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Can a sinus infection cause red spots on tonsil? I have 2 red spots on left tonsil, no sore throat or swelling, just feels like a sinus infection.

Can a sinus infection cause red spots on tonsil? I have 2 red spots on left tonsil, no sore throat or swelling, just feels like a sinus infection.

Probable viral infec: Respiratory virus can cause various symptoms, combined with allergies. Usually swollen red painful tonsils are reason for seeing doctor ...Read more

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Terrible PND swollen left tonsil slight sore throat. Hx allergies. Also back mouth and throat seem irritated. Biopsy near tonsil showed inflamation?

Terrible PND swollen left tonsil slight sore throat. Hx allergies. Also back mouth and throat seem irritated. Biopsy near tonsil showed inflamation?

R/O CRYPT TRAPPING: Tonsilar crypt trapping can cause chronic tonsillitis you need to have throat cultured to rule out strep. And a full panel of blood work. Empiric antibiotics Also ENT CONSULT The firm external sensation may be a secondary enlarged lymph node. Gerd can also cause similar SX and can respond to ZANTAC OR NEXIUM (esomeprazole). ...Read more

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My left ear has been hurting terribly & now I have a white/yellow spot on my left tonsil; but no sore throat. What is it?

My left ear has been hurting terribly & now I have a white/yellow spot on my left tonsil; but no sore throat. What is it?

Related?: May not be related. White spot may be a tonsilolith (tonsil stone). You could have an ear problem or a TMJ problem. Other TMJ symptoms inclulde painful chewing, jaw clicking, limited oral opening. Best bet is to see an ENT doc to assess both problems. If TMJ, ask for referral to TMJ expert. ...Read more

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I have got a very swollen left tonsil, and a very sore ear what can I do?

I have got a very swollen left tonsil, and a very sore ear what can I do?

Go together: Due to some 'crosstalk' in the nerves, a sore throat often does result in some ear pain. If you have a swollen tonsil on only 1 side, that's unusual and you should be seen by a doctor. If you are having fever or trouble opening your mouth, you should see an ENT or head to the er urgently to make sure you don't have an abscess. ...Read more

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My left tonsil had a canker sore on it but now my right tonsil has a canker sore on it, the sores hasn't got a border around it, what could cause it?

My left tonsil had a canker sore on it but now my right tonsil has a canker sore on it, the sores hasn't got a border around it, what could cause it?

Be sure of diagnosis: Get examined please. Canker sores are common aphthous ulcers of mouth that occur situationally, often in response to stressors, are bacterial or viral, & can be treated topically with many otc products that reduce local discomfort & potentially speed healing. However, oral/dental problems & a number of systemic diseases cause canker sore-like lesions--crohn's, behcet's, STD to mention a few. ...Read more

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Hi I just recently got a sore left tonsil it's just red with no white spots I'm not sick I have no fever and no cold it hurts when I swallow?

Hi I just recently got a sore left tonsil it's just red with no white spots I'm not sick I have no fever and no cold it hurts when I swallow?

Enlarged red tonsil: Tonsils are part of the immune system & can be affected by virus, bacteria, allergies. If tissue around tonsil is inflamed, see doc right away as may have peritonsillar abscess. Viral infxn (mononucleosis) usually associated w/ swollen glands. Allergies normally would affect both sides. Try gargling with warm salt water. See doc for exam for early strep throat or abscess condition & tx options. ...Read more

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I woke up yesterday with my left tonsil swollen and a sore throat. I freak myself out easily. Is it normal?

I do not know.: I can't answer if it is normal- I don't have a complete hx nor have I examined you. Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. ...Read more

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Had a sore left tonsil for a week and now I feel like there is something stuck in my throat when I swallow. I can still eat/drink. What could this be?

Had a sore left tonsil for a week and now I feel like there is something stuck in my throat when I swallow. I can still eat/drink. What could this be?

Tonsilitis: After a tonisilitis it can take weeks to heal fully, during which time the healing tissues may feel different. Sipping warm liquids (hot tea) can help. Throat lozenges also can alleviate this symptom. ...Read more

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7 yr f has 1 white spot on left tonsil no fever or sore throat why and what to do?

7 yr f has 1 white spot on left tonsil no fever or sore throat why and what to do?

Possibly normal: Lots of reasons, could be food stuck in tonsil crypts, could also be a "stone" or some calcification of material in the tonsil. But of course when we have pain, fever, and possible pus...get checked out for kids. ...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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I need a diagnosis? My left ear has pressure in it but does'nt hurt, I have a little sinus pressure, my left tonsil is sore only from the outside of my neck and hurts up to my left ear, nausea, stiff neck, no fever, some chills, lightheadedness, tired, m

I need a diagnosis? My left ear has pressure in it but does'nt hurt, I have a little sinus pressure, my left tonsil is sore only from the outside of my neck and hurts up to my left ear, nausea, stiff neck, no fever, some chills, lightheadedness, tired, m

A: A diagnosis is very difficult to make without a proper history and physical.
Based on your post it sounds like you may be dealing with a sinus, ear, or throat infection. However the stiff neck is a little worrisome because it could be a sign of meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord), typically meningitis is accompanied by fever.
Regardless you need to be evaluated by a medical professional right away for work up, diagnosis, and treatment.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Keep get a swollen sore left tonsil every couple months. Could this be allergies or something I should get checked? Allergy meds don't help.

