U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
United Kingdom
A 20-year-old male asked:

I have recurrent tonsillitis. i had it 11 times last year. the flaps behind my tonsils feel hard and swollen and they hurt. what could this be? i dont have tonsillitis at the moment so i am just concerned as to why the flaps are swollen and hurt

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Penicillin: Take a penicillin pill every day for 1 or 2 years.
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tonsil infections: Hello, it sounds like you have recurrent acute tonsillitis and with the number of infections you are definitely a surgical candidate. Sometimes the bacteria becomes trapped within the tonsil crypts and creates swelling, pain and “mini-abscesses” within the tonsils themselves. See your ENT who will most probably schedule surgery.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jan 23, 2018

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.