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My right tonsil is bigger than my left one and it has a hole in it like a crater and I have a sore throat what is wrong?

My right tonsil is bigger than my left one and it has a hole in it like a crater and I have a sore throat what is wrong?

If you have a cold: If you have a cold this could be a normal response. Tonsils swell when we are fighting throat infections, and often they bear the scars of the battle. Abscesses can form and rupture leaving craters. Best to check with your doctor. They may be able to help you clear your throat infection faster. If findings on your tonsils persists after your cold resolves, additional testing may be needed. ...Read more

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I have one tonsil that is a lot larger than the other. Sore throat for 1 wk, mucus at back of throat, sore on side of big tonsil?

I have one tonsil that is a lot larger than the other. Sore throat for 1 wk, mucus at back of throat, sore on side of big tonsil?

See doctor: See doctor for evaluation, tonsil swab for culture and treatment recommendations. Hydrogen peroxide gargles can be helpful to clean tonsils ...Read more

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I have a very sore throat. There is small white dots on the back of my throat and two larger ones on the left and right side. Andi don't have tonsils.

I have a very sore throat. There is small white dots on the back of my throat and two larger ones on the left and right side. Andi don't have tonsils.

Encourage you to see: Your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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I've had a severe sore throat for 5 days now and have now noticed a large hole in one of my tonsils. The side with the hole hurts a lot more. Am I OK?

I've had a severe sore throat for 5 days now and have now noticed a large hole in one of my tonsils. The side with the hole hurts a lot more. Am I OK?

Pharyngitis: This sounds quite painful and you should see a doctor today. Infections of the throat can be severe, and you may have spotted a localized tonsillar infection/abscess that spontaneously drained-leaving the 'hole'. I think antibiotics would clear that up pretty quickly-but you need a diagnosis and proper treatment. Please go to a Casualty Room now or see your primary doc today. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and one of my tonsils has holes on it with white inside and smells?

I have a sore throat and one of my tonsils has holes on it with white inside and smells?

Tonsillolith: Tonsillolith is a calcification occuring in the tonsil as a result of chronic inflammation. Most commonly tonsilloliths are intratonsillar and are asymptomatic. They have been identified incidentally. Commonly patients with tonsillolith complain of foul breath and throat pain. Consult your ENT dr for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Step and mono came back negative. I had sore throat with white patches on one of my tonsils and now there on both should I get a 2nd round of test done?

Step and mono came back negative. I had sore throat with white patches on one of my tonsils and now there on both should I get a 2nd round of test done?

TonsIlitis: Tonsillitis can have different etiologies including viral, bacterial or fungal, depending on your overall health and other risk factors. You need to see a doctor for exam and throat cultures ...Read more

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I have one pimple like sore where my tonsils used to be. Feels like a sore throat.

I have one pimple like sore where my tonsils used to be. Feels like a sore throat.

SORE THROAT?: IT MAY BE SORE THROAT.
HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN THERE?
DO YOU HAVE A FEVER?
SEE YOUR DOCTOR.
FOR TEMPORARY RELIEF SUCK ON ICE CUBES ...Read more

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I have a sore throat on only one side there is white stuff behind the tonsil. Is it possible to only have a throat infection on one side.?

I have a sore throat on only one side there is white stuff behind the tonsil. Is it possible to only have a throat infection on one side.?

Tonsillitis: Infection of one tonsil may do this, or you may have a retro-tonsillar abscess. See an ENT doctor and get yourself examined. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat so I took a picture to see if it was red but turns out I have huge holes in one of my tonsils that weren't there before?

I have a sore throat so I took a picture to see if it was red but turns out I have huge holes in one of my tonsils that weren't there before?

It's normal.: I quite an answer below: The tonsils gather up rubbish, germs and stuff and push them out through those "holes". Yes, it smells AWFUL, but it's waste material that needs to be expelled because if it stays in the body, it could cause infections and other problems. They are doing their jobs. Good luck! ...Read more

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I looked at my throat and my tonsils look like the moon with craters and one is bigger then the other. Sore throat. I think from allergies, normal??

I looked at my throat and my tonsils look like the moon with craters and one is bigger then the other. Sore throat. I think from allergies, normal??

Probably viral: Think of tonsils like stations where your immune system can work and live. From there the immune system can fight off infections in the head and neck area more effectively. Considering your sore throat, the enlarged tonsils are likely signs that your immune system is fighting a viral or bacterial illness, rather than allergies. The size difference isn't a big concern either, as this is common. ...Read more

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I have a very sore throat, one side, and a noticable white spot, almost pus-like, on tonsil, same side. It's 1am. Can I wait till tomorrow to be seen?

I have a very sore throat, one side, and a noticable white spot, almost pus-like, on tonsil, same side. It's 1am. Can I wait till tomorrow to be seen?

Yes, you can wait: Try hot salt water gargle. Alternate with straight 3% hydrogen peroxide gargle. Also, try an over the counter cough drop (Hall's, Cepacol, etc) to ease the discomfort. High-dose Vitamin D3 may help--I recommend 10, 000 IU/day, until you are well. Then cut to 5, 000 IU per day. Should be able to get most of this stuff in an all-night drug store or convenience store. ...Read more

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Left tonsil w white pus w one sore on back of throat w pus. A slight sore throat for a week. Left lymth node swollen. Don't want to see dr if possible?

Left tonsil w white pus w one sore on back of throat w pus. A slight sore throat for a week. Left lymth node swollen. Don't want to see dr if possible?