Keep get a swollen sore left tonsil every couple months. Could this be allergies or something I should get checked? Allergy meds don't help.

See ENT: This most likely represents infectious etiologies or cryptic debris "tonsil stones." However occasionally growths occur in the tonsils. Persistent asymmetric tonsillitis should be checked by an otolaryngologist (ENT). ...Read more

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My left tonsil is swollen and sore? Is this herpes? There's no canker sore or lesion but throat is red.

My left tonsil is swollen and sore? Is this herpes? There's no canker sore or lesion but throat is red.

More info: With the amount of info you provided it is hard to make a diagnosis. Especially with out visually seeing the area. ...Read more

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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.

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: 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). ...Read more

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Can drinking lost of water, herbal drinks and honey help my left tonsil if it has a bit of white patches and a little sore?

Can drinking lost of water, herbal drinks and honey help my left tonsil if it has a bit of white patches and a little sore?

Yes but mildly: Hydration can help your body fight an infection as it tries to recover. White patches on the tonsil is typically tonsillitis or a tonsil infection. Hydration, good sleep, hand washing pain control are essential parts of trying to get better quickly. If there is no progress, then visiting a doctor and possible antibiotics would be the next step. ...Read more

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I have a white patch that looks like a canker sore but does not hurt behind my left tonsil.

I have a white patch that looks like a canker sore but does not hurt behind my left tonsil.

How long?: If this has been present for weeks or months, it is likely from scarring from a previous infection. If this is new, give it a couple of weeks to see if it does go away. If you are still concerned, ask your doctor or dentist to take a look at it. ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy as a child but half my left tonsil was left in. It hypertrophied over the years and I get frequent sore throats, worth removing?

I had a tonsillectomy as a child but half my left tonsil was left in. It hypertrophied over the years and I get frequent sore throats, worth removing?

Not necessarily: The problem in kids comes when the tonsils grow faster than they do, between birth & 8, with recurrent infections and sleep apnea making the removal common. If you are an adult, it might help sleep apnea, if present, but would not end throat infections. There is always tissue left behind that can be invaded by strep/viruses. A consultation with an ENT could clear this up. ...Read more

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Yes I have a painless red bump on where my left tonsil used to be got them removed 20 years ago. Sore doesn't hurt but can feel it when I swallow.

Yes I have a painless red bump on where my left tonsil used to be got them removed 20 years ago. Sore doesn't hurt but can feel it when I swallow.

Many things: This could be many things, but most likely it is something we call a fibroma or papilloma. It is best to have it checked out. Things like this can often be removed in the office with some local anesthesia and a laser. ...Read more

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My left tonsil has been swollen for 10 weeks now. More sore at night... about 5pm and dried out... sometimes stopping me on my track whilst talking.

My left tonsil has been swollen for 10 weeks now. More sore at night... about 5pm and dried out... sometimes stopping me on my track whilst talking.

Swollen tonsil: Your tonsil probably has deep crypts in it that trap food in then and get inflamed. Try a water pick and point it towards the tonsil to wash the tonsillitis out of the crevices. If this does not work see an ent doctor and he or she will check it out for you. ...Read more

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I have had a small pus pocket on my left tonsil for 1 month. The only symptom I have is a sore throat. Do I need to make a dr apppointment?

I have had a small pus pocket on my left tonsil for 1 month. The only symptom I have is a sore throat. Do I need to make a dr apppointment?

Yes: Any time you have a sore throat for more than 2 weeks (as long as there is no fever) you should see an ent. It may be that your tonsils have a slight infection or it could just be post nasal drip. But regardless of the cause one month is too long to put off seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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Hello, I've had a sore throat and cough for about three days now but this morning I woke up with the pain only in my left tonsil. I'm still coughing?

Hello, I've had a sore throat and cough for about three days now but this morning I woke up with the pain only in my left tonsil. I'm still coughing?

Tonsillitis: The cough is the last symptom to leave and can linger. If you have had a sore throat for three days, it is probably a good idea to have a strep test. Sometimes, one tonsil can be more inflamed than the other. ...Read more

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What does white spots (no sore throat) on my left tonsil mean?

What does white spots (no sore throat) on my left tonsil mean?

Food debris: If they are really enlarged it could be food debris that collects on surface. Try rinsing with non alcohol rinse and see if it goes away. You can also try a water pik set on real.
Most importantly see your dentist. ...Read more

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Sore throat, was put on zpak for bronchitis my left tonsil is enlarged a great bit now my throat hurts worse?

Sore throat, was put on zpak for bronchitis my left tonsil is enlarged a great bit now my throat hurts worse?

Probably viral: Illness is probably viral and probably will run a course of 7-10 days. Watch for any shortness of breath, or significant fever.
Another possibility is mononucleosis. ...Read more

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Have a sore throat and noticed my left tonsil is starting to become very swollen and is turning dark grey/black mixed with white patches?

Have a sore throat and noticed my left tonsil is starting to become very swollen and is turning dark grey/black mixed with white patches?

Schedule appointment: Always better safe than sorry. .. Schedule an appointment with your family doctor to have them take a look and see what's going on. Hope that helps! ...Read more