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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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I am getting frequent tonsil infections. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old female. I have consistently experienced trouble with my tonsils; they tend to get infected whenever I am stressed. This has happened twice this month alone. While the infections are usually mild, the frequency is quite inconvenient. Currently, when my tonsils become ...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. You can start a new habit of gargling every day (with povidone-iodine gargle) after meals. In cases where bacterial infection is the cause (known after examination), I usually prescribe an antibiotic course to the patient....  Read Full »

My tonsils are swollen and covered with white layer. What could this be?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old female, 250 lbs. I do not smoke or drink. Tonight while looking at my throat, I discovered my right tonsil is swollen, lumpy, and covered in a thick, white layer of skin. Upon initial inspection, I mistook these white patches for tonsil stones, but they are not. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your right tonsil is swollen, lumpy and covered in a white, thick layer of skin. White spots on the tonsils usually indicate an infection. Infections may be due to bacteria, fungus or viruses. Strep throat ...  Read Full »

I am having a symptomless large tonsil. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have one larger tonsil and there are no symptoms. It does not bother me unless I look at it.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to One-sided enlarged tonsil is not a good thing to have. Usually, when both sides are enlarged, it would mean an infection or chronic infections over tonsils and pharynx. Unilateral enlargement needs to be investigated to rule out a tumor or abnormal growth. If you were ...  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 »

What can be the cause for unilateral tonsil enlargement?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old male with no significant medical history aside from essential tremors treated with Inderal 120 mg, and anxiety treated with Venlafaxine 75 mg. Three months before, I consulted an ENT doctor because of an unilateral (right) tonsil enlargement. I am attaching a photo o...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The two tonsils are unevenly enlarged. Whereas it is usually not any abnormal growth, we can say conclusively only after biopsy. I suggest you discuss with the doctor about the option of tonsillectomy and histopathological examination of the sample. Meanwhile you sho...  Read Full »

What causes postnasal drip and swollen tonsils?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46 year old female, and I am a non-smoker and non-drinker. I received a kidney transplant 16 years ago. I am in a very good health, and I had no bouts of rejection. I eat well and exercise. I just started a new job in another city, so I had to move. Two months back, everyone in ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Enlargement of tonsil on one side is not usually a good sign. Infectious or inflammatory causes usually cause enlargement on both sides. The constant post-nasal drip points to some cause in the sinuses. Constant post-nasal drip can act as a cause for enlargement of tonsil...  Read Full »

I feel something stuck in my throat with large tonsils. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have large tonsils, one is larger than the other, and one has a cyst. I am a 21-year-old male with a potential history of GERD. I take Rennies. However, I have been given Lansoprazole. I am a medical student, so I am paranoid about cancer. I do not have any weight loss. My thoughts ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As a medical student, you can understand me well. Any abnormal mass in the body should be removed and histologically examined. I can see the mass on your right tonsil (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The mass does not look malignant, but tonsillectomy ...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of throat pain on swallowing?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 14-year-old male. I have throat pain on the left side for three days, escalating each day and getting worse. My symptoms are tired, throat feels swollen, sleeping more than usual, and hurts on swallowing.  Read Full »

Dr. Surabhi Chopra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Causes of throat pain can be infections in tonsils (i.e) tonsillitis or infection in the posterior wall of pharynx (i.e) pharyngitis. In both cases throat pain is severe and it hurts during swallowing. Advice: 1) Start on antibiotics to combat the infection. Combinatio...  Read Full »

What can cause white areas in my tonsils?

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about my tonsils. I honestly need them removed but have other health issues and just cannot right now. I had a cyst last year that slowly shrunk away to nothing, I have tonsil stones. The full range of issues. Right now I have these large white areas toward the bottom o...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to They are pus or keratotic patches (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If pus, then it should be painful. Most likely keratotic patches over the tonsil. Can you take pictures where both tonsils can be visualized? Do you have such spots on the other tonsil a...  Read Full »

The right side of my throat and mouth are red with reflux symptoms and diagnosed as chronic pharyngeal tonsillitis. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had problems with the right side of my throat and mouth for three months with the following symptoms.1. Right throat post nasal drip.2. Right sore throat with some scar tissue.3. Right tonsil is swollen as compared to the left.4. Right foliate papillae enlarged, and the right sid...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Symptoms such as chronic unilateral throat symptoms, post-nasal discharge, foliate papillitis, lymph node enlargement, and dental pain suggest chronic inflammation in the throat, possibly due to reflux laryngopharyngi...  Read Full »

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