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Only One Tonsil Swollen
Is it possible for only one tonsill to swell? I know I'm either getting sick or I am sick stuffy nose headache sore throat but only one tonsil swollen
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
Can I have chronic tonsillitis in one tonsil if I have deep crypts but no tonsil stones but have really bad breath and only 1 swollen tonsil?
Yes, it is possible.: It is possible to have only one swollen tonsil, but it should not be so bug that it is blocking tour throat or airway. Just because there are no tonsil stones doesn't mean there is nothing wrong. If you haven't already, please go see an ENT to make sure there is nothing wrong. ...Read more
My girlfriend has only one tonsil, it is swollen w/ white spots and her ears are ringing, she is currently taking amoxicillan, it has helped very litt?
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
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
I have white tonsil stones in only one tonsil that is slightly swollen. The swelling is releated to tonsil stones?
Pregnant. Woke up with sore throat. It looks red but only one tonsil is swollen. No other symptoms. A tonsil stone came out yesterday. What do I do?
Call Doctor: You have a throat infection. It very well could be strep. Please contact your family doctor. ...Read more
What could this be, on one side of my tonsil just one little part of it is really swollen its not the whole tonsil and just on one side?
Probably viral: Does not sound like something dangerous. But safer to check with your doc to be sure. ...Read more
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
Possible: Best to have this examined by an otolaryngologist. ...Read more
Why would one tonsil be red but not swollen and the other tonsil is fine. Feels like that side of my throt is dry. ?
See an ENT MD: You may have a tonsilar abscessGet a more detailed answer ›
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
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.
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
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
Tonsil: Sounds like a bacterial infection, perhaps started in the sinus. You need meds. ...Read more