.Thus, you still should be concerned if your child is sick with a sore throat. ...Read more

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I've had my tonsils removed can I still get strep throat?

I've had my tonsils removed can I still get strep throat?

Yes: Although removing the tonsils may decrease the frequency of strep throat, it is still possible to become infected with strep without tonsils. ...Read more

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Should I get my tonsils out if I keep getting strep throat?

Should I get my tonsils out if I keep getting strep throat?

Yes: If recurrent cultures of the tonsils, when infected, demonstrate streptococcus and you are significantly ill and it occurs 3 to 4 times a year, you should have a tonsillectomy. Rarely, but definitely, the recurrence of true strep tonsillitis may lead to heart or kidney disease. I believe this rare but potential danger should motivate you to have surgery on the tonsils. ...Read more

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What does strep throat look like in children without tonsils?

What does strep throat look like in children without tonsils?

Hard to say: I wouldn't think about a "look" of strep in the throat. It can be hard to predict sometimes by looking. Instead, if a child has a sore throat with a fever in the absence of cold symptoms like cough and runny nose, they should be checked for strep. Whether they have tonsils, they can also have headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and/or rashes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get strep throat if you don't have any tonsils?

Is it possible to get strep throat if you don't have any tonsils?

Yes: A tonsillectomy removes the prominent palatine tonsils on either side of the back of the throat. However, there is tonsil like tissue located in patches around the throat and roof of the throat. That and the rest of the throat tissue can become inflamed with a strep infection. Removal can reduce the intensity of symptoms but does not eliminate the risk of strep. ...Read more

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What to do if I can still get strep throat if I don't have tonsils?

What to do if I can still get strep throat if I don't have tonsils?

Yes: A tonsillectomy removes the prominent palatine tonsils on either side of the back of the throat. However, there is tonsil like tissue located in patches around the throat and roof of the throat. That and the rest of the throat tissue can become inflamed with a strep infection. Removal can reduce the intensity of symptoms but does not eliminate the risk of strep. ...Read more

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Do u have to have white specks on your tonsils to have strep throat ?

Do u have to have white specks on your tonsils to have strep throat
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Not always: There are other criteria for strep. It maybe you have a bright red throat with swelling and swelling of your lymph glands. If concerned for strep, be seen and treated. ...Read more

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Can my child get strep throat without having his tonsils (removed 2 years ago)?

Can my child get strep throat without having his tonsils (removed 2 years ago)?

Yes !!: Strep pyogenes (group a) does not care whether its victim has tonsils or not. Not only can your child get strep throat, but this should be tested for and treated, because without eradication there are post-streptococcal complications like extension of the infection to other areas, or acute rheumatic fever. Get child seen by family doctor. ...Read more

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Why for the past few years do I get strep throat 3+ times a year when I don't have tonsils? Possible causes?

Why for the past few years do I get strep throat 3+ times a year when I don't have tonsils?  Possible causes?

Strep or not strep?: Germs can infect the walls of your throat, even when you don't have tonsils. Cold viruses can cause a sore throat, so 3+ episodes of these a year are common. If you have true streptococcus bacterial infections (verified by testing) often, you or a member of your household may be a carrier. That is, your immune system lets strep bacteria live like squatters in your throat, instead of killing them. ...Read more

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I have been getting strep throat 1-2 times a yr since I was 14 and I am 19 now. Can I get my tonsils removed on that alone??

I have been getting strep throat 1-2 times a yr since I was 14 and I am 19 now. Can I get my tonsils removed on that alone??

Discuss with doctor.: An ENT (ear, nose and throat/otolaryngologist) specialist would be the best one to help make that determination. Usually 7 strep infections in a year or obstructive sleep apnea are stronger indications for performing a tonsillectomy, but each patient should be evaluated on a case by case basis. Ask your primary physician for a referral to the specialist, if you don't know of one. ...Read more

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How many episodes of strep throat should a child have in a year before considering removing tonsils? My son has had strep 5 times in a year

How many episodes of strep throat should a child have in a year before considering removing tonsils? My son has had strep 5 times in a year

2 or 3 at the least: In the 'old days' we used to withhold tonsillectomy unless children had many antibiotic failures in a row, but based on the age of your child(you didn't tell us the age ...Read more

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I've had large white streaks at back of throat (behind tonsils) for months (after getting strep throat in October 2014) is it likely serious?

