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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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My cousin is having white dots in her mouth. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to ask you a question about my cousin having white dots in her mouth. Is there anything serious?  Read Full »


Dr. Naseer Ahmad Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. From the image attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), the most probable diagnosis is initial tonsillitis. However, she might also have these symptoms; difficulty swallowing, swollen and tender glands and lymph nod...  Read Full »

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 »

My left tonsil is enlarged and irregular with pus production. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old female. For about a month, my tonsil (left side) has looked enlarged and irregular. If I press on it I will sometimes see a little pus (or white fluid) coming out from behind it. It occasionally feels just a tiny bit scratchy. I did see our urgent care and they pre...  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Tonsillar surfaces are irregular normally due to the presence of crypts. The tonsil does not appear to be grossly enlarged, however, a better picture showing both tonsils would be of help. Pus ...  Read Full »

I have swollen tonsil, yellow and red bumps in throat and fever. What could this be?

Query: Hi doctor, My throat has been hurting very bad for five days now. My tonsils are swollen and my entire throat is very red. On the back of my throat, I have yellow and red bumps. I have been running a low-grade fever off and on. I have been aching all over and cold. My ears hurt too. It hurts to swal...  Read Full »


Dr. Alok Rathi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I have gone through the history and image. You have got chronic tonsillitis. Take antibiotics if you have got fever as of now. If the drugs are not working, it means you have used it so much unnecessarily already. In that case, you need to change the antibiotic you have alr...  Read Full »

What is the proper treatment for chronic pharyngitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chronic granular pharyngitis. I was having throat pain for the past eight weeks. Initially, I took homeo medicines and it did not cure. Then I took Azithromycin and Metronidazole for a few days and I stopped this. Currently, I take tablet Claribid 500 mg twice daily morning and...  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send photographs and report of your throat.  Read Full »

I have a slight bulge on one side of tonsillar wall. Should I be worried?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a slight bulge on my tonsillar wall which is different compared to the other side. Should I be worried? It is not a different color.  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having chronic tonsillitis. There is an enlargement of tonsils. No other abnormality is there. So you can relax. Please tell me what symptoms are you having and what medicines have you bee...  Read Full »

I have swollen tonsils, fever, and body aches. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I need to know what I should do. I have been sick for four days now. I have two swollen tonsils (left side I noticed white spots on it). I have had fevers, body aches, body chills, runny or stuffy nose, vomiting and difficulty breathing.  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.With the details, you have provided you seem to be suffering from acute tonsillitis. It is an infection of the tonsils and the pharynx, mostly bacterial looking at the associated symptoms you have. You must take an appropriate antibiotic for the same and in my office, I ...  Read Full »

I have tonsil stones and an altered sense of smell. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I currently have tonsil stones that do not occur every day but at a rate of three to four a week. Also, I notice it does not take much for me to get hoarse and my voice cracks for no reason when talking. I have also noticed that my sense of smell is off.  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tonsil stones are a sign of chronic tonsillitis. They occur due to the accumulation of food debris in the tonsil crevices. This may be due to a tonsil infection or due to an infection from the nose. As you have mentioned that your voice cracks and there is a smell dist...  Read Full »

I have white patches in the throat, but the strep test was negative. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, Two weeks ago, I developed white patches in the throat. I do not feel a sore throat, but there is slight discomfort, runny nose, and cough. I think it is due to cold. Also, I feel body pain for the past three days. I was tested for strep, and the rapid strep test was negative. The white p...  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. By looking at the history and symptoms, a few things come to my list of differential diagnosis. Before that, I would like to know a few things like whether it is associated with difficulty in swallowing, headache, neck stiffness, etc. As you mentioned you have already t...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for recurrent tonsillitis and tonsil stones?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from recurring tonsillitis since I was a child. I was told at one point that if I was to be diagnosed with tonsillitis again, I would have to schedule to get my tonsils removed. However, I have had it quite a few times since. I also suffer from frequent tonsil st...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your tonsils are definitely infected. You need a course of antibiotics, decongestants, pain killers and good gargles. Additionally, we need to have a look at your nose to rule out if there is any rhinitis or sinusitis that is triggering the tonsil infections repeated...  Read Full »

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