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When to Seek Medical Care
The majority of people that develop tonsillitis recover without medical care. Call a doctor for advice if you a person has some of the following symptoms:
Tonsillitis can develop into more serious medical conditions in some people. Anyone with tonsillitis who is drooling, unable to eat or drink, or has any breathing difficulty needs to go to a hospital's Emergency Department immediately for evaluation.
Sometimes the tonsils may swell or form a peritonsillar abscess resulting in intermittent blockage of the feeding and breathing pathways. If the affected person may have difficulty breathing or eating, they should seek medical care.
Joseph Lauro, MD
Erik D Barton, MD, MS
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