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My tonsils are inflamed and I can't swallow. Are there home remedies that can help?

My tonsils are inflamed and I can't swallow.  Are there home remedies that can help?

Salt water: Sounds gross, but gargling with salt water gives a lot of people relief. If you're having that much difficulty swallowing though, you should see a doctor because you may need an antibiotic and other treatment. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Hello my tonsils are inflamed and i'm wondering if i should go to the er now or wait til the morning it's hard to shallow and loosing voice?

Hello my tonsils are inflamed and i'm wondering if i should go to the er now or wait til the morning it's hard to shallow and loosing voice?

If it worries you,go: If you "wonder" about the ER, the only options you should consider are (1) going now (since the ER is always open), or (2) waiting to see your regular doctor. I don't know the office hours of your regular doctor, nor can I tell if he/she takes "walk-ins" (unscheduled patients). You can use HealthTap Prime as a substitute for your regular doctor, but "waiting to go to ER" isn't a logical plan. ...Read more

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I've had a sore throat for a week now my tonsils are inflamed but no spots, my tongue is a yellow colour what could it be?

I've had a sore throat for a week now my tonsils are inflamed but no spots, my tongue is a yellow colour what could it be?

Viral: It could bea virus. If your symptoms do not resolve the see your doctor. Brush your tongue to get rid of the yellow coating. Your breath will be fresher also. ...Read more

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My throat is very sore and hurts to swallow. My tonsils are inflamed. Honey helps and cough drops don't. What can I do to get rid of my sore throat?

My throat is very sore and hurts to swallow. My tonsils are inflamed. Honey helps and cough drops don't. What can I do to get rid of my sore throat?

Might be strep: throat, so get to a doctor as soon as possible, because you might need to take antibiotics. If you have trouble opening your mouth, it might mean that you have an abscess, a real emergency. ...Read more

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Been on omnicef- last dose tonight- now have diarrhea about x3 a day should I stop the antibiotic? Its for strep (which my tonsil still inflamed)

Been on omnicef- last dose tonight- now have diarrhea about x3 a day should I stop the antibiotic? Its for strep (which my tonsil still inflamed)

Finish them: Diarrhea is a common side effect due to killing protective bacteria in the gut however occasionally the diarrhea is serious continue the antibiotic until you check with your doctor he also should check why your throat isn't better. ...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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I have mono, and my tonsils are so inflamed that the pain is almost unbearable. What can I do about this?

I have mono, and my tonsils are so inflamed that the pain is almost unbearable. What can I do about this?

Call Physician: If you can not swallow you should seek medical care. Over the counter remedies include swish and swallow liquid children's motrin, honey, or taking tylenol (acetaminophen). Prescription medications include viscous Lidocaine swish and swallow as well as utilization of steroids. ...Read more

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My lingual tonsil is inflamed and looks like a pimple. Should I pop it? If not how can I get rid of this?

My lingual tonsil is inflamed and looks like a pimple. Should I pop it? If not how can I get rid of this?

Don't touch it: Even if it looks "like a pimple," tonsils are structurally different tissue and should not be instrumented except by a professional. That said, if you have associated symptoms such as sore throat, fever, etc., you should be seen promptly. It may be as simple as a viral infection, or worse, strep, or worse--an abscess. You may need antibiotics or surgical drainage. Go see your doc! ...Read more

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My tonsils look look inflamed. There are streaks of blood on my tonsils and at the back of my throat. What could be wrong?

My tonsils look look inflamed. There are streaks of blood on my tonsils and at the back of my throat. What could be wrong?

Could be: A brewing infection. Many viruses and some bacteria can cause infections/inflammation of the back of the throat/tonsils. If you are having fevers, painful lymph nodes and/or problems swallowing, you should be evaluated by a doctor, as this could be related to a specific type of bacteria that requires antibiotic therapy to prevent complications. ...Read more

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I have yellowish, orange bumps covering the back of my throat. My tonsils are also inflamed. I've been experiencing this for two weeks now. ?

I have yellowish, orange bumps covering the back of my throat. My tonsils are also inflamed. I've been experiencing this for two weeks now. ?

