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Shrinking Tonsils As One Gets Older
Are healthy but large adenoids in a 4 year old expected to shrink enough in 1 or 2 years to avoid tonsil-adenoidectomy to treat mild osa?
Possibly: At birth, your tonsils and adenoids (t&a) are small and your immune system is immature. Your t&a are immunological structures and make antibodies to pathogens, like bacteria and viruses; so as you grow, they grow and enlarge, doing their job. Our immune system is relatively mature at 5 to 7 years of age, when the t&a peak in size. They then usually shrink to become small again by preteen/teenager. ...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
I'm obsessed with my mouth. My Ent referred me to shrink. I have had one larger tonsil for years but now I can't get out of mind. Ent says ok. Help!
Obsession is: A psychiatric condition, so your ENT is correct in referring you. Follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more
I'm 22 years old and have one tonsil much larger than the other, its grown over the years I'm petrified its tonsil cancer, please help?
Very unlikely: The likelyhood of asymmetric tonsils being cancer in an otherwise healthy young woman is extremely low. Far more likely is asymmetry due to low grade infection or some other completely benign reason. Take a breath, calm down and relax. That being said it is still a good idea to see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. Often what i'll do is take a picture and have the patient come back in 6 weeks or so. ...Read more
Hi, I'm 42 years old and had my tonsils removed 29 days ago. I feel something loose on one side but no pain, looks like string; is this a stitch? Thx.
Tonsils removed: Impossible to know without a visual examination. Call the surgeon who removed your tonsils for a post-op examination. ...Read more
Lumps below my tonsils. 17 years old, only on one side, varying in size from largest being 5mm. Purple colour between some lumps. What is it????
Lumps: May be normal tonsil tissue or veins below the tonsils. See an ent to check it out. ...Read more
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
15 year old female low grade fever for 4 days (nights temp is normal during the morning w/o meds.103 at night). One bright green tonsil.?
Pharyngitis: Either viral or strep are usual causes. Should get swabbed for strep and examined. Ensure that pain is well controlled with appropriate doses ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) (if not allergic or contraindicated by any other conditions) and that she is keeping herself hydrated. ...Read more
I'm a 26 year old female with one large tonsil that I can feel when I swallow. No pain, no white patches. What could it be apart from cancer?
My 12 year old son has one white pustule on his tonsil for 3 weeks negative for strep and mono he is complaining of exhaustion malaise and difficulty?
My 7 year old daughter has one tonsil that is much larger than the other. No fever. No pain. Should I be worried? Is there a way to attach pictures?
No: If she is in pain and one tonsil is bigger then yes- she needs to be seen. If you are worried- then yes she needs to be seen. Sometimes one is bigger than the other...A visit with your pediatrician and or ENT will give you peace of mind and that is worth a lot. ...Read more
Coughing up blood, 38y old female, swollen tonsil on one side for a while. Could it be related? Or should I rush to ER?
Possible tonsillitis: If your tonsil has been inflamed and painful for some time, it may be the cause of your productive cough with blood. If it is not painful, you should seek further evaluation with your primary care physician and then an Ear, Nose & Throat physician for a possible endoscopy and detailed examination of your throat as a possible site of this bleeding followed by a pulmonary evaluation. ...Read more
My 5 yr old has strep again for the 3rd time. Dec, march and again now. How many times do little ones get them before talks of removing the tonsils?
I'm 18 years one month old I have a red dot a pimple like lump on my right tonsil I had HFMD a few days ago There's a sharp pain sometimes?
Even after tonsils/adenoids removed 3 mos ago, our 3 yr old goes from one cold/infection to another. Should I worry about her immune system?
Yes: Many children bounce back incredibly after t&a. A child who does not gives me cause to wonder what else is going on. She may be eating something that affects her. Her immune system is a bit down but that does not mean she has an immune "problem". I would loo at diet, get her off milk and wheat and consider seeing a homeopathic doctor and/or a chinese medicine/acupuncturist. I have great results! ...Read more
Is asymmetric tonsils normal? R one been bigger 4 @ least 10 yrs but got a little larger after a bad throat infection in Jan. Shrunk some since then.
I'm a 26 year old female with one large tonsil that takes up half of my throat. I Can feel when I swallow. What else could it be apart from cancer?
Tonsilectomy: You should see ENT for tonsillectomy--most likely is tonsil hypertrophy. ...Read more
Hello I have a soar throat on one side I'm 18 years old I do not smoke or drink. I noticed there is a white patch where my tonsils used to be. Worried?
