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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I have a white spot on my tonsil, but it is painless. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small white nodule on my right tonsil. I have often suffered from tonsillitis and have had an enlarged right tonsil for more than ten years. It is painless and appears suddenly. I have no other symptoms. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your history and picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) show either white pus in the tonsillar crypt, tonsillolith (formed by deposition of food debris or dead cell or calcium deposition), or keratosis. You do not have to worry. For now, I su...  Read Full »

I have viral tonsillitis with a history of vaping. Will it progress to cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been vaping for six months on and off, and I recently noticed that I have viral tonsillitis. I got a strep test and culture swab because of the symptoms. It is negative for both tests. So the doctor said that it might be viral tonsillitis. I had tonsil stones all over but had a re...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your history and photographs, it does not seem to be cancerous (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I suggest not to remove tonsil stone on your own, as it may cause traumatic bleeding. I recommend gargling after every meal with warm sa...  Read Full »

Do the lumps beneath my tonsils look cancerous or worrisome?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old, and I have a lump beneath my tonsil. I also have one on the other side that looks the same, but it is smaller. I do not know how long it has been there until I got diagnosed with tonsillitis. I have a hole in my tonsil, and I have a lot of mucus in my throat. Does this...  Read Full »

Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I saw your attachments (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Your left tonsil is bigger than that of another side with whitish spots over it. It may be tonsillitis again. So I suggest consulting ENT Doctor for a ph...  Read Full »

Does the swelling in my throat look cancerous?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a tonsil stone in my left tonsil last week, and it got worse. The next day, I went to get swabbed for strep and culture swab. Both the test results were negative. They said I had viral tonsilitis, and I am taking Amoxicillin now. I noticed a small bubble-like bump under the left to...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You sure have tonsillitis. Now considering the test results are negative, it is most likely a viral infection. But we cannot be sure, and so you should take an entire course of antibiotics. You have said you are taking Amoxicillin. Good. Next, the bump and the enlar...  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 »

I have bumps at the back of my throat after one week post COVID. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have bumps at the back of my throat near the tonsil on the left side. It looks lumpy and entirely different from another side. These bumps developed about a week post COVID.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi,Welcome to you for writing, and I can understand your concern.From your statement, it is clear that you suffer from tonsillitis caused by bacterial infection. So, antibiotic treatment must be given. As you mentioned that you have a history of COVID-19 infection (Coronavirus Dise...  Read Full »

I suffer from a severe sore throat with swollen tonsils. How to recover?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old female, and I have an extremely sore throat, mainly on the left side. The roof of my mouth and tonsils are swollen. They are red but do not have any patches. I do not have a fever. I have pain while talking and swallowing. I also have body aches. The throat pain starte...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like some more detail. From when are you having these symptoms? Do you have any associated cough, fever, chills, sinus pain or pressure, ear ache or discharge, and post-nasal drip? Does anybody around you have the same symptoms? Would you be able to take a pict...  Read Full »

I noticed tiny white lumps on the back of the throat. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 27 year old female. Yesterday, I noticed little white lumps at the back of my throat. The one behind the palatopharyngeal arch is red, and another one on the back of my throat, on each side, which is red in color with little white things on them. What is it? I do not know how lo...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Here in your case, a step-wise approach should be considered. According to the history provided, you have red swelling on posterior pharynx with white dots over that. Hence, it could be a tonsillar enlargement or posterior pharynx mucosa swelling or a mass. It can be...  Read Full »

How do I treat my tonsillitis and why do they occur?

Query: Hi doctor, I have chronic tonsilitis (tonsil stones as well) and recurrent sore throat for as long as I know. While stretching my throat, I noticed red streaks, like a prominent vein on the wall lining behind the tonsil, which looks ready to bleed but does not (tried with a cotton bud, and there is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. It can be a swollen mucosa due to infection, as you have mentioned that you have tonsillitis. So tonsillitis is caused by bacterial infection only, but if there is a small stone formation, then the tonsils can be rem...  Read Full »

Are my painful throat lesions 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 ...  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...  Read Full »

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