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what are swollen lingual tonsils?

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Dr. Theresa Frank
Dentistry 38 years experience
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 indicate some type of allergic or immune issue. Keep a diary: food, drinks & toothpaste (flavors) could trigger an immune response. Gastric reflux or sinus drainage could affect this lymph tissue also. Sleep breathing problems could be involved.
Dr. Richard Berman
Dentistry 33 years experience
Tonsils on tongue: There are tonsils (lymphatic tissue) on the back, base of the tongue which can respond and get swollen to infections.

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A 29-year-old female asked:

What could cause inflamed lingual tonsils?

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Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 25 years experience
Many things: Infection. Trauma. Allergy. Various systemic illnesses. Cancer. And others. This is a pretty broad question, so very difficult to answer with any specificity. If you have inflamed lingual tonsils, you should see your dentist or ENT (ears nose throat) physician for an evaluation and discussion to get at the cause.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can a doctor see the lingual tonsils?

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Dr. William Lewis
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 51 years experience
Yes: They can usually be seen just by openning the mouth, but can also be seen better with a mirror.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for you to see you lingual tonsils?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Yes: Mirror laryngoscopy of flexible fiber optic endoscopy are the easiest methods to visualize the lingual tonsils. Pulling the tongue as forward as possible probably will allow you to see the upper edge of the lingual tonsils.

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