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Dr. David Kam
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One of my tonsils is very swollen, but the other is normal. It hurts really bad to swallow or talk. They aren't red. No other symptoms whatsoever.

One of my tonsils is very swollen, but the other is normal. It hurts really bad to swallow or talk. They aren't red. No other symptoms whatsoever.

Painful yonsil: Get help. You may have a tonsillar abscess.Upper air way x-rays are in order and an immediate evaluation by an ENT physician is in order. ...Read more

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I have had swollen/slight pus-sy tonsils and clear blisters on back of throat for years. Causes nil symptoms but bad breath. What could this be?

I have had swollen/slight pus-sy tonsils and clear blisters on back of throat for years. Causes nil symptoms but bad breath. What could this be?

Tonsilar Crypts: They are natural craters in the tonsils that collect debris then sometimes can cause bad breath or bother you,. A dentist can remove them. Or you can try mouthwash. ...Read more

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Right tonsil swollen for months. No sore throat or any sick symptoms. 500 mg naproxen x2 a day did nothing at all. Mucus bad breath and tonsil stones?

Right tonsil swollen for months. No sore throat or any sick symptoms. 500 mg naproxen x2 a day did nothing at all. Mucus bad breath and tonsil stones?

ENT.: Chronic conditions like yours, should be evaluated by the specialist ENT doctor. Most probably you will have to take antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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Dr. Philip Miller
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One tonsil bigger than the other, it has been like this for a long time, it is significally bigger, no pain, or other symptoms, i am a smoker no heavy?

Size: doesn't always matter: you were probably born this way and it it not uncommon to have different sized tonsils as long as you don't have symtoms. ...Read more

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My tonsil is getting smaller. Is this bad? What does it mean?

My tonsil is getting smaller. Is this bad? What does it mean?

OK Don't worry: Most of the tonsil tissue is lymphoid structure , that tissue in adulthood get atrophied ( gets small ) in some almost disappears just don't worry . ...Read more

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Dr. David Lee
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What are the symptoms of inflamed tonsils?

What are the symptoms of inflamed tonsils?

Various: Symptoms could include pain, difficulty swallowing, snoring, possibly even episodes of apnea (stopping breathing), or perhaps no symptoms. ...Read more

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