Chronic Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is considered to be chronic when the signs and symptoms last for more than two weeks. This condition is mostly caused by viruses, but it can also be caused by some bacteria. In severe and chronic cases, surgery may be required to remove the tonsils to cure the condition.

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What is causing the redness in my tonsil area after my tonsil removal surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my tonsils removed last year. Now, on one side, I have this red area. It can get inflamed sometimes and every now and then, I get a cyst or ulcer in that area. Why is this area red and not on the other side? Is it due to a lot of blood vessels in one area that used to supply the...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed the images attached by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The area is congested due to the blood vessels. The opposite area is also congested although not as much as the left. It is called flushing of the anterior pillars. This is chara...  Read Full »

How do I get rid of my tonsil stone?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with a tonsil stone. I have typical symptoms due to tonsil stone along with slight ear pain since the last four to five days. I got checked yesterday and was given an antibiotic and betadine to gargle. It is small in size as said by the doctor. Will it go away or do I h...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You have chronic tonsillitis with tonsillolith (stone in tonsil). The curative treatment for this problem is surgery (tonsillectomy). Other conservative treatments may give you a temporary relief, but the condition usually recurs after conse...  Read Full »

Can you explain what the hole present in the back wall of my son's mouth is?

Query: Hello doctor, My 8 year old son has a small hole in the back wall of his mouth. He has seen a number of GPs and consultants. None of them know what it is or can explain it. They are not going to continue to review it as they say it is not a problem. I would like to know how what it is and if anythi...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, the hole seems to release tonsil stones. In that case, it must be a tonsillar crypt. The hole is in the anterior pillar. Usually, tonsillar crypts open into the oropharynx area behind the pillar and not through the pillar. And, I can see enlarged...  Read Full »

I have had swollen tonsils for about a month. Is it a sign of tonsil or throat cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I have swollen tonsils from about a month. I have been taking antibiotics but, they are not getting better. I have a slight pain in the throat. I sometimes have a dull ear pain. Is it a sign of tonsil or throat cancer?  Read Full »


Dr. Deepthi. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your problem of pain in the throat can be because of tonsillar infection called tonsillitis. Taking only antibiotics will not help. Tonsillitis can be of two types depending on the severity of the infecting agent. The first type is acute tonsillitis where it presents...  Read Full »

When the weather changes, I always have cough and cold. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19 year old male. I always have a cough. There is also a nasal flow, sneezing, nose block, headache, body pain and fever sometimes. These happen when the weather changes, when I have ice cream, cold drinks, banana, or get drenched in the rain. I had pneumonia during childhood ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have a chronic cough, nasal congestion, and sneezing. There are different possibilities based on your other symptoms: Allergic rhinitis: This will be my first diagnosis ...  Read Full »

What can cause chronic tonsillitis and knee swelling in a child?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is seven and a half years old. She is suffering from tonsillitis for five years. During every month, she takes antibiotics with Paracetamol. Now, she is having swelling in her knees for the past five months, and sometimes, it gets migrated from one knee to another with little f...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. First, swelling in the knee and throat infection can occur related to each other or it can be a condition called rheumatic fever. You need to discuss this with your pediatrician to have a definitve diagnosis. It needs to be differentiated ...  Read Full »

How to cure a throat pain that gets better with antibiotics and then comes back?

Query: Hi doctor,I have throat pain in my right side for a month. After taking antibiotics, it subsides. When I stop taking it, it starts again. The doctor told me it as pharyngeal wall congestion. How can I cure it?  Read Full »


Dr. Pruthvi Raju Uppalapati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your condition. You have recurrent pain due to chronic tonsilitis or pharyngitis, chronic gastritis, and persistent nasal discharge. Taking antibiotics helps a lot. Start taking medication to resolve it and have some lifestyle changes. You can take tablet A...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to have tonsils removed due to chronic tonsillitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old. I need a second opinion on removing my tonsils due to chronic tonsillitis. An experienced ENT doctor was able to diagnose it after seeing my symptoms. I had it for more than five times in these eight years. He recommends me to have removal. But I read that it negativ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Having five times in these eight years is not much. Please send a photo of your throat. So that I can guide you further. There is no other alternative option for surgical removal. Antibiotics help a lot in acute attacks. Adults, as well as children, face the same negati...  Read Full »

Why can be the cause of a soft and non-painful lump on the right side of the throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23 years old. I have a lump on the right side of my throat. The lump seems to be soft without pain. But sometimes, I have pain on the right side of the neck with ear pain. I have a feeling of having small hard stones on the throat. Please help me. Is it cancer? I do not smoke. It ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your symptoms and description, it looks like tonsillitis. When it is present for a long time, it is referred to as chronic tonsillitis. It is caused by a bacterial infection and when it stays for a long time, there is the formation of tiny whitish stones. Due...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest me any solution to gain weight.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from tonsillitis for the past three years, so I do not eat properly. But now I eat food twice a day, each time I eat three chapatis even then do not gain weight. So kindly suggest any solution to gain weight as I also have a white discharge problem from the vagina.   Read Full »


Dr. Prathish Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I see that you have chronic tonsillitis, due to which you do not take food properly and lost weight. You can take protein supplements for weight gain, but have you evaluated for your tonsillitis issue? Have you done any blood investigations, consulted any ENT (ear, nose...  Read Full »

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