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Enlarged Tonsils (Definition)

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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Symptons of enlarged tonsils?

Symptons of enlarged tonsils?

Big Tonsils: 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. ...Read more

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Toddler Health (Tip)

Toddler Health

Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can adversely affect jaw growth. See both an ENT and orthodontist. ...See more

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Living with an Enlarged Prostate (Checklist)

Avoid spicy foods
Once
Control fluid intake after 6PM
Once
Avoid excessive caffeine
Once
Empty your bladder before going to bed
Once
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How do doctors treat enlarged tonsils in children?

Depends: 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. ...Read more

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Am sure i don't have sleep apnea. Am not overweight. Father.Mother.Brother also snore. . I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?

Am sure i don't have sleep apnea.  Am not overweight. Father.Mother.Brother also snore. . I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?

Need to be tested: Without a study, you can't know. Tonsils can obstruct airflow, and if blocked long enough, that is the definition of obstructive sleep apnea. Tonsil removal may be all you need, but you need an exam. Tonsils may only be part of the problem. Often it is not enough. Apnea is common in skinny people. ...Read more

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Adolescent health (Tip)

Adolescent health

Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can adversely affect jaw growth. See both an ENT and orthodontist. ...See more

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Living with an Enlarged Prostate (Checklist)

Avoid fluids prior to bedtime
once every night
Limit substances that increase urination such as caffeine and alcohol
daily
Try urinating from a seated position
daily
After emptying your bladder, wait a moment, relax, try to void again
daily
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Will removing enlarged tonsils help 2 cure mouth breathing?Adenoids have been removed, but the child still can't breathe or eat with their mouth closed

Will removing enlarged tonsils help 2 cure mouth breathing?Adenoids have been removed, but the child still can't breathe or eat with their mouth closed

Probably not: Tonsils definitely play into breathing issues (e g sleep apnea), but they should not cause nasal blockage. Depending on when adenoids were removed, they may have regrown (occurs much more commonly than tonsil regrowth). This can be evaluated by x-ray. Otherwise, an ENT may treat and evaluate for allergy / sinus issues (e g trial of steroid nasal spray) or do surgery to shrink the nasal turbinates. ...Read more

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I have had enlarged tonsils for three months and can't get rid of this mucous in my throat, what could it be?

Large tonsils: It could just be your enlarged tonsils, which tend to pool secretions (provide a lot of nooks and crevices). That they are enlarged is indicative that there is already chronic inflammation present. Once these get significantly enlarged they take a long time (several months) to go down. If they don't go down after several months, and they are still bothering you, you might consider tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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