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function of the tonsils

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Dr. Charles Kattuah
23 years experience Dentistry
Defense: The function of tonsils is to help fight off any incoming germs through the mouth or nose. The are specialized organs that trap bacteria, viruses, and ... Read More
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Infection resisters: Part of the lymph system and trapping mechanism. If infected can form pustules and slough tissue can be pock marked.

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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Tonsils: Tonsils and adnoids are lymphoid tisse that serve as filters , thereby helping to prevent infection deeper in the chest.They are removed for a variety ... Read More
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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No: Enlarged tonsils can cause other problems, but thyroid dysfunction isn't one of them.
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Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
51 years experience Dentistry
For sure: Proper regular brushing, daily flossing & raking your tongue. Also healthy diet with food that will be non injurious to the teeth. This recipe wil ... Read More
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Dr. Brandon Maples
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Absolutely: Absolutely i would be seen, especially with slurred speech and problems with motor function with your mouth.
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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Far fetched, relax your mind, this can't be,
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: And it is unlikely that you were given a mouthpiece used previously by another person. EVen if someone has HIV had used that mouthpiece before, you w ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
See a doctor: Most oral symptoms that people think are yeast in fact have other causes. For example, white coated tongue usually is not yeast; and neither this nor ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Behram Dalal
31 years experience Dentistry
You need to: Be seen by a physician for an exam and labs to figure out and treat you appropriately. Please make an appointment to be seen asap. Hope this helps.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil stones: No. Should be treated if halitosis, recurring infections, or foreign body sensation. Can try to curette or remove them with q-tip. File salt water gar ... Read More

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