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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Why are my throat infection and tonsillitis not responding to any antibiotics?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a history of tonsillitis and throat infections. I have ear pain, tongue numbness, and two blisters on the arch of my tonsil for over six weeks along with a white lump on my tonsil. I took two courses of antibiotics with no benefit. Pain is pretty bad and I booked an ENT appointmen...  Read Full »

Dr. Peter Grutas

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on the pictures you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems you do have pharyngitis. What antibiotics have you taken and when was the last time you finish the course of antibiotics? You might need to take another course or shift it...  Read Full »

What can be done for recurrent tonsillitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have acute tonsillitis for the third time this year. My first was last year with white pus, I was prescribed with with Co-Amoxiclav. My second was a month later with white pus, I was prescribed by another doctor with Clindamycin but was not fast and effective as Co-Amoxiclav. Then y...  Read Full »

Dr. S D Sinha

Family Physician, Infectious Diseases Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your health condition. With some rational medicinal therapy, it can be controlled. Tonsillitis has notorious tendency of recurrence and needs longer duration of treatment, particularly if you have immunocompromised disease. It would be advisable t...  Read Full »

Will recurrent tonsillitis cause throat irritation with feeling of something stuck in throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40-year-old male. I am suffering from throat irritations for the last three months. I feel like something got stuck in my throat and I feel like phlegm, but it is not coming out. I am not using pillows when I sleep, if I use pillows I am feeling stiffness in my throat. I have no...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your problem. You may be suffering from chronic pharyngitis with tonsillitis. This chronic pharyngitis may lead to irritation in the throat and foreign body sensation. Other possibilities like acid reflux, or postnasal discharge, or sleep apnea m...  Read Full »

I have a white spot on my tonsil. Kindly advise me the medication.

Query: Hello doctor,I have 1 white spot on my right tonsil, I do not have any fever. What medicine can I take?  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is commom to have white spots over the enlarged tonsils. Unless the tonsil is inflammed or it is troubling you, it is not required for you to take any antibiotics or painkillers. You can follow the advice given below: 1. Salt water gargles atleast 8 to 10 times a da...  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. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

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 »

I am having reddish flap in the tonsil area. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had been having slight trouble with left tonsil. I suffer with tonsil stones and started to get yellow/green semi-solid fluid forming bottom of tonsil. This was easy to get out with cotton bud. It smelt so knew it was tonsil fluid/stone. I have always had lots of bouts of tonsilliti...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The picture you have attached does not show any lesion (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a normal looking tonsil showing tonsillar crypt (Crypta magna) which is normal. As of now the tonsils are normal looking. They are hypertrophied nor is there...  Read Full »

Why does the lymph node swelling persist even after a month of wisdom tooth removal?

Query: Hello doctor, I had aggressive damaged wisdom teeth removal about a month ago. And since then I have a swollen lymph node in my neck on the side of the removal which sometimes it hurts and feel swollen and sometimes normal but it does not go away. But for the last two days, both sides are swollen ...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the image. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is showing right follicular tonsilitis with keratitis of the right buccal mucosa and attrition of the teeth with discoloration of the teeth present. For tonsillitis, you have to use antibiotics...  Read Full »

What is the correlation between tonsillitis and cold foods?

Query: Hello doctor, Can I eat cold foods when suffering from tonsilitis? I think cold is not related to tonsilitis because a virus or bacteria cannot live in cold or hot. Why is there still a misconception in that? Some doctors say you can eat and some say you cannot. What is the illusion?  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are having a susceptibility for throat infections you need to understand why it is happening. Having cold drinks or fluids bring down the body's immunity by shade and that is why it can attract a viral or bacterial infection. It is not about whether the bacteri...  Read Full »

What could cause swollen tonsils covered with white layer?

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. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

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 »

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. Rohan S. Navelkar

ENT Otolaryngologist

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 the...  Read Full »

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