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What is the best antibiotic treatment for tonsillitis?

What is the best antibiotic treatment for tonsillitis?

Peniciilin: Penicillin is the drug of choice for bacterial tonsillitis, Clindamycin is reasonable for penicillin allergic. Of course viral tonsillitis, which is more common, does not benefit from antibiotic usage. ...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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What can you do if antibiotic treatment for tonsillitis fails?

What can you do if antibiotic treatment for tonsillitis fails?

Bacteria vs. Viral: There are 2 possible answers to your question. If a throat culture has not been taken, then all bets are off because you do not know the cause of your tonsillitis (presuming that is the correct diagnosis) either an inappropriate antibiotic has not been used or the cause is viral. Make sure of the correct diagnosis and and get the correct treatment. ...Read more

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I've just finished antibiotic treatment 4 tonsillitis. Feeling great but I discovered on 1 side of my neck close to jawline a movable, hard lump. Scared?

I've just finished antibiotic treatment 4 tonsillitis. Feeling great but I discovered on 1 side of my neck close to jawline a movable, hard lump. Scared?

Lymph node.: That is your lymph node (part of your body, s immune system to fight infection) which probably got enlarged because of your recent tonsillitis, It is nothing to worry about and should decrease in size gradually, but if it continues to get bigger or you notice other symptoms, have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Apart from antibiotics and removal, can you recommend treatments for chronic tonsillitis?

Apart from antibiotics and removal, can you recommend treatments for chronic tonsillitis?

Not really: Chronic tonsillitis is usually from a chronic bacterial infection especially h. Flu or actinomyces. Consider a 3 week course of Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) which will cover both or Clindamycin which is especially good for actino. Adults with chronic tonsillitis who require tonsillectomy in 6 mo have much better health, markedly less pain and antibiotic usage making the pain of the surgery worth it in the long run. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for quinsy/tonsillitis?

What's the best treatment for quinsy/tonsillitis?

Quinsy: Quinsy generally refers to an abscess. This often requires drainage of the abscess and antibiotics. ...Read more

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My 14 months old son has had tonsillitis three times in the last six months. What is the best treatment.?

My 14 months old son has had tonsillitis three times in the last six months. What is the best treatment.?

Infection: There is not a lot that you can do for a viral illness even if it occurs multiple times. Hand washing is key in preventing many contact diseases. ...Read more

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What would be the best medication/antibiotic for tonsillitis (only right side of tonsil is painful)? Need help... : (

What would be the best medication/antibiotic for tonsillitis (only right side of tonsil is painful)? Need help... : (

Diagnosis: If you have a bacterial tonsillitis which can only be documented by a throat culture, then Augmentin is the drug of choice if you are not allergic to penicillin. If you are allergic, Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Levaquin would be my choices. But a culture and sensitivity is the only certain method to determine if and what antibiotic you should be given. ...Read more

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Which treatment for tonsillitis is the very best?

Which treatment for tonsillitis is the very best?

Treat Tonsillitis: Depends upon the cause. If viral tonsillitis, treat the symptoms. If bacterial, a ten day course of antibiotics. If irritative tonsillitis, try to eliminate the irritant. Many causes, many treatments. ...Read more

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What is best medical treatment for tonsilitis?

What is best medical treatment for tonsilitis?

Antibiotics: I am a huge fan of an antibiotic called clindamycin. Tonsillitis usually involves mouth organisms either primarily or secondarily. Clindamycin is very effective against mouth bacteria whereas a lot of other antibiotics aren't. I'm aggressive with tonsil infections treating with antibiotics even with a viral cause. This is because bacterial superinfection occurs as the virus weakens the tonsil. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for follicular tonsilitis?

What is best treatment for follicular tonsilitis?

Tonsillitis: If this is chronic and symptomatic best would be to consider tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has enlarged tonsillitis. Dr says antibiotics won't work. He has to get them removed. I want all ideas to cure him naturally only. Thanks?

My 3 year old has enlarged tonsillitis. Dr says antibiotics won't work. He has to get them removed. I want all ideas to cure him naturally only. Thanks?

