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Is tonsillitis a serious illness?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Ophthalmology
In brief: Yes
Particularly if caused by strep and left untreated.
The bacteria can effect your heart valve and kidneys. Get it seen and treated.

In brief: Yes
Particularly if caused by strep and left untreated.
The bacteria can effect your heart valve and kidneys. Get it seen and treated.
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
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