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Can tonsils and throat stay red, swollen and irritated for months, causing neck and jaw pain, with no other symptoms, including swollen lymph nodes?

Can tonsils and throat stay red, swollen and irritated for months, causing neck and jaw pain, with no other symptoms, including swollen lymph nodes?

See your doctor: Red and swollen tonsils are a definite sign of infection. You should see your physician as soon as possible. The tonsils are a part of the immune system that help filter out pathogens, so redness and swelling means they are trying to filter out something. Please see your doctor to find out the source of infection. ...Read more

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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


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What are the reasons for an adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy in 5 year old with allergies, fluid in ears, snoring, and 3 episodes of facial swelling?

What are the reasons for an adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy in 5 year old with allergies, fluid in ears, snoring, and 3 episodes of facial swelling?

To treat ear fluid : Tonsils are lymph nodes (ln) at back of throat and adenoids are ln above the tonsils at the back of nose near the eustachian tube (et) opening. The et runs from middle ear to back of nose and if blocked by large adenoids the et can't equalize air pressure in middle ear leading to fluid and infection in middle ear. Large adenoids can block nose causing snoring. Facial swelling probably unrelated. ...Read more

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How risky is removal of adenoids and tonsils with a six year old ?She complains of shortness of breath and gets sore throats a lot .

How risky is removal of adenoids and tonsils with a six year old ?She complains of shortness of breath and gets sore throats a lot .

Benefits: Explore the benefits versus the risks with your ENT surgeon. There is a small risk of bleeding with removal of tonsils but this is carefully monitored and managed. All the best. ...Read more

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I am experiencing swollen tonsils. The following also describe me: Sore throat, Spots on throat, and fatigue. Is prednisone necessary to take, or will clindamycin be sufficient to help get rid of the bacteria?

I am experiencing  swollen tonsils. The following also describe me: Sore throat, Spots on throat, and fatigue. Is prednisone necessary to take, or will clindamycin be sufficient to help get rid of the bacteria?

Viral? rapid strep: If there are "spots' on the throat, it would depend if these were exudates, or white patches, or red spots in the back. Not all pharyngitis is streptococcal; in fact, most of it is viral. Strep throat is characterized by fever, exudative tonsillitis and neck lymphadenopathy in most of the cases. If you are not having these findings, it is likely viral and you can spare the antibiotics. Check. ...Read more

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Can side effects like swelling of glands, swallowing problems and numbness of throat and neck last for years. After having surgeries like dissectio.

Can side effects like swelling of  glands, swallowing problems and numbness of throat and neck last for years.  After having surgeries like dissectio.

See below: Any surgery in the neck can disrupt the delicate connection of nerves to that area. This in turn can cause problems with swallowing, speaking or phonation (what voice sounds like) as well as numbness. The interruption of drainage channels can also cause swelling. ...Read more

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My tonsils and uvula are both swollen the tonsils more than the uvula, both have white spots and I have difficulty swallowing. could this be mono?

My tonsils and uvula are both swollen the tonsils more than the uvula, both have white spots and I have difficulty swallowing. could this be mono?

Sore throat: Pus in the back of the throat area could be due to Strep, mono or other infectious causes. Good to get a culture of that in a docs office or urgent care center where you can get placed on the right treatment. Sometimes a clue to the etiology is your contacts prior to the symptoms you have-- if you've been around someone with Strep, then it's Strep most likely. Kissing with a new partner-mayb mono ...Read more

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Sore throat and sinus drainage with tender lymph nodes in neck. On 3rd day of z-pak, feel better overall, but not in throat or neck. See a dr?

Patience: If you feel you are getting better i would give it some more time. Your lymph nodes can stay swollen for months after an illness. If they are getting larger, or more numerous, that is a different story and see your doc asap. ...Read more

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Enlarged turbinates, tonsils enlarged with daily tonsil stones over 1+ years cont. What's some of the common causes for both to occur at same time?

Enlarged turbinates, tonsils enlarged with daily tonsil stones over 1+ years cont.  What's some of the common causes for both to occur at same time?

Unrelated: Likely not related. Tonsil stones are a very common condition caused by bacterial colonization (biofilms) on your tonsils. Turbinate hypertrophy can have several causes including any condition that causes rhinitis (e.g. Allergies). ...Read more

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To whom this may concern, my son has enlarged lymph nodes on one side of the neck and a significant amount of puss on 1 tonsil no throat pain.

To whom this may concern, my son has enlarged lymph nodes on one side of the neck and a significant amount of puss on 1 tonsil no throat pain.

Exudate: and lymph node enlargement is suggestive of an infectious process, likely viral. A throat culture could help you sort this out. Access is also a remote possibility, and would require immediate evaluation! ...Read more

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What do I have? What treatment is suggested? I have severe throat pain, characterized by swelling on the lateral (glands?) and a feeling of a lump in my throat. Profuse amounts of phlegm from all orifices except eyes and ears. Right ear is plugged. Inc

What do I have? What treatment is suggested? I have severe throat pain, characterized by swelling on the lateral (glands?) and a feeling of a lump in my throat.  Profuse amounts of phlegm from all orifices except eyes and ears.  Right ear is plugged.  Inc

If : If you have not done so already please see your doctor. You could be dealing with a throat infection (pharyngitis), bronchitis, ear infection, and/or allergies. You may need antibiotics. In the meantime you can try over the counter Mucinex (guaifenesin) to thin the phlegm and make it easier to cough up and out, and Ibuprofen for pain. I hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Adenoids are swollen and frequent fainting occurs with fever and drainage from ears. What is wrong?

Adenoids are swollen and frequent fainting occurs with fever and drainage from ears. What is wrong?

Adenoids: Consult with your primary care doc. He may then refer you to the appropriate specialists (ent, neurology, etc.) if necessary. ...Read more

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Throat symptoms pain, numbness, swollen lymph nodes, and etc. What kind of doctor specializes in treating this?

Throat symptoms pain, numbness, swollen lymph nodes, and etc. What kind of doctor specializes in treating this?

PCP first: Your primary care doctor (family medicine or internist) can assess your condition and treat appropriately or if needed refer you to a specialist, namely an otolaryngologist/ent. ...Read more

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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsil tissue, which can be either an acute or chronic process. Most of the time, it is caused by infection. In the acute phase, most cases of tonsillitis are viral. Once the problem extends beyond 10 days, it typically ...Read more


Swollen Tonsils (Definition)

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