No Known Natural: For enlarged tonsils the only natural cure is time and patience to see if they shrink. If the child is not sick and has no sleep apnea or breathing problems, you may be able to give it some time. But there is no natural remedy. ...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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Hi m a medical student please dr tell me treatment for tonsillitis?

Depends: Choice of therapy depends upon the etiology of the tonsillar inflammation. Often due to grp a beta-hemolytic strep, but can be due to staph aureus or other bacterial pathogens. If due to infectious mononucleosis or similar viral infections there is no treatment. Many doctors will begin with a physical exam. It it looks bacterial then an oral cephalosporin, quinolone, amoxicillin/clavulanate. ...Read more

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Treatment for bronchitis and tonsillitis for 2years old child?

Treatment for bronchitis and tonsillitis for 2years old child?

INFECTION. ..?: Both sounds infection, by virus or bacteria. If mild, there can be low grade fever, cough, poor oral intake. Make sure the child drinks enough fluid, use a humidifier in the room, keep nose clean. With these 2 diagnosis you made: the child needs to be seen by a qualified medical personnel of a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does viral tonsillitis last? Is there really no treatment?

How long does viral tonsillitis last? Is there really no treatment?

Viral tonsillitis: This usually runs its course within 7-10 days. Exception: mono is a virus that can cause a severe case that can last for weeks! With viral tonsillitis, there is no specific treatment. General treatment includes steroids to decrease swelling, pain medications (tablets or numbing gargles). Drink plenty fluids, rest plenty, take Ibuprofen for fever. ...Read more

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Treatment for tonsillitis for 2months baby?

Tonsilitis: Highly unlikely for a 2 month old to get tonsilitis. ...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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I am getting over tonsillitis, what signs indicate a complication that would require medical treatment?

Complication: I cannot answer that well since you say you are getting over tonsillitis. If that is getting better you should not need medical treatment.
If you think that not is all well, please call your doctor.
I suspect all will be OK. Please let me know. ...Read more

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I keep getting tonsillitis, despite X 2 Penicillin V prescriptions. AOS blood tests "upper range of normal" what treatment would help?

I keep getting tonsillitis, despite X 2 Penicillin V prescriptions. AOS blood tests "upper range of normal" what treatment would help?

Don't overtreat: Penicillin won't prevent future attacks, and is appropriate only if there's good reason to think this is strep throat. Antistreptolysin O titers are useful only if actual rheumatic fever is a consideration; don't over-interpret these or any other labs especially when they're in reference range or you'll go crazy. Ask about tonsillectomy given that there's variable evidence / thought. ...Read more

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Diagnosed by ENT for Chronic Tonsillitis. Want a 2nd opinion please on any treatment before going to surgery. Any options to discuss with my ENT?

Diagnosed by ENT for Chronic Tonsillitis. Want a 2nd opinion please on any treatment before going to surgery. Any options to discuss with my ENT?

Chronic tonsillitis: If you have failed on multiple antibiotic courses and this is chronic tonsillitis then I would agree with your ENT that you may need to have a tonsilectomy. ...Read more

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Prescribed Phenoxymethly penicillin for infected nose piercing and tonsillitis. 2 4 times a day for 10 days. Is this a good treatment?

Prescribed Phenoxymethly penicillin for infected nose piercing and tonsillitis. 2 4 times a day for 10 days. Is this a good treatment?

Continue: I am assuming you have no drug allergies. A penicillin prep is fair and a good start. If things don't start to get better in 48 hours seek follow up. Best of luck ...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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My daughter 15 has I think tonsillitis she has had in the past some times antibiotics. Had for 10 days but tonight can't swollow hardy and painful?

My daughter 15 has I think tonsillitis she has had in the past some times antibiotics. Had for 10 days but tonight can't swollow hardy and painful?

Doctor can recheck: Sore throat or tonsillitis symptoms usually are evaluated with a strep test in addition to an exam. If there are strep germs, antibiotics such as Amoxil (amoxicillin) or Zithromax are needed. Sometimes tonsils get whitish mucousy stuff on them. Persistent problems may mean a tonsillar abscess (needs a recheck), or maybe MONOnucleosis. One can catch mono coincidentally when one has strep throat. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more