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Tonsillitis is a commonly seen childhood bacterial or viral infection that causes inflammation of tonsils. The types of tonsillitis are acute, recurrent, and chronic. Tonsillitis is treated with antibiotics like Penicillin, and in cases of recurrent tonsillitis, tonsillectomy is done.

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What could be the reason for my lower abdominal pain and burning sensation in the throat?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had redness and burning sensation in the throat and lower abdomen since afternoon. Can I take a capsule of Phexin 500 mg?  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi,Welcome to burning sensation in the abdomen and throat is due to acidity or infection. Follow the below steps for severe conditions:1. I suggest Tablet Pantoprazole 40 mg once before breakfast for three days.2. Avoid cold drinks and drink lukewarm water.Do you have severe pain in...  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 »

What is serious about visible blood vessels on tonsils in a small kid?

Query: Hello doctor, We noticed our 6-year-old daughter has a visible blood vessel on one of her tonsils. She feels fine and says her throat feels fine. Is this a cause of concern? We have never noticed it before? It has been three months since she was at the dentist and I know they check her tonsils. Thi...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have had a look at the pictures you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The tonsils are definitely enlarged in this case, there is no doubt about it. The tonsils have a very rich blood supply and are relatively avascular structure. It is norma...  Read Full »

What does gargling do?

Query: Hi doctor, Does air humidifier help with tonsillitis? How would salt water gargling cure tonsillitis?  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Air humidifiers are of various types and not all of them are useful for someone suffering from tonsillitis. And also, tonsillitis requires gargling of warm water mixed with salt. Salt water gargling helps reduce pain, inflammation and infection in the throat by the foll...  Read Full »

What is the cause for the bad feces smell from my nose?

Query: Hello doctor, I have bad faeces smell coming from my nose when I breathe. What could be all possible causes? Nobody around me feels that smell and that is how I got to know that it is from my nose itself. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bad smell during breathing could be due to various reasons. Let us see those one by one. Malignancy: an intranasal (inside the nose) or intraoral (inside the mouth) malignancy can produce foul smell, that can be perceived as faeces smell by the nose. Malignancy can ...  Read Full »

What is causing the redness in my tonsil area after my tonsil removal surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my tonsils removed last year. Now, on one side, I have this red area. It can get inflamed sometimes and every now and then, I get a cyst or ulcer in that area. Why is this area red and not on the other side? Is it due to a lot of blood vessels in one area that used to supply the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have viewed the images attached by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The area is congested due to the blood vessels. The opposite area is also congested although not as much as the left. It is called flushing of the anterior pillars. This is chara...  Read Full »

I have very painful throat lesions. Is it a fungal or viral infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34-year-old man with no significant past medical history. Now I have painful white lesions in my throat for ten days. I am unable to eat. I started Amoxicillin for seven days and had no change. I went to the ER two days ago and started on Clindamycin. It is excruciating. I cannot e...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Though the pictures you have sent are not very clear (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), it seems you have uvulitis with follicular tonsillitis. This kind of infection should resolve with Clindamycin, so you may continue taking it until you meet an EN...  Read Full »

There are pain and swelling in sublingual and submandibular area. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister, a 15-year-old female patient complains of intermittent pain on R sublingual area and neck (submandibular area) graded 6/10 at rest and aggravated when eating to 8/10. Past medical history: She developed fever recently and was diagnosed with UTI and was given cough remedy. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Navelkar Rohan Sanjay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is 23 days now since the infection started, that is quite a long time. Her chief complaint is pain in the submandibular and sublingual region which can happen due to tonsillitis as well as infection of the salivary gland which is located in that region. Typically these...  Read Full »

My tonsils are swollen and covered with white layer. What could this be?

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 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 »

I have tonsil looking like a white build up with some veins on it. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a left tonsil that looks like a white build up with some veins on it. I recently was diagnosed with a jaw bone that was malaligned so I am wearing several appliances to get that back set in place. I recently went to an ENT and they put a scope down my nose and said my tonsils a...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The left tonsil seems mildly hypertrophied and unhealthy. But it does not have any active infection. Can you take a picture with both tonsils in view? Tonsils are normal structures and unless one is much bigger than the other we usually do not suspect anything. Do you h...  Read Full »

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