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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Can you please suggest a remedy to heal the lump under my tonsils causing an inability to swallow?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a painful lump under my tonsil since a week. It hurts during swallowing. Otherwise, I have no other symptoms. I was not sick or traveled anywhere recently. My lymph nodes are also slightly swollen. I have attached a picture. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The growth is just an enlarged lymph node in the oral cavity. You also seem to have enlarged and infected tonsils. I suggest you take a course of antibiotics like Amoxyclav (Amoxycillin and Clavula...  Read Full »

How to stop inflammation and swelling in the throat due to acid reflux?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a tonsil cyst which enlarges in size for the past few days. The tonsil appears sticky, smooth, and semi-firm to touch, but there is no pain. I have attached the images.  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi,Welcome to the images attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), I can see inflammatory signs like redness and edema. Do you have acid reflux with a burning sensation in your chest or stomach? Do you have a bitter taste in your throat while waking up in the ...  Read Full »

Can you explain what the hole present in the back wall of my son's mouth is?

Query: Hello doctor, My 8 year old son has a small hole in the back wall of his mouth. He has seen a number of GPs and consultants. None of them know what it is or can explain it. They are not going to continue to review it as they say it is not a problem. I would like to know how what it is and if anythi...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, the hole seems to release tonsil stones. In that case, it must be a tonsillar crypt. The hole is in the anterior pillar. Usually, tonsillar crypts open into the oropharynx area behind the pillar and not through the pillar. And, I can see enlarged...  Read Full »

How to cure my congested tonsils that is persistent?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a congested throat with swollen tonsils (with some white spots on it) since three days. Doctors gave me capsule Cefspan 400 mg, twice a day, tablet Fexet 160 mg, once daily, tablet Brufen 400 mg twice daily, Daktarin oral gel. It is not reducing. What should I...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumar Ashutosh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from acute tonsillitis. On taking these medicines, infection and inflammation will subside, but the size of the tonsils will not decrease. If you are suffering from this problem often then you should undergo tonsillectomy. If your throat does not get bet...  Read Full »

What is the cause of a growth under the tonsil?

Query: Hello doctor, There is growth inside the mouth under the tonsil. What could it be? There is slight itchiness around the area.   Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I think that it is a simple pharyngitis. It will help if you drink warm fluids. Avoid icy and spicy foods. I suggest an antihistamine once daily to reduce itching sensation. Please answer the following questions to know more. 1. Do you suffer from reflux in the form o...  Read Full »

How do I know if my child has lymphoma?

Query: Hi doctor,My 7-year-old daughter has had an enlarged tonsil for the past two years. She has symptoms like sore throat, cough at night, and nasal congestion. We consulted an ENT (ear, nose, throat) specialist, where the diagnosis was lymphoma, and had a review after three months. She was prescribed w...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi,Welcome to the image attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), I would suggest you do the following;1. CT (computed tomography) scan of the neck and chest to evaluate lymphoma or tonsil.2. Start the child on syrup Augmentin DDS (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic a...  Read Full »

Is there a permanent cure for obstructive sleep apnea?

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 removal...  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. B. 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 »

My tonsils are sore with a huge canker sore hanging on it. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, My tonsils feel sore. It looks like a huge canker sore directly hanging on my tonsils.  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Tonsil sores are the result of tonsil infection or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) infection. From how long have you noticed this sore, and do you have any pain in that region?  Read Full »

I have had swollen tonsils for about a month. Is it a sign of tonsil or throat cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I have swollen tonsils from about a month. I have been taking antibiotics but, they are not getting better. I have a slight pain in the throat. I sometimes have a dull ear pain. Is it a sign of tonsil or throat cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepthi. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your problem of pain in the throat can be because of tonsillar infection called tonsillitis. Taking only antibiotics will not help. Tonsillitis can be of two types depending on the severity of the infecting agent. The first type is acute tonsillitis where it presents...  Read Full »

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