Enlarged Tonsils (5)

Tonsils get enlarged when they are infected by viruses or bacteria. The viruses that cause tonsil enlargement include adenoviruses, Epstein-Barr virus, and Herpes simplex viruses. The symptoms of enlarged tonsils include sore throat, pain on the sides of the neck, difficulty swallowing, and bad breath.

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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 Tehmid

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. ...  Read Full »

I have a sac-like cluster of yellow or white stuff under my left tonsil which is painful and inflamed. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a sac-like cluster of yellow or white stuff under my left tonsil. It is very painful to swallow, and the tonsil is inflamed.  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The tonsils are red and swollen, and the yellowish thing could be either follicle studded with pus or a stone formation. The symptoms point to an infection. Amoxicillin of appropriate dosage for your weight and age should be taken and the course is for five days. If it ...  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 offic...  Read Full »

I have a bump beneath my tonsil. Could it be a lymphoid aggregate?

Query: Hello doctor, Is this bump beneath my tonsil a lymphoid aggregate? Please find a copy of the attached picture below. I was seeing a cavity in my tooth with light when I came across it, and there are no symptoms associated with it. I do not know how long it has been there before, as I usually do not ...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for briefing me regarding the problem. I had a detailed look at the picture you have sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The small bump you refer to is indeed a lymphoid follicle aggregate. Your tonsil itself is a lymphoid aggregate. ...  Read Full »

Noticed a growth in my throat. What it could be?

Query: Hi doctor, Yesterday I felt like something was stuck in my throat. Today, I noticed a growth in my throat. I am 43 years old, non-smoker, and drink one to two glasses of wine per month. Kindly tell me what this could be?  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the photo you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Although there is a lot of reflected light, I can make out that you have enlarged tonsils and edematous uvula. However, due to the reflected light and distortion of natural color, I c...  Read Full »

What could cause swollen tonsils covered with white layer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old female, 250 lbs. I do not smoke or drink. Tonight while looking at my throat, I discovered my right tonsil is swollen, lumpy, and covered in a thick, white layer of skin. Upon initial inspection, I mistook these white patches for tonsil stones, but they are not. The...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your right tonsil is swollen, lumpy and covered in a white, thick layer of skin. White spots on the tonsils usually indicate an infection. Infections may be due to bacteria, fungus or viruses. Strep throat ...  Read Full »

Will poor oral hygeine and improper diet contribute to swollen lymph nodes on neck with sore throat?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently (the last week at the most) my lymph nodes in my neck have been very swollen. When looking at the back of my throat, I can see small tonsil stones, small, but many. There is swelling which I am hoping is associated with the stones and there is a lot of swelling at the top of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from swelling of lymph nodes on the neck with swelling of tonsil and sore throat. You lead an erratic life. You are a smoker. You do not maintain your oral hygiene regularly. You also do...  Read Full »

My left side throat is swollen and sore with red dots. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently stopped smoking cigarettes and weed. I have had tonsil stones, since then, I have been using saltwater to wash my mouth. I can feel something stuck in the back of my throat constantly when I swallow. When I check it in the mirror, it looks like the left side seems to have bu...  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Smoking for long-duration causes specific changes in our throat and our airway. Sometimes it can have a profound impact on our upper digestive system also. Most of these changes adapt our throat and food pipe to prevent injury from nicotine and other components in cig...  Read Full »

Can lingual tonsil hypertrophy occur suddenly with no presence of pain?

Query: Hello doctor, Can lingual tonsil hypertrophy occur suddenly within two to three days, only on one side? I observed something similar in the right half of the back of the tongue in the tonsil region. I have no pain, but I feel the mass has been there for a long time. I had no cough, but I had acidity...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lingual tonsil hypertrophy does not usually happen suddenly unless it is infected. But in your case, if you do not experience any pain or difficulty in breathing, you need not worry. Do you have any history of smoking or tobacco chewing? Is there any history of bleed...  Read Full »

My right tonsil is sore, and I have pain while swallowing. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a right sore tonsil about two months ago; it took about 10 to 12 days to disappear, with only home treatment. I only had pain when swallowing, but not a sore throat. The right tonsil did have a white coat on it, and it started to disappear (it looked a bit like tonsil stones). After...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and you still have some debris collection on your right tonsillar crypt (that could be due to the previous infection). Also, your right tonsil is slightly larger th...  Read Full »

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