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Will you always have tonsillitis on only one side?

Will you always have tonsillitis on only one side?

Rarely: Inflammation of the tonsils or tonsillitis is almost universally on both sides. There are cases where one side may have a more complicated problem such as an abcess. See your doctor for help. ...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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Would I be able to have strep or tonsillitis only on one side of the throat?

Would I be able to have strep or tonsillitis only on one side of the throat?

Yes: The bacteria is likely all over your throat but you may only have one tonsil that has significant swelling. However, if one side is markedly swollen to the point that it is causing the uvula to be pulled to one side that could be a serious condition called a peri-tonsilar abscess. That can impact the airway and merits emergency care. ...Read more

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My tonsils are red and puffy and there is a medium/big white bump on one side and it's very painful and I have a bad earache as well. Is it tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: This is a generic term, meaning inflammation of the tonsils. So, the answer to your question is "yes" you have it. Whether it is viral or bacterial is the issue. If it has been developing for 7-10 days, there is purulent drainage from the tonsils, fever, and soft palate petechiae (red spots), then it is bacterial. Sometimes, it is not as clear cut. See MD for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have tonsillitis, I saw white dots and one side is more swollen. Painful on swallowing fever etc. My gp prescribed antibiotics without seeing me?

I have tonsillitis, I saw white dots and one side is more swollen. Painful on swallowing fever etc. My gp prescribed antibiotics without seeing me?

Medical care: Would you allow your car to be fixed over the phone? Telephone medicine, in my humble opinion, is not practicing medicine at all. You made your own diagnosis and transmitted it to them and accepted their advice? Suggest that you go and get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have tonsillitis while taking antibiotics for strep? My tonsil started swelling on one side and painful swallowing

Is it possible that I have tonsillitis while taking antibiotics for strep? My tonsil started swelling on one side and painful swallowing

Dr. Can recheck: A throat that is painful and swelling on one side needs medical attention. Whether such a patient can drive to the doctor's office, or should be driven by a friend or relative, depends on the severity of symptoms. Possible causes include strep throat with a very swollen tonsil, or a growing tonsillar abscess that the antibiotics so far is not controlling. ...Read more

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Could I have a tonsil stone? One sided tonsillitis 3 weeks ago, still feels like something behind tonsil, sore and difficult swallowing. Treatment?

Could I have a tonsil stone? One sided tonsillitis 3 weeks ago, still feels like something behind tonsil, sore and difficult swallowing. Treatment?

Tonsillar infection: You need to see a doctor asap. This could possibly represent a tonsillar or peri or retrotonsillar abscess which can be very severe. Please go and see a doctor, preferably an ENT specialist quickly. Good luck and hope this is amenable to rapid and simple treatment. ...Read more

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My laryngologist told me I have tonsillitis im taking antibiotics but it doesn't help can it be tonsil cancer? I've fever and my throat hurts on one side

My laryngologist told me I have tonsillitis im taking antibiotics but it doesn't help can it be tonsil cancer? I've fever and my throat hurts on one side

Tonsilitis: Cancer in this area at your age is extremely rare and unusual, particularly if this is an acute illness. More than likely this infection, if responding to antibiotics at all, is curing the infection, but the inflammatory process takes a longer time to recede. Hope you are better soon. Cancer would not be likely. ...Read more

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White spots on my uvula & tonsils. Left side looks a bit swollen. Negative for strep. No sore throat. Ent said tonsillitis & saw a "pus pocket" on one side. I had a bad cold for 5 wks. Could be mono?

White spots on my uvula & tonsils. Left side looks a bit swollen. Negative for strep. No sore throat. Ent said tonsillitis & saw a "pus pocket" on one side. I had a bad cold for 5 wks. Could be mono?

Maybe: Mono symptoms are much more pronounced than what you are describing. Usually the tonsils are swollen and tender and look awful. You can always ask your doctor to get a mono blood titer or a blood test on you to diagnose mono. ...Read more

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Tonsil on one side is red, slightly swollen and painful when swallowing, could this be tonsilitis? Also felt very tired, cold and painful muscles

May need strep test: Sore throat and tonsillitis symptoms usually are evaluated by a rapid strep test in addition to an exam. If there are strep germs, antibiotics such as Amoxil (amoxicillin) or Zithromax are needed. Sometimes tonsils get whitish mucousy stuff on them. Other possible causes of throat symptoms include allergens, viruses, other irritants, etc... ...Read more

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I just had my tonsillitis cured on ther right side. I feel like there's something like it on the left side. Is it possible to transfer or have again?

