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Normal Looking Tonsils
Tonsils: Tonsils are normally pink, and they can resemble the surface of the moon (with craters). If they are bright red, you might have an infection. Feel better! ...Read more
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
What should normal tonsils look like? I feel like mine may be inflamed? Is it normal to be inflamed after 5 months ago of being sick. As well as pic?
Tonsils: Tonsils will enlarge, get reddened and be sore when you have viral or bacterial infection, and shrink when you are well. You can have enlargement of tonsils with airborne allergens as well. The more congestion, sore throats, and allergies you have, the more often your tonsils will enlarge, get inflamed etc. (They work hard to make immune cells to fight off your infection), and shrink down after. ...Read more
Yes: Very normal and they can even get white clumps stuck in these devits. ...Read more
Tonsil anatomy: Normal tonsils have an irregular look to them and there can be bulges surrounding pits or crypts within the tonsils. Sometimes we'll see that a normal tonsil will actually have what looks like another lobe. If you are concerned about what you see, best to have your doctor examine to make sure it isn't something different than a normal tonsil. ...Read more
Not sure: "tonsil cyst" isn't a medical term, so it is hard to know exactly what you are talking about. Tonsil stones or "tonsilliths" are collections of food and infection which are whitish and are common. They cause bad breath, and sometimes reflect chronic tonsillitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a physician: Besides making an appointment with your physician, you should immediately begin a regimen of warm salt water gargling. Do it for 1-2 minutes 4-5 times a day and see your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: The lining is usually not smooth and has many crypts. Need to see your otolaryngologist if appearance changes or if one side looks different than the other. ...Read more
Tonsils: Some coating (coagulated blood and secretions) is possible. I would not just rely upon the looks of the coating but rather upon the presence of other symptoms - painful swallowing, fever, etc. The coating will clear eventually if that's the only thing bothering you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In childhood: At birth, your tonsils and adenoids (t&a) are small and your immune system is immature. Your t&a are immunological structures and make antibodies to pathogens, like bacteria and viruses; so as you grow, they grow and enlarge, doing their job. Our immune system is relatively mature at 5 to 7 years of age, when the t&a peak in size. They then usually shrink to become small again by preteen/teenager. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Minor asymmetries from side to side are totally normal. As long as it doesn't hurt, and doesn't change over time, you probably have nothing to worry about. Hope this helps! ...Read more
May be a normal variant, or post infection hyper trophy
BUT there are tumors that can happen that need to be investigated ...Read more
Could be normal: At age 40, a unilateral swelling of the tonsils should be seen by a head and neck surgeon to rule out the rare possibility of a serious problem. Although the unilateral swelling of a tonsil could be a viral infection, the rare possibility of lymphoma has to be ruled out. ...Read more
My right tonsils seems fleshier than my left though they don't seem to be significant different sizes. Normal?
Normal: As long as they are not infected / abcessed or obstructing your ariway, No Problem ...Read more
My tonsils have never returned to their normal state ever since I was a kid, they are still big, is this dangerous?
They are only dangerous if -
You have lots of sore throats
You have difficulty swallowing because of them
You snore or choke and gag in your sleep because of them, and/or wake up tired both which may indicate obstructive sleep apnea.
If none of these are the case, I'd leave them alone as you don't really want to put yourself through surgery if you don't need to! ...Read more
I have the discomfort and now I can see what look like little HOLES all over my right tonsil. Not my left. What can cause holes? Is it normal?
May be physiologic: And maybe physiologic was the other thing one would consider is whether it is infected since it is tender. This is something discuss with your physician and maybe get a culture ...Read more
I have noticed my tonsils change shape regularly, new pockets are forming and they are changing constantly over the last 6 months. Is that' normal?
You might be describing tonsil stones. It is somewhat unclear based on the history of the problem.
Check out this link: http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention
Also check out the image and see if this fits your description. ...Read more