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

ENT Otolaryngologist

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 »

Why do I get pain in throat even after medications for tonsil infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I had tonsil infection last week for which I went to the doctor who gave me antibiotics and pain killer. My throat infection is healed, but still I am having pain in my throat. Again I went to the doctor and he told it is lymph swelling and he prescribed me with Cetirizine and pain ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please take a picture of the back of the throat with open mouth showing details of the affected area and send to me. Is the lymph node palpable? Is there any fever? Did you complete the antibiotic course fully or did you stop abruptly?  Read Full »

I have tonsillitis with pain in jawline and swallowing difficulty. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing oral pain for quite some time now. And I was wondering if tonsillitis might have effected my jaw somehow, more my teeth than the jaw. I see an ENT tomorrow, but does, in the meantime, saltwater gargle help reduce some swelling? I am currently taking Clindamyc...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Warm saline gargles do help to reduce swelling and inflammation. You may do it till you see your ENT tomorrow. Meanwhile, tonsillitis will not cause jaw pain, however, if frequent tonsillitis occurs, it may cause swelling up of lymph nodes below your jaw, which may...  Read Full »

What could be the red bump at the back of the throat in a non-smoker?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old female, non-smoker. I noticed a bump at the back of my throat the other day, but I am not sure how long it has been there as it does not cause me any pain. I had my last dental visit before two months, so it must have developed sometime since then. I got the three-...  Read Full »

Dr. Geeth Sadasivam


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the picture you have attached along with the complaint. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like a pharyngeal ulcer because of the patchy and reddish appearance. Chances of infection of the tonsils are also greater. But you have ment...  Read Full »

Are lymph nodes of pea size under the jawline signs of HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had oral sex before months. I did the following tests. 1. HIV combo 4th generation (CMIA) during 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th month after exposure. All results are negative. 2. HIV combo 4th generation and ELISA during 7th month. All results are negative. 3. HIV test from ICTC center in...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Physician, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Preventive Medicine Physician, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the details and reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The chances of transmission of HIV by unprotected intercourse with an HIV positive person is very low (1/200 to 1/1000). If protected it is nil. Chances of transmission by o...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for throat pain with excess mucus, irritation and voice change?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old male. I am having throat pain with red tonsils and white patches on them, frequently clear throat, excessive mucus with low and not clear voice. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your description I understand that you are a male aged 20 years, having the symptoms of throat pain, excessive throat mucus, throat irritation and change of voice. From perusal of your symptoms, I conclude that one of the following could be the most probable causes: ...  Read Full »

I have a slight bulge on one side of tonsillar wall. Should I be worried?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a slight bulge on my tonsillar wall which is different compared to the other side. Should I be worried? It is not a different color.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

ENT Otolaryngologist, Audiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having chronic tonsillitis. There is an enlargement of tonsils. No other abnormality is there. So you can relax. Please tell me what symptoms are you having and what medicines have you ...  Read Full »

What causes frequent sore throat and earache?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old. I am suffering from sore throat and earache. I have white spots on the inner right side of my throat. When I eat anything chill, throat will be more painful. From childhood, I am getting the problem for at least once a year. Now, this is the second time in six weeks. Co...  Read Full »

Dr. Alok Rathi

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have acute follicular tonsillitis at present and treatment right now is medicines. Best treatment available for your condition would be admission and intravenous antibiotics followed by surgery tonsillectomy once infection subsides. Next equal option would be oral ant...  Read Full »

I get bad cough with pain in tonsils. Please suggest medication.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 14-year-old male. Last week, I had really bad pain under, which I realized was my tonsils. I went to a doctor to get it checked out. He said they were definitely infected, but they did not give me any medication. He said it would go away by itself. Now, I have a really bad coug...  Read Full »

Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is surprising that you were not started on medications despite your tonsillitis and throat complaints. It may be possible that your symptoms or findings were subclinical when you saw the doctor and it may have worsened further since then. It sounds like a throat inf...  Read Full »

Is snoring a problem, while the tonsils are swollen?

Query: Hello doctor, The right area of my tonsils are swollen. In the swollen area, there is a hole with like rice thing. I do not know what it is? I had a nose problem when I sleep, where only one nose hole functioning well. I also always snore at night. The swollen area has been decreased a bit on my r...  Read Full »

Dr. Arul Amuthan

Ayurveda Specialist, Naturopathy Specialist, Pharmacologist, Siddha Medicine Specialist, Toxicologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on your message, I could understand that you have either tonsillitis or adenoids. Usually, this problem gets solved as the child grows. I mean, your problem is persisting from your school days till now. This is due to the chronic settlement of few bacterias in...  Read Full »

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