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Symptoms Of Tonsil Infection

Written By: admin - Apr• 12•12

Infections caused by the bacteria streptococcus are represented especially by irritation and inflammation of the back throat and tonsils. The symptoms occur sudden and are represented by fever and severe throat pains. Sore throats can be triggered by group C and G streptococci but most commonly the infection is due to the presence of group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus.

The main symptoms of the streptococcus infection causing a sore throat are fever usually more than 38.5, difficulties and pain during swallowing, inflamed lymph nodes and inflamed and irritated tonsils with presence of white or yellow points on their surface. Less common, the streptococcus infections can produce headaches and abdominal pain as well as rare cases of skin rash, vomiting and lack of appetite. Most of the streptococcus conditions are accompanied by a general feeling of illness and discomfort.

The time period between contacting the bacteria and developing the symptoms is usually of 2-5 days and is called incubation period. Patients that have been exposed to streptococcus are considered contagious and can spread the infection to others if they show specific symptoms or have not started an antibiotic therapy yet. Also some of the persons without clinical manifestations can spread the bacteria. In 24 to 48 hours after you have started the medication with antibiotics, you are no longer considered contagious; contacts that do not seek medical help remain contagious for about 2-3 weeks even if the symptoms disappear.

Symptoms Of Tonsil Cancer By Hpv

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•12

Unfortunately, it is possible to have tonsil stones for a long time, because they may be wedged in your tonsils without showing very many obvious symptoms. But, if you are not careful, they will definitely begin to become rather obvious, and in a fashion that can be pretty disgusting. The following are 3 common examples of symptoms commonly associated with tonsil stones.

Bad Breath

This is a sure sign that you may be suffering with the problem. It becomes more certain as a symptom when you brush your teeth after eating, and use a mouthwash to help the problem.

However, in a relatively short amount of time, the bad breath returns. It is almost as if you did not brush your teeth and use mouthwash to begin with!

At first, the tendancy may be to overlook this as a slight annoyance, so we just take a breath mint and go about our business. However, little do we know that the condition is getting worse. Pretty soon, the bad breath becomes so severe that we realize that something serious may be going on.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Would high sugar foods cause an immediate response in cancer patients
    meaning, it would cause something like immdiate pain in the upper abdomen/chest. Or lower abdomen, or whereever the tumour happens to be.

    Ive been worrying a lot about cancer for the last few years, especially 2 years ago when I performed oral on a girl I later found out have cervical cancer caused by the hpv virus. Shortly after my tonsils swelled up ato the and stayed that way(possibly due to the HPV virus). I have very noticeable veins in th back of my throat, and now 2 years later I have begun having abdominal pains and chest pain and weird symptoms I have never had before. Numerous doctors assured me I didnt have cancer, but they never did any scans to prove there were no cancerous growths. It really bothers me that every doctor I go to refuses to do scans on any area that might be at risk and that I show symptoms of(probably because I am only 23) and they believe a 23 year old couldnt possibly get cancer so early in life. Ive had chest and abdominal pains for 2 months now and have been to E.R and urgent care, they dont think much of my symptoms, but never do any relavent tests according to my concerns. I tell them its my lower intestine, and they test my lungs, I just dont get why they are so reluctant to ease my mind and ensure they are in fact correct with their diagnosis(which they still havnt given me a reason why I have these pains that they cant explain)

    Im worried that I had cancer all along and it has no spread to my other organs causing these symptoms. I have no money to pay for the scans myself, and like I said the doctors refuse to do it. Ive seen ENT specialists, primary doctors, er doctors, and they all give me the run around.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry you have suffered this anxiety over what what should have been explained. HPV is sooo common. The partner who developed the cancer had it in her lower uterus...the saliva and intestinal enzymes probably killed what you may (probably did not) come in contact with. Your stomach pains and inflamed esophagus are probably stress induced. Try Pepcid over ther counter medicine at the drugstore. Take it as directed and start an exercise program...walking or biking would be great to boost your immune system. Give it some time. 4-6 weeks then check with a regular md if you still feel bad. By regular md, I mean someone you have seen before. Stop shopping for a doc who will try to find something/anything wrong with you until you have tried treating the symptoms. Good luck

  2. QUESTION:
    HPV in mouth and throat??? Please help!!?
    Someone please HELP me, I am so desperate! I have recently done a pap test, which came back positive for HPV. I have little warts in my vulva....and I also had oral sex....but I didnt know I was infected with the virus.

