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Chesty cough for 3 weeks and now started to heave and got swollen tonsils on one side. Help?

Chesty cough for 3 weeks and now started to heave and got swollen tonsils on one side. Help?

Tonsil: Sounds like a bacterial infection, perhaps started in the sinus. You need meds. ...Read more

Swollen Tonsils (Definition)

Tonsils that are larger than normal. This can be from many causes, most commonly infection, ...Read more


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I've had swollen tonsils on one side for a few months now. No white spots and no other throat related symptoms. What could this be?

I've had swollen tonsils on one side for a few months now. No white spots and no other throat related symptoms. What could this be?

Swollen tonsil: Sometimes asymmetry of the tonsils(tonsillar pillars), position and muscle tone. 80%of the time it is benign but 20% of the time there could be malignancy which is not known until they examine the tissue after tonsillectomy. Any lymph nodes in the neck? F/U within 2 weeks with ENT. Ask if MRI would be of any help in distinguishing between non malignant and malignant cases, ...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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Swollen tonsil on one side for a year. No sore throat/ difficulty swallowing. One enlarged gland in neck but on opposite side. No pain/ other symptoms?

Swollen tonsil on one side for a year. No sore throat/ difficulty swallowing. One enlarged gland in neck but on opposite side. No pain/ other symptoms?

Needs evaluation: Anytime there is asymmetric tonsillar hypertrophy this should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist. Most likely this is a normal variant, however may indicate a neoplasm within the tonsil. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to the steroids doctors give u for swollen tonsils? They gave me a bit and sent me home Had them before just wondering.

Are there any side effects to the steroids doctors give u for swollen tonsils? They gave me a bit and sent me home Had them before just wondering.

"Short term" OK: Using steroids for a short period of time is usually OK. A large dose with rapid tapering is often helpful in allergic and other "swelling". Long term there are many side effects. Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Swollen tonsils with white blotches on them. Little pain or fever, more on one tonsil than the other. Could it be related to unprotected oral sex?

Swollen tonsils with white blotches on them. Little pain or fever, more on one tonsil than the other. Could it be related to unprotected oral sex?

Not likely: Not impossible as you can get gonorrhea and herpes of the back of the throat, but a normal tonsil infection is more likely. Gonococcal pharyngiits usually causes significant green discharge on back of throat and herpes would be fairly painful. However, this is a good time to consider using condoms for oral sex. Young men still enjoy oral sex even with a condom on. ...Read more

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Red swollen tonsils, white streaks, one red/purple ulcer right behind my left tonsil, does not really hurt to bad, only burns and is scratchy, help me

Red swollen tonsils, white streaks, one red/purple ulcer right behind my left tonsil, does not really hurt to bad, only burns and is scratchy, help me

Doctor can evaluate: New throat soreness or spots can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics needed), a cold or mild flu (antibiotics are 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 in a day or two (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges can decrease throat pain, for 1-2 days. ...Read more