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Normal to have only one tonsil?

Normal to have only one tonsil?

Not usually: An adult with one tonsil or asymmetric tonsils without a good explanation may require a biopsy to rule out malignancy. Do see your local ENT for a good examination. ...Read more

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What causes one tonsil to swell?

What causes one tonsil to swell?

Pharyngitis: It sounds as if you may be suffering from acute pharyngitis (infection of the back of the throat). The majority of the infections are caused by viruses but they can also be caused by bacteria, such as streptococcus. ...Read more

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I have a tonsil what will i do .

I have a tonsil what will i do .

Tonsillitis?: Everyone has tonsils. Do you mean you have infected tonsils? Tonsillitis? For best results with tonsillitis, see ENT doc. ...Read more

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How common is tonsil re growth?

How common is tonsil re growth?

Tonsil Regrowth: This is not seen very often and actually would indicate that the tonsil was not completely removed to start with. Most likely the residual tonsillar tissue has enlarged. It would be beneficial to have an ENT doctor take a look to confirm this is all that it is however. ...Read more

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Having pain on right side tonsil?

Having pain on right side tonsil?

Doctor can evaluate: Tonsillitis can be viral or bacterial. Viral infections just get symptomatic treatment such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for pain. Sometimes sore throat lozenges can help. Bacterial infections need antibiotics, so a doctor should evaluate. Strep throat is a common throat infection and is easily treated. One should always tell the doctor if a throat STD could be happening (due to oral sex). ...Read more

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When can you request tonsil removal?

When can you request tonsil removal?

When indicated: Less and less tonsillectomies are done now a days , due to better antibiotics , improved oral hygiene , etc. See your doctor will refer you to a ENT specialist , if indicated will remove , not based on your desire to get them removed. ...Read more

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What can cause a growth on my tonsil?

What can cause a growth on my tonsil?

Tonsillar growth: Greetings. Changes to the tonsils can come from lymph tissue changes/asymmetries, viral lesions, cancerous lesions. Or actually a shrinking or atrophy of 1 tonsil causing the opposite to look differently. See your ENT doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Will a cold cause one tonsil to swell?

Will a cold cause one tonsil to swell?

That can occur.: For significant tonsil swelling, difficulty swallowing, large and painful lymph nodes - please see a doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tonsil size grading?

Can you tell me about tonsil size grading?

1+ is small, 4+...: Touch in the midline, 2+ and 3+ in between. Useful to give a visual picture for documentation purposes. 4+ tonsils can elevate the concern for obstructive breathing disorders. ...Read more

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Is adult tonsil removal a safe procedure ?

Is adult tonsil removal a safe procedure ?

Adult tonsillectomy: Generally. Always have risk of excessive bleeding, anesthesia mishaps, post-op and delayed bleeding (7-10 days after). Risk should be minimal in properly selected patients. Performed for recurring infecting, peritonsillar abscesses, sleep apnea, cancer diagnosis. ...Read more

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White stuff in tonsil crease, what's wrong?

White stuff in tonsil crease, what's wrong?

Tonsilloliths: These are likely tonsilloliths (tonsil stones). The tonsils have crevices where bacteria and sloughed cells collect. By using a water pik, you can knock them loose. If they persist, have it checked by your doctor to make sure that it isn't something more serious. ...Read more

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Help please? What is a tonsil removal like?

Help please? What is a tonsil removal like?

Sore throat: The recovery has some swelling and soreness of the throat. Avoid eating mucous producing foods like ice cream and milk Sometines there is bleeding about a week out so let your surgeon know if this happens ...Read more

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What if one tonsil is bigger than the other?

May be normal: We are not always symmetrical. It may be normal for one tonsil to be larger than the other. It may have responded to something more than the other. You should see some one if you are really worried. ...Read more

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Growth on tonsil, a bit concerned, what to do?

Growth on tonsil, a bit concerned, what to do?

Have it checked: If you notice something abnormal about your tonsil, have it checked by your doctor. Your primary care doctor is a good place to start but if you're still concerned, an ENT doctor can help you. ...Read more

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I have a growth on my tonsil. What could this be?

I have a growth on my tonsil. What could this be?

Multiple causes: hard to say without seeing it.

What color is it?

It may due to infection,benign growth,rarely malignant & many more causes. ...Read more

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Pieces of my tonsil are missing, what should I do?

Pieces of my tonsil are missing, what should I do?

See an ENT: If your tonsils is breaking off or eroding, then maybe there is a medical process and you should see an ent. If your tonsil is just shrinking over time, that is normal. When born, the tonsils are small. They grow over the next 5 to 7 years while immune system maturing. Once mature, the tonsils usually shrink, so they are small again be preteen or teenage years. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a huge crypt to be behind your tonsil?

Yes: tonsils contain crypts and some are bigger than others ...Read more