enlarged tonsils

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Enlarged tonsils are a clinical finding in which the tonsils, which are areas of tissue near the throat, are larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can occur due to infections.

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Dr. Bernstein Joel answered:

what is enlarged tonsils?

Secretory IgA

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Dr. Balagun is almost perfectly correct. I know this is immunological trivia but nevertheless, let's be absolutely accurate. Secretory IgA is not synthesized by the palatine tonsils because the latter are covered with squamous epithelium (modified skin) and thus does not synthesize secretory component. However, the adenoid (tonsil in the back of the nose) does because the surface does produce SC.
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Dr. Robert Knox answered:

symptons of enlarged tonsils?

Big Tonsils

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Enlarged tonsils may cause voice changes and blockage of airflow during sleep. Most of the time, the swelling goes down after an infection. If just one of your tonsils is enlarged, go see your doctor. Unless there are other problems, generally no treatment is necessary for enlarged tonsils. Not sure? Go see an ENT.
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Can enlarged tonsils be cancerous?

Rare

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Most of the time enlarged tonsils are due to infection, mostly in children, in adults rarely malignancy can occur, bilateral in lymphomas, unilateral enlargement in cancer,and needs professional evaluation
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enlarged tonsils with white patches?

Could be strep.

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Could be strep throat. See a doctor, get cultured and start proper antibiotics. Good luck
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what are the symptons of enlarged tonsils?

Sxs enlarged tonsils

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Enlarged tonsils may not cause symptoms. Tonsil enlargement may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing, snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Sore throat is also a possible symptom.
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I have red bumps and enlarged tonsils, why?

Tonsillitis

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That sounds like tonsillitis - did you have a specific question?
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Can enlarged tonsils affect the thyroid fuction?

No

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Enlarged tonsils can cause other problems, but thyroid dysfunction isn't one of them.
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i have enlarged tonsils. do i need them removed?

Not necessarily!

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Enlargement of the tonsils is not the true reason for removal. There are guidlines for tonsil removal. Recurrent strep infections (6 per year), recurring episodes of sore throat, inability to clear tonsils of tonsil-liths, foul lbreath and others. If you are having a recurring problem, see your PCP or an ENT.
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How do doctors treat enlarged tonsils in children?

Depends

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It depends on why the tonsils are enlarged, and how the child is being affected. A lot of children have large tonsils when compared to adults, and nothing needs to be done. If the child is having sleep apnea and snoring, then the tonsils may need to be removed. If the tonsils are temporarily enlarged secondary to a viral or bacterial illness, then medical treatment maybe needed.
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What are some causes of enlarged tonsils in adults?

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Hello, enlarged tonsils in an adult may be normally enlarged or possibly due to a condition called lymphoma. It is important to see your doctor especially if your tonsils are asymmetric. That is if one is larger than the other.
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