    I have a daughter ...she's one years old. My husband gave me the virus, and he didnt even know he was infected. I am soo SCARED....I feel like crying, and I cannot sleep. I am 23 years old..and I'm afraid of loosing my daughter...Im afraid of dieing.

    Recently I have been feeling alot of discomfort in my throat and on my tonsils, and i KNOW it is the virus. I am convinced that I have HPV in my mouth and throat. I have made alot of research on this, and the HPV can go away on its own by itself...BUT the problem here is that now Im infected in my throat and mouth. If warts develop how can I remove them? Is there any type of TREATMENTS for the throat?? Or will they keep growing and spreading?? :(

    Please someone, shed some light into my life....I am seriously depressed. I want to fight this off, but now Im having these symptoms in my throat.....can it go away from the throat?? The more research I do, the more feraked out I get becaue it can SPREAD to the lungs....theerfore I can also get lung cancer!!!

    Sometimes I wish I were dead...I cannot take this anymore.....!!! I have another appointment to see what type of HPv strand I have...

    Someone please.......please........give me some HOPE!!!

    And, yes, I will not perform oral sex with my husband anymore. I am frightened.....I am human I made some mistakes...please dont write any mean messeges.

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      so! RELAX !:)
      genital warts appears only in genital area - that is why these genital warts are called genital warts - NOT oral warts! so genital warts will not spread in your mouth and throat !!! forget it!!! :)

      (if you were already infected with HPV virus strain that causes genital warts then that means that you can not be infected with this virus in your mouth and throat by giving oral sex!!! because virus was already in your body and can develop only genital warts in genital area!!! because you have that strain that causes only genital warts! )

      and you WILL NOT LOSE your daughter!!!!!!!!! HPV is not genetic!! stop thinking like that!

      and anyway HPV virus do not causes discomfort in throat and tonsils! it is definitely something else!! go to doctor if it still persist!

      and once you have HPV virus - it will stay in your body forever! there is no cure for that virus! the only way to fight virus is your own immune system!

      and warts will not spread in to your lungs !!!!! dont be silly! :)

      and you still can perform oral sex !!!! have normal sexual life!!

      so:
      1) you have HPV virus strain that causes genital warts! about 80% people during their life have and will have this virus! no one never had died from genital warts!!!
      2) warts will not appear in your lungs!!!!
      3) your baby will not die!!!!!
      4) just get rid of your genital warts and if your husband also has genital warts - he must get rid of warts , tooo!

      and remember - you can remove genital warts by surgery, freezing, laser, acid or cream but genital warts can reappear again and again because genital warts appears when your immune system is weak!

      HPV is the virus that causes genital warts. People can be infected with HPV and never show any symptoms. Others will develop genital warts. These warts can stay the same size, grow, or go away on their own. It largely depends on the infected person's immune system. A healthy immune system means your body may be able to suppress the virus and not show symptoms.

      Even after the warts go away, the person will always remain infected with HPV. That person can spread the virus even without showing symptoms.

      so you must build up your immune system because your body can get rid of genital warts by itself if your immune system will be strong! so eat more healthy food, more vitamins and more sport activities! (No smoking, no beer/ale, no booze, no drugs, no junk food, no fast food garbage, no sugary sweet soda's. Get on a good, balanced, healthy diet including plenty of boiled or steamed vegetables. Drink P L E N T Y O F W A T E R , fruit juices & fat free milk. Snack on lots of RAW fruit & veggies. Get up one hour early every morning & take a BRISK 30 minute walk - then - do the same thing again in the evening after dinner. Make sure you eat a good, balanced breakfast daily. You get your energy for the day from your breakfast meal. Get 8 hours sleep each night. Flip your mattress over so it will level out to give you a good night's rest. Slack off too much coffee & tea)

      also you must use herbal treatment!

      in that case Wartrol is a good (probably the best) product that gets rid of genital warts comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that they wont reappear again! It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HPV virus that causes the warts. of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly).

      It worked and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Wartrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.wartrol.com/?aid=749165

      good luck!

      Working in women's health + personal experience

  3. QUESTION:
    Anyone have HPV? Is there treatment for HPV in mouth and throat??!!?
    Someone please HELP me, I am so desperate! I have recently done a pap test, which came back positive for HPV. I have little warts in my vulva....and I also had oral sex....but I didnt know I was infected with the virus.

