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I was treated for strep yesterday. One tonsil was very swollen making it difficult to talk. Swelling is down some and there's a black spot. Absessed?

I was treated for strep yesterday. One tonsil was very swollen making it difficult to talk. Swelling is down some and there's a black spot. Absessed?

Tonsillitis: One sided tonsillar enlargement is suspicious for abscess or neoplasm. If symptoms persist in 24 hours, consult ENT. ...Read more

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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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Hi- I have swollen tonsils and crater like spots on them. What could this be?

Crypts: All tonsils have little holes. If your tonsils are a nuisance, they're easy to remove. ...Read more

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What is it? I have swollen tonsils with white spots. I get them often. Is there a way to prevent it without having them removed?

What is it? I have swollen tonsils with white spots. I get them often. Is there a way to prevent it without having them removed?

Tonsils "stones": This sounds like what we call tonsils stones - impacted mucus and food debris that gets colonized with bacteria. Simple measures first: treat underlying acid reflux even if you don't have typical symptoms - try some over the counter antacids. Treat nasal drainage. You can do this with nasal steroids or nasal saline washes like ChitoRhino. And simple salt water gargles. Try that for about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Does mouthwash help with swollen tonsils? And white spots on them?

Does mouthwash help with swollen tonsils? And white spots on them?

Possibly some relief: White spots on tonsils typically are either food or from strep bacteria - strep throat. See your MD for evaluation and swab as needed. Mouthwash - listerine which kills bacteria - may offer some help temporarily. Hot salt water rinses will also soothe. (1tsp salt / 10-12 oz. Water). Get in to be seen and treated and back to comfort. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I am experiencing swollen tonsils with holes in (quality: little white or yellowish spots on tonsils).

I am experiencing swollen tonsils with holes in (quality: little white or yellowish spots on tonsils).

Tonsoliths: Usually these are on little importance. The white stuff is dead white cells and debris. If there is pain, Clear. Ease Lozenges are good for reducing swelling. If you want to remove the white stuff, the oral irrigator that comes with the Hydro Pulse Nasal/Sinus irrigator is designed for removing these particles and reducing swelling of tonsils. Great for snoring too. ...Read more

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My son has extremely swollen tonsils, no spots, no discoloration (no red or purple), no pain, just a cough. What could it be?

My son has extremely swollen tonsils, no spots, no discoloration (no red or purple), no pain, just a cough. What could it be?

See PCP: There are many causes for swollen tonsils, including bacterial, viral, allergic, and developmental, to name just a few. Please have your son examined by your primary care physician for diagnosis and determination of appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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3 year old with white spots on her tonsils and swollen tonsils for over a month. Not getting anybetter. She's having a hard time eating and drinking?

3 year old with white spots on her tonsils and swollen tonsils for over a month. Not getting anybetter. She's having a hard time eating and drinking?

Need to look at: Has she been examined by any doctor at all in this time period? Have you ruled out strep, for instance? If she's having a hard time eating and drinking and it's been over a month she definitely needs to be looked at and swabbed...maybe even evaluated by an ENT physician, as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have swollen tonsils (no white spots) with only slight discomfort/pain when swallowing but otherwise feel fine. What can I do?

I have swollen tonsils (no white spots) with only slight discomfort/pain when swallowing but otherwise feel fine. What can I do?

Swollen tonsils: Hello, it looks like the medications you are using are just the thing. Gargle with warm salt water every time you take a dose of your pain medications. The inflammation should pass in a few days. ...Read more

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Certainly have tonsillitis or strep after two weeks of a cold I now have white spots and SWOLLEN tonsils, what to do till I go todrs tomorrow 4swelling?

Certainly have tonsillitis or strep after two weeks of a cold I now have white spots and SWOLLEN tonsils, what to do till I go todrs tomorrow 4swelling?

Ibuprofen: You can take up to four 200mg pills 4x daily. When you see your doctor they can talk about prescription medication such as antibiotics and possibly oral steroids for pain/swelling. ...Read more

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What is it? I have swollen tonsils (quality: white spots). The following also describe me: Fever and Pain when swallowing

What is it? I have swollen tonsils (quality: white spots). The following also describe me: Fever and Pain when swallowing

History alone, ...: Certainly no one can make a definitive diagnosis over the computer with a history alone in this case, but you appear to have a probable tonsillitis. See your Doctor and get a clinical evaluation so the definitive diagnosis can be made and the appropriate treatment can occur, best wishes. ...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 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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Swollen tonsils for 3/4 months, no white spots or pus, but very painful, came back clear of strep and glandular, could wisdom teeth be the cause? Or?

Swollen tonsils for 3/4 months, no white spots or pus, but very painful, came back clear of strep and glandular, could wisdom teeth be the cause? Or?

Infection: The tonsils can get chronic infection quieting down with antibiotic use and then flaring up again. Adenoids are also usually infected and thus the name t&a for the surgery usually performed after thorough exam by ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Swollen tonsils (white spots on tonsils), fever my doctor told me that if I get it again I will need them out, They have become excruciating pain ER?

