Tonsils are referred to as two lymph nodes located on each side of the back of the throat. They show functions of defense and prevent the body from getting infections. When tonsils get infected, they are known as tonsillitis.

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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 Doctor for a ph...  Read Full »

I suffer from a severe sore throat with swollen tonsils. How to recover?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old female, and I have an extremely sore throat, mainly on the left side. The roof of my mouth and tonsils are swollen. They are red but do not have any patches. I do not have a fever. I have pain while talking and swallowing. I also have body aches. The throat pain starte...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like some more detail. From when are you having these symptoms? Do you have any associated cough, fever, chills, sinus pain or pressure, ear ache or discharge, and post-nasal drip? Does anybody around you have the same symptoms? Would you be able to take a pict...  Read Full »

Why do I have a whitish-yellow spot on my tonsil?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 52-year-old female. I am a non-smoker and non-drinker. I have a whitish-yellow spot on my right tonsil. On Saturday, I found this spot on my tonsil. I went to the doctor who thought it was a bacterial infection and put me on a course of antibiotics. I am into my third day, and ...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. I had a detailed look at the picture you have sent us (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I am quite sure that there is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about. The white patch o...  Read Full »

What could be the purple area under the tonsils?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed some purple and black areas underneath my tonsils far down my throat. Are they veins? Or is it normal? I coughed hard and noticed these after. I am not sure if I am noticing. I do get reflux and trouble swallowing sometimes. I have my tonsils intact. They are small. I a...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I see that you are normal. That blue area is just veins. The prominent red arteries are because of severe cough and recurrent reflux. Continue Lansoprazole and avoid cold and spicy foods. ...  Read Full »

What causes chronic tonsil swelling?

Query: Hi doctor, My tonsils have been swollen for almost an entire month. I have had two normal appointments for it and I am scheduled for a visit with an ENT doctor after four days. Today, my throat pain is more than it has been in the past few days and my left tonsil is significantly bigger than my righ...  Read Full »

Dr. Eriol Braholli

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is obvious that your tonsil infection is not gone. Perhaps, it has been more complicated now since pain and fever is up and lymphadenopathy is shown. Retro or peritonsillar abscesses are the complications of untreated tonsillitis that may require specific treat...  Read Full »

Why am I having lump on tonsil for three years?

Query: Hello doctor, Lump on tonsil for the past three years. Full left ear feeling. Been to ENT twice.  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It looks like a mucocele or cyst (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Do you have any throat complaints? Throat pain? Do you smoke?  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment for tonsil problem other than surgery.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 16-year-old male. I have tonsils. What is the treatment for it without surgery? Homeopathy is required.  Read Full »

Dr. Theresa M. Gregory

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am guessing you are having repeated episodes of tonsillitis, where you have been given antibiotics. Maybe your doctor has suggested surgery. There are some effective Homeopathic remedies for tonsillitis. You can take: 1. Baryta Carbonica, 6x dosage, if you have...  Read Full »

What are the flesh-colored bumps on my tonsil?

Query: Hi doctor, I have two yellowish tint flesh colored bumps are connected on my tonsil. They form an alphabet "B" if you look at the side of them. They do not hurt and it is smooth with no irritation. I have had allergies and stuffiness for months now. I am really scared of HPV. I am a hypochondriac. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to With the details you have given me your throat seems to be normal. The tonsils are seen very clearly in the picture you sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Do you have any other complaint anywhere else? HPV - human papilloma virus generally form papill...  Read Full »

Is it normal for one tonsil to be bigger than the other?

Query: Hello doctor, My 12 year old has one tonsil larger than the other, but no other symptoms.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Unilateral enlargement of tonsil is an indication for removal surgically and histopathological examination of the removed specimen. However, before I would categorically suggest that, I would like to see a picture of the tonsils. If the child can open the mouth widely ...  Read Full »

Can tonsil stones cause an altered sense of smell?

Query: Hello doctor, I currently have tonsil stones that do not occur every day but at a rate of three to four a week. Also, I notice it does not take much for me to get hoarse and my voice cracks for no reason when talking. I have also noticed that my sense of smell is off.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tonsil stones are a sign of chronic tonsillitis. They occur due to the accumulation of food debris in the tonsil crevices. This may be due to a tonsil infection or due to an infection from the nose. As you have mentioned that your voice cracks and there is a smell di...  Read Full »

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