    I have a daughter ...she's one years old. My husband gave me the virus, and he didnt even know he was infected. I am soo SCARED....I feel like crying, and I cannot sleep. I am 23 years old..and I'm afraid of loosing my daughter...Im afraid of dieing.

    Recently I have been feeling alot of discomfort in my throat and on my tonsils, and i KNOW it is the virus. I am convinced that I have HPV in my mouth and throat. I have made alot of research on this, and the HPV can go away on its own by itself...BUT the problem here is that now Im infected in my throat and mouth. If warts develop how can I remove them? Is there any type of TREATMENTS for the throat?? Or will they keep growing and spreading?? :(

    Please someone, shed some light into my life....I am seriously depressed. I want to fight this off, but now Im having these symptoms in my throat.....can it go away from the throat?? The more research I do, the more feraked out I get becaue it can SPREAD to the lungs....theerfore I can also get lung cancer!!!

    Sometimes I wish I were dead...I cannot take this anymore.....!!! I have another appointment to see what type of HPv strand I have...

    Someone please.......please........give me some HOPE!!!

    And, yes, I will not perform oral sex with my husband anymore. I am frightened.....I am human I made some mistakes...please dont write any mean messeges.

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      so! RELAX !:)
      genital warts appears only in genital area - that is why these genital warts are called genital warts - NOT oral warts! so genital warts will not spread in your mouth and throat !!! forget it!!! :)

      (if you were already infected with HPV virus strain that causes genital warts then that means that you can not be infected with this virus in your mouth and throat by giving oral sex!!! because virus was already in your body and can develop only genital warts in genital area!!! because you have that strain that causes only genital warts! )

      and you WILL NOT LOSE your daughter!!!!!!!!! HPV is not genetic!! stop thinking like that!

      and anyway HPV virus do not causes discomfort in throat and tonsils! it is definitely something else!! go to doctor if it still persist!

      and once you have HPV virus - it will stay in your body forever! there is no cure for that virus! the only way to fight virus is your own immune system!

      and warts will not spread in to your lungs !!!!! dont be silly! :)

      and you still can perform oral sex !!!! have normal sexual life!!

      so:
      1) you have HPV virus strain that causes genital warts! about 80% people during their life have and will have this virus! no one never had died from genital warts!!!
      2) warts will not appear in your lungs!!!!
      3) your baby will not die!!!!!
      4) just get rid of your genital warts and if your husband also has genital warts - he must get rid of warts , tooo!

      and remember - you can remove genital warts by surgery, freezing, laser, acid or cream but genital warts can reappear again and again because genital warts appears when your immune system is weak!

      HPV is the virus that causes genital warts. People can be infected with HPV and never show any symptoms. Others will develop genital warts. These warts can stay the same size, grow, or go away on their own. It largely depends on the infected person's immune system. A healthy immune system means your body may be able to suppress the virus and not show symptoms.

      Even after the warts go away, the person will always remain infected with HPV. That person can spread the virus even without showing symptoms.

      so you must build up your immune system because your body can get rid of genital warts by itself if your immune system will be strong! so eat more healthy food, more vitamins and more sport activities! (No smoking, no beer/ale, no booze, no drugs, no junk food, no fast food garbage, no sugary sweet soda's. Get on a good, balanced, healthy diet including plenty of boiled or steamed vegetables. Drink P L E N T Y O F W A T E R , fruit juices & fat free milk. Snack on lots of RAW fruit & veggies. Get up one hour early every morning & take a BRISK 30 minute walk - then - do the same thing again in the evening after dinner. Make sure you eat a good, balanced breakfast daily. You get your energy for the day from your breakfast meal. Get 8 hours sleep each night. Flip your mattress over so it will level out to give you a good night's rest. Slack off too much coffee & tea)

      also you must use herbal treatment!

      in that case Wartrol is a good (probably the best) product that gets rid of genital warts comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that they wont reappear again! It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HPV virus that causes the warts. of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly).

      It worked and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Wartrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.wartrol.com/?aid=749165

      good luck!

      Working in women's health + personal experience

  4. QUESTION:
    HIV/AIDS, Infection, Virus, TMJ?
    Ok, I'm 19 years old. Me and my girlfriend has always had protected sex. We've been together for like 3 months, and had sex several times with a condom. Everything seemed to be fine, one day I gave her oral sex (for like 30 seconds)... and since then I developed two lymph nodes by my ear and another one on the top of my neck, both on the right side at the same time. They are kind of hard, maybe about a half of inch by little or less. I've been taking Doxycycl for about a day, and I'm not seeing any results. I am SO scared that it's AIDS or HIV. I'm scared to get tested. My girlfriend was diagnosed with HPV and had Cervical Cancer... but said that everything was fine. Can I get HIV by vaginal juices? I am soo scared. I need someone to calm me down.

