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Why Do Tonsil
Stuck: Because something is stuck deep in the throat. See ENT doc to consider tonsillectormy. ...Read more
Crypts are normal: It may be normal to have some discharge or tonsillar exudate, that resides in crypts within the tonsils. These deep ridges are just a characteristic of tonsils. ...Read more
Why do/can tonsils stay larger after infection than before? Can they remain larger indefinitely (btw Grade 1 & 2). Must they return to original size?
Enlarged tonsils: Your tonsils are essentially specialized lymph tissue and some times after and infection your tonsils or lymph glands elsewhere will enlarge and not go quite back to normal size. I have some on the back of my neck that have not gone down. Your tonsils can also remain enlarged when exposed to chronic allergies. For example people with chronic nasal drainage. ...Read more
Why do my tonsils have yellow areas on them and have white spots by them and have red looking cuts around them as well?
Cause could be viral, bacterial, allergic, or other causes. See your physician.
Why do my tonsils look so different and mangled after strep throat? Is that normal? Also, will it make me more vulnerable to other strep infection?
Post infection: Your tonsils were infected with a powerful bacterium. They have recovered and are now repairing themselves. If they become scarred in the healing process, you may be more vulnerable to reinfection. Most of the time they heal and life goes on. ...Read more
Cryptic tonsils: As some people get older, their tonsils lose their smooth surface and become pitted or cryptic. The purpose of the tonsils is to sample debris (food as well as cellular debris) to help determine if is dangerous or not to the body. It then compacts the debris and gets rid of it. This happens in every person with tonsils. However, if the tonsils are cryptic, the debris is larger and noticeable. ...Read more
Big tonsils: Probably some people have big tonsils, and there are bacteria and inflammatory responses by one's own white blood cells in the holes (crypts) on the tonsils' surfaces... thus leading to lumps of stuff we know as tonsil stones. An ENT doctor can help, but if medical treatment doesn't make things well enough for a patient's desires, the next option may be removing the tonsils. ...Read more
Cryptic Tonsils: You get stones or particles in the tonsils because you have what are called cryptic tonsils. They have folds and holes in them that food particles get stuck in. You can gargle deeply or use a water pick to help get the particles out, but ultimately the treatment is to remove the tonsils. This is done if they are constantly or recurrently inflamed or infected, if one has severe bad breath ...Read more
Feeling something stuck behind left tonsil 4 2mnths. Dr said looks ok but fluid in ear. Could this really be why? I do get tonsil stones but remove these
ENT: Your symptoms suggest something is irritating the area. Have your doctor refer you to ENT for an exam. All the best. ...Read more
Teeth?: Anything in your mouth, back of your nose, neck. .. Infected? ...Read more
Infection present: White puss are white blood cells that, came, fought, lost, died. ...Read more
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
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
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
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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