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Is only one swollen tonsil a symptom of HIV or can only one get infected?

Is only one swollen tonsil a symptom of HIV or can only one get infected?

Tonsil swelling: Hello. A one sided tonsil swelling or a uneven appearance of the tonsils need to be viewed by your ENT doctor. Infectious reasons (such as HIV) are possible. Most often the lymph tissue that makes up the tonsil has a slight asymmetry in appearance. An excision may be needed if suspicion is high. ...Read more

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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Used a finger for a few seconds during a protected sex session. My finger had a cut near the nail. Got fever and one swollen tonsil the next day. HIV?

Used a finger for a few seconds during a protected sex session. My finger had a cut near the nail. Got fever and one swollen tonsil the next day. HIV?

No HIV risk: HIV has never once been known to be transmitted by fingering or hand-genital contact of any kind. There are a hundred causes of fever and swollen tonsils and all are far more common than HIV. You caught a cold or strep. See a doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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Had an viral infection 3 weeks ago fever chills first night night sweats sore throat swollen tonsils all gone except 1 swollen tonsil could it be hiv?

Hiv: Hiv is a disease which is transmitted through sexual intercourse or blood contamination. The virus itself is not very hardy outside the body. When in contact for medical procedures universal precautions are used. In general careful precautions, i.e. Condoms is good to prevent spread. Swollen tonsils can be caused by a multitude of things. If hiv is suspected testing can be performed. ...Read more

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Can HIV symptoms start as late as 6 weeks. My tonsils are swollen and on my right tonsil looks like there is little bumps on them?

Can HIV symptoms start as late as 6 weeks. My tonsils are swollen and on my right tonsil looks like there is little bumps on them?

Sounds like: Pharyngits; however, there must be a reason you are concerned about HIV. Unprotected sex, IV drugs, multiple unprotected sexual parners, previous STD history? If you are worried please get screen for ALL STDs- including hepatitis B and C. Condoms are a simple safeguard. ...Read more

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Lymphnode on armpit randomly started hurting and causing bruising. With body aches and swollen tonsils. Worried I could have hiv.?

Lymphnode on armpit randomly started hurting and causing bruising. With body aches and swollen tonsils. Worried I could have hiv.?

Doubt HIV but see MD: HIV rarely causes enlargement or inflammation of a single lymph node. Your other symptoms go along with several viral infections, such as infectious mono and others. Acute HIV can do things like this, but is rare compared with other possibilities, especially if not at obvious high risk (IV drug use, sex with gay/bi men, etc). Easy bruising could be serious. See MD ASAP, but probably not HIV. ...Read more

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I had a 4 week and 8 week HIV test come back negative. I still have soar throat and swollen tonsils with bumps on them what can it be?

I had a 4 week and 8 week HIV test come back negative. I still have soar throat and swollen tonsils with bumps on them what can it be?

Get checked for: Both strept and chrinic tonsillitis. I would suggest a n ENT evaluation. Additionally, sore throat is not a primary finding in hIV disease and condoms will prevent this anxiety. ...Read more

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No fever or swollen lympth noydes just tonsils hurt and my ears and throat is it hiv?

No fever or swollen lympth noydes just tonsils hurt and my ears and throat is it hiv?

...: Why would you automatically assume HIV. how about good old tonsillitis or strep throat? that being said, if you are concerned about HIV you should talk to your health care provider for testing. Best health. ...Read more

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Day after oral sex with another man I've got red bumps back of throat, swollen tonsils with white dots. Strep was negative. Std? Hiv? Getting nervous

Day after oral sex with another man I've got red bumps back of throat, swollen tonsils with white dots. Strep was negative. Std? Hiv? Getting nervous

Get help: First ask your partner if he has an infection, genital or other that you may have caught. Then go to doctor as you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Protected sex w/ stripper 1wk & 4wk ago. Sore red throat. Also bump @ top/back of mouth. No fever/lymphnodes swollen. No pain or fatigue. Sign of hiv?

Protected sex w/ stripper 1wk & 4wk ago. Sore red throat. Also bump @ top/back of mouth. No fever/lymphnodes swollen. No pain or fatigue. Sign of hiv?

Unlikely HIV,: But see your doctor for evaluation. It could be something as simple as strep throat, but even then antibiotics are necessary. Consider having evaluation for std's for your own peace of mind especially if there was unprotected oral sexual behavior as a part of the encounter. ...Read more

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Sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, mouth ulcers. Are they signs of hiv?

Sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, mouth ulcers. Are they signs of hiv?