My daughter's throat hurts when she swallow's and one of her tonsils are bigger then the other one. What should I do she is 11 years old?
Possible nasal drip: It is not uncommon it 1 tonsil is larger and I s inflamed it should not cause pain it is possible to have a drip down the back of her throat from her nose and that can cause the pain swallowing have a doctor check it out and s/he can give solutions if not it may and ENT specialist. ...Read more
Hard moving lump inside my mouth on the left side near my salivary glands on the bone. Also very small red bumps near tonsils on one side? 16 year old
See a dentist: If if the lamp lasts longer than one or two weeks, you should be concerned. I would advise you to have the lump examined by a dentist or dental specialist (e.g. pedodontist, oral surgeon), to help you with a diagnosis and treatment, if needed. ...Read more
My 18 month old got 4 stitches on the outside and one on inside of his mouth. It's hard now that it's healed. Is that normal or ok?
Part of healing: True healing of disrupted skin takes quite some time. The surface closure may take days, but the skin underneath may go thru an oversized knot like stage as the wound matures. Its not unusual for 6-7 wks to pass before the skin layers have reorganized to a semblance of normal. Injured tissue may always have a different feel or thickness. Review with your dr at any future visit. ...Read more
My one year old put a garden snail in her mouth. Is there anything I should be worried about? Should I take her to the Dr?
IN US not dangerous: You need to know if the snail was in an area that there are snail bites. They can have metaldehyde and cause poisoning like tremors, twitching and seizures. If the snail was in your garden and you do not use these bites you are probably ok. The snails in the US by themselves are not dangerous ...Read more
Hi I have a one 1/2 month old son and yesterday I caught one of my friends kissing him in the mouth he now has a bump. Hi I have a one 1/2 month old son and yesterday I caught one of my friends kissing him in the mouth I told her not to cause I don't know
Without examining your son and seeing the bump, it's impossible for me to be able to tell what it is. Babies get rashes all the time and many of them are harmless. If you are not sure what to make of the bump on his lip, take him to his doctor. They will be able to tell you if it is of any concern. Even if it is a cold sore, he will more than likely be fine.
Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! They usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore. ...Read more
Good day, my one year old has been struggling for the past week with a painfull mouth. She had white spots on her tongue and cant even eat. Plz help?
43 year old black male, non tobacco user with a painful white abscess on roof of mouth for one month?
Palatal lesion: See a dentist or your PCP and have them examine you. Cannot possibly diagnose this without being able to see it and obtain a full history. Hope it clears up soon. ...Read more
43 year old black male, non tobacco user has a painful white abscess on roof of mouth for one month?
Time to see Doctor:
This type of problem needs an office visit for evaluation.
Being a smoker you must make sure nothing serious is present. If the problem hasn't gone away in a month trying to ignore it further is unwise. See a physician soon! ...Read more
My one year old was playing with her ball and feel and hit her mouth. Now her lip is busted...How should I treat it?
Go to M.D.: It is hard to know what busted means, but usually the lip is lacerated and bleeds and swells. Immediately put pressure on the lip to stop bleeding. If there is a laceration, it should be evaluated by a physician. The edema of the lip will take days to resolve. Hopefully no baby teeth were injured. Your pediatrician should examine your one year old. ...Read more
My 6 year old son has canker sores. Constanly in his mouth hardly a week goes by with lit one docs never say why...Why?
Canker sores can be very painful. He may have a sensitivity to food additives, sometimes the sls, sodium laryl sulfate, in toothpaaste can cause them and it just takes changing toothpastes, check the lablels.
An immune system deficiency can sometimes cause canker sores. Have you som evaluated by his doctor or refer you to a specialist who can evaluate him. ...Read more
My one year old was playing with her ball and feel and hit her mouth....How should I treat the busted lip and what about the swelling?
Popsicles: If there is ongoing bleeding or recurrent bleeding from the laceration, then it may need a stitch and you need to go to the er. If the bleeding has stopped, cool compresses to the area will diminish the swelling. In a 1 year old, you can often accomplish that with a popsicle or an ice cream cone. It may be her first cut, but probably not her last! ...Read more
Oh my goodness. My one year old just had fresh dog poop IN her MOUTH. Can She get any diseases or sickness from this!? Should I take her in?
Feces ingestion: Once you stop cringing, relax assured that the likelihood of her contracting a serious illness from this activity is small. She is however at risk for contracting worms. Having the dog's stool tested for parasites should help you assess the risk. ...Read more