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Is it harmful to have big tonsils for long periods of time?

Is it harmful to have big tonsils for long periods of time?

Not in and of itself: Large tonsil are just something one has developed over the years, in part related to the number of upper respiratory / sore throat infections one has had. The tonsil are lymph glands and will enlarge whenever they have to drain infected or traumatized areas that are in their line of duty. Is become very and cause obstructive breathing or sleep apnea, need to remove. ...Read more

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Is it thought of as dangerous to have swollen tonsils for long periods of time?

Yes: Swollen tonsils are caused by a low grade infection or inflammation. If not taken care of properly, the problem can get worse. Do not take a chance. Make an appointment with your physician to evaluate and help you. ...Read more

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If you go a prolonged period (i.e., 6+ months) of seeing tonsil stones increase gradually, what's happening?

If you go a prolonged period (i.e., 6+ months) of seeing tonsil stones increase gradually, what's happening?

Tonsillar crypts: may occur as a result of infections or anatomical variations. ENT evaluation is necessary for actual stone formation. ...Read more

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I get strep infections 4-6 times a year and right now I'm on my 2nd case of strep in a 2 month period. should I get my tonsils removed ?

I get strep infections 4-6 times a year and right now I'm on my 2nd case of strep in a 2 month period. should I get my tonsils removed ?

May be: The old school preached three reasons for the T&A are Cancer, cancer and cancer!. Other reasons may include multiple strep infections causing debility and time lost from work etc. A review of this history with your GP will help make informed decision including cons from surgery in recent cases. Good luck! A trial of prophylactic treatment, for 6 months may be worth the effort. ...Read more

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Can a very small varicoele cause discomfort when standing for long periods of time? I was told only big ones do, but i always get that heavy feeling on one testicle if i stand for a few hours. I have a grade one varicocele. Does this make sense/ normal?

Can a very small varicoele cause discomfort when standing for long periods of time? I was told only big ones do, but i always get that heavy feeling on one testicle if i stand for a few hours. I have a grade one varicocele. Does this make sense/ normal?

Unusual & unlikely: Small varicoceles are not usually associated with discomfort. However there are always exceptions to almost any rule. Treatment would depend upon how much this bothers you. Alternative is live with it & accept discomfort or sit down if this is possible. ...Read more

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Hello doctor. I'd like to know if there are any harmful second effects from using birth control pills for long periods of time. I have been using mine for 5 years. Thank you ?

Hello doctor. I'd like to know if there are any harmful second effects from using birth control pills for long periods of time. I have been using mine for 5 years. Thank you ?

None: There are no long term effects of using the oral contraceptive pills continuously over time. In the "olden days" the pill was thought to inhibit subsequent resumption of ovulation when used long term. However, that is not prevalent with today's low dose pills. ...Read more

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Can taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for long periods of time cause permanent damage or adverse effects?

Can taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for long periods of time cause permanent damage or adverse effects?

No: While there are risks with any medicine, there has not been any indication that long term (appropriate) use of stimulants causes cumulative or long term damage. Some children, as they get older, are able to stop their stimulants, but many go in to take them into adulthood. ...Read more