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How much time will it take for my tonsillitis virus to go away?

How much time will it take for my tonsillitis virus to go away?

Virus?: How do you know the cause of the infection is a virus? Rarely is the tonsil, even if inflamed, is specifically cultured for a virus. The answer to your question with the tremendous assumption that you have a viral cause of tonsillitis would be between 10 to 14 days. ...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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Which is worse strep throat or tonsillitis caused by virus?

Which is worse strep throat or tonsillitis caused by virus?

Worse?: Either are not fun, and Strep is treated with antibiotics. Strep has risk of, albeit small, of affecting the kidneys and therefore it is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?

What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?

Rest, fluids, OTC: Rest and fluids and patience are the first line for a viral sore throat. If there is pain, over the counter Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can be taken. If severe and the swelling makes it difficult to swallow, see your doctor who can prescribe steroids for the swelling. ...Read more

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Green pus on tonsils. On going problem due to tonsillitis and epstein barr virus. Should I get my tonsils removed? Need opinions please!!

Green pus on tonsils. On going problem due to tonsillitis and epstein barr virus. Should I get my tonsils removed? Need opinions please!!

See Specialist: If you have recurrent bouts of tonsilitis that require antibiotics, removing them could provide relief. Would make an appointment with an ENT specialist to get expert advice on whether you are a surgical candidate or not. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do I have tonsillitis or just a virus, if I am having runny nose, cough and sore throat?

Do I have tonsillitis or just a virus, if I am having runny nose, cough and sore throat?

Allergies: Most likely you are having allrgic rhinitis or viral inf. With tosilitis, pt is likely to have fever severe throat pain or difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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What could cause chronic tonsillitis and 1 swollen lymph node on left under chin near neck? Dr sees no abnormal blood work/virus. Ocurring for 4+ yrs.

Need Tonsillectomy: If you have chronic Tonsillitis and recurrent Flare up with LN on one side you should consult ENT. They usually recommend tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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Last year I got a bad stomach virus. 8 months on I've just been diagnosed with chronic tonsillitis by ent. Could a stomach virus?

No: Chronic tonsillitis is typically related to recurrent tonsillar infections, whether viral or bacterial. It is unlikely precipitated solely by a bad stomach virus you contracted 8 months prior. ...Read more

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Last year I got a bad stomach virus. 8 months on I've been diagnosed with chronic tonsillitis by ent. Is there a stomach virus that can cause this?

Usually not: Most viruses that cause stomach upset are short lived and do not come back, so it is unlikely that the chronic tonsillitis is from that virus. Chronic tonsillitis may be caused by recurring bacterial infections. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be cured?

Yes: Antibiotics work well for most tonsillitis; for recurrent tonsillitis (several times a year), see your ENT for risk reduction. ...Read more

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Can you die from tonsillitis?

Rarely: Tonsillitis is a treatable infection. Left untreated, in rare circumstances, the infection may spread to other tissues, cause septicemia and death. Tonsillitis may be followed by renal and heart disease. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis symptoms: Symptoms can include: throat pain, ear pain (referred from throat pain), swollen tonsils, red tonsils, white patches on tonsils
swollen nodes in upper neck, fever, fatigue, body aches, pain with swallowing, voice change
if symptoms persist or are severe see doctor right away
if any trouble with breathing, go to er. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Fever, pain,: Difficulty with swallowing. If you have pain when opening your mouth, you need to see a doctor right away because it could signify underlying abscess that might require surgical drainage. ...Read more

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What is medicine for tonsillitis?

Depends on cause: Treatment of tonsillitis depends on the cause and severity of the inflammation. A doctor will take a history, perform an examination and order appropriate tests to determine the cause and recommend a treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a tonsillitis?

Sore throat: Sore throat, sometimes vomiting, fever, difficulty swallowing, muffled voice

mostly sore throat. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Medicine: Most tonsillitis is caused by a virus so the treatment is to manage the symptoms until the virus gets better. Some is caused by strep or other bacteria and you would need to see a health care provider to tell. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis Symptoms: Acute tonsillitis, that is less than two weeks' duration, leads to sore throat, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and fever. The usually cause is a virus, but bacterial infections may occur, but are much less frequent. Chronic tonsillitis is all of the above, but usually without the fever. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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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 to figure out if I have tonsillitis?

