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I have one swollen, painful tonsil w tonsil stones. It hurts to swallow. Should I see a doctor?

I have one swollen, painful tonsil w tonsil stones. It hurts to swallow. Should I see a doctor?

Yes: Yes, it is infected and you need an antibiotic. Although it might be viral, the likelyhood of bacterial infection is so high i treat cases like yours with either Clindamycin or penicillin. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Tonsil Stones (Definition)

Tonsil stones are white or yellow globs of foul-smelling mucus and bacteria that collect in the tonsils near the back of the throat. Tonsil stones are not dangerous, but ...Read more


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I have tonsil stones that are causing me pain in my throat and ears. They are swollen and red. How long until I should see a doctor, if at all?

I have tonsil stones that are causing me pain in my throat and ears. They are swollen and red. How long until I should see a doctor, if at all?

Tonsillitis: It never hurts to be sure this is not a bacterial infection that would benefit from treatment. A visit to your family doctor is not a bad idea. ...Read more

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I have swollen tonsils, tonsil stones and a cough what could it be?

I have swollen tonsils, tonsil stones and a cough what could it be?

URI: An upper respiratory infection (URI) 9which includes tonsillitis) is either viral or bacterial. The former will improve in time with supportive measures (rest, cough meds, fluids, etc), but the later may require antibiotics. See a dr. To get properly diagnosed and treated, best wishes. ...Read more

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18 y/o bad breath; have GERD and tonsil stones, doctors say tonsils are too small to remove, what are some ways to reduce halitosis?

18 y/o bad breath; have GERD and tonsil stones, doctors say tonsils are too small to remove, what are some ways to reduce halitosis?

Bad breath: Maintain regular dental visits. Brush and floss thoroughly at least twice a day. Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or toothbrush...See your dentist or dental hygienist for proper technique. Control your gerd with diet. Gargle with mouthwash to try and flush debris from the tonsil areas. ...Read more

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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

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Hiya. Tonsil stones. Tried manual pus removal and salt water/mouthwash gargles but my tonsil is still very swollen and producing pus. What can I do?

Hiya. Tonsil stones. Tried manual pus removal and salt water/mouthwash gargles but my tonsil is still very swollen and producing pus. What can I do?

Pressure wash: Try a water pik ("water flosser") to pressure wash out the tonsils. It generally helps. If not, you may need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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