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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Why do I keep getting infected tonsils?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had recurrent tonsillitis for a few years. Now I have developed tonsil stones on my left tonsil quite badly, and every couple of days, if I cough too hard, the tonsil stone will dislodge and come out. My tonsils are quite big as well and sit on the back of my tongue and make me ga...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please take a picture of the back of your throat with an open mouth and send it to me.  Read Full »

What can cause sore throat with enlarged tonsils?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a mild sore throat for the past three to four days, and one of my tonsils is enlarged with white formations on it. I tested negative for strep throat today, and I am unsure if it is tonsillitis or tonsil cancer.  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are suffering an acute attack of tonsillitis. The congestion is seen. One of the tonsils is indeed slightly larger than the other. Once the infection resolves, both will probably become simil...  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: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 crypts and follicles in them. What you see is just an extension of the tonsil on the left...  Read Full »

Should I concern about the nodular areas in the arch and tonsils due to chronic smoking?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 45 years old and quit smoking recently. I noticed two areas in my mouth that appear odd. Should I concerned about my tonsil and arch as it looks nodular? I do not have any trouble talking, swallowing, breathing, etc. No swelling or hoarseness.  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send clear pictures of the nodular areas on the arch as well as the tonsil. For how many years did you smoke, and how many cigarettes did you smoke every day? I shall have a look into your mouth and tell you if there is anything to be worried about.  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. T...  Read Full »

How to clean tonsils with Waterpik?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having an issue with one of my tonsils (or around one of my tonsils). I have dealt with tonsil stones for years, and have typically used my finger or Waterpik to remove them. Last Saturday, I discovered some tonsil stones and used my finger to remove them. Upon not getting everything...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and read every detail you wrote. I must commend you for the detailed and chronological description of your problem. Like you predicted, it does not appear like stones. It is infected tons...  Read Full »

I have some discomfort in throat following cold. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am 20 years old. I had a pretty bad cold three weeks ago. The cold seems to have subsided, but my lingual tonsils seem to be enlarged. I also have little bumps on the back of my throat. I have drainage in the bottom of my throat as well. Also, a few¬†patches of white under my right tonsi...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lingual tonsils may get enlarged during an episode of upper respiratory tract infection. Also with details you have provided it appears that you have some remnant inflammation in your upper respiratory tract. That is causing the granular pharyngitis, tonsillitis and ...  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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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