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Is only one swollen tonsil a symptom of HIV or can only one get infected?

Is only one swollen tonsil a symptom of HIV or can only one get infected?

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

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One swollen tonsil no pain what is it?

One swollen tonsil no pain what is it?

Asymmetric Tonsil: Hello. An asymmetric tonsil needs to be evaluated by an ENT doctor. It could be completely normal or possibly related to a lymphoma. A tonsillectomy may be needed. ...Read more

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What to do if only one of my tonsils are swollen?

What to do if only one of my tonsils are swollen?

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

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Only one of my tonsils are swollen. What can I do about this?

Only one of my tonsils are swollen. What can I do about this?

ENT Evaluation: Asymmetric tonsils should be evaluated by an ENT specialist. Even if you are not having any symptoms, best to have it looked at to determine if there is a problem that requires treatment or surgery. ...Read more

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I only have one tonsil that is swollen, my left and it has been for a long time. Is that bad?

I only have one tonsil that is swollen, my left and it has been for a long time. Is that bad?

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

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I have one swollen tonsil with a white spot, is it common to have one swollen tonsil?

I have one swollen tonsil with a white spot, is it common to have one swollen tonsil?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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