The surgery done to remove inflamed tonsils is called tonsillectomy. It is usually indicated for recurring, chronic, and bacterial tonsillitis that does not respond to antibiotics. It is also indicated if tonsillitis causes complications like sleep apnea, difficulty breathing, and peritonsillar abscess.

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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 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 »

What are the ear conditions that might require complete or partial removal of the inner and middle ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I just have a general theoretical question. This is not related to my medical history, I was just wondering in general. How much of the ear is it possible to completely remove? Both inner and outer ear. What kind of conditions requires this kind of an operation? What after effects can...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In a surgery called radical mastoidectomy, we remove both inner and middle ear and occlude the canal. We do it in cases of malignancies of the ear, where you cannot remove the disease as well as preserve hearing. In earlier days, radical mastoidectomy was done ...  Read Full »

Can you still have a sore throat after tonsils are removed?

Query: Hi doctor,My tonsils were removed 20 years ago. But yesterday, I felt a sore throat. Can that be an infection? How can that be possible?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. There are more than ten different etiological factors that could be responsible for having a sore throat. It is not necessary that a sore throat always has to be due to an infection, and symptoms like acid reflux c...  Read Full »

How does tonsillectomy affect adult voice?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 20-years-old. I underwent tonsil surgery at 7 years of age, and after that, my voice was normal until the age of 15. After that, I started having trouble talking, and every morning cold is accumulated in my throat, loss of voice most of the time, which is annoying, and till now, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have a condition known as puberphonia. There could be an underlying structural problem with vocal cords that might be causing this high-pitched voice. On the other hand, even though the vocal cords are anatomically and physiologically normal, the voice may st...  Read Full »

I had bleeding from my mouth after four days of tonsillectomy. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I just had my tonsils taken out before four days. Today, I took a walk down the mall and started to bleed a lot from my mouth. I rush to the hospital, and the doctor asked me to rest. As soon as I got home, I tasted blood and spat a lot of blood again. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Bleeding after tonsillectomy is one of the most common complications. What you should do immediately is have some ice creams. This constricts the blood vessels and stops bleeding. Bleeding three or four days post operation is most likely due to infection. Are you under an...  Read Full »

Why do I keep getting infected tonsils?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had recurrent tonsillitis for a few years. Now I have developed tonsil stones on my left tonsil quite badly, and every couple of days, if I cough too hard, the tonsil stone will dislodge and come out. My tonsils are quite big as well and sit on the back of my tongue and make me ga...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please take a picture of the back of your throat with an open mouth and send it to me.  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 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 »

When to worry about enlarged tonsils?

Query: Hi doctor,Based on the attached picture, should I be concerned about my tonsil? Should I get it evaluated for cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In the picture you sent(attachment removed to protect patient identity), the right looks quite big compared to the left. The left does not even appear to be there. Now whether you need to get it evaluated for cancer will depend on certain factors. 1. Your age - as I s...  Read Full »

How to treat large tonsils with cyst?

Query: Hello doctor, I have large tonsils, one is larger than the other, and one has a cyst. I am a 21-year-old male with a potential history of GERD. I take Rennies. However, I have been given Lansoprazole. I am a medical student, so I am paranoid about cancer. I do not have any weight loss. My thoughts ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As a medical student, you can understand me well. Any abnormal mass in the body should be removed and histologically examined. I can see the mass on your right tonsil (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The mass does not look malignant, but tonsil...  Read Full »

I have one larger tonsil and there are no symptoms, it does not bother me unless I look at it. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have one larger tonsil and there are no symptoms. It does not bother me unless I look at it.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to One-sided enlarged tonsil is not a good thing to have. Usually, when both sides are enlarged, it would mean an infection or chronic infections over tonsils and pharynx. Unilateral enlargement needs to be investigated to rule out a tumor or abnormal growth. If you were ...  Read Full »

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