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How do you know if your child's tonsillitis is due to a virus or bacteria?

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Often tonsillitis due to a virus looks no different than one caused by bacteria. Your pediatrician will check your child's tonsils and take a throat swab to check for strep throat. The test can be done with results available during the office visit. This is the rapid strep test. If this is negative a culture is done for confirmation which takes 24-48 hours.

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The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 31, 2019

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The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 31, 2019

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