I've had large white streaks at back of throat (behind tonsils) for months (after getting strep throat in October 2014) is it likely serious?

See doctor: Strep throat does not cause permanent changes at the throat area. Although I don't believe that your problem is serious the prudent thing to do is to ask your doctor to take a look at the throat just to be sure. ...Read more

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I used to get strep throat a lot when I was growing up. Finally, they removed my tonsils and I haven't had it since. How do I know if I am a carrier?

Testing: Strep carrier status occurs when an individual tests positive for the strep a germ on multiple occasions but remains asymptomatic. (lack of physical illness & lack of a blood test showing an immune response)an estimated 5% of folks are year round carriers & as many as 25% may be transient carriers in the winter. Carriers do pose some risk to susceptible friends & family. ...Read more

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Hi, I have had symptoms of strep throat for 7 days now. And white patches on both tonsils but tonight the pain finally stopped. Does this mean its do?

Hi, I have had symptoms of strep throat for 7 days now. And white patches on both tonsils but tonight the pain finally stopped. Does this mean its do?

Confusing statement: As written your statement/question is not clear. You are free to start over. Your questions are not linked, so each must have the background and a question.???????does this mean its do???means what?????? ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have strep throat or do my tonsils need to be taken out?

Otolaryngologist: Sxs of strep throat can include: pain of throat; large, red tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue or rash. Medical evaluation would be needed (otolaryngology) is order to answer your question. ...Read more

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What are the signs of strep throat without tonsils I got mine out a long time ago and I see a little white in my throat?

What are the signs of strep throat without tonsils I got mine out a long time ago and I see a little white in my throat?

Multiple: You can get strep throat without tonsils. Symptoms include severe and sudden sore throat without coughing, sneezing, or other cold symptoms. Pain or difficulty with swallowing and fever greater than 101 can occur. Swollen lymph nodes are common. White spots are common. See a medical provider. Good luck ...Read more

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I had a culture done to see if i strep throat but it came back negitive my tonsils are getting bigger andmore white patches are showing.

I had a culture done to see if i strep throat but it came back negitive my tonsils are getting bigger andmore white patches are showing.

Infectious Mono : Is next likely the cause. Wonder you have swollen glands on your neck. Eb virus antibodies test confirms the suspicion. ...Read more

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In a year I got strep throat. Year after I got a tonsil stone went away on its own. And this time I got more stones. Why is this happening?

Cryptic tonsils: Cryptic tonsils are usually enlarged
the spaces fill up with food debris
and form stones. You can remove them
by shooting the jet of a water pik at them. ...Read more

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There is a painless patch in the back of my throat on my left tonsil. Could this be the first sign of strep throat or something more serious?

Varies.: Yes but the tonsils are rough surfaced and frequently collect bacteria and sometimes yeast. Try a cotton swab on it. If temporary, usually no worry. If not be checked by md. ...Read more

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Had strep throat beg of jan and was treated I waited couple weeks to be seen again i still had lil white patch on each tonsil can it be scarring?

Had strep throat beg of jan and was treated I waited couple weeks to be seen again i still had lil white patch on each tonsil can it be scarring?

Unlikley: You will get white patches on the tonsils from viral illness, but you can also get food particles in the crypts of your tonsils that appear white. These will come and go. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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I constantly get strep throat about 3 to four times a year. Can removing my tonsils help prevent step throat? What are other things I can do to stop it

I constantly get strep throat about 3 to four times a year. Can removing my tonsils help prevent step throat? What are other things I can do to stop it

Yes and no: The removal of the palatine tonsils can reduce the "intensity" of illness when you get strep in the future, but it does not prevent you from getting it. After the tonsils are removed, there are still tissues and glands in the throat that can become infected, with the same risk of immune mediated complications. ...Read more

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Can i have strep throat with no apparent pus in tonsils?

Sure: Strep throat can have many symptoms and different throat appearances. Doctors have a rapid strep test that gives an accurate result in 5 minutes. The amount of symptoms can also depend on how far into the illness a person is, before she shows up at her doctor's office for evaluation. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more