    I have been having diarrhea, but I've had it before we had oral sex.
    and plus my med's cause it.

    Other than that, I have no other symptoms really... I feel normal except for the lymph nodes.

    What freaks me out is that the lymph nodes came at the same time... They really haven't increased in size or anything.. I'm just scared.. Really scared.

    Someone please help me.. Could this be HIV/AIDS? or could it be another STD? or another type of disease?? Please help me...

    I have also had alot of piercings... I had my tragus done... took it out.. and I had an industrial, and had that token out... still have a keiliod from where I took it out.. could that be possible to have lymph nodes by tragus and top of neck.

    My girlfriend has also had tonsillitis, I don't know if that has anything to do with it.. My tonsils don't look swollen, but could that be a cause? We kiss and share drinks.

    Another thing is that I believe I suffer from TMJ, my jaw also locks all the time.. could that be a cause? Some of my teeth are also sensetive to water, could that be possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Go and see a doctor just to be safe. I'm sure you will be fine.

  5. QUESTION:
    HIV/AIDS maybe? PLEASE HELP!?
    HIV/AIDS, Infection, Virus, TMJ?
    Ok, I'm 19 years old. Me and my girlfriend has always had protected sex. We've been together for like 3 months, and had sex several times with a condom. Everything seemed to be fine, one day I gave her oral sex (for like 30 seconds)... and since then I developed two lymph nodes by my ear and another one on the top of my neck, both on the right side at the same time. They are kind of hard, maybe about a half of inch by little or less. I've been taking Doxycycl for about a day, and I'm not seeing any results. I am SO scared that it's AIDS or HIV. I'm scared to get tested. My girlfriend was diagnosed with HPV and had Cervical Cancer... but said that everything was fine. Can I get HIV by vaginal juices? I am soo scared. I need someone to calm me down.

    I have been having diarrhea, but I've had it before we had oral sex.
    and plus my med's cause it.

    Other than that, I have no other symptoms really... I feel normal except for the lymph nodes.

    What freaks me out is that the lymph nodes came at the same time... They really haven't increased in size or anything.. I'm just scared.. Really scared.

    Someone please help me.. Could this be HIV/AIDS? or could it be another STD? or another type of disease?? Please help me...

    I have also had alot of piercings... I had my tragus done... took it out.. and I had an industrial, and had that token out... still have a keiliod from where I took it out.. could that be possible to have lymph nodes by tragus and top of neck.

    My girlfriend has also had tonsillitis, I don't know if that has anything to do with it.. My tonsils don't look swollen, but could that be a cause? We kiss and share drinks.

    Another thing is that I believe I suffer from TMJ, my jaw also locks all the time.. could that be a cause? Some of my teeth are also sensetive to water, could that be possible?

    • ANSWER:
      All right honey, the first thing you need to do is calm down. It is VERY VERY unlikely that you have AIDS/HIV. You contract this STD by genital to genital (intercourse) un protected and by open wounds touching another open wound. You cannot get it by "going down" on your girlfriend unless she was bleeding and you had a cut in your mouth or on your mouth. You use protection, so it is very, very unlikely. Below is a site that will give you some answers. It tells you what the symptoms of this STD are and how it is contracted. Calm down sweetie, because it is highly unlikely that you have AIDS/HIV. If you're unsure, even though it is scary, you can only be 100% sure by getting a blood test. Good luck and God Bless.

  6. QUESTION:
    HPV in mouth and throat??? Please help?
    Someone please HELP me, I am so desperate! I have recently done a pap test, which came back positive for HPV. I have little warts in my vulva....and I also had oral sex....but I didnt know I was infected with the virus.

    I have a daughter ...she's one years old. My husband gave me the virus, and he didnt even know he was infected. I am soo SCARED....I feel like crying, and I cannot sleep. I am 23 years old..and I'm afraid of loosing my daughter...Im afraid of dieing.

