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Gabriela asked...

I have swollen tonsils.

I'm 28 years old. Since 2 days I have high temperature around 38-39 degree. I have swollen tonsils (there pale some white spots as I've noticed) and lymph nodes. It's difficult for me swallow anything. I was taking some paracetamol for the temperature. I don't have any cough or running nose. Also I have pain in my muscles. I took some painkillers for this. Please could you tell me what can be a reason and what kind of sick it is ? Also I would be appreciate if you tell me what other drugs I can use to care.

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The answer

It very much sounds like you have tonsillitis, which is an infection of the tonsils caused by either a virus or a bacteria. The fact that your temperature is so high, combined with aching muscles, white spots and difficulty swallowing suggests it may be caused by a bacteria rather than a virus this time. I would recommend that you see your doctor today as you will probably need some antibiotics to get better now. Remember to stay away from others until you are better because it is very contagious and easily passed on. You can also continue to use painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen for the pain and temperature symptoms until you are better and the antibiotics have started to work.

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