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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience Family Medicine
Not at all!: This is usually a good thing when your tonsils "shrink". Tonsils enlarge due to infection and irritation, so the fact that it is shrinking is a posit ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Pharyngitis: Pharyngitis is inflammation of your pharynx or back of your mouth/throat. It can be caused by infections, both viral (most commonly) and bacterial (li ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: Sometimes, a tonsil can appear enlarged on one side but is due to its lie within the tonsillar bed. Other times, it can be due to a serious condition. ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
15 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsilloliths: These are likely tonsilloliths (tonsil stones). The tonsils have crevices where bacteria and sloughed cells collect. By using a water pik, you can kn ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Costello
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
May be unrelated: Cryptic tonsils and tonsil stones by themselves are not dangerous but they can cause some very annoying symptoms. Coughing is not necessarily a sign ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Satish Charo
20 years experience Pediatrics
Very common: Swollen tonsils are common when you are ill. It is an indication that your body is fighting off an infection in that area. Strep and Mono are just 2 o ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Stachler
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil stones : Tonsil stones are the result of chronic changes in the crypts of the tonsil. Actually food gets stuck and hardens in the crypts and causes a local in ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Francine Greco
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Cryptic tonsils: All tonsils are not created equal! Some are big, some are small. Some have holes (cryptic), some are smoothe. It does not make a difference what the ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Can call Dr on video: COVID-19 pandemic at this time, so a doctor on video may evaluate instead of requiring an in-person visit. Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience Internal Medicine
You have: Exudative pharyngitis.If this is strep throut, it must be treated with antibiotics.

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