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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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Do I have to fear if my child has seizures following a tonsillectomy?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a few questions about my child, who was very ill nine months back. At the beginning of his illness, he had two short seizures within 20 minutes. These two seizures did not have jerking motion, and he was not incontinent. A month later, he developed a peritonsillar abscess which ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The first two seizures your child encountered could be related to the infection. As they occurred within a short span, we can consider them as one clinical seizure. The EEG has a clinical significance for genera...  Read Full »

I am having a symptomless large tonsil. 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 »

My daughter is having tonsillitis regularly. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My 16 years old daughter is suffering from tonsillitis on a regular basis. She was prescribed antibiotics recently. After a few weeks, it became sore and swollen again. For the past few years, my daughter has ragged tonsils with continuous tonsil stones, bad breath, and sore throat. She ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The tonsils are congested. The crypts are deep, and it is natural for her to get tonsil stones. If it is causing recurrent symptoms, you need to get the tonsils removed. They do not ser...  Read Full »

Is it possible to get a sore throat after 20 years of tonsillectomy?

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. Bhadragiri 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 »

What can be the cause for unilateral tonsil enlargement?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old male with no significant medical history aside from essential tremors treated with Inderal 120 mg, and anxiety treated with Venlafaxine 75 mg. Three months before, I consulted an ENT doctor because of an unilateral (right) tonsil enlargement. I am attaching a photo o...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The two tonsils are unevenly enlarged. Whereas it is usually not any abnormal growth, we can say conclusively only after biopsy. I suggest you discuss with the doctor about the option of tonsillectomy and histopathological examination of the sample. Meanwhile you sho...  Read Full »

I feel something stuck in my throat with large tonsils. Please help.

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 tonsillectomy ...  Read Full »

My tonsil stones are recurring even after using Augmentin. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have recurring tonsil stones and was on Augmentin for two weeks. But it did not help. I feel like a tonsillectomy is overdue smelly when I swab with a cotton pick. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Recurrent tonsil stones not relieved by antibiotics is an indication for tonsillectomy. It is a safe surgery with definite benefits. The surgeon may use the coablation technique, which causes the least post-operative pain and minimal bleeding. For now, complete the cou...  Read Full »

Kindly view my attachments and advice if I need a tonsillectomy.

Query: Hello doctor, Kindly view my attachments and advice whether I need a tonsillectomy.  Read Full »

Dr. Surabhi Chopra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the pictures you have provided as an attachment, it seems you have rhinitis with a sore throat and a bad cough. To answer your question, I will request you to please provide me with the following details for better accuracy. 1) Age, 2) Symptoms in detail, 3) Dur...  Read Full »

I have a yellowish pus sac on my tonsil. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a yellowish pus sac on my tonsils left side which I noticed a few days ago. A doctor says he thinks it is ectopic, I do not know what that is, but I can submit to you a picture of the spot on my tonsils. I have a good picture of it. I was sick about a month ago with a fever for a...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The yellowish pus sac is a tonsil stone, known as tonsillolith. It occurs due to the accumulation of tonsillar secretions and some minerals inside the tonsillar crypt and obstruction to its free flo...  Read Full »

How can the formation of tonsil stones be prevented?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from tonsil stones and I am very much irritated by them. Can you please tell me how to cure them and how to prevent them? I have not taken any medicines until now. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Wilfred

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tonsilloliths or tonsil stones are formed due to the deposition of lime salts in tonsils after the blockage of crypts in the tonsils. Treatment involves the removal of stones by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Recurrent stones are treated by tonsillectomy. M...  Read Full »

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