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Is it dangerous for an asthmatic to have tonsillitis?

I have always had asthma. The last 2 or 3 months I have slowly been losing weight and eating right and that has improved my asthma. But last month I went to the doctors complaining of a feeling like something was stuck in my throat and was also finding myself in a habit of burping to try dislodge what might be in my throat. A month went by after seeing the doctor who prescribed me medication for the reflux he assumed I have and was scheduled an appointment to see a ENT specialist. I attended my appointment with ENT and was told that my tonsils were both kissing and would have to have them removed. Besides being afraid of the procedure I have recently usually around the morning times found it hard to breath? I have had asthma attacks before and have medication that I use but this time it felt different not in my chest area usually wheezy more like my airways were closed tightly. I know the patterns of my asthma attacks and the triggers but I was wondering that could my tonsillitis be a factor? I'm currently on a waiting list for my operation but was just concerned about this.
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replied March 31st, 2012
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Tonsillitis is very common infection occurring due to bacteria like streptococci. Proper treatment with antibiotics and supportive medications like Ibuprofen should help treat the infection and relieve your symptoms.

But, in patients with, uncontrolled asthma, any form of infection can result in increased severity of asthma. In such situations prompt and early detection of the infection and prompt initiation of antibiotics would prevent severe symptoms. In addition, with the onset of infection, you should immediately consult your doctor who might increase the dosage of your medications or prescribe additional inhalers to help stabilize your asthma.




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