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How do I soothe large tonsils?

How do I soothe large tonsils?

See doctor: If you are having pain, you may have an infection. This should be treated. See a doctor for an evaluation. Warm salt water rinses will h elp you feel a bit better. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I have extremely large tonsils--should i get treated?

I have extremely large tonsils--should i get treated?

Depends: Large tonsils are not on their own a problem. The question becomes whether there are any problems related to the tonsils. If there is any history of sleep disturbed breathing, sleep apnea, or chronic tonsil infections then they should be evaluated by a specialist. They may also send you for a sleep study if sleep is the main issue. ...Read more

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Could large tonsils affect your voice?

Could large tonsils affect your voice?

It sure can...: Palatine tonsillar enlargement can affect speech, giving it a 'nasal' quality. It is believed that this is secondary to velopharyngeal incompetence. The velopharyngeal mechanism is responsible for directing the transmission of sound energy and air pressure in both the oral cavity and the nasal cavity. When this mechanism is impaired, 'velopharyngeal inadequacy' can develop. ...Read more

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Just noticed my husband has large tonsils compared 2 mine. He isn't sick or anything. Maybe they're just naturally large? Hx of strep as a kid.

Just noticed my husband has large tonsils compared 2 mine. He isn't sick or anything. Maybe they're just naturally large? Hx of strep as a kid.

Large tonsils: As long as he is healthy and the tonsils are not red or inflammed or have white spots (exudates) on them - I would NOT be too concerned. Tonsils serve as "filters" just like other lymph nodes in the body - to trap dead and dying white blood cells typically increased during infections - thats the swollen glands that we see during sore throats, and other infections. I would not be worried. ...Read more

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My 4 years olds uvula deviates to the right when she says 'ah'. She has large tonsils and the uvula lays on her tonsil when she says 'ah' also?

My 4 years olds uvula deviates to the right when she says 'ah'.  She has large tonsils and the uvula lays on her tonsil when she says 'ah' also?

Uvula: As long as your child is otherwise healthy I would not worry at all. If swallowing is fine and sleeping is restful, I cannot imagine there being any problems. ...Read more

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Can having large tonsils have any adverse effects?

Can having large tonsils have any adverse effects?

Depends: Large tonsils are not on their own a problem. The question becomes whether there are any problems related to the tonsils. If there is any history of sleep disturbed breathing, sleep apnea, or chronic tonsil infections then they should be evaluated by a specialist. They may also send you for a sleep study if sleep is the main issue. ...Read more

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My dentist told me I have really large tonsils. Can you be too old to have them removed?

My dentist told me I have really large tonsils. Can you be too old to have them removed?

Not too old: You are not too old to have your tonsils removed. Large tonsils can be a factor in sleep apnea. If you snore, wake up gasping for breath, are tire frequently, feel like you do not get enough sleep, or are overweight you should be evaluated by an ENT and possible a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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My 15 year olf daughter has ongoing really large tonsils. Dont feel comfortabke with traditional surgery. Hiw do i find a dr that performs RFA?

My 15 year olf daughter has ongoing really large tonsils. Dont feel comfortabke with traditional surgery.  Hiw do i find a dr that performs RFA?

Tonsils: Make some calls to ENT offices in your area. Results are same. Some variation in reported degree of operative bleeding and post-op pain. Healing time is same. ...Read more

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Do large tonsils effect the way i talk?

Do large tonsils effect the way i talk?

Possibly: It is possible enlarged tonsils will indeed change the sound of your voice. This would depend on how enlarged they have been and for how long. ...Read more

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Can large tonsils be attributed to seasonal allergies?

Can large tonsils be attributed to seasonal allergies?

Unlikely: It is common to see children with chronic nasal congestion have enlarged tonsils and adenoids, some of them have allergies too, but one usually does not lead to the other. ...Read more

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Is it serious to have large tonsils and slightly enlarged adenoids?

Is it serious to have large tonsils and slightly enlarged adenoids?

Not necessarily: Enlarged tonsils and adenoids in children is a common finding. Unless the tonsils and adenoids are causing more problems than they are worth (labored breathing at night is impacting the quality of sleep or there are recurrent infections) then the size is of no great consequence. A visit to an ENT doc is still recommended to fully evaluate. ...Read more

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Hi dr i'm 20 years old .. I've large tonsils most of time .And i don't have any fever or pain my tonsil is just large is this normal ?

May be OK: Not uncommon to have a tonsil larger than the other. If it keeps getting bigger then should remove for diagnosis. Asymptomatic large tonsils need no treatment if they aren't affecting swallowing or nighttime airway blockage causing sleep apnea symptoms. Remove if constant pain not resolved with antibiotics, 6-7 infections in one year, or 3-5 infections in each of 3-5 years. ...Read more

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I have very large tonsils, since I was a kid. Many drs suggest removing them but I sing. I used to get chronic strep and I snore. Any suggestions?

Sleep apnea: If you are an adult you tonsils are not as important anymore. You should get a sleep test to make sure you do not have sleep apnea where you stop breathing many times during the night. ...Read more

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I had large tonsils which had to be removed because of the high aso results, will my aso levels drop ? Could the large tonsils have affected my sperm

ASO results: Your enlarged tonsils did not affect your sperm. Aso titer indicates the presence of a strep infection. If your tonsils harbored strep your titer wll slowly recede. ...Read more

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Peritonsillar abcess or peritonsillar cellulitis. I have all the symptoms, but don't see a pus growth, just large tonsils and pain. How to know?

Peritonsillar abcess or peritonsillar cellulitis. I have all the symptoms, but don't see a pus growth, just large tonsils and pain. How to know?

Get seen, Jeff: If your airway might be compromised, go to the emergency room. If you simply have a bad sore throat and big tonsils, it's unlikely you have cellulitis or an abscess. Both are spectacular illnesses; cellulitis spreads through your tissues dramatically, while an abscess is palpable as a fluctuant mass that you may feel tempted to drain like you pop a pimple -- don't try it on your own. ...Read more

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2 year old still drooling. He is not teething. He wheezes a lot. He coughs all day and all night. Could it be caused by large tonsils?

2 year old still drooling.  He is not teething. He wheezes a lot. He coughs all day and all night. Could it be caused by large tonsils?

Drooling : It could be. Another cause could be reflux, allergies or some other things. These are only guesses; you need to see your doctor, have him evaluated, and referred to a specialist, if indicated. ...Read more

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I have just finished a 10 day course of penicillin as I had large tonsils with white spots. Now I have a large ulcer on one tonsil.Should I be worried?

Yous should consult: with your doctor regarding possible EBV infection or, if it becomes a recurrent problem, even tonsillectomy. It should improve on treatment that your doctor prescribed. ...Read more

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Enlarged Tonsils (Definition)

This is a complex question. We grade tonsil size by how large they are with respect to the tonsillar pillars. 1+ is small and in the fossa, 2+ is no larger than the fossa but to the fossas, 3 + larger than the fossa or pillars, 4+ touching each other. As we get older the tonsils should recede and get smaller. Enlarged tonsils decrease the size of ...Read more


Swollen Tonsils (Definition)

Tonsils that are larger than normal. This can be from many causes, most commonly infection, ...Read more