Tonsillitis treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can a doctor treat tonsillitis on Maple?
Yes. In some cases, a doctor from Maple will be able to offer a tonsillitis diagnosis by discussing your symptoms and evaluating your condition.
If the doctor wishes to do additional testing, they may request that you visit a clinic and get a physical examination to check for swollen tonsils and perform a throat swab test.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis is an infection of the two masses of tissue that hang at the back of your throat, known as tonsils.
There are three types of tonsillitis:
- Acute tonsillitis (lasting from 3 or 4 days, up to two weeks)
- Recurrent tonsillitis (having tonsillitis several times within a year)
- Chronic tonsillitis (a long-term tonsil infection)
Tonsillitis treatment may vary based on the type of tonsillitis you’re experiencing and the recommendations of your doctor.
What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?
Common tonsillitis symptoms include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of appetite
- White or yellow coating on the inner throat
- Ear pain
- Red or enlarged tonsils
- Fever or chills
- Throat pain
- Tenderness in the esophagus
- Muffled or scratchy sounding voice
- Unexplained bad breath
- Ulcers or blisters on in the throat
- Neck stiffness
- Swollen glands in the neck or lower jaw
As well, children can experience additional symptoms such as:
- Stomach pain
- Excessive drooling
- Not wanting to eat or swallow
What causes tonsillitis?
The tonsils at the back of your throat act as filters for germs that would otherwise enter into the upper respiratory tract and possibly cause infection.
They also work to create antibodies that fight infection.
Tonsillitis causes typically stems from the tonsils becoming overwhelmed by bacteria or viruses trying to enter the body. This condition is particularly common in children.
Most frequently, the viruses and bacteria known to cause tonsillitis include:
- Streptococcus bacteria
- Influenza virus
- Parainfluenza virus
- Herpes simplex virus
- Epstein-Barr virus
When the cause of the infection is determined to be streptococcus, the patient with tonsillitis is contagious; while infections caused by viruses are not.
How is tonsillitis treated?
Options given for tonsillitis treatment will vary depending on whether your doctor has determined the infection is bacterial or viral.
If the infection is caused by the streptococcus bacteria, the doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics as the tonsillitis medicine.
Always be sure to take the full course of antibiotics if they are given as a pill, even if you start to feel better. This will prevent the bacteria from returning if the infection hasn’t fully healed.
However, if the infection is viral, antibiotics won’t help with healing. In these situations, the doctor may prescribe alternative tonsillitis treatment options like home remedies to help minimize symptoms while the body heals. Some examples include:
- Gargling with warm salt water
- Eating smooth foods (pudding, gelatin, ice cream)
- Using a humidifier at night
- Over-the-counter pain relievers (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
- Drinking lots of clear fluids (either warm or very cold to help soothe irritated areas)
- Get lots of rest
- Taking lozenges to help relieve pain or numb the throat
What is the difference between tonsillitis and strep throat?
The same bacteria that cause strep throat (streptococcus) can also cause tonsillitis. In this situation, these are two different conditions which can both develop from an infection of the same bacteria.
This doesn’t necessarily mean if the bacteria is the cause of tonsillitis that it will also cause strep throat, however it is possible.
Also, because there are a number of viruses which can cause tonsillitis, developing this condition doesn’t mean the patient has been infected by the streptococcus bacteria.
What is the difference between viral and bacterial tonsillitis?
The most important difference between viral and bacterial tonsillitis is their treatment.
Bacterial tonsillitis can be treated with antibiotics, while viral tonsillitis cannot. In the case of viral tonsillitis infections, the doctor will suggest methods for helping alleviate symptoms while the body naturally fights off the infection.
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Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.
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