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Dr. Christine Norton
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Swollen left tonsil, pain left side of my Adam's apple. Hurts to touch, swallow, turn my head to the right. Does this sound like a thyroid issue?

Swollen left tonsil, pain left side of my Adam's apple. Hurts to touch, swallow, turn my head to the right. Does this sound like a thyroid issue?

Not thyroid: Your thyroid is in a different place than your tonsils. You may have a tonsil abscess. You need to see your doctor or an ENT for further evaluation. If you have a tonsil abscess it may need to be drained. Your thyroid effects your metabolism--weight, energy, concentration, mood. If it is swollen it could cause you to have trouble swallowing. It should not cause problems with the tonsil. ...Read more

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Dr. Frances Ilozue
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Since April 2012 I found out that I had an asymmetrically enlarged left tonsil. No pain. went to see an ENT a few months sugg. Lesion neoplasm. ?

Since April 2012 I found out that I had an asymmetrically enlarged left tonsil. No pain. went to see an ENT a few months sugg. Lesion neoplasm. ?

Not very clear: What exactly did ENT diagnose you with? What is your question here? Best thing will be to follow up with ENT if that option is still available. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Farhad Sigari
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I have a small red spot on my left tonsil. no pain, no sore throat, no swelling. what could it be? I am a former smoker. I quit about a year ago.

I have a small red spot on my left tonsil. no pain, no sore throat, no swelling. what could it be? I am a former smoker. I quit about a year ago.

Many things: Tonsils often have changes in the way they look and are usually not anything concerning. But if anything looks concerning to you, be safe and have a physician check it out. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Left tonsil swollen no pain or fever just dry throat and white spots, neg. strep. the white spots showed up the day after i made out with my bf. mono?

Left tonsil swollen no pain or fever just dry throat and white spots, neg. strep. the white spots showed up the day after i made out with my bf. mono?

Tonsillitis: White spots on your tonsils is usually caused by viral infections, tonsil stones or (less commonly) yeast. It would be uncommon for you to have developed symptoms of mononucleosis infection after one day, but it is a distinct possibility that this is the culprit. Your primary care doctor can help you sort this out with a simple blood test. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Goldenberg
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My left tonsil is swollen..not paining much. I am a regular smoker smoking 4-6 cigaretted a day.no white patches and no redness.Should i be worried?

My left tonsil is swollen..not paining much. I am a regular smoker smoking 4-6 cigaretted a day.no white patches and no redness.Should i be worried?

A swollen tonsil: a unilateral swollen tonsil may be indicative of a unilateral infection. if it remains swollen for at least 2 to 3 weeks more I would see your primary care physician to establish a cause. Smoking could certainly be the cause however I would expect bilateral swelling if smoking were the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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White spots on my tonsils, no pain, left tonsil swollen but just discomfort swallowing, ive had all this since tuesday. went to doctor neg strep test.

White spots on my tonsils, no pain, left tonsil swollen but just discomfort swallowing, ive had all this since tuesday. went to doctor neg strep test.

Tonsillitis: Most cases of tonsillopharyngitis, about 80% are viral initially. It might be that your strep culture was negative due to an inaccurate swap or maybe it truly was not a strep infection at that time. Other bacteria can cause tonsillitis, as well. If you continue to get worse with swollen tonsils, trouble swallowing, pain, & fever, then it is time to see MD for re-assessment and possible antibiotics ...Read more

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Left tonsil swollen a little pain left ear little pain when swallow feels like lump in throat. Bad breath nasty taste in mouth?

Left tonsil swollen a little pain left ear little pain when swallow feels like lump in throat. Bad breath nasty taste in mouth?

Ok....: without an exam, I can only give general information. and sinus infection frequently causes these symptoms. furthermore signs of infection involving collectiions of purulent material are indicative of a situation in which antibiotics are helpful. Might mention that strep infections fail zithromax 1 in 3 times and the mroe serious fusibacterial infections (mouth germ) doesn't respond it at all. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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I have an urgent ENT appt after 8 weeks offeeling foreign body behind left tonsil, started with same side tonsilitis, scared, what will they do? Smok

I have an urgent ENT appt after 8 weeks offeeling foreign body behind left tonsil, started with same side tonsilitis, scared, what will they do? Smok

Examine and treat: Without examining you it is not possible to predict what this is, but the overwhelming odds are that it is quite manageable by your doctor, or if not, then by an ENT specialist to whom you would be referred. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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I noticed a small white spot on my left tonsil only, which is very slightly enlarged. No pain. Feels like something stuck behind tongue. What is this?

Tonsil stone: Is very common condition. Many small tonsil stones do not cause any noticeable symptoms. The larger stones can have a major symptoms like a bad breath, sore throat and earache. No symptoms no special treatment is required. ...Read more

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