Might be: Acute HIV syndromes can have several presentations, including looking like meningitis, but the most common is like infectious mononucleosis, with fever, swollen lymph nodes, malaise. If you are asking how HIV can present after you have had it many years asymptomatically, that is a subject for a large volume of information. If you are concerned, please get tested. Early treatment is best. ...Read more

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My tonsils and subman nodes swell intermittently x 8 yrs answer mild sore throat. Negative for herpes, hiv. Any other poss causes?

My tonsils and subman nodes swell intermittently x 8 yrs answer mild sore throat. Negative for herpes, hiv. Any other poss causes?

Herpes? Allergy?: If this is only one sided -- always on the left or right, rarely or never on the other side -- I would still worry about herpes. If only swab testing was done, an HSV blood test might help. Otherwise, for a recurrent problem like this I would suspect an allergy of some sort. ...Read more

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One swollen tonsil no pain what is it?

One swollen tonsil no pain what is it?

Asymmetric Tonsil: Hello. An asymmetric tonsil needs to be evaluated by an ENT doctor. It could be completely normal or possibly related to a lymphoma. A tonsillectomy may be needed. ...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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This morning ive worken up with my left gland swollen and one white spot on my tonsil? I'm not in any pain. Can this spread to someone else?

Throat infection: Only if you have a fever and are actively sick. I would just stay arms length from others and not cough on anyone. You could get others sick by kissing them or mouth contact. You should be feeling better in a couple of days. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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My tonsils are always swollen and one looks like it has rips and tears in it. I never have fevers. Been like that since I was 3. What is it?

My tonsils are always swollen and one looks like it has rips and tears in it. I never have fevers. Been like that since I was 3. What is it?

Diary: Your culprit is dairy. You only need milk up to age 3. Since you experience tonsil issues after that age, it is a sign that your body telling you that it no longer need dairy. This include cheese, poultry and eggs. Stay away from them for 90 days and you will notice the difference. Write back after 90 days. ...Read more

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Hi, had one swollen tonsil for over a month, noticed a white spot & when prodded produced white pus, no pain as such just ached sometimes, what is it?

Hi, had one swollen tonsil for over a month, noticed a white spot & when prodded produced white pus, no pain as such just ached sometimes, what is it?

Tonsil stones: 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

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I have Spots on both tonsils but only one is swollen. Then it goes away but comes back every month like clockwork since January '16. What is going on?

I have Spots on both tonsils but only one is swollen. Then it goes away but comes back every month like clockwork since January '16. What is going on?

Crypts: Tonsils are pitted cryptic organs with irregular surfaces. They often swell due to inflammation/infection. Additionally, debris or tonsilloliths may be filling the interior of the tonsil. Progressive persistent asymmetry or enlargement however should be evaluated by an Otolaryngologist to rule out a neoplasm/growth. ...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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I have one swollen tonsil with a white spot, is it common to have one swollen tonsil?

I have one swollen tonsil with a white spot, is it common to have one swollen tonsil?

No.: A single swollen tonsil is concerning for infection deep in spaces under tonsil. Generally this produces one sided pain and swelling. Dangly thing in back of throat gets pushed out of midline and you generally get very sick. If this happens seek care asap. If none of the above apply then you may just have one side more "sick" than the other and this may even out tomorrow. ...Read more

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I have white tonsil stones in only one tonsil that is slightly swollen. The swelling is releated to tonsil stones?

I have white tonsil stones in only one tonsil that is slightly swollen. The swelling is releated to tonsil stones?

R/O CRYPT TRAPPING: YES: Tonsilar crypt trapping can cause chronic tonsillitis you need to have throat cultured and a full panel of blood work. Empiric antibiotics Also ENT CONSULT re tonsillectomy. The firm external sensation may be a secondary enlarged lymph node. ...Read more

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I have holes in my tonsils, one is a little bigger than a pencil eraser. My tonsils are swollen but do not hurt. What is wrong? Is it contagious?

I have holes in my tonsils, one is a little bigger than a pencil eraser. My tonsils are swollen but do not hurt. What is wrong? Is it contagious?

Cryptic tonsils: All tonsils are not created equal!
Some are big, some are small. Some have holes (cryptic), some are smoothe. It does not make a difference what they look like. Looks do not impair function. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes be swollen more than one month in case of HIV ARS? Other symptoms gone after 6 weeks. If lymph nodes are still swollen so no HIV?

Not necessarily: The sings and symptoms of HIV vary a lot between people. The only way to know is to get tested. Do not put off getting tested, as treatments now are quite effective in controlling the disease. ...Read more

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I only have one tonsil that is swollen, my left and it has been for a long time. Is that bad?

I only have one tonsil that is swollen, my left and it has been for a long time. Is that bad?

Possibly: Sometimes it only appears one tonsil is more swollen because of its position even though they are equal in size. Other times they are asymmetric and that may be cause for concern. In those cases of a persistently asymmetric tonsil, surgery may be indicated. Best to speak to an otolaryngologist for the best advice. ...Read more

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What to do if one swollen tonsil and hurts to swallow?