Swollen tonsils (white spots on tonsils), fever my doctor told me that if I get it again I will need them out, They have become excruciating pain ER?

ER should 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 an abscess. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome (as in this case), recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly. A couple days of throat lozenges and acetaminophen might lessen typical minor pain. ...Read more

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Reddish spots at the back my wife's throat accompanied by swollen tonsils. She says swallowing is painful and there is a feeling of ants crawling along the back of her throat.?

Reddish spots at the back my wife's throat accompanied by swollen tonsils. She says swallowing is painful and there is a feeling of ants crawling along the back of her throat.?

This sounds a: Little more serious than just a simple viral pharyngitis. Make an appointment to be evaluated by a health care professional as soon as possible. She may need treatment for strept throat. ...Read more

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I have white spots on my swollen tonsils My ears hurt I have a bad cough and I have lost my voice My tonsils aren't swollen anymore but cough is worse?

I have white spots on my swollen tonsils My ears hurt I have a bad cough and I have lost my voice My tonsils aren't swollen anymore but cough is worse?

Mycoplasma infection: With history of tonsillar swelling, loss of voice and now a worsening cough, it would be wise to visit your doctor. While this could be a viral infection, your symptoms are bothersome for a possible Mycoplasma infection. Additionally, it would not be improbable for this to be strep throat complicated by bronchitis--also something not to be taken lightly. Call your doctor for an appointment today. ...Read more

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I have been taking amoxicillin for 72 hours now for strep throat, but I still have swollen tonsils and white spots on my tonsils. Is it normal?

I have been taking amoxicillin for 72 hours now for strep throat, but I still have swollen tonsils and white spots on my tonsils. Is it normal?

Common problem: Although the majority of the germs may be dead, it will take a few more days for some of the swelling to go down. Some of the spots you see are dead tissue and debris that will rub off as your appetite picks up and you eat more. The food will scrape the tonsils clean as you swallow. ...Read more

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White patches and spots on throat, swollen tonsils, sore throat, strep test neg?

White patches and spots on throat, swollen tonsils, sore throat, strep test neg?

Possible IM: Infectious mononucleiosis can present as pharryngitis. Have you evaluate and check your spleen. If enlarged and DX confirmed avoid contact sports. ...Read more

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I've been having cold symptoms for the past two weeks, my throat has been hurting badly. Swollen tonsils with white spots, no fever.

I've been having cold symptoms for the past two weeks, my throat has been hurting badly. Swollen tonsils with white spots, no fever.

Long enough time: It's been long enough to suffer from this and a doctor's visit or urgent care is a good idea to get it over faster. Antibiotics should not be used unnecessarily but the tonsils sound infected. See someone ASAP and get treatment. Fever may not always be the only sign to look for. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Throat pain and swollen tonsils that goes away and comes back week to week. Little white spots and no other symptoms. Kissing tonsils. Hard to swallow?

Throat pain and swollen tonsils that goes away and comes back week to week. Little white spots and no other symptoms. Kissing tonsils. Hard to swallow?

Need Clindamycin: You need a course of high dose Clindamycin - the antibiotics you are on don't kill anaerobic bacteria that commonly cause tonsillitis. I give patients like you at least 2 sometimes 3 weeks. If that fails tonsillectomy is something to consider. ...Read more

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I have swollen tonsils, a sore throat, and white spots behind the tonsils. Is this a sore throat or strep? The spots may be just mucous I can't tel

I have swollen tonsils, a sore throat, and white spots behind the tonsils. Is this a sore throat or strep? The spots may be just mucous I can't tel

Could be: It is nearly impossible to tell if it is a virus or strep by examination alone. A rapid strep test is simple and definitely worthwhile. ...Read more

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Swollen tonsils, sore throat, yellow spots on tonsils, sore on tonsil.?

Sore Throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have Strep Throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: Mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Can gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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I am experiencing swollen tonsils (quality: white or yellowish spots on tonsils), difficulty swallowing, lump in throat and gagging.

I am experiencing swollen tonsils (quality: white or yellowish spots on tonsils), difficulty swallowing, lump in throat and gagging.

Doctor can examine: 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)... but definitely needs an exam if having difficulty swallowing and gagging. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat, spots on throat and difficulty swallowing. The following also describe me: Pain when swallowing, Swollen tonsils, E...

I am experiencing sore throat, spots on throat and difficulty swallowing. The following also describe me: Pain when swallowing, Swollen tonsils, E...

Viral vs. Other: The most likely problem you have is a viral upper respiratory illness with pharyngitis (sore throat). It should resolve in 7-10 days If not and it persists, see your PCP for a referral to an ENT MD> ...Read more

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I am experiencing fever (severity: moderate), sore throat, swollen tonsils (quality: white or yellowish spots on tonsils) and throat swelling. T...

I am experiencing fever (severity: moderate), sore throat, swollen tonsils (quality: white or yellowish spots on tonsils) and throat swelling. T...

Dr. Can check throat: 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). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can lessen pain. ...Read more

Swollen Tonsils (Definition)

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