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Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Swollen Tonsils Hurt: If your whole body hurts with swollen tonsils, you probably are experiencing viral tonsillopharyngits. Warm salt water gargles, tylenol (acetaminophen ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
14 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: It depends on why your tonsils are large. If your tonsils are enlarged suddenly due to a bacterial infection (tonsillitis) then you may need antibi ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience in Family Medicine
See answer: Rest, Increase fluids, salt water gargles can help. and if they persist, you get sore, any fever, any shortness of breath or difficulty swallowing, th ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Durgin
19 years experience in General Surgery
Crypts: Tonsils normally have intentions called crypts. They made be more noticeable when the tonsils are inflamed.
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A female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Sore Throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have Strep Throat, anti ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerry Tolbert
12 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes : Upper respiratory infections of all types can cause swelling of the tonsils, which are actually specialized for helping grow the cells that fight infe ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience in Family Medicine
Cryptic Tonsils: You have what are called cryptic tonsils. They have folds and holes in them that food particles get stuck in. You can gargle deeply or use a water p ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Frances Ilozue
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Tonsilitis: Sounds like an infection of the tonsils. Call your primary for evaluation and treatment with proper antibiotic. Untreated infection may create problem ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Viral infection: You may just have a viral pharyngitis, which is more common than strep.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Infection?: Sounds infectious. Need to see your doctor. Hope this helps.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience in Pediatrics
I know a number...: ...Of infections that can cause that: strep throat, mono, adenovirus, coxsackie. Your doctor will have a better idea after an examination.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
32 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
None.: See your physician. Swollen tonsils can be a sign of infection!
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience in Family Medicine
Strep or Viral: Sore throat with swollen tonsil (s) and nausea can be either bacterial or viral. Even with looking, only about 70% accurate by an md. Strep usually ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Infection: Sounds like an upper respiratory infection. Could be viral or bacterial. If viral, fluids and rest and fever control are key, if bacterial, an antib ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Be seen: It could be a resistant bacteria, or, more likely, a viral infection. Be seen for an exam and diagnosis.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theresa Frank
37 years experience in Dentistry
Tongue lymph tissue : Tonsils are lymph tissue generally & part of the lymphatic system of the immune system. Swollen lingual tonsils, at the base of the tongue, may ind ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience in Family Medicine
Swollen tonsils: It could be an infection. Try to gargle with warm water with one quarter teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of water. Three times per day. If swellin persist ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Saunders
42 years experience in Internal Medicine
Sore thriat: Can be associated with allergies or infection most commonly. Your doctor can help sort it out.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
You need medicine: Nope. This surely sounds like an infection and most likely strep. This can kill if not treated. Please get to the doctor.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Surgery: After a certain point, your tonsils, following multiple and chronic infections, can remain chronically inflamed. If it is chronically painful and enla ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
37 years experience in Orthodontics
Not enough info: Where, when, how long? Submit more information to get a sensible answer. Good luck.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mazen Kherallah
33 years experience in Infectious Disease
See physician : your condition requires a strept test and likely a course of antibiotics, you need to see a physician or make a paid consultation through healthtap
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Cough: You have an itchy cough and tonsils because of a post nasal drip. Use salt water nose drop 4 times daily and use a vaporizer at night.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
It is likely virus i: Common clods from viruses are often the cause in which case it should settle down in 1 to 2 weeks. If it does not get better , seek medical attention ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Virus: Statistically, it's a viral infection. If fever accompanies the sore throat, or it lasts for more than 72 hours, or if your pain gets so bad to prev ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Viral: Possibly viral infection given the season. Allergy is another consideration. If you have other symptoms, please relay those.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience in Pediatrics
Been there long?: If this sore on your tonsil had been there over a few days to a week, it is likely a viral process and will go away on its own. If not, consult your d ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience in Internal Medicine
Possible IM : Infectious mononucleiosis can present as pharryngitis . Have you evaluate and check your spleen. If enlarged and DX confirmed avoid contact sports.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience in General Surgery
See a doctor: you might need antibiotic, so please see a local physician. you can gargle with salt water, and treat some of your symptoms with OTC medicine. but see ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ragan Faler
23 years experience in Dentistry
Strep, or other: Lots of things drain into the lymph nodes of the neck. Everything from wisdom tooth infection to sinus to tonsillar infection. Start with a trip to y ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
Get checked for: both strept and chrinic tonsillitis. I would suggest a n ENT evaluation. Additionally, sore throat is not a primary finding in hIV disease and condoms ... Read More
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