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Tonsillitis Vs Strep Throat Difference
Strep throat: Tonsillitis is a generic term that describes an irritation/inflammation of the tonsils. Tonsillitis can be caused by infectious bacteria or viruses strep throat refers to the bacterial organism sometimes responsible tor tonsillitis. It is characterized by beefy red, ulcerated, very painful tonsillitis. Strep throat remains the most common reason for removing the tonsils. ...Read more
Is there a difference between tonsillitis and strep throat? I was diagnosed with strep, but I think I have tonsillitis.
Inflammation: "itis" attached to a word refers to inflammation of the tissue, regardless of the cause. Tonsillitis can be caused by bacterial or viral infection. Strep throat refers to an infection caused by a particular bacteria (streptococcus). Streptococcus can cause inflammation of the pharynx (pharyngitis) and / or the tonsils (tonsillitis). ...Read more
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
Antibiotics needed: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
Two issues: Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed ; may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific agent streptococcus group a which is easily confirmed with a quick test or culture. While viral tonsillitis requires no abx ; will self heal, strep needs rx to prevent complications ; prevent spread within the community. ...Read more
Two issues: Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed & may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific agent streptococcus group a which is easily confirmed with a quick test or culture. While viral tonsillitis requires no abx & will self heal, strep needs rx to prevent complications & prevent spread within the community. ...Read more
PCN: The person is usually not contagious after completing the first 24 hours of antibiotics and they generally feel significant improvement after 24 to 48 hours. You still need to take the full course of antibiotics. Don't stop just because you are feeling better. ...Read more
Antibiotics: It will probably take several days of antibiotics, fluid, rest and chicken soup. ...Read more
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
Everyone, I am currently taking amoxil (amoxicillin) for my tonsillitis and strep throat. Are there any side effects to this medicine?
I've had strep throat and tonsillitis at least once every month. It hurts to swollow, should I have tonsils removed?
Yes: At the very least you should consult an ENT doctor to consider tonsillectomy. ...Read more
It might be!: Have your throat looked at by a trained health care provider when you see something like an ulcer and have a sore throat. Strep typically causes an exudate or white spots, so it depends on what the "ulcer" looks like. A strep test, possibly a Rapid Strep can help. If you still have your tonsils then they are often inflamed with a viral or bacterial (strep) sore throat. Inflamed tonsils=tonsillitis ...Read more
Can clindamycin cure tonsillitis and strep throat im using it for bacterial vaginosis but my throat is infected?
If I was prescribed Azithromycin for strep throat 5 days ago and have no improvement. Now I have severe tonsillitis. What do I do? Can I take amox too
Reassessment Needed: While Azithromycin is effective against some forms of strep throat, it does not work for all forms of strep throat. There are also multiple other causes for tonsillitis. Usually if your medication is effective, you begin to feel much better within 2 to 3 days of starting the medication. I recommend you have your throat reevaluated to assess appropriate changes in your treatment or medication. ...Read more
Could be: White spots on the tonsils could be food particles. The only way to be sure of strep throat is a throat culture. Tonsillitis is a specific diagnosis made by a physician when the tonsils in the throat are red and enlarged and painful. Strep throat does not necessarily indicate tonsil involvement. Obviously you need an objective diagnosis by a specialist. ...Read more
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
I'm taking cefdinir 300 mg. I'm on my 4 th dose but don't see the white patches in my throat going away. I was diagnosed with strep tonsillitis.
Had 100-102 fever for a day. 2 days later developed pain in throat with some minor swelling of tonsils. No other symptoms. Strep or tonsillitis?
Fever sore throat: Would get a strep test because the complications of untreated strep can be significant, rheuamtic fever, rarely endocarditis. So would go to urgent care and do strep test or better have them send out a culture. Strep can cause tonsillitis, it is just a worse infection then just the sore throat Coudl also be from post nasal drip, viral, mycoplasma, reflux. But get a strep test ...Read more
My tonsils have been swollen and enlarged since I was a child. I have had strep throat and tonsillitis a few times over the past ten years however for the most part they don't cause any pain or discomfort at all. Why would. They stay this size and does it
Unilateral tonsillitis. Negative for strep, and DR says no PTA. Intermittent foul taste. Now blood in throat mucus. 3 days steroids/Tylenol no help.
