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One Enlarged Tonsil In Children
Could be: How long has the unilateral enlargement lasted? What are associated symptoms? Is there lymph node enlargement? It is not feasible to give a reasonable answer without examining the lesion and may be taking a biopsy for examination of the tissue by a pathologist. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
This is a complex question. We grade tonsil size by how large they are with respect to the tonsillar pillars. 1+ is small and in the fossa, 2+ is no larger than the fossa but to the fossas, 3 + larger than the fossa or pillars, 4+ touching each other. As we get older the tonsils should recede and get smaller. Enlarged tonsils decrease the size of ...Read more
Depends: It depends on why the tonsils are enlarged, and how the child is being affected. A lot of children have large tonsils when compared to adults, and nothing needs to be done. If the child is having sleep apnea and snoring, then the tonsils may need to be removed. If the tonsils are temporarily enlarged secondary to a viral or bacterial illness, then medical treatment maybe needed. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One enlarged tonsil, white spots. Been on penicillin v for 3 days, no tonsil swelling reduction. First noticed 8 weeks ago.?
Could be: Mononucleosis or another bacterial or viral infection. Consult your doctor again for additional treatment. Read more
I have one enlarged tonsil with craters and tonsil stones in it; and the other tonsil has one red bump sticking out and tonsil stones as well.
Cryptic tonsils: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You should see an otolaryngologist and discuss. Read more
Can enlarged tonsils or possibly glands in the neck cause one to be so nauseated that they cannot eat?
Possible: Possible. See ENT doc to discuss enlarge tonsils/glands. Read more
Can chronic EBV cause enlarged tonsil? . Ever since I had strep my one tonsil has been larger. It goes down then when I get sick goes up. Ent says ok.
EBV is a known commensal in the oropharynx and can be associated with tonsillar hypertrophy. Generally, tonsil size being larger during infections and then subsiding is quite normal.
However, if there is a persistent asymmetrical enlargement of the tonsil, i.e. one tonsil being larger than the other, then in that situation further examination and removal may be indicated. Read more
Daughter has one enlarged tonsil x one yr with only two pharyngitis diagnoses. Went to ENT and they want to take it out right away. Do I need a se?
Hypothetically would one with undiagnosed lymphoma be able to beat the common cold, enlarged tonsils, any common virus/infection??
Depends on the: Type of lymphoma. Some people with drug induced or natural immunodeficiency develop lymphoma and those people will have difficulty with infections. Some lymphomas cause immune deficiency and would make a person more susceptible to infections. Other early stage lymphomas may not have any effect on response to infection. Read more
I have grade 4 enlarged tonsils causing mild to moderate sleep apnea (AHI 10, nadir SpO2 88%). One dr said tonsillectomy other said CPAP. What's best?
Both: Unless you were born with extra tonsils you have 2 adult tonsils and adenoidal tissue. Either tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy plus C-PAP will be beneficial. Read more
Have it checked: If your tonsils have always been like that, it is less likely to be anything serious. However, having asymmetric tonsils in an adult is a reason to do a tonsillectomy. This is to make sure that the enlargement isn't caused by cancer. Please see your doctor to be evaulated. Read more
Probably nothing.: Definitely not a pta, especially if you aren't having any symptoms of fever or severe pain. Hard to say without looking at it, but they may be a collection of blood vessels that are often seen on the surface of the tonsil. If the swelling doesn't improve or one tonsil stays larger than the other, get it looked at by an ent. Read more
I have a Larger white thing behind tonsil no pain, and enlarged tonsil which the white spot is behind?
Dr. Balagun is almost perfectly correct. I know this is immunological trivia but nevertheless, let's be absolutely accurate.
Secretory IgA is not synthesized by the palatine tonsils because the latter are covered with squamous epithelium (modified skin) and thus does not synthesize secretory component. However, the adenoid (tonsil in the back of the nose) does because the surface does produce sc. Read more
Enlarged tonsils may cause voice changes and blockage of airflow during sleep. Most of the time, the swelling goes down after an infection. If just one of your tonsils is enlarged, go see your doctor.
Unless there are other problems, generally no treatment is necessary for enlarged tonsils. Not sure? Go see an ent. Read more
Not necessarily!: Enlargement of the tonsils is not the true reason for removal. There are guidlines for tonsil removal. Recurrent strep infections (6 per year), recurring episodes of sore throat, inability to clear tonsils of tonsil-liths, foul lbreath and others. If you are having a recurring problem, see your pcp or an ent. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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