I had a tonsillectomy as a child but half my left tonsil was left in. It hypertrophied over the years and I get frequent sore throats, worth removing?
Not necessarily. The problem in kids comes when the tonsils grow faster than they do, between birth & 8, with recurrent infections and sleep apnea making the removal common. If you are an adult, it might help sleep apnea, if present, but would not end throat infections. There is always tissue left behind that can be invaded by strep/viruses.A consultation with an ENT could clear this up.
Left tonsil about 30% larger than right (chronically) 2 very large crator like holes in it. Right has holes but not inflamed, see ENT next week but scared of ca, sore throat often throughout year?
Unilateral enlarged. A unilateral enlarges tonsil is concerning. It could be lymphoma but is most likely tonsillitis that is chronic. Follow up with ear nose ; throat doctor asap. If it is tonsillitis you may only need antibiotics, if it is suspicious then a biopsy and imaging. Go see your ent. Read more...
I have a small red spot on my left tonsil. No pain, no sore throat, no swelling. What could it be? I am a former smoker. I quit about a year ago.
Many things. Tonsils often have changes in the way they look and are usually not anything concerning. But if anything looks concerning to you, be safe and have a physician check it out. Read more...