Angina: What is white angina and what is red one?
You have a sore throat when you were swallowed. Your tonsils are inflamed. This is certainly a sore throat. Yes, but which one? Dr. Jean-Loup Delvaux, ENT, explains how to differentiate the red white angina.
Angina is characterized by inflammation of the pharynx with a diffuse redness, predominantly in the tonsils. It is often of viral origin.
If you suspect angina, consult immediately a doctor or an audiologist. Here are a few simple explanations of Dr. Jean-Loup Delvaux, ENT, to help you understand the difference between what is commonly white and red angina called.
IT IS A RED THROAT IF:
- The throat is red with a more marked at the tonsil infection.
- Angina can be viral or microbial.
IT IS A WHITE THROAT IF:
- It is accompanied by white spots on the surface of the tonsils, white or a membrane. In this case, angina is often due to a dental infection (untreated decayed tooth for example).
- It is accompanied by a high fever.
- There is the presence of lymph nodes from the angle of the jaw.
In all cases, it is important whether there is a strep throat or not, for all microbial angina are not. It may also be a staphylococcal angina.
WHAT IS SUSPECT STREP THROAT?
Clinically, there are typical symptoms:
- The gorge is carmine red.
- Fever is very high: it reaches 40 ° C.
- Language is depapillated, raspberry color.
- There is often vomiting.
The strep throat can provide general complications: sepsis, cardiac or renal disease, hence the importance of the diagnosis.
HOW TO CONFIRM STREP THROAT
The strep throat is diagnosed using a rapid diagnostic test: it is a swab rubbed on the doctor and the amygdala, which reacts positively or not strep. Treating angina depends on the result of the test.