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Symptoms and treatment for tonsilitis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help u?
User :   Hello, I have a real big problem, i'll just paste it.
User :   Hi, I'm an 18 year old female and I have a throat issue. Okay, right now I have a sore throat and it really hurts, I've started myself on antibiotics. But before I took the antibiotic, I looked in the back of my throat and saw something really disgusting. I'll tell you this, sometimes, on days when I'm normal without sickness, I look in the back of my throat and I'll see a collection of little yellow balls, almost like puss balls. My sister gets these as well, one time I collected them from the back of my throat on the side not too far from that flap that hangs down in the back. When I took the sample out, it really smelled bad, but after days, it went away. Sometimes, and this is really gross, but sometimes I might swallow and I would swallow them! It's like they collect there and eventually they go away or I swallow them or something, but they're not always there. Anyway, with my sore throat now, I looked in the back and it's the grossest collection of that stuff there and looks like I really have an infection here. I clearly see the puss and all, really nasty I know, but you're doctors, you've probably seen/heard worse. Also, my lymph nodes are swollen with the infection. Can you tell me what is this stuff? And why do I keep getting it in the back of my throat sick or not? And why does it smell so bad?
User :   sorry, it's long
Doctor :   pl wait i have to read
User :   ok
Doctor :   it appears that ur having tonsillitis
User :   what's that?
Doctor :   since long time
User :   is it bad?
User :   can it be fixed?
Doctor :   Tonsillitis is an infection and swelling of the tonsils which are oval-shaped lymph nodes located in the back of the mouth and the upper part of the throat. Our body has two sets of tonsils.
Doctor :   Their main function is to filter out bacteria and other microorganisms. Tonsillitis commonly means the inflammation or infection
Doctor :   Tonsillitis is most commonly caused by a bacterial infection,
User :   but what about when I'm not sick
User :   I still get that pus
Doctor :   The infection spreads by: * Coming in close contact with someone who has tonsillar or pharyngeal infection with the above organisms
* Having a sore throat that develops into tonsillitis
* Sharing utensils or toothbrushes with people infected by
Doctor :   yeah
Doctor :   What are the symptoms?
Doctor :   # Enlarged tonsils
# Foul smelling, pasty, infected material that collects within the pits on the tonsils
# Sore throat
# Bad breath
# Mildly swollen, tender lymph nodes

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