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What is are the risks of untreated tonsillitis?

What is are the risks of untreated tonsillitis?

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

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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Do symptoms like tonsillitis go away quickly?

Do symptoms like tonsillitis go away quickly?

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

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What can happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

What can happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

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

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Should I still go to work if I have tonsillitis?

Should I still go to work if I have tonsillitis?

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

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What will happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

See below: It can result in swelling of the tonsils which can close off your throat to swallowing and even breathing. The infection can also spread up to the sinuses and to the brain or down to the lungs. ...Read more

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I have had tonsillitis for 14 days. When will it go away?

I have had tonsillitis for 14 days. When will it go away?

Depends on cause: For instance - swelling related to Epstein-Barr virus (mononucleosis) may be present for a long time. ...Read more

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Is it a problem if my tonsillitis is not going away after 10 days?

See your doctor: If your tonsillitis is getting worse especially if on antibiotics see your doctor. Your infection may be resistant to your antibiotics so you may need a culture. Your infection may be viral so you may need other medications or testing. Stay hydrated! ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis go away on its own without any further intervention?

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

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What do you suggest if my tonsillitis is not going away after 10 days?

Tonsils: You need to get a culture if its bacterial and if so you need to be on an appropriate antibiotic. If the culture is negative, then get a blood test to see if its mono ...Read more

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I'm going away tomorrow evening. Will the tonsillitis go by tomorrow I've had it now for two days?

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

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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

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What works against tonsillitis without going to the doctors?

I don't recommend it: Especially at your age it needs looked at as there are some more serious things as well as complications of real tonsillitis that require special care. ...Read more

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What happens if tonsillitis does not clear up after a course of penicillin?

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

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Was told over a week ago I had bronchisits and tonsillitis still have a terrible cough what could be going on?

Was told over a week ago I had bronchisits and tonsillitis still have a terrible cough what could be going on?

Cough: Bronchitis can go one for a month with that bad cough. Sometimes though it can lead to pneumonia or a type of asthma called cough asthma. You many need a chest xray to check for pneumonia ...Read more

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I'm going on 3 months with tonsillitis and I'm not going to see specialist till January 12. Should I wait till then?

Tonsillitis: If it is getting worse and you have any trouble breathing and/or with intermittent fevers you should be seen sooner than later. But this sounds chronic and indolent. Gargle with salt water and menthol. No smoking. Avoid alcohol. ...Read more

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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

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What causes tonsillitis?

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

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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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Does tonsillitis ever spread?

Tonsillitis spread: 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

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How do you catch tonsillitis?

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

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How long can tonsillitis last?

If viral: Ade essays to a week if you have. Fever get checked for strep throat ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis a serious illness?

Is tonsillitis a serious illness?

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

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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?

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?

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 can be done for tonsillitis?

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