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Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
By seeing the doctor: If a strep infection had increased the size of the tonsils, the doctor may treat with antibiotics. If a viral infection (such as mono) had enlarged th ... Read More

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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phil Zapanta
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Any size: Size doesn't play a role in tonsil inflammation but inflammation can definitely make the tonsils swell up. If the tonsil swells up due to inflammatio ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Garritano
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery
Tonsil size: Tonsils are graded in size from 1 to 4, depending on how they look when your doctor examines you. A size 1+ is barely visible, and a 4+ means the tons ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Normal: As long as they are not infected / abcessed or obstructing your ariway, No Problem
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
60 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Usually smaller: In general, but not always, the palatine tonsils, (tonsils in the back of the throat) get smaller with age. However there are many adults with a slee ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
51 years experience General Practice
Various things.: There are multiple possibilities: Lymphoid tissue, cryptic debris, tonsil stone, papilloma, abscess, and various benign or malignant tumors. See an o ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
18 years experience Sleep Medicine
Tonsolith: Sounds like a tonsolith which is a small area of either cells or clumped particles that sits on tonsil or in a tonsil crypt. Not dangerous typically. ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
19 years experience Family Medicine
It : It is very difficult to say what exactly you are seeing without examining you. If the area in question is still present see your doctor for an evaluat ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
1+ is small, 4+...: Touch in the midline, 2+ and 3+ in between. Useful to give a visual picture for documentation purposes. 4+ tonsils can elevate the concern for obstruc ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brandon Zabukovic
19 years experience Family Medicine
Not concerning: This sounds like a normal finding. Nothing to be concerned about.
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