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Do I need to see a doctor for sore throat and puss on tonsils ?

Do I need to see a doctor for sore throat and puss on tonsils ?

Tonsils: Yes -- if you have pus (exudate) on your tonsils, this may be due to strep or mono and is best evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Sore throat, swollen right gland, >dizzy than usual, no cough/fever/congestion. Began yest. Morning. No tonsils. See doc or ride it out like a cold?

Sore throat, swollen right gland, >dizzy than usual, no cough/fever/congestion. Began yest. Morning. No tonsils. See doc or ride it out like a cold?

That depends. If you: Have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider now ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are needed for strep throat. Salt watergargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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Red, sore throat with white spots after ear and nose draining (got water in my ear). Runny nose off and on. Had some tonsil stones. Should I see doc?

Red, sore throat with white spots after ear and nose draining (got water in my ear). Runny nose off and on. Had some tonsil stones. Should I see doc?

Yes: Get checked out given the number of disease conditions you have. Undigested food particles point to an malabsorption problem which requires further investigation as well. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat for a month and now my left tonsil is swollen. I have been taking lots of vitamin c. Do I need to see a doctor?

I have had a sore throat for a month and now my left tonsil is swollen. I have been taking lots of vitamin c. Do I need to see a doctor?

Yes: Unilateral enlargement of a tonsil can rarely by a neoplasm (tumor). Vitamin c will not affect an enlargement of a tonsil. The fact that you have had a sore throat for a month is also unusual, because a viral infection usually resolves in a maximum of about 2 weeks. Time to see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Throat Pain (Definition)

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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more