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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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I took clarithromycin for chest infection for 4 days, my chest got cleared out but I developed tonsillitis. Doctor gave me doxycycline for it as I am allergic peniccilin. Next day I developed rash all over my body. Which antibiotic I am allergic to?

I took clarithromycin for chest infection for 4 days, my chest got cleared out but I developed tonsillitis. Doctor gave me doxycycline for it as I am allergic peniccilin. Next day I developed rash all over my body. Which antibiotic I am allergic to?

Mgt: There are many causes of a rash, but you may have had an allergic reaction to the antibiotic. If you experienced symptoms such as itchiness or wheezing, these are also symptoms of an allergic reaction.
The other causes include viral and bacterial infections. Please ask your PCP, and you may need another prescription for another antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can vitamin a and e help me avoiding the recurrent episodes of tonsillitis?

Can vitamin a and e help me avoiding the recurrent episodes of tonsillitis?

No evidence: There is no evidence to suggest that taking vitamins a and e will help avoid recurrent tonsillitis. Agree with dr. Raff that consultation with an ENT is best. ...Read more

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I got a bad case of tonsillitis (bacterial) right after switching to a more powerful e-cig device. Wondering if this was the cause or just coincidence.

I got a bad case of tonsillitis (bacterial) right after switching to a more powerful e-cig device. Wondering if this was the cause or just coincidence.

Aggravating factor: If you expose your tonsils to foreign agents, like an inhaled chemical or smoke, you can weaken its protective membranes and increase risk that a germ would be able to invade. Over time people get used to the exposure and continue their habit. Some foreign substances may be more irritating to some people than others. ...Read more

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I took my son to a&e last night as he had a rash all on body. Doctor said it was tonsillitis but people are saying it's strange his has a rash with it?

I took my son to a&e last night as he had a rash all on body. Doctor said it was tonsillitis but people are saying it's strange his has a rash with it?

Rash and tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is a very common illness in kids. The majority of tonsil infections are viral and some are bacterial like the well known strep throat. Many viral illness are associated with a rash called a viral exanthum. Many patients with strep throat will also have rash called scarlatina. Rashes can be caused by a number of other etiologies and should have a provider eval if they persist. ...Read more

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Does tonsillitis ever spread?

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 can I heal tonsillitis at home?

Well - you won't: Cure a bacterial tonsillitis at home. Even it is a viral tonsillitis - you are treating the symptoms while you wait for the infection to resolve. For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/. ...Read more

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How much time can I have tonsillitis?

How much time can I have tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: It usually runs 7-10 days, see PCP to get a throat culture to rule out Strep. You may need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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How can you cure tonsillitis naturally?

Be careful: Most tonsillitis is viral and will resolve on it's own. Salt water gargles can help relieve the pain. However strep throat may travel to your kidneys, heart, or joints and can cause permanent damage. If sore throat persists beyond a few days you should see a doc for a strep test. ...Read more

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What can I do for symptoms of tonsillitis?

What can I do for symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: Symptom relief:
drink plenty fluids, get plenty rest
chloraseptic spray
warm salt water gargles
tylenol or advil
go to doctor if symtoms persist or become severe. ...Read more

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Could getting your tonsillitis taken out hurt?

Could getting your tonsillitis taken out hurt?

Yes: Tonsillectomy is the procedure for removal of tonsils. In general, this is done under general anesthesia and will not hurt during surgery. The recovery from removal of tonsils can be painful, however. Luckily, there are medications and diet plans that can help with your pain. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC medicine for tonsillitis?

What is the best OTC medicine for tonsillitis?

SORE throat suggest: Hydrate, lozenges especially cepacol which has mild anesthetic properties, tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil, throat coat tea are suggestions. Gargle with warm salt water with a dissolved Aspirin in it. If fever, large lymph glands, or infected looking tonsils then get culture for strep. ...Read more

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What will be the best way to treat tonsillitis?

Depends: If caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are needed. If caused by a viral infection, time improves. Other causes such such as allergies or trauma require specific interventions. See your doctor. ...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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Will you always have tonsillitis on only one side?

Will you always have tonsillitis on only one side?

Rarely: Inflammation of the tonsils or tonsillitis is almost universally on both sides. There are cases where one side may have a more complicated problem such as an abcess. See your doctor for help. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to cure tonsillitis?

Depends on cause: Acute tonsillitis is either viral which will resolve on its own or bacterial. Bacterial can be acute (pain, pus, fever, large red tonsils) and should respond to antibiotics. Recommend strep test first. Chronic tonsillitis may respond to antibiotics but several rounds of antibiotics don't work then tonsillectomy. Adults who have their tonsils out for chronic disease have less pain, antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have tonsillitis? How can I tell?

Look in mouth: Sore throat, fever, pain swallowing and red, enlarged, inflamed tonsils often with whitish exudate are the hallmarks of tonsillitis. Frequently swelling in the neck occurs at the same time. If in doubt have your doctor look. ...Read more

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If tonsillitis spreads throughout the body can you die?

Sepsis: If a bacterial tonsillitis were to spread into the blood stream to cause bacteria in the blood it could certainly become life threatening. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tonsillitis and how to cure it fast?

Get Strep test: See the doctor to find out if you have strep throat.If so, antibiotics will cure it quickly. If not strep then the virus will take generally 4-7 days and symptomatic relief such as motrin, tylenol, (acetaminophen) throat spray, tea and honey help symptoms, but no cure. ...Read more

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