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Reduce Swollen Tonsils
It depends on why your tonsils are large.
If your tonsils are enlarged suddenly due to a bacterial infection (tonsillitis) then you may need antibiotics. If your tonsils are always large even when you are not sick, you could have them removed if you have sleep apnea. If only one tonsil is large, you should be seen by an ENT surgeon. ...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 could be the link between: low fever, herpes, swollen tonsils / other neck ganglions? I took an aspirin to reduce the fever sensation. What else?
Swollen Tonsils Hurt: If your whole body hurts with swollen tonsils, you probably are experiencing viral tonsillopharyngits. Warm salt water gargles, tylenol (acetaminophen), (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen will help. Alternate the tylenol (acetaminophen) with the Motrin for best relieve. Not getting better, go see your healthcare provider. ...Read more
Swollen tonsils: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix 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 amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more
Infectious or not?: If you have strep tonsillitis, it is recommended you receive antibiotics. Swollen tonsils can be acute (sudden onset, usually from infection, rarely from tumors) or chronic (usually just someone with large tonsils). If there is some pain, you can start with saline gargles or using a "water pik" to rinse out the tonsil crypts. Sometimes oral steroids (rx) can help. See an ENT if they stay large. ...Read more
Get diagnosis: I firmly believe that swollen tonsils require a diagnosis because at age 46, the diagnosis could range from nothing at all to chronic tonsillitis to lymphoma. You should see an ENT doctor. In regard to home remedies, of course, you could gargle with an antiseptic, saline, but swelling of the tonsils mean lymphocyte hyperplasia (increase in number) and that requires a diagnosis. ...Read more
Swollen tonsils: Tonsils that are larger than normal. This can be from many causes, most commonly infection, occasionally tumor, sometimes unknown. ...Read more
Teeth?: Anything in your mouth, back of your nose, neck. .. Infected? ...Read more
Several things: Could be an infection (typically will have associated pain); cryptic tonsils where they get large, trap debris, and then stay large. If only one is large and not the other, or if they do not go back down to your "normal"size, you should see your doctor to rule out a problem that may require treatment (bacterial infection, tumor). ...Read more
A few thoughts: Saline rinses will help. However, NSAID will also help. Sometimes antibiotics are necessary. ...Read more
Can swollen tonsils suffocate me? My tonsils are swollen and I have a restricted air flow feeling.
Tonsillitis: Rarely if ever, usually it's inability to swallow and dehydrate, if you feel terrible be seen ...Read more
Crypts: All tonsils have little holes. If your tonsils are a nuisance, they're easy to remove. ...Read more
Possibly: Inasmuch as both laryngitis and tonsillitis may be caused by the same virus, the two problems can occur together. But because the tissues are not exactly adjacent to each other, the two problems may co-exist because of the same etiology. In general, however, each one, laryngitis and tonsillitis are separate problems and laryngitis frequently occurs in the absence of tonsillitis and visa- versa. ...Read more
Other Sx???: Tonsils in kids tend to grow faster than they do until age 7-8 when they stop, then the kid continues to grow & the tonsils assume a smaller relative size. Unless the kid has a sleep disturbance or chronically infected tonsils, they are generally left alone & will be less of an issue in the teen years. If they are just big, ignore it, if inflamed & febrile, she needs to be seen. ...Read more
Viral infection: You may just have a viral pharyngitis, which is more common than strep. ...Read more
Infection present: White puss are white blood cells that, came, fought, lost, died. ...Read more
What should I do if I have had swollen tonsils for almost 3 weeks, and it started with strep. What is wrong?
Sore throat: Streptococcal pharyngitis responds very well to appropriate anibiotics. After antibiotics fever/ sore throat gets better but swollen tonsils which is from inflammation can takes few weeks to go back to normal. If your sore throat is not better it may be due to concurrent viral illness or a secondary complication from strep throat. ...Read more