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Tonsillitis

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 am allergic to Penicillin. Is it safe to take Cefpodoxime?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from a painful sore throat and tonsillitis for two weeks. I am allergic to Penicillin and earlier had Amoxicillin-Clavulanate antibiotic-induced elevated SGOT and SGPT of the liver. With treatment, I fully recovered. Now, this time, the doctor prescribed Cefpodoxime inst...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cefpodoxime and Amoxicillin being different classes of drugs, will not cause an allergy if the other one causes. Cefpodoxime is safe in patients with liver injury, at least in moderate doses. For the throat problem, I would advise in addition to antibiotics, some goo...  Read Full »

I am having constant sore throats. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had sore throats on and off for a couple of years now. One of my tonsils is bigger than the other. I have not been feeling well lately. I get constant sore throats, extreme fatigue, headaches, swollen right side of the neck, some minor difficulty swallowing, a low-grade fever, and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chronic tonsillitis is a recurrent infection of the tonsils. Tonsils are lymphoid tissue present in the throat. They act as drainage points of various structures in the throat. When they get infected, they cause pain, soreness, headache, fever, and malaise. Tonsils dra...  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 icliniq.com. 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. This mu...  Read Full »

Is there any home remedy for my swollen tonsils?

Query: Hello doctor, My tonsils have been swollen, and I am facing pain while swallowing also. Even the saliva swallowing is painful for me. Please prescribe the medicines and also the home remedies and foods which can be taken.  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since when are you facing the problem? Are you able to see the swollen tonsils? Are they infected and red or just swollen? Accordingly, we will have to give different treatment. Please click a clear picture of your tonsils with an open mouth and send it to me.  Read Full »

I have an inflamed, painful sac under my left tonsil. 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 icliniq.com. 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 do...  Read Full »

What causes a lump in tonsils with swallowing difficulty?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a lump under my left tonsil. I wanted to know what it is.  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries. I understand your concern and will try to help you with it. I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). That is a part of the tonsillar tissue. The tonsils are not uniform structures, and they have cryp...  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 icliniq.com. 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 hav...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Why do I smell feces when there is nothing around?

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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