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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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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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I have a small lump behind my left tonsil. No pain, head ache or fever. Just noticed it last night. Something i should be worried about?

I have a small lump behind my left tonsil.  No pain, head ache or fever.  Just noticed it last night.  Something i should be worried about?

Below: Suggest gargling with some warm salt water, 2-3 times per day for the next 3 days, If this persists, or new symptoms, the DR visit suggested. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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