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Doctor insights on: Inflamed Lingual Tonsils

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What could cause inflamed lingual tonsils?

What could cause inflamed lingual tonsils?

Infection/irritation: Most likely causes are infection or an irritation. See your physician or an ENT for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My lingual tonsil is inflamed and looks like a pimple. Should I pop it? If not how can I get rid of this?

My lingual tonsil is inflamed and looks like a pimple. Should I pop it? If not how can I get rid of this?

Don't touch it: Even if it looks "like a pimple, " tonsils are structurally different tissue and should not be instrumented except by a professional. That said, if you have associated symptoms such as sore throat, fever, etc., you should be seen promptly. It may be as simple as a viral infection, or worse, strep, or worse--an abscess. You may need antibiotics or surgical drainage. Go see your doc! ...Read more

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Right side of my tongue backside I have inflammed lingual tonsil. Gum by the inflamed part is sore and yellow. No sore throat but slight Ear pain?

Right side of my tongue backside I have inflammed lingual tonsil. Gum by the inflamed part is sore and yellow. No sore throat but slight Ear pain?

Infection: Sounds like a viral or bacterial infection. The only way to sort it out would be with a proper evaluation. Urgency of a doctors appointment will depend on duration and severity. How this helps! ...Read more

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What can you do when your lingual tonsil hurts?

What can you do when your lingual tonsil hurts?

See ENT doctor: You are unusually well educated to know about lingual tonsils. Usually need to have a doctor who can perform "indirect laryngoscopy" to see lingual tonsils. This can be performed with a mirror or laryngoscope by ENT doctor. If infection is found, an antibiotic may be appropriate. ...Read more

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What can cause asymmetry of the lingual tonsil?

What can cause asymmetry of the lingual tonsil?

Many things: The cause of the asymmetry of the lingual tonsils can be best determined after several questions are considered such as the presence of pain and if so, the duration. Do you have any allergies. Is this something that you have recently noticed and if so have any other changes have presented. It would be best for you to visit your dentist or an oral maxillofacial surgeon for a visual evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to see you lingual tonsils?

Yes: Mirror laryngoscopy of flexible fiber optic endoscopy are the easiest methods to visualize the lingual tonsils. Pulling the tongue as forward as possible probably will allow you to see the upper edge of the lingual tonsils. ...Read more

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What are swollen lingual tonsils?

What are swollen lingual tonsils?

Tongue lymph tissue: Tonsils are lymph tissue generally & part of the lymphatic system of the immune system. Swollen lingual tonsils, at the base of the tongue, may indicate some type of allergic or immune issue.
Keep a diary: food, drinks & toothpaste (flavors) could trigger an immune response.
Gastric reflux or sinus drainage could affect this lymph tissue also.
Sleep breathing problems could be involved. ...Read more

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What causes lingual tonsil hypertrophy?

Usually acid reflux: Most often it is due to acid reflux. The lingual tonsils can become swollen due to reaction to infection as well as allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Is an irritated lingual tonsil painful?

Yes: This can be very painful and cause problems with speaking and swallowing. Best to see your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Can lingual tonsil infections be cured?

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Can lingual tonsil infections be cured?

Yes: Just like any other standard soft tissue infection, appropriate antibiotics should lead to appropriate cure of the infection. ...Read more

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Can a doctor see the lingual tonsils?

Yes: They can usually be seen just by openning the mouth, but can also be seen better with a mirror. ...Read more

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I have swollen tonsils and swollen lingual tonsils. What should I do?

See your physician.: Swollen tonsils can be a sign of infection, so see your physician or an ENT specialist and find out what is going on! ...Read more

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Where the lingual tonsil drainage it's lymphatic blood?

Where the lingual tonsil drainage it's lymphatic blood?

Usually lymph: Lingual tonsils are most likely to drain into level 2-3 nodes which would be along the upper and middle so the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Usually the tonsil drains to the nodes on its side but can drain into both sides. ...Read more

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Can enlarged lingual tonsils be affected by epstein barr for two years?!

Can enlarged lingual tonsils be affected by epstein barr for two years?!

Epstein Barr Virus: Yes, persistence of ebv in tonsillar tissue can cause recurrent tonsillitis and tonsillar enlargement. ...Read more

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My PET read. Symetric intense increase uptake in the bilateral palatine lingual tonsils. Hypermetobolic prominent level 2&5 nodes reactive. Cancer?

My PET read. Symetric intense increase uptake in the bilateral palatine lingual tonsils. Hypermetobolic prominent level 2&5 nodes reactive. Cancer?

Unlikely tobe cancer: This PET report looks more like Tonsitlitis (Sore throat or Phayngitis). A clinical examination by a doctor will be more useful to make the correct diagnosis rather than relying on a PET scan. Let your PCP or ENT doctor guide you. Unless there are large lymph nodes in your neck, I would not think that you have cancer. ...Read more

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I have had tonsillectomy twice already. I keep on getting sick at least once or twice a month. I notice white exudate in lingual tonsils what to do?

