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Dr. Robert Knox
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Tonsillitis (Overview)

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 becomes a bacterial infection.


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What causes tonsillitis?

What causes tonsillitis?

Tonsil inflammation: Tonsillitis is a general term that describes tonsil inflammation. It can be "acute" when there is a sudden onset, active, often more severe infection, sometimes caused by "strep" or other bacteria/viruses. It can be "chronic" when the inflammation is on-going for long periods of time and causes a sore throat and swollen glands, white cheesy stuff coming out of the tonsils, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Knox
697 Doctors shared insights

Tonsillitis (Overview)

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 becomes a bacterial infection.


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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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Tonsillitis (Tip)

Do take I Ibuprofen to help with swelling and discomfort associated with tonsillitis. ...See more

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Treating Tonsillitis (Checklist)

Check with your doctor to find out what is causing your tonsillitis
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Gargle with warm salt water as needed for comfort
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Take anti-inflammatories if you are dealing with discomfort, or if you have a fever
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Avoid sharing foods, utensils, cups, or other things that collect saliva
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Is total loss of voice a symptom of tonsillitis?

Is total loss of voice a symptom of tonsillitis?

Generally no: Tonsillitis refers to inflammation of the tonsils. Losing your voice is laryngitis. If you have an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus, it could be affecting the entire upper respiratory tract and you could have laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, and sinusitis to name a few. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like tonsillitis go away quickly?

Not usually: Infected or inflamed tonsils can be quite painful. A bacterial infection will usually respond in a couple of days to antibiotics - there are medications to minimize the discomfort while the antibiotics are working (throat lozenges, nsaid's, prescription pain medications, etc). Viral tonsillitis requires time to resolve - the same pain meds noted above can help. ...Read more

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Tonsillitis (Tip)

Do use an anti inflammatory like ibuprofen, to help with pain. ...See more

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I have inflamed throat glands, but my right one has a hole in it, is this a sign of tonsillitis? What do I have? It's painful!

I have inflamed throat glands, but my right one has a hole in it, is this a sign of tonsillitis? What do I have? It's painful!

Possible Tonsillitis: You may have tonsillitis. The hole you see may be from the swelling causing the normal folds appear bigger. You should see your MD. ...Read more

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Why is tonsillitis the diagnosis and not the symptom?

Dx vs symptom: A symptom describes how something feels. For instance for a diagnosis of tonsillitis the symptoms may be pain, difficulty swallowing, swelling etc. ...Read more

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Tonsillitis (Tip)

Drink lots of water, gargle with salt water, avoid lots of dairy, get a culture, check for mono. ...See more

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In what way is tonsillitis diagnosed?

In what way is tonsillitis diagnosed?

Examination: A physical exam, looking in your mouth is the tried and true method. Also a throat swab for strep throat helps identify the cause as occasionally a blood test does. ...Read more

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How does babys doctor test for tonsillitis?

How does babys doctor test for tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: The first thing is a physical exam. The doctor can determine tonsillitis by one's symptoms and the physical exam.
Next, a swab of the tonsil is often done to determine if the infection is due to strep. Or not. If infection is strep, then treatment with antibiotics is needed. If strep is not present then the doctor may not prescribe an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Tonsil pain, enlargement, with exudate (white patches), can be caused by viral infection, or bacterial infections. After cultures and blood tests medications are prescribed. Multiple severe or intractable episodes of tonsillitis may eventually need a tonsillectomy, or surgical removal of the tonsils, which would be done by a ear/nose/throat surgeon. ...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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I have tonsillitis for the first time. With it, I just got a tonsil stone. Does this mean that I will continuously get them, even once I'm better?

Not necessarily: Some infections may increase tonsil stones, but it is not inevitable. See this site for more information on this topic, including prevention. Http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention. ...Read more

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What will be the best way to treat tonsillitis?

Depends: If caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are needed. If caused by a viral infection, time improves. Other causes such such as allergies or trauma require specific interventions. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I was treated for tonsillitis yesterday and today I feel worse. Is it possible to have something else with the same related symptoms?

Take the medications: You already examined by the doctor if there is some thing else, your doctor might have informed you, take the medications and call for follow up visit ...Read more

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Apart from antibiotics and removal, can you recommend treatments for chronic tonsillitis?

Apart from antibiotics and removal, can you recommend treatments for chronic tonsillitis?

Not really: Chronic tonsillitis is usually from a chronic bacterial infection especially h. Flu or actinomyces. Consider a 3 week course of Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) which will cover both or Clindamycin which is especially good for actino. Adults with chronic tonsillitis who require tonsillectomy in 6 mo have much better health, markedly less pain and antibiotic usage making the pain of the surgery worth it in the long run. ...Read more