How long does acute tonsillitis last?

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Hi I am a 44 year old male and having a firstterrible case of acute tonsillitis. I got a sore throat about 2.5 weeks ago and after 4 days it felt like a piece of jagged glass shard in the throat. I was traveling so I couldn't get to a doctor immediately. I got fever and chills which I controlled with paracetamol. Gargling didn't help much. As soon I reached home I went to a general physician who said I had pus in my tonsils and misdiagnosed it as "quinsy", peritonsular abscess, the ENT next day put me on a regime of oral antibiotics but to no avail for 4 days. He asked me to get on to IV antibiotics which he gave for 2 days that helped about 25%. He put me back on 5 more days of antibiotics. I stopped them at home as they were making me feel worse, sick and tired. I am trying all the home remedies but not much help. I am tired confused and exasperated. My tonsils have white pus lines, throat feels raw and inflamed. please share experiences, how long does it take??

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    Ive had tonsilitis quite a few times in my life and its always gotten better within two weeks without antibiotics, less than a week with. I hope you feel better soon. Are you sure these are puss lines and not plaque (atleast i think its plaque) balls that build up and get trapped in your tonsil pores? I get those all the time and sometimes they feel like an infection and they also feel "stabby" when i swallow. I get something like a dental tool with a blunt tip to avoid hurting my tonsil and try to wiggle them out, carefully though.

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      Hi Maria, Thanks, They look like white streaks and the ENT doctor said they were pus. I wouldn't mind having the pus or plaque removed! Maybe I will feel better. I am just concerned that I am in my 3rd week but very slow to no progress.

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    I have chronic lingual tonsilitis (had tonsils removed at age 5) i have had this pain and swelling in my throat for over 8 weeks.

    It has been lasting about 14 weeks. Twice a year. Its driving me nuts. And has been going on for years. Finally got diagnosed last year.

    Removing the plaque on tonsils sounds a bit dangerous. But interesting.

    There is a reason abx can make u feel unwell and thats something called Herxeimer reaction (google and check spelling ).

    Do u have other illnesses that could impact on your tonsilitis or immune system?

    Can u feel the swelling on the outside of neck.

    Have u had a 'scope put up nose down throat. Or ct of throat or xray ?

    A swab?

    Strep does live in the body. I feel ok on antibiotics. It improves it a bit. Then it gets worse

    It can be viral though and allergies can make it worse. Do u smoke?

    Have u gargled with salt water ?

    I just want to eat all day to sooth my throat. Mine feels like i just had tonsils out. Its the bit left behind that hurts. Sorry this is so long.

    I wonder if the realise how painful it is.

    If your glands are up its a sign the body is fighting something.

    I have something wrong with my immune system

    Have u had this before?

    Rhon Melb australia

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      Thanks Rhonda. This is my first time. I don't smoke. I have gargled with salt water but doesn't help much. I can feel swelling on the outside of the throat as well. It's worse on getting up. The doctor didn't feel the need for a swab or ct.


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