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Dr. Olivia C. Liao answered:

My left tonsil is sore and swollen and I also have a small hard sore bump below my left ear on my jaw. Is it tonsilitis and the bump is a lymphnode?

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Head-ear
reasons. in case this is an infection, it would be best to get it checked out in person.
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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

My uvula is stuck to my left tonsil, really painful to swallow.

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Uvula
You should go and see somebody professional, preferably an ENT doctor ASAP. This may be infected, and is in an area in which spread to other vital areas may occur quickly. Please go and see someone soon.
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Enlarged left tonsil. Left tonsil is flat. Not painful. Left is sometimes itchy and red. What is this?

Asymmetrical tonsils

Pruritis
Tonsils that are differing in size can be a normal variant or indicate a a problem such as chronic infection in the crypts or crevices of one tonsil more than the other. There could be a growth in one tonsil making it seem larger. Bottom line, see an ENT.
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I have had the flu a couple of weeks ago, I got better and now my left tonsil is very enlarged. I hurts to open my mouth and is painful to swallow.

Large tonsil

Flu
The symptoms you are describing are concerned for a possible peri-tonsillar abscess. That's when there is a collection of pus behind one tonsil. It typically causes a lot of pain on one side, it's hard to open your mouth because of pain and your voice will sound muffled. We call that a "hot potato" voice. Once you have the symptoms you are compaining of, you really need to have this evaluated.
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Dr. Farhad Sigari answered:

what can white patches on my left tonsil mean? the other time i got that and it left by itself. It doesn't feel sore and it's not swollen or painful.

Food

Tonsil_stones
If you have no symptoms (pain) then thus is likely a tonsil stone which is food mixed with bacteria that have been trapped in the crypts (little caves) of your tonsils (referred to as tonsil stones or tonsilliths). My patients sometimes have success with getting them out with a q tip( if it bothers you..if not you can leave them)
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Is a sharp pain on my left tonsil and ear associated with allergies or viral?

Fever?

Allergic_reaction
if you have body aches and a fever, it is probably an infection. A sore throat from allergies is usually diffuse and not localized to one side of the throat.
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Dr. Harold H. Kim answered:

I have a sharp pain in my left tonsil that leads to my ear. Am i coming down with something?

Fish bone?

Inflammation
It can be inflammation due to infection, local trauma or local irritation such as a foreign body. The fact it is one side argues against a viral or bacterial pharyngitis. Pain radiating from tonsil to ear is common as there is a shared nerve supply.
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I have tonsillitis and my left tonsil has just started bleeding, I only feel pain when I swallow. What should I do?

Bleeding tonsil

Tonsillitis
Bleeding from your tonsil is a very good reason to go to A&E for immediate evaluation and management.
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I'm having pain on left side of my neck And a red lump on my left tonsil difficulty swallowing headache, and sore throat what is it?

Infected tonsil

Pain
This could be a simple viral infection but if the pain and tonsillar inflammation worsens an exam by your MD along with a throat culture is recommended. With only 1 tonsil involved, entities such as a herpes infection or early tonsillar abscess are possibilities.
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I have a stinging pain on my left tonsil only when eating/drinking. It does not hurt to swallow. There is one white spot I saw. What could this be?

White on Tonsils

Pain
This could be a strep infection, a tonsillar abscess or thrush. It means you need some sort of medication to get this better. There is not much to do at home about this. If you get fevers this is much more urgent.
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