What to do if one swollen tonsil and hurts to swallow?

Get seen: Throat pain and one swollen tonsil is concerning for tonsil cancer. Please get to an ENT or Head & Neck Surgeon soon. This disease can happen regardless of smoking history so, please don't delay. ...Read more

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One swollen lymph node under right tonsil, possible cause?

One swollen lymph node under right tonsil, possible cause?

At your age?: Probably an inflamed node due to a throat infection. If it does not go away within a few days, make sure you see a doc. And of course, if you use tobacco, quit, and if you don't, never try it. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with tonsillitis, my tonsils are very swollen and my uvula is stuck to one. Is this meant to happen? Should I do some thing?

I've been diagnosed with tonsillitis, my tonsils are very swollen and my uvula is stuck to one. Is this meant to happen? Should I do some thing?

ENT/UC-now: You definitely have both tonsillitis with uvulitis; however, you must be checked and examined for a peritonsillar abscess-asap. ...Read more

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If one had HIV and if their lymph nodes were swollen due to early hiv, would it likely be all over the body or all over the neck or just one spot?

Can see anything: If you have been potentially exposed to HIV infection, are worried about HIV infection, or have engaged in risky behavior, go and get tested not only for HIV but for other stds. ...Read more

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One tonsil swollen with 1white streak for 3 days. Strep was very faint positive. Is this strep its only one side and 1 streak? Pen is causing gi upset

One tonsil swollen with 1white streak for 3 days. Strep was very faint positive. Is this strep its only one side and 1 streak? Pen is causing gi upset

Strep: If the strep test was positive, you likely have the infection in your entire oral pharynx (mouth/tonsils). Do not worry about what side unless you continue to have pain on one side or swelling, then you must become concerned with an abscess. If the penicillin is causing you GI upset, call your doctor to consider a change in your antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between tonsil cancer and tonsil stones? I have one tonsil that has been swollen and get some white stones, 2 yrs now.

How do you know the difference between tonsil cancer and tonsil stones? I have one tonsil that has been swollen and get some white stones, 2 yrs now.

Look different: A swollen tonsil with stones is more likely inflammatory than malignant. A cancer of the tonsil would more likely be ulcerated and hemorrhagic. If this is not resolving after 2 years, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Had tonsillitis tried to treat it on my own. Most pus patches went away except one. Tonsils still swollen and it's been like 3 weeks. Why won't go away?

Had tonsillitis tried to treat it on my own. Most pus patches went away except one. Tonsils still swollen and it's been like 3 weeks. Why won't go away?

Severe infection: Tonsils can become severely infected and may fail to respond totally to even anti-biotic therapy - that's why so many people have to have them removed. I hope you did not self-prescribe the Amoxicillin - it's not a good idea to do that and could make your health problems into the future harder to treat. See a doctor to get that last bit taken care of. ...Read more

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One of my tonsils has swollen up and I’ve pushed it to the side with my finger and a little bit of green thick pus came out when taking my finger out?

One of my tonsils has swollen up and I’ve pushed it to the side with my finger and a little bit of green thick pus came out when taking my finger out?

Tonsil: Sounds like tonsillar crypt infection. Gargle with 1/2 tsp of salt or baking soda in glass of lukewarm water. If gets worse, may need antibiotics ...Read more

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Hi does it mean if you have one lymph node swollen in the back of my neck that I have hiv I was already tested last year in May and November and it was negative and again in March I was tested and it was negative?

Hi does it mean if you have one lymph node swollen in the back of my neck that I have hiv I was already tested last year in May and November and it was negative and again in March I was tested and it was negative?

Time to stop worry: The average young adult has three palpable lymph nodes in the neck if the examiner knows what he/she is doing. If your HIV tests are negative over this time period and you're continuing to live safely, then give thanks for good health and get on with your life. I'm glad you're health conscious; if you have thoughts you cannot put out of your mind, ask your physician -- we can help with that too. ...Read more

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Pharyngitis can it cause thorat pain on one side of tonsil and swollen lymph node?

Pharyngitis can it cause thorat pain on one side of tonsil and swollen lymph node?

Yes: That can happen. But, if the pain is severe, you have fever and you cannot open your jaw very far then you need to be reevaluated. ...Read more

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Back of tongue yellow, one swollen tonsil, and bumps on back of tongue. What could this be?

Back of tongue yellow, one swollen tonsil, and bumps on back of tongue. What could this be?

Tonsil: If you have a fever and pain it may be a viral illness with mild dehydration, but it could also be bacterial. You should get a culture if there is fever and pain ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more