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Mouth (Definition)

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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I have white lines on my tonsils and I touched it a lil and it bleed a bit. I get tonsillitis 2xs a year is that related? My tonsils are swollen too

I have white lines on my tonsils and I touched it a lil and it bleed a bit. I get tonsillitis 2xs a year is that related? My tonsils are swollen too

Watchful waiting.: If you don't have a fever, don't have enlarged lymph nodes on the side of the neck, and you're otherwise feeling okay, you can probably wait a few days before seeing the doctor. The white lines could be pus... But not necessarily. Sometimes plain 'ole mucus can look like whitish lines on the tonsils. I would try gargling with warm salt water and some Ibuprofen for a few days, then see doc. ...Read more

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Body aches, low grade fever, my tonsils are swollen, and i threw up twice. Doc said i have tonsillitis.. what do you think?

Body aches, low grade fever, my tonsils are swollen, and i threw up twice. Doc said i have tonsillitis.. what do you think?

Likely: Fever, swollen tonsils, sore throat without other obvious symptoms and with a good physical exam showing enlarged tonsils is likely indicative of tonsillitis if nothing else is going on or there is some other history. ...Read more

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My throat is hurting and one of my tonsils is swollen. my nose is running and stuffed at the same time. cant breathe very well either.

My throat is hurting and one of my tonsils is swollen. my nose is running and stuffed at the same time. cant breathe very well either.

Not unheard of: this is a typical constellation of symptoms this time of year and is usually caused by a virus that is "going around". several over the counter medications are available to treat the symptoms until your immunity kicks in. just pay attention to the indication for each med and watch for warnings/side effects ...Read more

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Could I have a chemical burn in my throat? Hello, i woke up with a sore throat yesterday. The back of it is white. My tonsils are swollen but, no pus pockets. I have had tonsillitis in the past. Beside a slight flemmy cough, I have no other symptoms. I go

Could I have a chemical burn in my throat? Hello, i woke up with a sore throat yesterday. The back of it is white. My tonsils are swollen but, no pus pockets. I have had tonsillitis in the past. Beside a slight flemmy cough, I have no other symptoms. I go

Crazy : Crazy glue contains cyanoacrylate. If it becomes vaporized it can irritate the membranes of the eyes, nose, and throat but then becomes inert. After repeated use a person can become sensitized. There is a good possibility that they are two separate issues. ...Read more

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I had tonsillitis symptoms so was put on antibiotics. Its cleared up, but a week after, my tonsils are swollen and my throat looks raw with no pain?

I had tonsillitis symptoms so was put on antibiotics. Its cleared up, but a week after, my tonsils are swollen and my throat looks raw with no pain?

May need more abx: Sometimes the tonsils can flare again if the infection is incompletely treated. Usually requires 10-14 days of antibiotics or possibly a full second course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Am I sick or is this just allergies? My tonsils are swollen, my throat is burning/scratchy when breathing/swallowing. I don't think it's tonsillitis.

Am I sick or is this just allergies?
My tonsils are swollen, my throat is burning/scratchy when breathing/swallowing. I don't think it's tonsillitis.

Cold vs. Allergies: A cold is caused by a virus and is transient. Allergic rhinitis presents with a variety of symptoms including congestion, running, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip that can be seasonal or year round. Triggers can be allergic (animal dander, pollen, dust mites) or non-allergic (strong scents/odors, cleaning products, weather changes). See primary doctor so that he/she can examine throat ...Read more

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I have a swollen tonsil and extreme pain. Should i go to the er? One of my tonsils is swollen, my throat is swollen, I am having a hard time breathing, massive headaches - shooting pains... Only on the right side of my head, heart flutters and shakes. I h

I have a swollen tonsil and extreme pain. Should i go to the er? One of my tonsils is swollen, my throat is swollen, I am having a hard time breathing, massive headaches - shooting pains... Only on the right side of my head, heart flutters and shakes. I h

Trouble : Trouble breathing can be a scary symptom and an emergency. If youfeel it is an emergency then definitely go to the er. A swollen tonsila nd sore throat can be as simple as a virus or can be serious. A full history would include how long youhave had these symptoms. If it is acute and accompanied by fever, then you should see a primary care doctor for a possible strep throat. You doctor can determine if this is appropriate. If it has been there longer than 2-3 weeks, is getting worse, you have other lumps int he neck, then you should go to your doctor to rule out other serious conditions. ...Read more

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What to do if only one of my tonsils are swollen?

