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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Guzik
23 years experience Family Medicine
Enlarged tonsils: Tonsilar hypertrophy or enlarged tonsils does not always indicate an infection or inflammation. Enlarged tonsils can be dangerous however if they come ... Read More
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Very big tonsils: The size of tonsils varies with age and upper respiratory viral or bacterial illness. Big tonsils without other symptoms of acute illness (fever etc) ... Read More

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Pascolini
16 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Second opinion: If you are still worried then have another physician take a look as well. Make sure you see an ENT because we specialize in the tonsils and problems ... Read More
Dr. Brian Broker
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
See an ENT: A hard lump in the tonsil is usually a dried ball of mucous called a tonsillith. These can be painful and cause bad breath but are harmless. However, ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Strep bacteria is a common cause of bacterial tonsillitis, however the vast majority of tonsillitis is caused by viral pathogens. A doctor can evalua ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Not swollen: If this us a sensation of a lump in the throat and there are no signs of any throat pathology, anxiety or stress may be the cause.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Swollen tonsils: Anything that irritates your tonsils will make them swell. Highest on the list is recent viral exposure, followed by acid reflux, nasal congestion, an ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Sore throat: Your sore throat and tonsil enlargement can be secondary to post nasal drip from nasal allergies. Ask your doctor for a steroid nasal spray, it will a ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Metzinger
37 years experience Plastic Surgery
Swollen gland: Impossible to say without physical examination but could be a jugulodiagastric lymph node. Please follow up with ENT doctor asap.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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Tonsil enlargement: Asymmetric tonsillar hypertrophy is neoplastic until proven otherwise especially since we don't know anything about your social history or recent symp ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsillitis: Gargle with dilute salt water. 1/2 tsp in 8 oz. of luke warm water. Do not smoke. No alcohol including mouthwashes. Anesthetic lozenges. Best to get a ... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
28 years experience Rheumatology
The: Adenoids could respond by themselves without tonsils getting involved.
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