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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Swollen, Red Tonsils

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced swollen, red tonsils. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Mononucleosis Infection

    EBV Mononucleosis is a clinical syndrome characterized by fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes.

    2-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), cough
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Strep Throat Requiring Throat Swab

    Strep throat is a bacterial throat infection that can make the throat feel sore and scratchy. Only a small portion of sore throats are the result of strep throat. And, if you do not show enough signs of a true strep throat, testing may be needed before treatment is begun.

    1-3 days with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, sore throat, fever, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with strep throat requiring throat swab:
    sore throat
    Symptoms that never occur with strep throat requiring throat swab:
    general weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Viral Infection of the Larynx (Voice Box)

    Acute laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box (larynx) due to infection.The vocal cords are located inside the larynx. Normally, the vocal cords open and close freely, but in laryngitis, they become inflamed. This swelling causes distortion of the sounds produced by air passing over them, making one's resulting voice sound hoarse.

    Less than 3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, runny nose, fever, dry cough, hoarse voice
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swollen, Red Tonsils

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have a sore throat?
  • Q.Do you have a cough?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?

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Swollen, Red Tonsils Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced swollen, red tonsils have also experienced:

    • 13% Sore Throat
    • 4% Neck Bump
    • 4% Cough
  • People who have experienced swollen, red tonsils were most often matched with:

    • 44% Mononucleosis Infection
    • 44% Strep Throat Requiring Throat Swab
    • 11% Viral Infection of the Larynx (Voice Box)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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