What to do if only one of my tonsils are swollen?

Tonsil enlargement: Asymmetric tonsillar hypertrophy is neoplastic until proven otherwise especially since we don't know anything about your social history or recent symptoms. Consult an ENT for exam. ...Read more

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Only one of my tonsils are swollen. What can I do about this?

Only one of my tonsils are swollen. What can I do about this?

ENT Evaluation: Asymmetric tonsils should be evaluated by an ENT specialist. Even if you are not having any symptoms, best to have it looked at to determine if there is a problem that requires treatment or surgery. ...Read more

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Why are my tonsils soooo swollen if i'm not even sick and haven't been in forever?

Why are my tonsils soooo swollen if i'm not even sick and haven't been in forever?

Enlarged tonsils: Tonsilar hypertrophy or enlarged tonsils does not always indicate an infection or inflammation. Enlarged tonsils can be dangerous however if they come togerther "kiss" in the bach of the throat. ...Read more

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My tonsils are swollen and stating to get white patches on them. What is it? And what should I do?

Tonsillitis: It sounds like a tonsil infection... See your physician for help. Some infections need antibiotics and some don't but better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Hello. I have been singing for many years now but my range has started to drop. My tonsils are swollen. Could this be the problem?

Hello. I have been singing for many years now but my range has started to drop. My  tonsils are swollen. Could this be the problem?

Yes: You could have tonsillitis or even mononucleosis. Or it could be the change in your age. Best to see your family doctor for an exam of your throat and to check the lymph nodes in your nec. Might need a throat culture and a mono test. ...Read more

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My tonsils are swollen with white puss on them what should I be thinking ?

Tonsillitis: See your primary care doctor for a throat culture, antibiotic if positive for Strep. The other possibility is tonsil stones. See ENT for that condition. ...Read more

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I feel my tonsils are swollen not bad just an annoying feeling with a mucous feeling as well. Its not painful just annoying what could this be.

I feel my tonsils are swollen not  bad just an annoying feeling with a mucous feeling as well. Its not painful just annoying what could this be.

Tonsil swelling: Tonsils may swell because of drainage from the nose. Tonsils are the "glands" that process bacteria from nose/sinuses. Try clearing the postnasal drip. see www.grossaninstitute.com for suggestions. ...Read more

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Should I have my tonsils removed? I've had problems with my tonsils in the past and now is the second time in 3 months that my tonsils have swollen to the point that i can hardly eat or drink anything and they are extremely painful

Should I have my tonsils removed? I've had problems with my tonsils in the past and now is the second time in 3 months that my tonsils have swollen to the point that i can hardly eat or drink anything and they are extremely painful

The : The two most common reasons tonsils are removed are for chronic airway obstruction and chronic or recurrent tonsillopharyngitis. A general guideline for frequency is 6 episodes in one year, 4 episodes per year for 2 consecutive years, or 3 episodes per year for three years. This is always tempered with other factors such as time missed from school/work, complications from the infection (i.e., abscess, admissions for IV antibiotics/hydration, etc.), recovery times for each episode, progression of the pattern of infections over time, and so forth. The recovery following surgery isn't pleasant so one would like to have strong indications for doing it. ...Read more

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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsil tissue, which can be either an acute or chronic process. Most of the time, it is caused by infection. In the acute phase, most cases of tonsillitis are viral. Once the problem extends beyond 10 days, it typically ...Read more