    Recently I have been feeling alot of discomfort in my throat and on my tonsils, and i KNOW it is the virus. I am convinced that I have HPV in my mouth and throat. I have made alot of research on this, and the HPV can go away on its own by itself...BUT the problem here is that now Im infected in my throat and mouth. If warts develop how can I remove them? Is there any type of TREATMENTS for the throat?? Or will they keep growing and spreading?? :(

    Please someone, shed some light into my life....I am seriously depressed. I want to fight this off, but now Im having these symptoms in my throat.....can it go away from the throat?? The more research I do, the more feraked out I get becaue it can SPREAD to the lungs....theerfore I can also get lung cancer!!!

    Sometimes I wish I were dead...I cannot take this anymore.....!!! I have another appointment to see what type of HPv strand I have...

    Someone please.......please........give me some HOPE!!!

    And, yes, I will not perform oral sex with my husband anymore. I am frightened.....I am human I made some mistakes...please dont write any mean messeges.

    thank you
    I have made PLENTY of research....and it is POSSIBLE to get HPV in mouth and throat....I have seen horrible pictures aswell. It may be rare but POSSIBLE!!!! I am so worried......I wish I could wake up from this nightmare!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I had an ex that had genital warts and I ended up having an abnormal pap smear. I got laser surgery for it, that was 20 years ago and it never came back. when I was with him I had lots of oral sex with him and never caught anything in my throat. you could have some feeling of anxiety, when I had panic attacks,my throat felt tight all the time.

  7. QUESTION:
    HPV in mouth and throat???? Please help!!!?
    Someone please HELP me, I am so desperate! I have recently done a pap test, which came back positive for HPV. I have little warts in my vulva....and I also had oral sex....but I didnt know I was infected with the virus.

    I have a daughter ...she's one years old. My husband gave me the virus, and he didnt even know he was infected. I am soo SCARED....I feel like crying, and I cannot sleep. I am 23 years old..and I'm afraid of loosing my daughter...Im afraid of dieing.

    Recently I have been feeling alot of discomfort in my throat and on my tonsils, and i KNOW it is the virus. I am convinced that I have HPV in my mouth and throat. I have made alot of research on this, and the HPV can go away on its own by itself...BUT the problem here is that now Im infected in my throat and mouth. If warts develop how can I remove them? Is there any type of TREATMENTS for the throat?? Or will they keep growing and spreading?? :(

    Please someone, shed some light into my life....I am seriously depressed. I want to fight this off, but now Im having these symptoms in my throat.....can it go away from the throat?? The more research I do, the more feraked out I get becaue it can SPREAD to the lungs....theerfore I can also get lung cancer!!!

    Sometimes I wish I were dead...I cannot take this anymore.....!!! I have another appointment to see what type of HPv strand I have...

    Someone please.......please........give me some HOPE!!!

    And, yes, I will not perform oral sex with my husband anymore. I am frightened.....I am human I made some mistakes...please dont write any mean messeges.

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      so! RELAX !:)
      genital warts appears only in genital area - that is why these genital warts are called genital warts - NOT oral warts! so genital warts will not spread in your mouth and throat !!! forget it!!! :)

      (if you were already infected with HPV virus strain that causes genital warts then that means that you can not be infected with this virus in your mouth and throat by giving oral sex!!! because virus was already in your body and can develop only genital warts in genital area!!! because you have that strain that causes only genital warts! )

      and you WILL NOT LOSE your daughter!!!!!!!!! HPV is not genetic!! stop thinking like that!

      and anyway HPV virus do not causes discomfort in throat and tonsils! it is definitely something else!! go to doctor if it still persist!

      and once you have HPV virus - it will stay in your body forever! there is no cure for that virus! the only way to fight virus is your own immune system!

      and warts will not spread in to your lungs !!!!! dont be silly! :)

      and you still can perform oral sex !!!! have normal sexual life!!

      so:
      1) you have HPV virus strain that causes genital warts! about 80% people during their life have and will have this virus! no one never had died from genital warts!!!
      2) warts will not appear in your lungs!!!!
      3) your baby will not die!!!!!
      4) just get rid of your genital warts and if your husband also has genital warts - he must get rid of warts , tooo!

      and remember - you can remove genital warts by surgery, freezing, laser, acid or cream but genital warts can reappear again and again because genital warts appears when your immune system is weak!

      HPV is the virus that causes genital warts. People can be infected with HPV and never show any symptoms. Others will develop genital warts. These warts can stay the same size, grow, or go away on their own. It largely depends on the infected person's immune system. A healthy immune system means your body may be able to suppress the virus and not show symptoms.

