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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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 »

Why do I have a fever and finding it hard to swallow?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 38-year-old female with a weight of 68 kilograms and a height of five feet four inches. While swallowing, I have pain in my throat. I think that my tonsils are swollen with a white strip-like substance on the surface. My lymph node on the neck is also swollen. I am taking Parace...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. According to the statement, you are suffering from fever with swelling of tonsils and lymph nodes in the neck with the pain while swallowing. Severe types of infections can cause white spots on the tonsils. It can be a bacterial or viral or fu...  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 aggrega...  Read Full »

The roof of my mouth has become pale and itchy along with swollen tonsils. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have granulomatosis with polyangiitis and have not seen a rheumatologist for the past seven months. Before seven months, I requested to move hospitals and have an appointment booked. But my symptoms are becoming worse. I feel like having flu, swollen and itchy tonsils have come back....  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. So sorry to hear about your disease. I have understood your query and will definitely help you out. The first thing I want you to understand is that this disease is not curable. It is only manageable. It can be kept under control with m...  Read Full »

I have swollen tonsil and have tried all the over counter drugs but nothing has helped. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a swollen right tonsil for over a year and have had post nasal drip as well. I have tried OTC (over the counter) medicines and even a nasal spray. None of it has been working out for me. Also, I have been getting tonsil stones very frequently. I have been to the doctor, the...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. First of all, you are having recurrent tonsillitis. Your tonsils are exposed to infections more than required. They do not have the immunity to fight against infections that is causing an illness frequently. The best ...  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 b...  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 cigare...  Read Full »

I am suffering from enlarged tonsils for more than two months. Why it is not responding to antibiotics?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from enlarged tonsils for more than two months. I used prescription antibiotics, but it is still enlarged. There is no pain, but I have only the feeling of something stuck in my throat.  Read Full »


Dr. Alok Rathi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Having enlarged tonsils is not a disease in itself. If you have pain, difficulty swallowing, or fever, you need to take antibiotics when you have tonsillitis. Enlarged tonsils can be associated with sleep apnea or sleep disorder breathing wherein mouth breathing ...  Read Full »

Can I have enlarged tonsil on one side only?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old female. I do not drink alcohol or smoke. One of my tonsils remains bigger than the other. I noticed it especially after getting an infection on one of my wisdom tooth and I started to have sore throat. My infected tooth was present on the left side but I have tonsil en...  Read Full »


Dr. Nishant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. One of the tonsils remains larger than the other. I do not think that this is an issue at this moment. Sore throat occurs due to wisdom tooth infection and you are taking the right treatment. Your tonsil does not hurt and you do not know w...  Read Full »

Can allergy cause tonsil swelling and pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some trouble with my tonsils. I have tonsil stones frequently with snoring. For the past two months, I have a mild sore or scratchy throat. My left tonsil is swollen with pain. Sometimes the pain reaches my ear. My doctor did a swab test to check for infection but it came back clean...  Read Full »


Dr. Prathish Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Tonsil enlargement can occur due to infection or as a part of some other disease. If your swab test is negative, we need to do other investigations to check for other possibilities. In the meantime, you can take tablets as given below. ...  Read Full »

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