Suspicious sounding: How, exactly, did you have tonsillectomy twice? ...Once the tonsils are 'out'. They are gone and can't cause issues anymore. As for the lingual tonsils, use normal oral hygiene when cleaning your mouth/teeth and this shouldn't be an issue. If you are really getting sick as frequently as twice each month, you should see your pcp to make sure that you don't have an underlying immune problem. ...Read more

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Just had uppp, tonsil removal (palantine and lingual) and tongue coblation. When should I expect the scabs to fall off and what sensations to expect?

Eschar: Most of the scabs or eschar will fall off in 7 days. You shouldn't notice much except a heightened sense of pain and discomfort for an additional day or two. ...Read more

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My lingual tonsils on one side are very large, and looks like a mass growing there. Could this be cancer?

My lingual tonsils on one side are very large, and looks like a mass growing there. Could this be cancer?

Need to examine: If one of the tonsils became larger recently and the size is increasing, that would be a cause for concern. However it is not feasible to provide an opinion without examining you. What you described warrants examination by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the right side of my tongue near the lingual tonsil that I noticed yesterday, It is not painful but I am very worried.?

I have a small bump on the right side of my tongue near the lingual tonsil that I noticed yesterday, It is not painful but I am very worried.?

Needs to be checked: Any bump on the tongue needs to be checked. At your age of 21 it is unlikely to be anything serious. We do not have enough information to tell you what it might be. Need a history like if you smoke or chew tobacco. Any other co existing medical condition etc, it may be due to a viral infection, allergy, canker sore. A tumor. If it persist get it checked by your doctor for proper diagnosis ...Read more

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I have a swelling in back of tongue, one side. Is it the lingual tonsil? Can you see the tonsils without special equipment? Why would one side swell

I have a swelling in back of tongue, one side. Is it the lingual tonsil? Can you see the tonsils without special equipment? Why would one side swell

See ENT: Although lingual tonsils can enlarge and be felt as a mass at the base of tongue, other conditions need to be ruled out. The anterior tongue can be seen without special equipment, but the base of tongue is sometimes better visualized with fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy. This is performed by an ent. ...Read more

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Can a sharp wisdom tooth cause lingual tonsil irritation?

No, it would not: A sharp tooth would irritate the lateral border of the tongue, which could possibly feel like it is coming from the tonsil area. ...Read more

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I have a small raised lesion about 1mm in size on the edge of the tongue next to lingual tonsil. What could it be. Different from look of papillae?

I have a small raised lesion about 1mm in size on the edge of the tongue next to lingual tonsil. What could it be. Different from look of papillae?

Too small to worry: It is hard to know if a one mm lesion is anything significant. So it should be watched for the next 1 to 2 months for any changes. More than likely it will go away by itself. In the unlikely possibility, it could grow in size which will require a closer monitoring or a possible biopsy to determine its nature. But biopsy is not indicated unless it is >5mm in size. So right now you can relax. ...Read more

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I have glandular fever, how can I reduce lingual tonsil swelling?

Sometimes steroids: One's primary care doctor can check the throat, tongue, and tonsils. Steroids such as prednisone are sometimes used in the treatment of mono (glandular fever) to shrink down extremely enlarged tonsils so that a patient can breathe and swallow properly while his mono illness gradually subsides. It can help relieve symptoms even if it may not speed up recovery time. ...Read more

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I occasional have pain in right lingual tonsil. I've quit smoking. An oral surgeon recently examined it and wasn't concerned. I also have acid reflux?

I occasional have pain in right lingual tonsil. I've quit smoking. An oral surgeon recently examined it and wasn't concerned. I also have acid reflux?

Relax: If your oral surgeon is not concerned, the you should be fine. But, if you are still anxious, then please see another doctor. ...Read more

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No ENT in my city Tonsil stone calcified not bothersome but tonsil/tissue seems to be growing over it. Also yellow on lingual tonsil. Problematic?

Gettin'StonedAgain?: It may not be causing a problem now & it may never cause a problem and who knows, that tonsil may be able to bury it deep inside itself, which would be a mixed blessing. But, if with time it starts hurting or leaking or causing bad breath, you'll have to have it tended to at that time. So you might want to get it taken care of sooner than later. One visit to an ENT would probably do it. Worth the drive ...Read more

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Had a ct scan showed mild asymmety of the lingual tonsil, of unlikely significance. Should I be concerned about this? Have had brain and breat cance

Had a ct scan showed mild asymmety of the lingual tonsil, of unlikely significance. Should I be concerned about this? Have had brain and breat cance

Not necessarily: CTs are VERY sensitive and pick up all sorts of little things. You probably could have lived your whole life and never known you had a 'lingual tonsil asymmetry' and been just fine. Still, it should be easy enough to check. See an Ear, Nose Throat specialist who can look in your throats and biopsy if necessary. Then you can relax when you confirm it's nothing.. ...Read more

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Went to ENT for a small bump close to lingual tonsils behind anterior arch. Had largynscopy done. He says normal anatomy. Bump behind arch normal? : (

Confused: Your palatine tonsils are behind the anterior arch. Your lingual tonsils are in the back of your tongue. It's impossible to assess a bump without a physical exam ...Read more

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Lingual (Definition)

It is near the tongue. So a tooth surface that is on the tongue side is called lingual a surface. In ...Read more