      Even after the warts go away, the person will always remain infected with HPV. That person can spread the virus even without showing symptoms.

      so you must build up your immune system because your body can get rid of genital warts by itself if your immune system will be strong! so eat more healthy food, more vitamins and more sport activities! (No smoking, no beer/ale, no booze, no drugs, no junk food, no fast food garbage, no sugary sweet soda's. Get on a good, balanced, healthy diet including plenty of boiled or steamed vegetables. Drink P L E N T Y O F W A T E R , fruit juices & fat free milk. Snack on lots of RAW fruit & veggies. Get up one hour early every morning & take a BRISK 30 minute walk - then - do the same thing again in the evening after dinner. Make sure you eat a good, balanced breakfast daily. You get your energy for the day from your breakfast meal. Get 8 hours sleep each night. Flip your mattress over so it will level out to give you a good night's rest. Slack off too much coffee & tea)

      also you must use herbal treatment!

      in that case Wartrol is a good (probably the best) product that gets rid of genital warts comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that they wont reappear again! It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HPV virus that causes the warts. of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly).

      It worked and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Wartrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.wartrol.com/?aid=749165

      good luck!

      Working in women's health + personal experience

  8. QUESTION:
    HPV in mouth and throat???? Please help!!!!?
    Someone please HELP me, I am so desperate! I have recently done a pap test, which came back positive for HPV. I have little warts in my vulva....and I also had oral sex....but I didnt know I was infected with the virus.

    I have a daughter ...she's one years old. My husband gave me the virus, and he didnt even know he was infected. I am soo SCARED....I feel like crying, and I cannot sleep. I am 23 years old..and I'm afraid of loosing my daughter...Im afraid of dieing.

    Recently I have been feeling alot of discomfort in my throat and on my tonsils, and i KNOW it is the virus. I am convinced that I have HPV in my mouth and throat. I have made alot of research on this, and the HPV can go away on its own by itself...BUT the problem here is that now Im infected in my throat and mouth. If warts develop how can I remove them? Is there any type of TREATMENTS for the throat?? Or will they keep growing and spreading?? :(

    Please someone, shed some light into my life....I am seriously depressed. I want to fight this off, but now Im having these symptoms in my throat.....can it go away from the throat?? The more research I do, the more feraked out I get becaue it can SPREAD to the lungs....theerfore I can also get lung cancer!!!

    Sometimes I wish I were dead...I cannot take this anymore.....!!! I have another appointment to see what type of HPv strand I have...

    Someone please.......please........give me some HOPE!!!

    And, yes, I will not perform oral sex with my husband anymore. I am frightened.....I am human I made some mistakes...please dont write any mean messeges.

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      so! RELAX !:)
      genital warts appears only in genital area - that is why these genital warts are called genital warts - NOT oral warts! so genital warts will not spread in your mouth and throat !!! forget it!!! :)

      (if you were already infected with HPV virus strain that causes genital warts then that means that you can not be infected with this virus in your mouth and throat by giving oral sex!!! because virus was already in your body and can develop only genital warts in genital area!!! because you have that strain that causes only genital warts! )

      and you WILL NOT LOSE your daughter!!!!!!!!! HPV is not genetic!! stop thinking like that!

      and anyway HPV virus do not causes discomfort in throat and tonsils! it is definitely something else!! go to doctor if it still persist!

      and once you have HPV virus - it will stay in your body forever! there is no cure for that virus! the only way to fight virus is your own immune system!

      and warts will not spread in to your lungs !!!!! dont be silly! :)

      and you still can perform oral sex !!!! have normal sexual life!!

      so:
      1) you have HPV virus strain that causes genital warts! about 80% people during their life have and will have this virus! no one never had died from genital warts!!!
      2) warts will not appear in your lungs!!!!
      3) your baby will not die!!!!!
      4) just get rid of your genital warts and if your husband also has genital warts - he must get rid of warts , tooo!

      and remember - you can remove genital warts by surgery, freezing, laser, acid or cream but genital warts can reappear again and again because genital warts appears when your immune system is weak!

      HPV is the virus that causes genital warts. People can be infected with HPV and never show any symptoms. Others will develop genital warts. These warts can stay the same size, grow, or go away on their own. It largely depends on the infected person's immune system. A healthy immune system means your body may be able to suppress the virus and not show symptoms.

