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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

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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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Swollen lingual tonsil one side of tounge white coating neck pain tounge pain post nasal drip swollen cervical lymph nodes 5 month no change ..Cancer?

See a doctor: Your enlarged lymph nodes could be due to a chronic infection, but 5 months is a long time. You should see a health care provider to figure out what is wrong. ...Read more

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left side One swollen tonsils and jaw pain with no fever no soar throat nothing else with 412 eosiphinol

left side One swollen tonsils and jaw pain with no fever no soar throat nothing else with 412 eosiphinol

Enlarged tonsil: This may be tendonitis despite lack of sore throat. The jaw pain may be referred from tonsillar inflammation. Evaluation by your physician, oral surgeon or an otolaryngologist is advised. Testing would include a throat culture to check for strep and also a monotest and cbc. Your eosinophil count of 412 is nonspecific. ...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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Very Swollen tonsils coated with a ton of white puss and now one of my Tonsils has what looks to be a black and blue bruise mixed with puss. Currently?

Very Swollen tonsils coated with a ton of white puss and now one of my Tonsils has what looks to be a black and blue bruise mixed with puss. Currently?

Doctor can check: It's not easy to see and describe one's own tonsils. Throat and tonsil symptoms can be from flu or cold viruses, strep throat, EBV virus, etc... Doctors have 5-minute tests for strep throat (antibiotics are needed to treat strep). Doctors also have a quick test for Flu A and B. Mono is caused by the EBV virus and can cause big tonsils. One's primary care doctor can examine the throat. ...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

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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?

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 dont 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?

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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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

Swollen Tonsils (Definition)

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