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Old Jul 23rd 2007, 8:52 pm
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So is this the same as tonsillitis or not? If not what is the UK equivalent as I have never heard of it and assume its not something that only affects americans!!
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Old Jul 23rd 2007, 8:57 pm
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So is this the same as tonsillitis or not? If not what is the UK equivalent as I have never heard of it and assume its not something that only affects americans!!
i've heard lots of peeps here having strep throat but never heard of it before coming here so not sure ...i'd be interested to know as well
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Streptococcal pharyngitis is a bacteria that causes a painful inflammation of the pharynx
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So is this the same as tonsillitis or not? If not what is the UK equivalent as I have never heard of it and assume its not something that only affects americans!!
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Old Jul 23rd 2007, 8:58 pm
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So is this the same as tonsillitis or not? If not what is the UK equivalent as I have never heard of it and assume its not something that only affects americans!!
I'm pretty sure it's the same thing.
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Old Jul 23rd 2007, 9:10 pm
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I'm pretty sure it's the same thing.
It's not exactly the same as tonsillitis - it's called strep throat in the UK as well but like you say, you hear of many more people over here getting it. Not sure why - maybe it's just that Brits tend not to use the full terminology.

Tonsillitis is any inflammation of the tonsils - it's a non-specific term and could be caused by viruses, bacteria etc. Strep throat is a throat infection specifically caused by streptococcus bacteria. It can lead to tonsillitis but doesn't always.
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Kids at school get it a lot.. My kids probably used get it once every 2 years or so. Often related to an ear infection. Antipbiotics start to get them feeling TONS better in 24-48 hours.
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It's not exactly the same as tonsillitis - it's called strep throat in the UK as well but like you say, you hear of many more people over here getting it. Not sure why - maybe it's just that Brits tend not to use the full terminology.

Tonsillitis is any inflammation of the tonsils - it's a non-specific term and could be caused by viruses, bacteria etc. Strep throat is a throat infection specifically caused by streptococcus bacteria. It can lead to tonsillitis but doesn't always.
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