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Swollen Tonsils And Gums
I used almost pure apple cider vinegar to help with swollen tonsils but now my gums are swollen could the vinegar have burned my gums?
Vinegar-gum tissue: It is always possible that a homeopathic remedy may lead to complications. It may be possible that the acidic nature of the vinegar "burned" your gum tissue. Use salt water rinses and gentle brushing for the next few days. Fortunately the gum tissue can heal rapidly. If the symptoms persist check with your dentist. ...Read more
Persistent yellow phlegm (after swollen tonsils) for couple of years after mono, now gums bleed a bit. Bad sign?
Needs attention: regardless of prior infection, 2months of persistent phlegm is abnormal, let alone 2 years. if you smoke, or have 2nd hand exposure, this could be smokers cough. despite that, this could also be life threatening. you need to see a doctor to determine a cause ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sore throat started 5 days ago w very swollen right tonsil. Yesterday, swollen gums and red spot on tongue. Feel fine otherwise. Should i see a Dr. ?
Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more
See your PCP or ENT: It depends on whether your tonsils/adenoids are chronically swollen or you have an acute infection. If you have a present infection, you need to go see a physician immediately whether it be your pcp, ENT or an urgent care physician. Otherwise if this is a chronic condition, then you can just make an appointment with your pcp or ENT to review this issue with them to decide on how to best help you. ...Read more
That depends...: If the infections are infrequent than antibiotics will be enough. If the infections occur more than 6-8 times per year you should consider a tonsillectomy. ...Read more
May need surgery: At 33 years of age, my concern with large tonsils is a sleep disorder which can be serious. How do you know that your adenoids are hypertrophic (enlarged)? At your age, usually the adenoids are atrophic (very small). See an ENT doctor to determine whether removal of tonsils is appropriate. ...Read more
Unknown: The determination as strep being the cause requires laboratory support. Culture and rapid strep test available. But it does sound like infection and medical attention indicated. ...Read more