      Even after the warts go away, the person will always remain infected with HPV. That person can spread the virus even without showing symptoms.

      so you must build up your immune system because your body can get rid of genital warts by itself if your immune system will be strong! so eat more healthy food, more vitamins and more sport activities! (No smoking, no beer/ale, no booze, no drugs, no junk food, no fast food garbage, no sugary sweet soda's. Get on a good, balanced, healthy diet including plenty of boiled or steamed vegetables. Drink P L E N T Y O F W A T E R , fruit juices & fat free milk. Snack on lots of RAW fruit & veggies. Get up one hour early every morning & take a BRISK 30 minute walk - then - do the same thing again in the evening after dinner. Make sure you eat a good, balanced breakfast daily. You get your energy for the day from your breakfast meal. Get 8 hours sleep each night. Flip your mattress over so it will level out to give you a good night's rest. Slack off too much coffee & tea)

      also you must use herbal treatment!

      in that case Wartrol is a good (probably the best) product that gets rid of genital warts comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that they wont reappear again! It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HPV virus that causes the warts. of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly).

      It worked and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Wartrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.wartrol.com/?aid=749165

      good luck!

      Working in women's health + personal experience

  9. QUESTION:
    HIV/AIDS, Infection, Virus, TMJ?
    HIV/AIDS, Infection, Virus, TMJ?
    Ok, I'm 19 years old. Me and my girlfriend has always had protected sex. We've been together for like 3 months, and had sex several times with a condom. Everything seemed to be fine, one day I gave her oral sex (for like 30 seconds)... and since then I developed two lymph nodes by my ear and another one on the top of my neck, both on the right side at the same time. They are kind of hard, maybe about a half of inch by little or less. I've been taking Doxycycl for about a day, and I'm not seeing any results. I am SO scared that it's AIDS or HIV. I'm scared to get tested. My girlfriend was diagnosed with HPV and had Cervical Cancer... but said that everything was fine. Can I get HIV by vaginal juices? I am soo scared. I need someone to calm me down.

    I have been having diarrhea, but I've had it before we had oral sex.
    and plus my med's cause it.

    Other than that, I have no other symptoms really... I feel normal except for the lymph nodes.

    What freaks me out is that the lymph nodes came at the same time... They really haven't increased in size or anything.. I'm just scared.. Really scared.

    Someone please help me.. Could this be HIV/AIDS? or could it be another STD? or another type of disease?? Please help me...

    I have also had alot of piercings... I had my tragus done... took it out.. and I had an industrial, and had that token out... still have a keiliod from where I took it out.. could that be possible to have lymph nodes by tragus and top of neck.

    My girlfriend has also had tonsillitis, I don't know if that has anything to do with it.. My tonsils don't look swollen, but could that be a cause? We kiss and share drinks.

    Another thing is that I believe I suffer from TMJ, my jaw also locks all the time.. could that be a cause? Some of my teeth are also sensetive to water, could that be possible?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, kudos to you for being smart and using a condom.

      You can get HIV from vaginal juices, but male to female oral sex has a lower risk of transmission than penetrative sex.

      It takes around 3-6 months from initial exposure to get an accurate reading on an HIV test. And usually longer than that before you become symptomatic. So the likely hood that your lymph nodes are swollen due to HIV from oral sex on your girlfriend is pretty much nil. You wouldn't show symptoms that quickly.

      Why are you on the medication? Your illness could be giving you the swollen lymph nodes. Nodes swell for a variety of reasons, even from something as simple as a common cold. My lymph nodes became swollen from a bug bite on my jaw.

      If your girlfriend was sick (tonsilitis) it's possible you caught whatever was making her sick. That would make your nodes swell.

      Any sexually active person should get tested anyway just to know their status. But take a deep breath, based on what you're telling me it doesn't sound like HIV.

      Keeping playing it safe!

  10. QUESTION:
    HIV/AIDS, Infection, Virus, TMJ?
    HIV/AIDS, Infection, Virus, TMJ?
    Ok, I'm 19 years old. Me and my girlfriend has always had protected sex. We've been together for like 3 months, and had sex several times with a condom. Everything seemed to be fine, one day I gave her oral sex (for like 30 seconds)... and since then I developed two lymph nodes by my ear and another one on the top of my neck, both on the right side at the same time. They are kind of hard, maybe about a half of inch by little or less. I've been taking Doxycycl for about a day, and I'm not seeing any results. I am SO scared that it's AIDS or HIV. I'm scared to get tested. My girlfriend was diagnosed with HPV and had Cervical Cancer... but said that everything was fine. Can I get HIV by vaginal juices? I am soo scared. I need someone to calm me down.

    I have been having diarrhea, but I've had it before we had oral sex.
    and plus my med's cause it.

