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Swollen Tonsils (Overview)

Tonsils that are larger than normal. This can be from many causes, most commonly infection, occasionally tumor, sometimes unknown.


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Can an ear infection cause swollen tonsils?

Can an ear infection cause swollen tonsils?

Yes.: Any infection can cause the tonsils and adenoid tissue to enlarge. This should resolve in the next few weeks but could take several months for the tonsils to return to normal size. The other possibility is that enlarged adenoids (associated with the enlarged tonsils) caused the middle ear fluid and resulting ear infection. ...Read more

Swollen Tonsils (Overview)

Tonsils that are larger than normal. This can be from many causes, most commonly infection, occasionally tumor, sometimes unknown.


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What does it mean if you have swollen tonsils and do not have strep?

What does it mean if you have swollen tonsils and do not have strep?

Viral infection: You may just have a viral pharyngitis, which is more common than strep. ...Read more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Keep moving your body; avoid sitting or standing for long periods
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Don't wear tight garments
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Lose weight if needed
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Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
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I've been having swollen tonsils for about 2 weeks, what could it be?

I've been having swollen tonsils for about 2 weeks, what could it be?

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

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Home treatment for swollen tonsils and pain when swallowing, slight cough, white patches and spots on tonsils?

Home treatment for swollen tonsils and pain when swallowing, slight cough, white patches and spots on tonsils?

You need medicine: Nope. This surely sounds like an infection and most likely strep. This can kill if not treated. Please get to the doctor. ...Read more

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I've had a sore throat & swollen tonsils for +7 months. It is not bacterial and the dr. Believes it to be viral. What are the treatment options?

I've had a sore throat & swollen tonsils for +7 months. It is not bacterial and the dr. Believes it to be viral. What are the treatment options?

Surgery: After a certain point, your tonsils, following multiple and chronic infections, can remain chronically inflamed. If it is chronically painful and enlarged or recurrently infected, a tonsillectomy can be considered. Consult your ENT to discuss this further. ...Read more

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I had a 4 week and 8 week HIV test come back negative. I still have soar throat and swollen tonsils with bumps on them what can it be?

I had a 4 week and 8 week HIV test come back negative. I still have soar throat and swollen tonsils with bumps on them what can it be?

Get checked for: Both strept and chrinic tonsillitis. I would suggest a n ENT evaluation. Additionally, sore throat is not a primary finding in hIV disease and condoms will prevent this anxiety. ...Read more

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Swollen tonsils hole body hurts?

Swollen tonsils hole body hurts?

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

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How can you reduce swollen tonsils?

How can you reduce swollen tonsils?

Depends: 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

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What should I do about swollen tonsils?

What should I do about swollen tonsils?

See answer: Rest, Increase fluids, salt water gargles can help. And if they persist, you get sore, any fever, any shortness of breath or difficulty swallowing, then you need to be seen to rule-out an infectious process requiring antibiotics and tx. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What do indents in swollen tonsils mean?

Crypts: Tonsils normally have intentions called crypts. They made be more noticeable when the tonsils are inflamed. ...Read more

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What can I do to help with swollen tonsils?

What can I do to help with swollen tonsils?

Acute or chronic?: Best to find out if they are infected. Is this a chronic problem or something acute? Is there difficulty swallowing? An ENT physician can be most helpful here. ...Read more

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What can I do to soothe my swollen tonsils?

What can I do to soothe my swollen tonsils?

In the old days: We suggest gargling with warm salt water and possible mouthwash to reduce bacteria. I am not sure how effective this is. We don't do tonsillectomy anymore.

I would go see an ENT specialist if your swollen tonsils persists. ...Read more

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I'm 18 & have swollen tonsils. What can I do?

I'm 18 & have swollen tonsils. What can I do?

Assess: Are they affecting your breathing? Are they affecting activity tolerance? Do they hurt? Do they get infected frequently? If the answers are no, you need to do nothing. ...Read more

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How can I make my swollen tonsils feel better?

How can I make my swollen tonsils feel better?

Ibuprofen: Warm salt water gargling and Acetaminophen (tylenol) can also help. Things to avoid: gargling with listerine, drinking alcohol, gargling with peroxide. All things which will not make your tonsils feel better. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for swollen tonsils?

Are there any home remedies for swollen tonsils?

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

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Can you tell me some home remedies for swollen tonsils?

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

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Can you tell me of any home remedies for swollen tonsils?

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

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What is the definition or description of: swollen tonsils?

What is the definition or description of: swollen tonsils?

Swollen tonsils: Tonsils that are larger than normal. This can be from many causes, most commonly infection, occasionally tumor, sometimes unknown. ...Read more

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I've been having swollen tonsils for about 2 weeks, what could it be?

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

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Sir please suggest me how can I treat swollen tonsils and pain naturally, without medicines?

Sir please suggest me how can I treat swollen tonsils and pain naturally, without medicines?

A few thoughts: Saline rinses will help. However, NSAID will also help. Sometimes antibiotics are necessary. ...Read more

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What OTC meds work for swollen tonsils?

What OTC meds work for swollen tonsils?

Nsaids: Antiinflamitories and gargle with warm saline. See your personal provider for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Do alergy pills work for swollen tonsils?

Do alergy pills work for swollen tonsils?

No: None of the medications has been shown to reduce tonsil size. There is some animal studies showing that singulair (montelukast) may have some effect in reducing tonsil size -not fda approved. For this condition however. ...Read more

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Does laryngitis include having swollen tonsils?

Does laryngitis include having swollen tonsils?

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

Mouth (Definition)

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