Yellow bumps in back of throat. White patch in throat. No soreness, swelling or coughing. Only scratchy when throat is dry. Strep? Tonsillitis?
Had strep, now ENT says tonsillitis. Been 3 weeks. Now on steroids, 1 side worse, feel like lump in throat. White bubble behind tonsil? Pic in profile
Same thing: Strep throat is a tonsillitis an infection of the tonsil. People with tonsils removed often never have another strep throat. If you have strep its important to be on antibiotics if yo were the course may not have been adequate to kill the infection and re infection occurred or yo have a tonsilar abscess. ...Read more
I have a very sore throat, (several days)and it hurts to swallow. I'm starting to see white spots on my tonsils but can't be sure. Tonsillitis or strep?
Could be both: "tonsillitis" is a nonspecific term for inflammation of the tonsils. "strep" refers to a specific cause of tonsillitis. But you can get strep without having tonsils and you can get tonsillitis without having strep. Only a throat culture/rapid test can discern if strep is present. Usually there is fever, swollen glands without cold symptoms in strep infection. Important to treat strep - see doc. ...Read more
After 4 month long tonsillitis getting sick. Achy throat, body aches, fatigue. Mono, strep, std, hiv neg. Antibotics, post nasal, steriods meds not help.
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?
Sore throat 3 months. Strep/mono/hiv/std neg. Doc said chronic tonsillitis and rehenitis. I'm always tired. Antibotics/steroids not help. What to do?
Throat and tonsils swollen very painful talking funny stuffy nose swollen glands but I don't see white spots on tonsils tonsillitis? Or strep
See physician: Your condition requires a strept test and likely a course of antibiotics, you need to see a physician or make a paid consultation through healthtap ...Read more
Pus sacks in the back of my throat (tonsils were removed when I was 4) negative strep test. What could this be, since it can't be tonsilitis or strep.
Cysts??: You could have mucus cysts in your throat. These are common. I would suggest that you consult with an ear-nose-throat specialist. At your age unless you are a heavy smoker then I would be very concerned otherwise not. ...Read more
Daughter (6 years old) soars on lips and chin she was diagnosed with strep/tonsilitis 4 days ago in the er. White spots on tonsills and in throat. 3 days ago she broke out with what looks like the herpes symplex (she has gotten the cold saors on her li
Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" at any time and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! Her strep infection may have caused her cold sore outbreak. They usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore. There is a possibility of a superinfection of the cold sores with staph or strep bacteria called impetigo. If her sores are yellow, crusting and draining, you will want to have her seen by her doctor. She may need a different antibiotic if this is the case.
There is no cure for cold sores but there are a few treatments for the symptoms:
-over the counter ointments with topical Lidocaine can be used for pain, but will not shorten the course
-applying ice and taking Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can help with pain relief
-do not pick at it or pop it since that can make it worse
-antiviral medications such as valacyclovir are the only treatments known to reduce pain and shorten the course if taken as soon as you know an outbreak is coming. These are prescription medications, so you should discuss these with your doctor. ...Read more
Strep or tonsilitis? Any ideas? Well for the past week, my throat has really been bothering me. It started just like a sore throat, but now the pain has gone from the back of my throat up to my ears. My throat is red and when I complained to my mother, sh
Persistent sore throat/fatigue after oral. Doc say chronic tonsilitis, rehenitis. Std/hiv/mono/strep neg Antibotics, steriods, post nasal meds not help.
Oral what?: When I was resident at a county hospital, we treated what appeared to be an outbreak of oral gonorrhea amongst people your age with the same symptoms who had oral sex (culture confirmed). There are still some unanswered questions- mainly the thought that a healthy immune system should prevent this. But for what it's worth, I thought I would mention this experience with a clinical "zebra." ...Read more
Is tonsillitis, strep and/or pharyngitis catching? Can others catch it from me through common contact while I take antibiotic that works against all 3
Possibly: You can transmit an oral or throat infection by close contact in the early phase of the infection. But not likely with casual contact. Furthermore, after you have been on appropriate antibiotics for 24 hours or so, you won't be infectious. ...Read more
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