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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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 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 »

How to cure my congested tonsils that is persistent?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a congested throat with swollen tonsils (with some white spots on it) since three days. Doctors gave me capsule Cefspan 400 mg, twice a day, tablet Fexet 160 mg, once daily, tablet Brufen 400 mg twice daily, Daktarin oral gel. It is not reducing. What should I...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumar Ashutosh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from acute tonsillitis. On taking these medicines, infection and inflammation will subside, but the size of the tonsils will not decrease. If you are suffering from this problem often then you should undergo tonsillectomy. If your throat does not get bet...  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 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 throat has been parched and I see two lumps in my throat. What do I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female. My throat has been parched since we moved to a new state a month ago. I am a hypochondriac. I see these two lumps in my throat. I have had an otoscope down my nose before, and no one has ever said anything. And now I am just an anxious mess. I had a part...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Please answer a few questions. Are you feverish? Do you suffer from reflux in the form of a burning sensation in your chest or stomach? Do you get a bitter taste in your throat when waking up in the morning...  Read Full »

Can the lumps in my throat be due to COVID testing?

Query: Hi doctor, I had undergone tonsil removal 25 years ago, and now for the last week, I am noticing lumps in the throat where tonsils used to be there. I could not speak of how long they may have been there. I saw them while taking a COVID antigen (Lateral flow) test. Earlier I had taken these tests b...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to These are the remnants of the old removed tonsils. They can swell and become inflamed too. You do not need any treatment as long as these remnants are silent without pain or sore throat. The acid reflux has a significant role in your complaint. I think you need a...  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 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 »

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