Could but doubt: Once you're treated for any tonsilar infection, the meds would essentially treat both sides. You can always get another infection, and it may just affect the other side this time, especially if close contacts are transmitting the infection to you if they were never treated, etc. ...Read more

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My son had tonsillitis few weeks ago but now he noticed one is bigger than the other one he may have them like that before but we never noticed right now he doesn’t have any pain or problems?

My son had tonsillitis few weeks ago but now he noticed one is bigger than the other one he may have them like that before but we never noticed right now he doesn’t have any pain or problems?

Asymmetric tonsils: Asymmetry in tonsils can occur without clinical importance but rarely can be a result of neoplastic process. The difference in size should be evaluated and perhaps followed for a period of time by a specialist. Sometimes a biopsy may be obtained. A changing asymmetry should not be ignored. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a tonsillitis to move to the left side from a swollen right side after medicating? I don't feel anything on my right, it moved.

Not exactly moving: Tonsils resides on both sides and infections generally involve both. The level of symptoms varies with symptoms and where along the progress of the infection you are. The progress of symptoms during the first 12-24 hours of treatment are mostly predetermined by where you, or each tonsil separately, is on the time/severity timeline. Either way you should be better in 3-5 days or see your doctor. ...Read more

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On penicillin for tonsillitis. Been on it before. How long does it take to notice side effects?

On penicillin for tonsillitis. Been on it before. How long does it take to notice side effects?

Side effects rare: Side effects are rare with penicillin. If it's oral, you could have diarrhea after a few days, but not if you had an injection. Most likely you'll have no side effects at all, less than one chance in a hundred. ...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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My 18month old is having temp for the past week with a tonsillitis & has finished one antibiotic with no result, she is miserable. What can I do?

My 18month old is having temp for the past week with a tonsillitis & has finished one antibiotic with no result, she is miserable. What can I do?

Please let her: Pediatrician know about her current symptoms. That physician knows her history and will be the best equipped to deal with her on-going illness. I hope she feels better soon. ...Read more

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My tonsillitis is on the right side, and while it is curing, it suddenly transferred to the left side whenever I swallow anything. Is that possible?

My tonsillitis is on the right side, and while it is curing, it suddenly transferred to the left side whenever I swallow anything. Is that possible?

Need more info: Do you mean that the pain you were experiencing on your right side has moved to your left? Are you taking antibiotics for your tonsillitis? If so, it is unlikely that it should spread from one side to another. The best way for you to know is to have it examined, and your doctor can determine appropriate treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What would be the best medication/antibiotic for tonsillitis (only right side of tonsil is painful)? Need help... : (

What would be the best medication/antibiotic for tonsillitis (only right side of tonsil is painful)? Need help... : (

Diagnosis: If you have a bacterial tonsillitis which can only be documented by a throat culture, then Augmentin is the drug of choice if you are not allergic to penicillin. If you are allergic, Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Levaquin would be my choices. But a culture and sensitivity is the only certain method to determine if and what antibiotic you should be given. ...Read more

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I was coughing a lot day and night from tonsillitis and now I have a sharp aching pain on my right side and back it's unbearable I can't sleep!

I was coughing a lot day and night from tonsillitis and now I have a sharp aching pain on my right side and back it's unbearable I can't sleep!

Rib fracture?: Sometimes with strenuous coughing, one can crack a rib. This may not be a through-and-through fracture, but enough to cause pain -- especially with movement. Or there can be a dislocation of a rib causing similar discomfort. Please see your primary care physician for suggestions in your personal case. ...Read more

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What are the risks and it's prevalence of tonsillectomy? Will it affect ones' ability to sing? Have tonsillitis more than 6 x a year lasting v long ea

What are the risks and it's prevalence of tonsillectomy? Will it affect ones' ability to sing? Have tonsillitis more than 6 x a year lasting v long ea

Most common risk is: Bleeding. It can occur up to two or more weeks after surgery. More likely in adult males. 6 infections a year would qualify you for a tonsillectomy but the procedure is still elective. Frequent strep positive infections have been associated with cardiovascular disease later in life. Taking the tonsils out does change the size of the resonant cavity but does not effect the voice box. ...Read more