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Dr. Robert Knox
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Tonsillitis (Overview)

Tonsillitis is a condition in which there is a swelling of the tonsils due to a bacterial or viral infection. Common symptoms include fever, and sore throat, and sometimes ear pain.


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What causes tonsillitis?

What causes tonsillitis?

Infection: The tonsils can be infected with bacterial, such as strep or with a virus. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Knox
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Tonsillitis (Overview)

Tonsillitis is a condition in which there is a swelling of the tonsils due to a bacterial or viral infection. Common symptoms include fever, and sore throat, and sometimes ear pain.


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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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Dealing with Tonsilitis (Tip)

Dealing with Tonsilitis

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

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Treating Tonsillitis (Checklist)

Check with a doctor to see what the cause of the tonsillitis is
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Gargle with warm salt water as needed for comfort
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Take anti-inflammatories as needed for discomfort or fever.
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Avoid sharing foods, utensils, cups, or other things that have 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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Dealing with Tonsilitis (Tip)

Dealing with Tonsilitis

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 tonsilitis the symptoms may be pain, difficulty swallowing, swelling etc. ...Read more

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Dealing with Tonsilitis (Tip)

Dealing with Tonsilitis

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