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What Happens If Tonsillitis Goes Untreated
Peritonsillar abscess: There are a number of complications of tonsillitis. 1.) the potential of a peritonsillar abscess. The lateral wall of the tonsil is the carotid sheath. 2.) If the tonsillitis is associated with Streptococcus, heart and kidney disease are potential complications. 3.) If the tonsils are hypertrophic (very large), a sleep disorder is another complication. ...Read more
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
You will either get: Better or develop one of the complications of tonsillitis ie peritonsillar abscess/ retropharyngeal abscess. Since most cases of tonsillitis are viral, treatment would be for comfort and hydration. Untreated strep infections could lead to scarlet fever and rheumatic fever. Recent studies have shown that strep may cause heart damage that shows up much later in life. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Many people will have mild tonsillitis with common cold of flu and it would be okay to go to work, once you are beyond three days from the start of illness. However, strep throat needs to be treated immediately to avoid complications. Rarely, tonsillitis may be due to a serious infectious illness such as diphtheria which should be treated asap and you should avoid work till cleared by a doc. ...Read more
Tonsillitis: Consult an ENT specialist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends on cause: For instance - swelling related to Epstein-Barr virus (mononucleosis) may be present for a long time. ...Read more
Yes: If you have a viral infection involving the tonsillar tissue, it is certainly possible that your immune system can eradicate the virus in about 2 weeks. If the tonsillitis lasts for more than 2 to 3 weeks, culture and sensitivity of the tonsillar surface will tell us if it is a bacterial pathogen present and an appropriate antibiotic to use. ...Read more
I'm going away tomorrow evening. Will the tonsillitis go by tomorrow I've had it now for two days?
Doctor can evaluate: Throat pain can be from strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), mono, a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees a doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to see about antibiotics). The doctor can swab the throat for a 5-minute test to check for strep. ...Read more
Hello. I recently moved to us and don't have ahealth insurance yeat. I had tonsillitis before and it came back. Where I can go?
Free health clinics: The local county health department may be able to help you. There are often free charity clinics available as well, even in small towns. ...Read more
Bacteria resistance: Tonsillitis can have different causes. Antibiotics are indicated for tonsillitis with a positive culture for strep. Some bacteria are resistant to penicillin causing antibiotic treatment failure. If the symptoms have not resolved after appropriate antibiotic therapy then re-check is indicated. Perhaps the cause is not bacterial. ...Read more
Was told over a week ago I had bronchisits and tonsillitis still have a terrible cough what could be going on?
I'm going on 3 months with tonsillitis and I'm not going to see specialist till January 12. Should I wait till then?
Have had recurring tonsillitis a lot over the last year and have become enlarged and been this way for the last 4 months straight. Will they go down?
Tonsillitis: You may want to see an ear nose throat specialist to see if you have tonsillar abscesses and what needs to be done about them. ...Read more
Tonsil inflammation: Tonsillitis is a general term that describes tonsil inflammation. It can be "acute" when there is a sudden onset, active, often more severe infection, sometimes caused by "strep" or other bacteria/viruses. It can be "chronic" when the inflammation is on-going for long periods of time and causes a sore throat and swollen glands, white cheesy stuff coming out of the tonsils, etc. ...Read more
Yes, tonsil infections can "spread" to include pus accumulation in the areas next to the tonsils called the peritonsillar space to cause a peritonsillar abscess. Lymph nodes in the neck can get infected as well.
Untreated tonsillitis has the potential to lead to blood poisoning or sepsis. Streptococcal tonsillitis can be complicated by inflammation of the kidneys. ...Read more
Tonsillitis: You can be exposed to someone who has an infection. These infections can be spread by direct contact, coughing or sneezing, or by eating or drinking something that is contaminated. Can also occur if your bodies immune system is weakened and typical mouth bacteria grow out of control. ...Read more
Not usually: Our first president (george washington) died from a complication related to surgery for tonsillitis but generally tonsillitis is not serious... Other than causing severe pain. Complications include a peritonsillar abscess and severe swelling which can block your breathing. More importantly the streptococcus organism can produce toxins which can cause heart and kidney damage. ...Read more
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
Depends: Tonsillitis can be viral, bacterial and very rarely fungal in origin. If the diagnosis is correct, then the etiology of the inflammation needs to be identified. The treatment follows the specific diagnosis. Viral infections resolve without any treatment. Bacterial infections resolve with the correct antibiotic and if the person has more than 3 or 4 documented episodes, surgery is indicated. ...Read more
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