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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Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and secondary pulmonary hypertension two years back. I am using a CPAP but, not too regularly now. When sleeping, I often feel a blockage of my air passage, especially while exhaling, as if suddenly clogged by some tissues. This would repeat...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We need to find your apnea score. You must have done polysomnography before using the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Kindly share the reports so that we can know your apnea score. OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) can be treated by the surgical re...  Read Full »

What are the signs of tonsillitis?

Query: Hi doctor, My 15 year old daughter always gets sick. When I take her to the doctor, every time he used to say it as viral infection. This is the fifth time in a year she has been sick with the same symptoms. Her symptoms are cough, low fever, sore throat and yellowish white colored mucus covering h...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Let me first enlighten you about tonsils. Tonsils are a pair of soft tissues located on either side of your pharynx. They are lymphoid tissue and play an important role in immune system to fight infections and act as first line defense for throat infections. Active inf...  Read Full »

My tonsils and neck glands have been swollen for four days, and I had a high fever. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have got tonsillitis. My tonsils have been swollen for four days, and I had a high fever. They have little white spots that I have managed to clean with warm salt water and my neck glands are also swollen. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. According to your symptoms, this is most likely infectious mononucleosis, which is a viral infection and gets cured on its own. Your neck lymph nodes are enlarged due to the same thing. I suggest you get these tests done...  Read Full »

I have painless, flesh-colored lumps behind both tonsils, with one side being worse. Can this be cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, When the mouth is open, everything seems normal. However, when forcing movement in the mouth, I can see lumps behind both tonsils, which are painless and flesh-colored, possibly slightly lighter. They are behind both sides. However, it seems worse on one side. I have attached pictures ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The arrows point in the image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) towards the tonsillar crypts behind the anterior pillar on each side. The arrow is marked on the pillar. The multiple lumps-like t...  Read Full »

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 (ear-nose-throat) d...  Read Full »

Why my tonsils are asymmetrical in size?

Query: Hello doctor, My tonsils are asymmetrical and I am very scared. Is it normal? Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I went through your picture (the attachment was removed to protect the patient's identity). I suggest there is nothing to worry about regarding the minor asymmetry in the tonsils. It is perfectly normal unless y...  Read Full »

I have a white spot on my left tonsil with no pain or swelling. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a white spot on my left tonsil for the past week. There is no pain, no swelling, no trouble while swallowing, or no sore throat or fever. Also, I would like to mention that I have never had tonsil problems before. It is the first time I have had this white spot in one of my tons...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to had a detailed look at the reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Our pharynx is filled with multiple lymphoid follicles, with the tonsil being one of the larger lymphoid follicular aggregates. The white spot over the tonsil is a lymphoid folli...  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 wide...  Read Full »

I have had bumps on the back of my tongue that affects my eating habits. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had these bumps on the back of my tongue and also, I noticed a flap near my airway in my throat. For about four months, I have been told that it is nothing to worry about, but it is affecting my eating habits, and I am losing weight because I cannot swallow properly. I have type 1 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please send a picture of the bumps and flap that you mentioned. Do you have any history of bleeding from the swelling? Do you smoke or use tobacco?  Read Full »

My right tonsil is sore, and I have pain while swallowing. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a right sore tonsil about two months ago; it took about 10 to 12 days to disappear, with only home treatment. I only had pain when swallowing, but not a sore throat. The right tonsil did have a white coat on it, and it started to disappear (it looked a bit like tonsil stones). After...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and you still have some debris collection on your right tonsillar crypt (that could be due to the previous infection). Also, your right tonsil is slightly larger th...  Read Full »

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