Tonsillitis: Sounds as if this may be due to strep pyogenes, and treatment may not shorten the duration of illness but will protect you from developing post-streptococcal complications like acute rheumatic fever. You should probably see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have what looks like a blister with a white center where one tonsil used to be. Sore throat and nephew had strep about a week ago, could I have strep?

Have what looks like a blister with a white center where one tonsil used to be. Sore throat and nephew had strep about a week ago, could I have strep?

It's possible: Generally with "classic" strep throat the tonsils are red, have pus on them, but it sounds like you had your tonsils removed? You could still get a strep infection, just not strep tonsillitis. The only way to really know is to get a simple strep test - takes about 5 min to do. See your MD or go to an urgent care (NOT the ER!) There's no home remedy for strep, so if it's positive you need meds! ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and headaches just on one side of my head along with my neck hurting do I have strep? I just recently got my tonsils removed.

I have a sore throat and headaches just on one side of my head along with my neck hurting do I have strep? I just recently got my tonsils removed.

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). If tonsillectomy was recent, a patient can check with her surgeon too. ...Read more

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I had 2enlarged tonsils, one got a bit better but the other is Still There, white veins on both and sore throat with coughing occasionaly, im a 19 yom?

I had 2enlarged tonsils, one got a bit better but the other is Still There, white veins on both and sore throat with coughing occasionaly, im a 19 yom?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, one sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I have an extremely sore throat on one side. Right tonsil is very swollen with potruding dark red pimple like spot. This came out of nowhere.

I have an extremely sore throat on one side. Right tonsil is very swollen with potruding dark red pimple like spot. This came out of nowhere.

Throat infection: The symptoms that you have described sound like your tonsil could be infected. Although an infection could be caused by a virus, it may be due to a bacterial infection. You should see a doctor and have your throat tested for Strep. A doctor can also determine if there is an abscess in your tonsil. Antibiotics and possible drainage of an abscess would be warranted in that case. ...Read more

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painless white spot on of one of my tonsils. It's been 3-4 weeks now after a cold/sore throat. My PCP said notmal pus pocket. Worry? 38 & nonsmoker

painless white spot on of one of my tonsils. It's been 3-4 weeks now after a cold/sore throat. My PCP said notmal pus pocket. Worry? 38 & nonsmoker

Monitor: Watch it and if does not go away in a week go bCk to your doctor. If it changes at all go back to your doctor right away ...Read more

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For 3 days I have had a sore throat with white patches. At first it was only on one of my tonsils. Now its on both. And red and raises bumps. No fever?

TonsIlitis: Tonsillitis can have different etiologies including viral, bacterial or fungal, depending on your overall health and other risk factors. You need to see a doctor for exam and throat cultures ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, fever, and white patches on my tonsils. My throat culture came back as group b strep. How does one treat group b strep?

Not an issue for: Self treatment. Please consult your doctor for a prescription. See this site for more info.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/groupbstrep/index. Html. ...Read more

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I have a persistent cough with white patches on one side of my hard palate right in front on my tonsils but not on them as well as a sore throat.?

I have a persistent cough with white patches on one side of my hard palate right in front on my tonsils but not on them as well as a sore throat.?

Consistent: ..with viral upper respiratory infection assuming this has been going on for less than a week and you are otherwise well. This may be associated with mild fever that responds to Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Nsaids, sore throat, congestion, intestinal discomfort, fatigue and aches and pains. The white patches represent local immune response. Seek help if no improvement in 7 days. Get adequate rest and hydration. ...Read more

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I don't know why my tonsils are red swollen and inflamed. No sore throat. A hard lump is present on one tonsil. My doctor says its nothing but he didn't look properly. Noticed 4-5 weeks ago. I'm worried?

I don't know why my tonsils are red swollen and inflamed. No sore throat. A hard lump is present on one tonsil. My doctor says its nothing but he didn't look properly. Noticed 4-5 weeks ago. I'm worried?

See an ENT: A hard lump in the tonsil is usually a dried ball of mucous called a tonsillith. These can be painful and cause bad breath but are harmless. However, it's possible a hard lump in the tonsil is a tumor that requires more treatment. You should see an ENT physician. ...Read more

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There is one, singular whiteish dot on my tonsil. Could this be a tonsil stone? It is not causing many symptoms, but I do have a slight sore throat. Treatment options? Is a doctor visit necessary? Should it resolve itself or should I worry about it?

There is one, singular whiteish dot on my tonsil. Could this be a tonsil stone? It is not causing many symptoms, but I do have a slight sore throat. Treatment options? Is a doctor visit necessary? Should it resolve itself or should I worry about it?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold virus (antibiotics not needed), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, is with moderate or high fever, or with much coughing or worrisome symptoms. If having "slight" sore throat but more than 4 days, one's doctor can check. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, cough that hurts my chest. And I seen ONE yellow spot on my right tonsil. No fever that ive noticed. Could it be strep?

I have a sore throat, cough that hurts my chest. And I seen ONE yellow spot on my right tonsil. No fever that ive noticed. Could it be strep?

Hard to guess: Throat pain can be from strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees a doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to see about antibiotics). Lots of coughing makes it less likely to be strep throat. Doctor can evaluate. ...Read more

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Recurrent sore throat, purulent lesion (1 or 2) on one or both tonsils. No bacteria or fungi detected by lab tests (done twice).No fever. What can it be?

Recurrent sore throat, purulent lesion (1 or 2) on one or both tonsils. No bacteria or fungi detected by lab tests (done twice).No fever. What can it be?

Inflammation: It is possible to have aseptic (non-infectious) inflammation of the tonsils. It is also possible to have an infection with false-negative tests. You can use salt-water gargles for now. See your doctor for possible referral to an ear, nose, throat doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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