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Can You Have Only One Swollen Tonsil
Tonsil swelling: Hello. A one sided tonsil swelling or a uneven appearance of the tonsils need to be viewed by your ENT doctor. Infectious reasons (such as HIV) are possible. Most often the lymph tissue that makes up the tonsil has a slight asymmetry in appearance. An excision may be needed if suspicion is high. ...Read more
Tonsil enlargement: Asymmetric tonsillar hypertrophy is neoplastic until proven otherwise especially since we don't know anything about your social history or recent symptoms. Consult an ENT for exam. ...Read more
Possibly: Sometimes it only appears one tonsil is more swollen because of its position even though they are equal in size. Other times they are asymmetric and that may be cause for concern. In those cases of a persistently asymmetric tonsil, surgery may be indicated. Best to speak to an otolaryngologist for the best advice. ...Read more
What could this be, on one side of my tonsil just one little part of it is really swollen its not the whole tonsil and just on one side?
Probably viral: Does not sound like something dangerous. But safer to check with your doc to be sure. ...Read more
No.: A single swollen tonsil is concerning for infection deep in spaces under tonsil. Generally this produces one sided pain and swelling. Dangly thing in back of throat gets pushed out of midline and you generally get very sick. If this happens seek care asap. If none of the above apply then you may just have one side more "sick" than the other and this may even out tomorrow. ...Read more
My tonsils are always swollen and one looks like it has rips and tears in it. I never have fevers. Been like that since I was 3. What is it?
Diary: Your culprit is dairy. You only need milk up to age 3. Since you experience tonsil issues after that age, it is a sign that your body telling you that it no longer need dairy. This include cheese, poultry and eggs. Stay away from them for 90 days and you will notice the difference. Write back after 90 days. ...Read more
I have Spots on both tonsils but only one is swollen. Then it goes away but comes back every month like clockwork since January '16. What is going on?
Crypts: Tonsils are pitted cryptic organs with irregular surfaces. They often swell due to inflammation/infection. Additionally, debris or tonsilloliths may be filling the interior of the tonsil. Progressive persistent asymmetry or enlargement however should be evaluated by an Otolaryngologist to rule out a neoplasm/growth. ...Read more
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