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How can I know I have strep / tonsillitis?

See below. The most common symptoms with strep throat are a fever, sore throat, and a headache. If you have cold symptoms, it is more likely to be viral. A strep test will confirm the diagnosis, if you have strep. Read more...
Culture. The only way you can determine if you have Streptococcus as a cause of your tonsillitis is to have a swab culture directly into the tonsillar tissue. Although one can suspect it clinically, there are other bacterial causes of bacterial tonsillitis, including S. pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenza, and Moraxella catharhalis. Read more...

What should I do for strep throat and tonsillitis?

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...

How do I know if I have tonsillitis, strep throat, what?

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...

How do I know if I have tonsillitis and not strep throat?

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...

How long should I wait to smoke/drink after mono/strep/tonsillitis?

For ever. You have no need to smoke, ever. It's bad for you before, during, or after mono/strep/tonsillitis. If you have stopped for more than three days because of your illness, the physical addiction is already broken and any cravings you feel are just habit. Stay a non-smoker, for the rest of your life. Read more...

What's the difference between strep throat and tonsillitis?

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...