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A 17-year-old female asked:

My tonsils are swelling slightly day by day. i daily clean out tonsil stones gently with a toothpick. i now have a canker sore there. tonsillitis?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Cancker sore: You could of picked up a viral infection in the form of a canker sore by using the toothpick
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
See an ENT rather than trying to treat yourself.
May 21, 2014
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Swollen tonsils: Often mean infection of the tonsils or surrounding tissues. Toothpick not a good "tool" to use. Better to see an ENT for appropriate diagnosis to find out the cause, then appropriate treatment can be discussed.

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