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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My left tonsil is enlarged and irregular with pus production. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old female. For about a month, my tonsil (left side) has looked enlarged and irregular. If I press on it I will sometimes see a little pus (or white fluid) coming out from behind it. It occasionally feels just a tiny bit scratchy. I did see our urgent care and they pre...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Tonsillar surfaces are irregular normally due to the presence of crypts. The tonsil does not appear to be grossly enlarged, however, a better picture showing both tonsils would be of help. ...  Read Full »

I have a sac-like cluster of yellow or white stuff under my left tonsil which is painful and inflamed. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a sac-like cluster of yellow or white stuff under my left tonsil. It is very painful to swallow, and the tonsil is inflamed.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The tonsils are red and swollen, and the yellowish thing could be either follicle studded with pus or a stone formation. The symptoms point to an infection. Amoxicillin of appropriate dosage for your weight and age should be taken and the course is for five days. If it ...  Read Full »

My tonsils and neck glands have been swollen for four days, and I had a high fever. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have got tonsillitis. My tonsils have been swollen for four days, and I had a high fever. They have little white spots that I have managed to clean with warm salt water and my neck glands are also swollen. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. According to your symptoms, this is most likely infectious mononucleosis, which is a viral infection and gets cured on its own. Your neck lymph nodes are enlarged due to the same thing. I suggest you get these tests done...  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 (ear-nose-throat) d...  Read Full »

Can sinus drainage cause tonsil stones?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had sinus problems my whole life, getting sinus infections every year or sometimes twice a year, constantly having drainage in the back of my throat) and it was only annoying until a few days ago. Four days ago, I learned I had tonsil stones when I coughed up about 10 (no photos...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand you want to know if your tonsil and sinus problems are related. Yes. Recurrent post nasal drip due to sino-nasal infection or chronic sinusitis can cause local infection in the tonsils which make the tonsillar crypts produce thick and excess mucus. Th...  Read Full »

I have swollen tonsils, fever, and body aches. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I need to know what I should do. I have been sick for four days now. I have two swollen tonsils (left side I noticed white spots on it). I have had fevers, body aches, body chills, runny or stuffy nose, vomiting and difficulty breathing.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With the details, you have provided you seem to be suffering from acute tonsillitis. It is an infection of the tonsils and the pharynx, mostly bacterial looking at the associated symptoms you have. You must take an appropriate antibiotic for the same and in my offic...  Read Full »

I have had throat mucus and a sore throat for a few days. Does it mean I have cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I was sick four days ago and had lots of throat mucus and a very bad sore throat, due to climate change. It was super cold, and I went out with just a T-shirt, and the next day I started feeling sick. Maybe a strep throat or tonsillitis? My tonsils were a bit inflamed, and also I had a f...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Maybe you have septic tonsillitis. Blood may be from a sore throat or a forceful cough. You need antibiotics but before treatment, it is better to go for a throat swab culture and sensitivity, and then start medications. Consult a specialist doctor, talk to him or ...  Read Full »

Is there any medicine to reduce throat tightness?

Query: Hello doctor, Is there any medicine to reduce throat tightness? I am suffering from the last four days. It seems like something is tied around my neck. I do not sense it when I am lying down. But, once I am up, I can again feel this tightness. Attached are my reports. I was suffering from a cough an...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For complaints of tightness in the neck area, ensure you rule out thyroid disorders. Regarding cough and cold since your return, I suggest you start tablet Amoxyclav 625 mg (a combination of Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) twice a day for five days, tablet Mucinex ...  Read Full »

I have a white spot on my left tonsil with no pain or swelling. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a white spot on my left tonsil for the past week. There is no pain, no swelling, no trouble while swallowing, or no sore throat or fever. Also, I would like to mention that I have never had tonsil problems before. It is the first time I have had this white spot in one of my tons...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to had a detailed look at the reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Our pharynx is filled with multiple lymphoid follicles, with the tonsil being one of the larger lymphoid follicular aggregates. The white spot over the tonsil is a lymphoid folli...  Read Full »

I have a recurring sore throat, swollen tonsils, and pain in the neck and ears. Why does it reoccur despite taking medications?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a recurring sore throat, swollen tonsils, and pain in the neck and sometimes in the ears. I have been prescribed with antibiotics and steroids, which work for me at the moment, but after one or two weeks, it returns.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Can you take a picture of the back of the throat showing details of the tonsils and send them to me? Did these problems start after Covid? Thank you.  Read Full »

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