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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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Deep pocketed tonsils, I get tonsil stones frequently, however I've noticed many red bumps on my left tonsil with no pain but my voice is raspy.

Deep pocketed tonsils, I get tonsil stones frequently, however I've noticed many red bumps on my left tonsil with no pain but my voice is raspy.

See answer: It's likely that the bumps on your tonsil are unrelated to your raspy voice. A hoarse voice can be due to GERD, nodules on the vocal cord or even laryngeal cancer. See an ENT specialist if the raspy voice persists. As for the "red bumps" on your tonsil, no specific illness comes to mind. If you are concerned you can consult a Health Tap physician and upload images of the tonsil. ...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

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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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Can swollen left tonsil for 5 mounth cause seollen lymb nodes?

Can swollen left tonsil for 5 mounth cause seollen lymb nodes?

Swollen node?: Hello, I think your question is, " can a swollen l tonsil for 5 months cause a swollen lymph node? " the answer is yes it can. Your tonsil is made of lymph tissue as is the node in your neck. Reactive changes in the tonsil can cause swelling in the neck. Most times in a healthy 20 year old we are looking at infection however that shouldn't be present for 5 months. See your doctor for an eval. ...Read more

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Hey my right tonsil is bigger than my left tonsil what should I do?

Hey my right tonsil is bigger than my left tonsil what should I do?

Nothing unless: Tonsils should be left alone unless they are large enough to obstruct your air passage, suffer from recurrent infection, have stones, or traps material in the crypts. It is not unusual to have one larger than the other. If they cover up most of the throat area, surgical removal may be considered. (ENT consult?) ...Read more

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My left tonsil has been swollen for a month now. How do I treat this?

My left tonsil has been swollen for a month now. How do I treat this?

See ENT: Have a local ENT take a look at your tonsils and perform a complete head and neck exam. Unilateral tonsil enlargement, particularly if your tonsils were previously equal in size is concerning. ...Read more

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Left tonsil is swollen with white stuff on it is that something serious?

Probably not serious: A swollen tonsil with "white stuff" is consistent with acute tonsillitis. Usually both tonsils are involved. I strongly suggest you consult an ENT doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter has a white tear drop shaped growth on her left tonsil. What could it be?

My daughter has a white tear drop shaped growth on her left tonsil. What could it be?

Exudate?: Without seeing it directly, it is hard to tell. But if it hasn't been there long, it may be a tonsillar exudate (pus). Exudates can form from bacterial or viral illnesses. If this is the case, your pediatrician can sample the exudate to determine if it is strep throat. See your pediatrician especially if she has a fever of greater than 100.4F, no cough, and swollen neck glands. ...Read more

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My left tonsil is inflamed, bleeding and really saw due to a hole in it. What should I do?

My left tonsil is inflamed, bleeding and really saw due to a hole in it. What should I do?

Tonsil sore: My left tonsil is inflamed, bleeding and really saw due to a hole in it. What should I do? ANS: have your Dr look in there as see what is going on. ...Read more

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What would make my left tonsil look ripped? And why would there be a small white bumb on my right tonsil?

What would make my left tonsil look ripped? And why would there be a small white bumb on my right tonsil?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician.
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I have just notice that I got a small white patch on my left tonsil. Don't know what to do? Please help me. No pain.

Tonsillolith normal: Ahlan wa Sahlan, a small white patch in the tonsil without pain is usually a small crypt in the tonsil that fills with secretions and is white in color with a bad smell if you spit it out. If you have any pain then the white patch may be the beginning of an infection. The treatment for the tonsillolith is to gargle warm salt water and occasionally antibiotics. If it gets larger see an MD ...Read more

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My right onsil is swollen, not huge but 2x size of my left tonsil, I am not sick. This has been like this for 3 weeks how can I get it back to normal?

My right onsil is swollen, not huge but 2x size of my left tonsil, I am not sick. This has been like this for 3 weeks how can I get it back to normal?

Enlarged tonsil: There are different reasons for an enlarged tonsil, including infection and cancer. A physical examination would provide more ands for you. ...Read more

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What could be causing only my left tonsil to hurt?

What could be causing only my left tonsil to hurt?

Several things: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...Read more

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What could have caused my left tonsil to be enlarged?

What could have caused my left tonsil to be enlarged?

Infection? Tumor?: The cause for a single tonsil to enlarge can be related to the positioning of the bed where the tonsil sits producing an illusion of a large single tonsil or it can be related to tumors such as in conditions of lymphoma or even tonsil cancer. Most cases, it is not worrisome, but should be sorted out by your ent. ...Read more

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When I suck my left tonsil it bleeds. What could this be. It doesn't hurt.

When I suck my left tonsil it bleeds. What could this be. It doesn't hurt.

Does not hurt: And bleeds and only one tonsil involved. Tonsillitis at this age is unusual. See an ent specialist. Cancer of the tonsil needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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I noticed my left tonsil is slightly larger than my right it doesn't bother me or anything. Should I be concerned?

No: No, within normal limits. If the size change increases, or you just need reassurance, see an ENT doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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My left tonsil is swollen. Could this be herpes?

My left tonsil is swollen. Could this be herpes?

???: The symptom of inflamed tonsil is so vague that without an examination there's no way to tell. ...Read more