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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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How can you tell the difference between tonsillitis and tonsil stones?

How can you tell the difference between tonsillitis and tonsil stones?

Infection: Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsil you feel ill have a sore throat, fever, swollen tonsils often with a white exudate or film on them.
The stone is a different process you may experience mouth odor and bad taste but no fever or infection. Tonsillitis requires antibiotics stones can be removes with a stone extractor. ...Read more

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A month ago I had kidney stones and now I have recently had tonsillitis and tonsil stones. Are the kidney stones and tonsil stones related in any way?

A month ago I had kidney stones and now I have recently had tonsillitis and tonsil stones. Are the kidney stones and tonsil stones related in any way?

Here are some. ..: Stones of kidneys and tonsils are not related and should be dealt separately. More? Ask Doc for detail timely. Most of times, just ask Doc about such question to gain answers easier and faster than from online chat which may inadvertently further confuse and terrify the inquirers. So, work closely with Doc timely. ...Read more

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I have chronic tonsillitis (stones) and thrush. Possibly unrelated. No antibiotics to cause it. Thrush seems chronic. Taking Nystatin 3 days. No change?

I have chronic tonsillitis (stones) and thrush. Possibly unrelated. No antibiotics to cause it. Thrush seems chronic. Taking Nystatin 3 days. No change?

Probably not thrush: The best thing to do is show this to a doctor - preferably an Infectious Diseases doctor who KNOWS what thrush looks like. It's quite likely you just have a coated tongue. A special stain (Gram stain) of the exudate on your tongue could be performed if there is any question. I doubt it's thrush because the nystatin didn't work - that would be unusual if it was really thrush. Try brushing tongue. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones cause tonsillitis? I have a tonsil stone that cannot be removed & tonsils are producing green tonsil stones. Should I worry?

Can tonsil stones cause tonsillitis? I have a tonsil stone that cannot be removed & tonsils are producing green tonsil stones. Should I worry?

Yes and no: Tonsillitis is an inflammation of tonsils and certainly can be triggered by tonsil stones. If they cause discomfort, pl see an ENT for proper advice on ongoing preventive care and regular assessment. Feel better. ...Read more

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I need to know if eating dairy when you have a tonsillitis infection will cause tonsil stones - hard bumps in tonsil crypts that cause bad breath?

I need to know if eating dairy when you have a tonsillitis infection will cause tonsil stones - hard bumps in tonsil crypts that cause bad breath?

Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones can cause bad breath. But they are not typically caused by dairy products. The white spots may be from a strep infection. If you have not seen a doctor yet, you should. Rinsing with war salt water will help a sore throat and reduce tonsil stones ...Read more

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HFMD w/ fever starting 5 days ago and now just blisters. I now have a 1mm white spot on 1 tonsil. Doesn't feel like tonsil stone. Tonsillitis? (19, M)

HFMD w/ fever starting 5 days ago and now just blisters. I now have a 1mm white spot on 1 tonsil. Doesn't feel like tonsil stone. Tonsillitis? (19, M)

Tonsillitis: White spots on tonsils are caused by bacterial infection like Strep throat as well as other infections like viruses. These infections causes tonsillar inflammation that is tonsillitis ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between tonsillitis, strep throat, or tonsil stones?

How can I tell the difference between tonsillitis, strep throat, or tonsil stones?

Have it evaluated: You don't separate these on the basis of a single symptom or symptoms. You get sick enough to go in and have it evaluated. If you are not feeling sick, don't bother. If you are, it is worth the visit. ...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?

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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Can U request to have UR tonsils removed? I get strep &/or tonsillitis regularly & I have dealt with chronic tonsil stone for 10 yrs. I'm 25 & Female.

Can U request to have UR tonsils removed? I get strep &/or tonsillitis regularly & I have dealt with chronic tonsil stone for 10 yrs. I'm 25 & Female.

Sure: See your primary care doctor to discuss this. He or she can refer you to an ENT surgeon if you meet clinical criteria for tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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I get white stones in my tonsils every few days and they result in tonsillitis every few months. Do I need my tonsils out? How do I get rid of stones?

Prpbably: You are probably a chronic carrier of infection. Antibiotic therapy never completely eliminates the infection. Get a culture (not just strep). Treat with meds, reculture for test of cure. May need significanty longer treatment, or take tonsils out! ...Read more

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If you eat dairy while you have tonsillitis does this put you at risk for developing tonsil stones? Does gargling salt water prevent this?

If you eat dairy while you have tonsillitis does this put you at risk for developing tonsil stones? Does gargling salt water prevent this?

Probably not: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You should see an otolaryngologist and discuss. ...Read more

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Can I have chronic tonsillitis in one tonsil if I have deep crypts but no tonsil stones but have really bad breath and only 1 swollen tonsil?

Yes, it is possible.: It is possible to have only one swollen tonsil, but it should not be so bug that it is blocking tour throat or airway. Just because there are no tonsil stones doesn't mean there is nothing wrong. If you haven't already, please go see an ENT to make sure there is nothing wrong. ...Read more

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I have recurring tonsil stones and recurring tonsillitis. Currently breastfeeding a 7 week old. Will I need to wait till I wean my baby to be treated?

I have recurring tonsil stones and recurring tonsillitis. Currently breastfeeding a 7 week old. Will I need to wait till I wean my baby to be treated?

Not necessarily: Most treatments involving medications can be designed with breastfeeding in mind. Anesthesia required for surgical intervention could temporarily interfere with breastfeeding but storing enough breast milk for a few days while you recover is a viable solution. Hope you are feeling better soon! ...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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Symptoms: Cough, Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Green Mucus, Holes in tonsils, Vomitting. What could this be? My boyfriend believes they are tonsil stones, but he hasn't had the symptoms and he doesn't want to go to the doctor. I believe it's tonsillitis.

Symptoms: Cough, Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Green Mucus, Holes in tonsils, Vomitting. What could this be? My boyfriend believes they are tonsil stones, but he hasn't had the symptoms and he doesn't want to go to the doctor. I believe it's tonsillitis.

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold virus, influenza (Tamiflu may be needed), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, is with moderate or high fever, or with much coughing or worrisome symptoms. Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can lessen pain. ...Read more

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I have tonsilitis. Since 5 years I have been picking my tonsil stones using toothpicks. What can I do to permanently cure them?

Tonsillitis: You cannot "cure" these. They form as a natural consequence of tonsillar inflammation. If you feel you are getting too many episodes of infection, see an ENT doctor about whether they feel your tonsils should be removed (or not). ...Read more

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Ulcer on tonsil? Tonsil stones come and go for 3 years, never diagnosed with tonsilitis only strept alot. I'm 22 why the ulcer?

Ulcer on tonsil? Tonsil stones come and go for 3 years, never diagnosed with tonsilitis only strept alot. I'm 22 why the ulcer?

Ulcerative Tonsil.: Greetings. The ulceration should be evaluated by your doctor. It is probably viral in origin but could be something else. ...Read more

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What would one or two white spots on your tonsils mean? Would it be tonsilitis, thrush, or tonsil stones? They clear up and come back.

What would one or two white spots on your tonsils mean? Would it be tonsilitis, thrush, or tonsil stones? They clear up and come back.

Tonsils: Tonsils may develop small white patches that are simply dried surface secretions and have no medical concern. If there is no abnormal asymmetry of tonsils, no redness or pain then infections, such as strep or mono are unlikely. Thrush tends to cause scattered white thin exudate on the palate and cheeks or throat, and less so on the tonsils. ...Read more