Needs checked: Most throat infections are viral or bacterial. Most viral and bacterial throat infections will resolve within 7 to 10 days. Since this is longer, it would be wise to consult a physician. While strep gets all the publicity, it is NOT the most common. Consider post nasal drainage due to environmental factors, and if you smoke, consider that the first place the hot burning gases go is the throat. ...Read more

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Hi dr i hve red painless spots in the back of my throat I have a white painless tongue my tonsils also get inflamed very often what do I have?

Hi dr i hve red painless spots in the back of my throat I have a white painless tongue my tonsils also get inflamed very often what do I have?

Potential explanatio: Red spots on the back of the throat could be petechiae, or little bruises. These occur from trauma. Maybe back off from any oral activities you may be partaking in. White tongue could very well be related to the hairlike projections that grow on the tongue. Try brushing it more. Tonsils swelling is a normal immune response to any kind of infection. They are doing their job. Get evaluated. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my tonsils? Every 2 months my tonsils repeatedly become inflamed and sore and sometimes develops white spots. It's very irritating and my mother is tired of taking me to the doctor for them to say "you do not have strep throat". This ha

What is wrong with my tonsils? Every 2 months my tonsils repeatedly become inflamed and sore and sometimes develops white spots. It's very irritating and my mother is tired of taking me to the doctor for them to say "you do not have strep throat". This ha

There : There are a few different things that could be going on here: - chronic/recurrent bacterial infections with non-strep bacteria - viral infections (such as mono) - tonsilliths - also known as "tonsil stones" these are little pieces of food that become lodged in the folds of the tonsil. Like an oyster, the tonsil becomes irritated and coats these pieces in mucus until the pop out on their own (those are the "white spots"). They can sometimes cause soreness and bad breath. If this continues to be a chronic problem, you may want to see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) for a more in-depth exam, throat cultures, and to possibly consider having your tonsils removed if other therapies are not working. Good luck! ...Read more

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My tonsils are red and inflamed. What do I do?

My tonsils are red and inflamed. What do I do?

Yes: Strep bacteria is a common cause of bacterial tonsillitis, however the vast majority of tonsillitis is caused by viral pathogens. A doctor can evaluate red and inflamed tonsils to determine their cause. ...Read more

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Hi. it looks like there is a deeper crater in the top of my left tonsil. they are inflamed with tonsil stones but my biggest concern is the asymmetry.

Hi. it looks like there is a deeper crater in the top of my left tonsil. they are inflamed with tonsil stones but my biggest concern is the asymmetry.

Tonsil problem: Tonsoliths (stones in your tonsils) are common among the young with swollen, irregular tonsil tissue. Asymmetry is not unusual, and perhaps due to the size of these stones. Gargling, Q-tip/finger manipulation, or irrigation can dislodge larger stones, but only time or tonsillectomy will ultimately resolve them in my experience. These are not usually infectious, but if painful should be checked. ...Read more

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I have mono again atbage 41. I was 15 the first time. my glands tonsils voicebox are inflamed when will pred improve this?

I have mono again atbage 41.   I was 15 the first time.  my glands tonsils voicebox are inflamed when will pred improve this?

Sore Throat.: This might not be Mono. It isnt that easy to know for sure. The test we commonly to make the diagnosis measures antibodies for Mono. You body make these to fight the virus. Once you have had it, at age 15 for you, the antibody level will remain positive from then on. What you have may not be Mono. See your doctor before starting antibiotics or prednisone. ...Read more

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Red bumps on the back of my tongue & tonsils are semi-inflamed. Painful to swallow. Worse at night & morning. Issue started a week ago. Help?

Red bumps on the back of my tongue & tonsils are semi-inflamed. Painful to swallow. Worse at night & morning. Issue started a week ago. Help?

Pharyngitis: I would suspect that you are suffering from pharyngitis an inflammation of the lymphoid tissues and lining of the mouth. There is a ring of these tissues that line the back of the mouth... tonsils, adenoids and base of the tongue. It is likely a reaction to a bacterial or viral infection. You should see a MD to rule out a Strep. infection which left untreated can lead to mere serious health issues ...Read more

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I have bubbly shaped bumps on the back of my throat and tonsils are inflamed with white patches. also dealing with dizziness and a migraine, ideas?

Throat infection: You may have Strep or a viral infection (like Mono). Gargle with warm salt water & take some pain medications & have yourself checked by you doctor. ...Read more