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Have asymmetric tonsils I can only see 1 tonsil (which has bumps all over it) the 2 tonsil is hard to see I can only see red line (vein) on it.
See an ENT: Asymmetric tonsils may just be that one is infected or enlarged worse than the other. Or it might mean something is growing in it. You should see an ent. ...Read more
Is there a less invasive procedure to shrink tonsils than tosillectomy? I have asymmetric tonsil. Ent dr says no problem unless gets bigger. Big 4 yrs
Most commonly time: Tonsils ; adenoids are lymph nodes exposed to what is coming in by mouth, a first line of immune system awareness. Surgical excision (cutting out the tissue) was long promoted but an ENT group, starting in the early 1980s, began their own randomized trial of surgical vs. Symptomatic treatments. Results, no benefit (except $) from surgery unless breathing was blocked or abscess under the organ (s). ...Read more
Is it true that people who suffer from chronic tonsillitis also have asymmetric tonsils? Having asymmetric tonsils and oral hpv=tonsil cancer true?
Is asymmetric tonsils normal? R one been bigger 4 @ least 10 yrs but got a little larger after a bad throat infection in Jan. Shrunk some since then.
The tonsils are focal areas where the immune system monitors the world and "learns" about the environment you are exposed to.
The good news is that the "tonsil tissues" are located all over the back of the throat and down into the gut.
If you are asking whether to get them taken out, removing the tonsils does not remove the immune function, since there are other similar tissues elsewhere. ...Read more
Cryptic tonsils: They are called cryptic tonsils. It just means that they have reacted to prior sore throats by enlarging repeatedly. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more
Tonsil anatomy: Normal tonsils have an irregular look to them and there can be bulges surrounding pits or crypts within the tonsils. Sometimes we'll see that a normal tonsil will actually have what looks like another lobe. If you are concerned about what you see, best to have your doctor examine to make sure it isn't something different than a normal tonsil. ...Read more
Tonsils: Tonsils are part of the immune system. They help us fight off infections and take care of infection when such occurs. The are often considered specialized lymph nodes. Interestingly, we have four major tonsils in the mouth and throat, the adenoid or nasopharyngeal tonsil, the two palatine tonsils and the lingual tonsil. ...Read more
Tonsils: Not really. Tonsils don't produce any chemicals like the thyroid or pancreas. They are part of the immune system and could be considered specialized lymph nodes. The have cells that help recognizing bad bacterial or other "bad bugs" and they get the immune system started on getting rid of the infection to keep you healthy ...Read more
ENT Dr, can evaluate: The more common reasons for getting tonsils removed are: snoring, sleep apnea, frequent tonsil infections, and persistently enlarged tonsils with "crypts", which are holes containing pieces of firm whitish stuff. An ENT doctor (otorhinolaryngologist - ear nose throat doctor) can evaluate and make recommendations. ...Read more
Food and stuff: The tonsils have crypts (caves) in them. When you swallow, food is pushed back and then to the sides of your throat. This causes food to be pushed into those crypts where it is trapped, mixes with bacteria and can cause bad breath.There is no way to prevent this other than removal of your tonsils. One can use a water pick or other safe manner to remove them. Other times it is from pus from infection. ...Read more
Bleeding in 2%: The rate of postoperative bleeding for both adults and children is noted to be 2%. Other risks include voice change, liquid escape into the nose (1%), change in taste (5%), and of course a very sore throat for at least two weeks. You will need two weeks off from work. When bleeding occurs this may require a return trip to the operating room to cauterize the spot that is bleeding. ...Read more
Part of the lymph system and trapping mechanism.
If infected can form pustules and slough tissue can be pock marked. ...Read more
Throat foreign body: Lots of things can give the sensation of something stuck in the back of your throat, where your tonsils used to be. It could actually be a foreign body...fish bones are one of the common ones, but sometimes, it can just be a small healing injury from eating something hard. More often, it can be swelling in the throat even to the level of your voice box, which is a common problem if you reflux ...Read more
Tonsil stones: Hello, tonsil stones are not in themselves dangerous. Manipulating your tonsils to remove stones can be done multiple ways. I recommend gargling with water after meals. If a stone persists, patients will attempt removal with a moistened q-tip. Any means of removal can lead to bleeding. The more aggressive, the higher risk for bleeding. Also an infection can occur below the stones. ...Read more
Inflammation, tonsillitis is the commonest cause of enlarged tonsils. Much less frequently it may be due to tumor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
4 sets of tonsils:
Most people are unaware that there 4 sets of tonsils in the upper respiratory tract. 1.) palatine (throat) tonsils; 2.) adenoids (nasopharyngeal tonsils) 3.) lingual tonsils (tonsils at the base of the tongue) and tonsils at the entrance to the
eustachian tube (auditory tube). Together, these are known as waldeyer's ring. ...Read more
No: When a complete tonsillectomy is performed, the gland does not grow back. Some techniques are partial tonsillectomies, leaving remnant glandular elements in the tonsillar fossae or inferior poles. These elements can become enalrged with chronic inflammation, but this is not true regrowth. ...Read more
By seeing the doctor: If a strep infection had increased the size of the tonsils, the doctor may treat with antibiotics. If a viral infection (such as mono) had enlarged the tonsils, the doctor may use a few days of prednisone. If the tonsils are always big, and the person is a child with no problems, it may be ok to just wait. If tonsils cause breathing, swallowing, sleeping issues, an ENT doctor might remove them. ...Read more
Probably not: If you are referring to the palatine tonsils, that is, the tonsils in the back of the throat, probably not. The tonsils that you have may be so small, that within the tonsillar fossa, you simply cannot see them. ...Read more
Like bad sore throat: Having your tonsils out is uncomfortable - the pain is like a bad sore throat. For the first several days following surgery, pain in the throat is to be expected. This can usually be controlled with liquid tylenol (acetaminophen) or tylenol with Codeine (prescription will be given at time of surgery). Pain is often worse at night. This will lessen over time and resolve by 2-3 weeks. ...Read more
By preteen/teenager: At birth, your tonsils and adenoids (t&a) are small and your immune system is immature. Your t&a are immunological structures and make antibodies to pathogens, like bacteria and viruses; so as you grow, they grow and enlarge, doing their job. Our immune system is relatively mature at 5 to 7 years of age, when the t&a peak in size. They then usually shrink to become small again by preteen/teenager. ...Read more
Unlikely that quick: Tonsils are lymphoid tissue that make antibodies for immune response. If not removed completely, they can rehypertrophy. For 2000 years, the tonsil was completely removed. Over the last decade, some ENT surgeons perform a near total tonsillectomy to not violate the tissue next to the tonsil to decrease pain and bleeding. Small amounts of tonsil tissue can regrow or rehypertrophy when left. ...Read more
Any size: Size doesn't play a role in tonsil inflammation but inflammation can definitely make the tonsils swell up. If the tonsil swells up due to inflammation, you might have new onset of snoring or a sense of choking. When the inflammation decreases, the swelling may decrease as well. ...Read more