See an ENT doc.: Let an ENT doctor make that decision. If you look in the mirror, and open your mouth and you see 2 red swollen areas in the lateral wall of the back of the throat with yellow purulent exudate, you have tonsillitis. ...Read more

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Can I die from tonsillitis if I ignore it?

Yes: Particularly if an abscess develops. The tonsils are close to the spinal cord. An abscess in that area can be devastating, requires surgery to drain, and a lot of antibiotics. It can compromise the wind pipe and make it impossible to breathe. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to soothe tonsillitis?

Soothe tonsillitis: Pain control with otc Motrin or Ibuprofen can be helpful. Hydrogen peroxide gargles are also useful. For best improvement, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is tonsillitis and what are the symptoms?

Tonsils...: ...Are the lumps on the two sides of the throat; when they are inflamed, that's called tonsillitis. Symptoms are usually: sore throat, fever, stomach ache is also possible, as well as difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis contagious?

Yes: Generally it is, whether caused by a virus or a bacteria. Some people are more susceptible than others. ...Read more

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How contagious is tonsillitis?

Pass it by the mouth: Normally tonsillitis is not contagious unless the infected mucous lands on another person's mucosal membranes. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid kissing, drinking or eating from the same kitchenware of a person with tonsillitis. Cough with your hand covering your mouth, wash your hands and avoid sneezing on people. Those are the general precautions to be least contagious. ...Read more

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What is the cure for tonsillitis?

Antibiotics usually: Appropriate antibiotics will often resolve the problem. ...Read more

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Should I kiss someone if I have tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is an infection. Infections are generally considered contagious. When you have an infection, you should avoid kissing as you could share your infection with your kidding partner. Bottom line is that you can certainly kiss with tonsillitis, but you risk spreading your infection around. Even coughing or sneezing is enough to spread some infections. Wash your hands often and get well. ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis viral?

Is tonsillitis viral?

Viral and Bacterial: While viruses (adenovirus, influenza, and even epstein-barr) account for most acute cases of tonsillitis, there are well known bacterial causes too - "strep throat" being a good example. Tonsillitis' course and appropriate treatments are based on the etiology - antibiotics for bacterial causes, symptomatic relief and time for viral. ...Read more

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Pathophysiology of tonsillitis?

Infection: Tonsillitis refers to inflamation of the tonsils caused by a virus or bacteria. Serious infections are often caused by bacteria such as streptococcus pharyngitis. Pathophysiology is similar in concept to most other infections. ...Read more

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Best antibiotics for tonsillitis?

Best antibiotics for tonsillitis?

Usually none: Unless you have a positive strep test, your tonsillitis is probably due to a viral infection. Antibiotics are useless and aren't recommended. If you have a positive strep test, the best treatment is penicillin or amoxicillin. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis lead to meningitis?

Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is not a common cause for meningitis and in my practice I cannot remember seeing a patient with meningitis thought to be due to meningitis. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for tonsillitis?

Antibiotics: But this depends upon the etiology (cause) of the tonsillitis. Often bacterial, it may be due to other organisms like viruses. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Bacterial tonsillitis is treated with antibiotics. If the patient had a lot of swelling a doc might add steroids. I also recommend chloraseptic spray followed by gargles with listerine. ...Read more

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How do you get a rash with tonsillitis?

Several ways: Tonsillitis is inflammation (redness, swelling, pain) and/or infection of the tonsils, which can be due to viruses, bacteria, or other germs. Antibiotics to treat tonsil infections sometimes cause rashes. Viruses can cause rashes by themselves or in combination with antibiotic usage. Strep throat causes strep scarlet fever, a well-known rash that feels rough and looks like many tiny reddish dots. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of tonsillitis?

What can I do to get rid of tonsillitis?

Several things: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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How contagious can chronic tonsillitis be?

Not very: Chronic tonsillitis is a "chronic condition" not an "infectious" condition. What that means is that although your tonsils may be chronically infected with bacteria, you do not pass this infection to other people. It is not like a flu or a cold. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more