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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?

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

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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


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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?

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

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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.

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

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10 yr old with one large tonsil and lymph nodes gland for 5 weeks now. What should we do?

10 yr old with one large tonsil and lymph nodes gland for 5 weeks now. What should we do?

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

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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.?

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

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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?

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?

One large tonsil: There's no explaining why so many people's tonsils are different sizes. I really wouldn't worry. Cancer arising here is obviously extremely abnormal. Be thankful for good health. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Coughing up blood, 38y old female, swollen tonsil on one side for a while. Could it be related? Or should I rush to ER?

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

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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?

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?

You are there: After three bouts in such a short time you are now at the point to talk about removal of tonsils. This discussion should take place with a pediatric ear nose and throat doctor (ent). Ask your pediatrician for a referral if you do not already have one. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Hand, Foot & Mouth: Disease lasts 7-10 days. The throat lesion is probably part of the " herpangina" caused by the virus. If you are concerned, see your doctor, who may prescribe a mixture you can gargle to relieve the pain. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Tonsils: This should not be a problem. Tonsils fight inflammation and will vary in size depending upon where the infections have occurred previously. If no current symptoms you should be fine. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Pharyngitis: It sounds like you may have pharyngitis or possibly retained food debris. Gargle with salt water for 1-2 days, if the symptoms do not resolve, you will need to consult your doctor for possible antibiotics or further investigation of your symptoms. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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: 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

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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?

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?

Try cold things: I find that chilled apple sauce, ice chips, chilled milk or other fluids can numb up the sores enough for them to stay hydrated. You can also paint the sores with Benadryl solution which has a transient anesthetic effect which may allow a brief period for them to eat. ...Read more

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43 year old black male, non tobacco user with a painful white abscess on roof of mouth for one month?

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

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43 year old black male, non tobacco user has a painful white abscess on roof of mouth for one month?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Needs evaluation: 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

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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?

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

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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?

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