Diagnosed with tonsillitis but antibiotics not working?
Actually, that's perfectly normal. Most cases of tonsillitis are caused by viruses, and antibiotics do not change the course at all. Of the remainder, strep is the most common pathogen, and antibiotics have very little effect on the course of that, either. The main reason for prescribing antibiotics isn't to get you better, but rather to avoid late complications, so it's important to complete the course. Another possibility is mono, and if your tonsillitis turns out to be mono, you can be thankful that you haven't had the rash that combining the disease and amoxicillin often produces. For all the wannabe doctors, it's a rare instance when a different antibiotic is going to be called for with tonsillitis. It isn't at all like other infections.
IMPORTANT QUESTION ! Can you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?
Depends on the antibiotic. Read the warning paperwork that came with it for a definite answer. Depending on the antibiotic, alcohol may cancel it out completely. Which doesn't sound bad, but it also means you haven't taken the complete regiment and you've built an immunity so you can't ever take that antibiotic again. Though since you are suffering from tonsillitis, I'd suggest not drinking even it it won't interact with the antibiotic. The alcohol may irritate your throat and increase your troubles. Here is an article from the Mayo Clinic about antibiotics/alcohol - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antibio...
Are your tonsils important?
Your tonsils are lymph glands & are part of your immune system. They are part of your body's first line of defense against infection. HOWEVER when they are chronically infected they become more than just a nuisance… They could actually make you sick! Anytime you have episodes of tonsillitis more than four to five times a year it's a pretty good indication your tonsils need to come out. Taking out tonsils today is a lot better than it used to be. If the doctors using a laser tonsils come out with the least amount of damage to underlying tissue so you'll heal up a lot faster and have a lot less pain. It's a good idea to lay in a big supply of popsicles, ice cream and really cold puddings for a day or two. You'll want to drink things that are cold but not acidic… So no soda or orange juice. Apple juice seems to work the best because it's closest to the natural saline content in your mouth and won't irritate your sore tissues. Generally speaking the doctor will prescribe mild painkillers for 3 to 4 days and after that you're back to normal. The best part is you probably won't have any more sore throats for a long, long time! Good luck to you and I hope you have a very uneventful surgery. I'll keep you in my prayers :)
Tonsils Swollen for months?
I had the same problem, when i was in my teens and Early 20's.. I was always given antibiotics, because at the time, the Dr.'s then, did not want to take them out. If he cannot get his parents to pay for a Dr, or a clinic, then tell him to go to the emergency room of any hospital, they will take him in, examine him, and he can fill out a form for what is called"Charity Care", it won't cost him a dime. He can get help. No hospital emergency room will turn him away, because he can't pay. Chronic tonsillitis really sucks. I lived through it, but it wasn't easy. Today, he has more options. I REALLY know what it's like...my tonsils now, after so many repeated and long term infections, always look big, and kinda red, ( I used to get swollen glands along with it at times). Doctors go back and forth, from year to year, whether or not they should be taken out, because they serve the purpose of preventing upper respiratory infections, like pneumonia, and terrible chest colds, the tonsils "catch" the infection that would have gone into the lungs, many times. This is there purpose. If they decide to take them out, and he is on charity care, or applies for Medicaid,( you do not meed welfare to get Medicaid), it will be paid for. I wish him the best, and will send a prayer out for him right now, because I really understand.
Treatment of tonsilities?
Tonsillitis is most often caused by a virus, which resolves on its own. However, tonsillitis can be caused by strep throat bacteria, which requires treatment with antibiotics. Home treatments such as gargling with salt water, drinking warm tea, and taking nonprescription pain medication for children age 6 months and older can help relieve discomfort. Nonprescription pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, should be given to children instead of aspirin.
What should I eat/drink when I have tonsilitis?
White spot on my tonsils?
Sounds like Tonsillitis Symptoms Difficulty swallowing Ear pain Fever, chills Headache Sore throat - lasts longer than 48 hours and may be severe Tenderness of the jaw and throat Signs The tonsils are usually red and may have white spots on them. The lymph nodes in the jaw and neck may be swollen and tender to the touch. A rapid strep test can be done in most doctor's offices. However, this test may be normal, and you can still have strep. Your doctor may send the throat swab to a laboratory for a strep culture. Test results can take a few days. Treatment Swollen tonsils that are not painful or do not cause other problems do not need to be treated. Your health care provider may not give you antibiotics. You may be asked to come back for a check up later. If tests show you do have strep, your doctor will give you antibiotics. It is important to finish all of your antibiotics as directed by your doctor, even if you feel better. If you do not take them all, the infection can return. The following tips may help your throat feel better: Drink cold liquids or suck on popsicles Drink fluids, especially warm (not hot), bland fluids Gargle with warm salt water Suck on lozenges (containing benzocaine or similar ingredients) to reduce pain (these should not be used in young children because of the choking risk) Take over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen to reduce pain and fever. Do NOT give a child aspirin. Aspirin has been linked to Reye syndrome. Some people who have repeated infections may need surgery to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy).