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Normal to have only one tonsil?

Normal to have only one tonsil?

Not usually: An adult with one tonsil or asymmetric tonsils without a good explanation may require a biopsy to rule out malignancy. Do see your local ENT for a good examination. ...Read more

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What causes one tonsil to swell?

What causes one tonsil to swell?

Pharyngitis: It sounds as if you may be suffering from acute pharyngitis (infection of the back of the throat). The majority of the infections are caused by viruses but they can also be caused by bacteria, such as streptococcus. ...Read more

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I have a tonsil what will I do.

I have a tonsil what will I do.

Tonsillitis?: Everyone has tonsils. Do you mean you have infected tonsils? Tonsillitis?
For best results with tonsillitis, see ENT doc. ...Read more

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How common is tonsil re growth?

How common is tonsil re growth?

Tonsil Regrowth: This is not seen very often and actually would indicate that the tonsil was not completely removed to start with. Most likely the residual tonsillar tissue has enlarged. It would be beneficial to have an ENT doctor take a look to confirm this is all that it is however. ...Read more

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Having pain on right side tonsil?

Having pain on right side tonsil?

Doctor can evaluate: Tonsillitis can be viral or bacterial. Viral infections just get symptomatic treatment such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for pain. Sometimes sore throat lozenges can help. Bacterial infections need antibiotics, so a doctor should evaluate. Strep throat is a common throat infection and is easily treated. One should always tell the doctor if a throat STD could be happening (due to oral sex). ...Read more

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When can you request tonsil removal?

When can you request tonsil removal?

When indicated: Less and less tonsillectomies are done now a days, due to better antibiotics, improved oral hygiene, etc. See your doctor will refer you to a ENT specialist, if indicated will remove, not based on your desire to get them removed. ...Read more

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What can cause a growth on my tonsil?

What can cause a growth on my tonsil?

Tonsillar growth: Greetings. Changes to the tonsils can come from lymph tissue changes/asymmetries, viral lesions, cancerous lesions. Or actually a shrinking or atrophy of 1 tonsil causing the opposite to look differently. See your ENT doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Will a cold cause one tonsil to swell?

Will a cold cause one tonsil to swell?

That can occur.: For significant tonsil swelling, difficulty swallowing, large and painful lymph nodes - please see a doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tonsil size grading?

Can you tell me about tonsil size grading?

1+ is small, 4+...: Touch in the midline, 2+ and 3+ in between. Useful to give a visual picture for documentation purposes. 4+ tonsils can elevate the concern for obstructive breathing disorders. ...Read more

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Is adult tonsil removal a safe procedure?

Is adult tonsil removal a safe procedure?

Adult tonsillectomy: Generally. Always have risk of excessive bleeding, anesthesia mishaps, post-op and delayed bleeding (7-10 days after). Risk should be minimal in properly selected patients. Performed for recurring infecting, peritonsillar abscesses, sleep apnea, cancer diagnosis. ...Read more

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White stuff in tonsil crease, what's wrong?

White stuff in tonsil crease, what's wrong?

Tonsilloliths: These are likely tonsilloliths (tonsil stones). The tonsils have crevices where bacteria and sloughed cells collect. By using a water pik, you can knock them loose. If they persist, have it checked by your doctor to make sure that it isn't something more serious. ...Read more

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Help please? What is a tonsil removal like?

Help please? What is a tonsil removal like?

Sore throat: The recovery has some swelling and soreness of the throat. Avoid eating mucous producing foods like ice cream and milk
Sometines there is bleeding about a week out so let your surgeon know if this happens ...Read more

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What if one tonsil is bigger than the other?

May be normal: We are not always symmetrical. It may be normal for one tonsil to be larger than the other. It may have responded to something more than the other. You should see some one if you are really worried. ...Read more

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Growth on tonsil, a bit concerned, what to do?

Growth on tonsil, a bit concerned, what to do?

Have it checked: If you notice something abnormal about your tonsil, have it checked by your doctor. Your primary care doctor is a good place to start but if you're still concerned, an ENT doctor can help you. ...Read more

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Pieces of my tonsil are missing, what should I do?

Pieces of my tonsil are missing, what should I do?

See an ENT: If your tonsils is breaking off or eroding, then maybe there is a medical process and you should see an ent. If your tonsil is just shrinking over time, that is normal. When born, the tonsils are small. They grow over the next 5 to 7 years while immune system maturing. Once mature, the tonsils usually shrink, so they are small again be preteen or teenage years. ...Read more

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What are the risks to having tonsiles removed at age 46.?

What are the risks to having tonsiles removed at age 46.?

Tonsils: The same risk as in younger age.
You need the right ENT surgeon to see to it that there is no complicating factor to do the tonsillectomy at this age. ...Read more

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Can one tonsil be ever so slightly bigger than the other?

Can one tonsil be ever so slightly bigger than the other?

Yes: The tonsils do not have to be exactly the same size. If you are asymptomatic and no nodes in the neck, I do not think there is cause for concern. If, however, the minimally larger tonsil starts to increase in size, then see an ENT doctor. ...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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Feels like something is stuck in my tonsil, how do I get it out?

Feels like something is stuck in my tonsil, how do I get it out?

Tonsilliths: Hello, food particles can get stuck in the pockets or crevices of your tonsils. Gargle with plain water after every meal. This should help to keep your tonsils clean. ...Read more

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Is it normal that the other side of tonsil is larger than the other one?

Is it normal that the other side of tonsil is larger than the other one?

Can be normal: Tonsils do not have to be identical. However if one tonsil starts to grow enlarge go to a doctor to rule out infection, a chronic inflammatory process or a neoplasm. If you are healthy with no symptoms you are probably ok. ...Read more

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My son said he was singing loudly and he felt a pop can you pop a tonsil?

My son said he was singing loudly and he felt a pop can you pop a tonsil?

No tonsils don't pop: At age 17, when I too was a school chorister, my voice would sometimes CRACK. Is that the sound you mean? That's to be expected in a boy that age singing his heart out but popping tonsils would never be the cause as far as I know. Choirs all over the world would lose singers left and right, It'd be awful! Happy Singing to your son. More questions? Write me: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-saghafi ...Read more

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One tonsil looks like it has a lot more crypts in it than the other. Is this normal?

Most probably normal: Tonsils develop crypts in response to infectious challenge. One tonsil may have reacted more than the other in that role. OR that one tonsil was infected more than the other in the past, and now has more crypts.
I would be more concerned if one tonsil was larger than the other. ...Read more

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I have one of those white hard thing stuck in my tonsil for 7 months now I can see it but I can't get it out it?

I have one of those white hard thing stuck in my tonsil for 7 months now I can see it but I can't get it out it?

Tonsillith: The tonsils have crypts in them. Debris accumulates in them and form "stones" or "tonsil-liths". They can be the cause of bad breath and have some associated discomfort. If you cannot take the end of a blunt tooth brush and express it out, and it is a source of problems. For you, see your pcp or ENT and have them examine the area. Gargle alot with salt water. ...Read more