Does white spots on tonsil mean strep?

Sometimes-not always. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. 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.

Related Questions

I don't have strep but I have white spots on my tonsils, what are they?

Normal. It may be normal to have some discharge or tonsillar exudate, that resides in crypts within the tonsils. They can be related to retained food particles that are degraded by saliva and bacteria, which can cause the foul odor. Viruses are the main causes of white discharge on tonsils.

I have these white spots on what I'm sure are my tonsils. What could it be? Strep? Nodes? How can I get them to go away?

Tonsils. White spots on the tonsils may be due to a viral or strep infection (tonsillitis), but sometimes it's debris caught up in the crypts and this doesn't cause sore throat as opposed to the infection. An otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) could evaluate and advise you about your tonsils.
Tonsillolithiasis. If your throat doesn't hurt or if you don't otherwise feel infected, these could be tonsillar stones, a condition called tonsillolithiasis - completely benign and of no real concern.

Tonsils swell and have white spots everytime I get a cold. Strep test comes back sometimes positive and other times negative. Is this normal?

Can be. You may have pitted tonsils that collect debris, causing white spots. This may happen independent of catching the strep bacteria or a viral pharyngitis (which is actually much more common than strep), and it can sometimes happen when you are not even sick. If it is causing you to miss work or school a lot, you may want to see an ENT to discuss getting your tonsils out.

Noticed large tonsil last year when sick no strep a year later tonsil still big but the big white spots have gone could it be cancer?

Tonsoliths. White spots are not important. If enlarged tonsil persists, consider irrigation to heal it see : www. Grossaninstitue. Com Some patients shrink the tonsil by chewing Xylitol chewing gum.

7th day of penicillin for strep. Pain has dulled significantly but still present and tonsils still swollen. Is it normal that white spots are forming?

Yes. Sometimes the prolonged use of antibiotics to treat infection might alter the bacterial balance of the oral cavity causing the white spots, finish the antibiotics keeping a good oral hygiene and soft diet would improve condition gradually..

I have what looks like blisters on one of my tonsils. It doesnt look like strep (they arent white spots) more like blisters?

R/O TONSILITIS. You need an exam and throat culture. Blisters tend to be viral ie HSV1 vs HSV2. Other viruses may cause blisters as well. While u are waiting gargle with salt water/VITc 5gm /zing 100mg and lots of ginger tea.