Tonsillitis is a commonly seen childhood bacterial or viral infection that causes inflammation of tonsils. The types of tonsillitis are acute, recurrent, and chronic. Tonsillitis is treated with antibiotics like Penicillin, and in cases of recurrent tonsillitis, tonsillectomy is done.

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I have had persistent and painful tonsillitis for ten days despite taking antibiotics. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had tonsillitis for ten days, and it pains sometimes. I took antibiotics for ten days, but it is still there. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and I am sorry for such discomfort. Please answer the following questions to suggest you a solution: 1. Which antibiotic did you take? 2. Did you get any fever? 3. Do you have any throat pain? 4. Is it the latest picture of the throat aft...  Read Full »

Are the white sores at the back of my throat due to herpes or tonsillitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. I have white sores at the back of my throat. I am worried if it is herpes. However, when I read about them online, it suggests tonsillitis. I do not have any other health problems. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The condition is follicular tonsillitis. The white part is pus that has developed due to a severe infection of the tonsils. I suggest you get a few basic investigations to help in proper treatment planning. They are: Culture and sensit...  Read Full »

Are lymph nodes of pea size under the jawline signs of HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had oral sex before months. I did the following tests. 1. HIV combo 4th generation (CMIA) during 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th month after exposure. All results are negative. 2. HIV combo 4th generation and ELISA during 7th month. All results are negative. 3. HIV test from ICTC center in a g...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the details and reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The chances of transmission of HIV by unprotected intercourse with an HIV positive person is very low (1/200 to 1/1000). If protected it is nil. Chances of transmission by o...  Read Full »

Why does my son have a continuous fever?

Query: Hi doctor, My son, who is 15 years old, is suffering from fever. He has constant 100 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit of fever with throat pain for the last 15 days. Blood tests indicate negative for malaria and typhoid. We consulted an ENT specialist and he indicated tonsillitis. My son is taking Movace...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It would be helpful if you do a CBC (complete blood count) and CRP (C-reactive protein). From that we can understand the level of infection. Also, tonsillitis can also be so severe that it may last for up to 10 days. Betadine gargle three times a day with warm water fo...  Read Full »

Treatment for high fever and throat pain.

Query: Hi doctor,I am having a high fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit, continuous sneezing and throat pain in the morning. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This seems to be a streptococcal throat infection with possible tonsillitis if you have difficulty swallowing as well. High-grade fever confirms a bacterial infection and hence, you have to be started on broad-spectrum antibiotics. I do suggest the following medicin...  Read Full »

Is Cefpodoxime safe for a person who had liver injury with Amoxicillin-Clavulanate?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from a painful sore throat and tonsillitis for two weeks. I am allergic to Penicillin and earlier had Amoxicillin-Clavulanate antibiotic-induced elevated SGOT and SGPT of the liver. With treatment, I fully recovered. Now, this time, the doctor prescribed Cefpodoxime inst...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Cefpodoxime and Amoxicillin being different classes of drugs, will not cause an allergy if the other one causes. Cefpodoxime is safe in patients with liver injury, at least in moderate doses. For the throat problem, I would advise in addition to antibiotics, some goo...  Read Full »

My left tonsil is enlarged and irregular with pus production. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old female. For about a month, my tonsil (left side) has looked enlarged and irregular. If I press on it I will sometimes see a little pus (or white fluid) coming out from behind it. It occasionally feels just a tiny bit scratchy. I did see our urgent care and they pre...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Tonsillar surfaces are irregular normally due to the presence of crypts. The tonsil does not appear to be grossly enlarged, however, a better picture showing both tonsils would be of help. ...  Read Full »

My son is suffering from tonsillitis and sores on his tongue. I am afraid that he might have caught herpes. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 18 months old. We took him to the doctor as he had a fever, would not eat and we could see he is struggling to swallow. He was diagnosed with acute tonsillitis by the doctor and she prescribed Penicillin antibiotic, Nurofen, and Empaped. The next day we saw that his gums are swo...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through your question I can understand your concern. As per your history it looks like the lesion can be either a fungal infection or it may be multiple aphthous ulcers. If you can upload some more pictures with an open mouth. There is nothing to worry a...  Read Full »

Why do I have throat discomfort with gland swelling in the neck?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not currently taking any medication. I am an 18-year-old female, of a healthy weight as I am very sporty. I woke up at 3 this morning due to discomfort in my throat, yet no actual pain. I also had a headache. Upon waking up again for the second time, I realized that on the right-h...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Lymph nodes (glands) are located in many areas all around the body, including numerous nodes in the neck and jaw area. Lymph nodes typically swell or enlarge when there is an infection close by to their drainage area as they form an important part of the bodies immune res...  Read Full »

I have had a sore throat and white spots on my tonsils along with fever, chills, and backache. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 18-year-old female. I weigh 87 pounds and my height is four feet and ten inches. I have had a sore throat for a few days and just a couple of days ago I had white spots on one of my tonsils then the next day they appeared on my other one. I also have a 102-degree fever, backaches, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Your symptoms are suggestive of acute tonsillitis, like the infective condition of the posterior pharynx. For that, I suggest you take Cefixime (broad-spectrum antibiotic). If congestion is more than short-term then ...  Read Full »

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