    Other than that, I have no other symptoms really... I feel normal except for the lymph nodes.

    What freaks me out is that the lymph nodes came at the same time... They really haven't increased in size or anything.. I'm just scared.. Really scared.

    Someone please help me.. Could this be HIV/AIDS? or could it be another STD? or another type of disease?? Please help me...

    I have also had alot of piercings... I had my tragus done... took it out.. and I had an industrial, and had that token out... still have a keiliod from where I took it out.. could that be possible to have lymph nodes by tragus and top of neck.

    My girlfriend has also had tonsillitis, I don't know if that has anything to do with it.. My tonsils don't look swollen, but could that be a cause? We kiss and share drinks.

    Another thing is that I believe I suffer from TMJ, my jaw also locks all the time.. could that be a cause? Some of my teeth are also sensetive to water, could that be possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Your girlfriend is highly unlikely to have HIV unless she is an injection drug user who shares needles, is prostituting herself, or is promiscuous with injection drug users or men who are promiscuous in having sex with men. You do have to worry more about other STDs, but since your girlfriend had HPV she probably was tested for those (and may actually be tested for gonorrhea and trichomoniasis as part of her annual exam). If you worry that much about STDs, keep using condoms and go get tested for STDs together.

      You probably got swollen lymph nodes because you got whatever virus gave her tonsillitis and your body is fighting it off. Unless she was diagnosed with a bacterial infection the antibiotics probably won't help (they don't help with viruses, doctors tend to prescribe them so you'll go away happy) and certainly won't help on the first day. Even if it is a bacterial infection and responds quickly the lymph nodes take a while to go down.


Symptoms Of Stones In Tonsils

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•12

Tonsil stones are made up of the secretions of salivary glands that are overactive, oral bacteria and white blood cells. 00004000 They most often occur in adults than in children. Once they are formed in children they should be taken to a doctor to find the best remedy to remove them. If the tonsil stones in children are not handled properly, they can lead to various infections and make the condition worse for them. It is better not to opt for the surgical solution for treating tonsil stones in children as tonsils play a great role in the immunity of their body.

The main job of the tonsils present in the back side of the throat is to protect the body from any possible diseases or infection attacking the children. They protect the intestines and lungs form the invasion of foreign substances or bodies.When tonsillectomy or surgery is performed it leads to the removal of part of the ring of defenders called as "Waldeyer's Ring" which is made up of tonsils, adenoids and other kinds of lymphoid tissues.

In children tonsils tend to be bigger in size and play a vital role in guarding the body of them as a person grows the tonsils tend to shrink and become smaller in size.Hence it is very important to guard them. Tonsil stones in children might not cause any discomforts when are smaller in size and might not even exhibit any symptoms. But they become large they can cause various discomforts and might also exhibit various symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why do I get ill everytime I kiss my gf?
    The first time I kissed her I got quite sick, with a fever and an orange yellow mucousy buildup in the back of my throat. Made out with her again and got sick again, only not so bad. This has now happened probably 5-10 times now of varying degrees, even after her tonsils were taken out.

    Now the sickness isn't as bad. Perhaps I've built up a small immunity (or it has). But there is still a orange (worst), yellow (moderate) or light yellow w/ gray tint (least severe) thick, mucousy buildup in the back of my throat.

    After kissing it takes me about 7-14 days to beat it. Other symptoms are tonsil stones, a chalky film and bad breath. Her mild halitosis reminds me of this illness that terrorized me.

    Ive read this might be caused by a too much sulfurous bacteria in the back of her mouth; treatable by gargling with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and salt water. Any validity to this?

    Can anyone help? I’ve had enough; if we can’t find a solution then the relationship will probably have to end.

    • ANSWER:
      Infectious mononucleosis (Kissing disease) is suspected.
      Infectious mononucleosis is caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV, human herpesvirus type 4), characterized by fatigue, fever, pharyngitis, and lymphadenopathy. Fatigue may persist weeks or months. Severe complications, including splenic rupture and neurologic syndromes, occasionally occur. Diagnosis is clinical or with heterophil antibody testing. Treatment is supportive.
      Consult a doctor.
      Please see the web pages for more details and images on Infectious mononucleosis.

  2. QUESTION:
    What the hell is wrong with my tonsils? And Why is my voice lower?
    OK I suspect chronic tonsillitis, They're swollen red, with holes in them, and they produce tonsil stones, they've been this way for about 6 years now, and now they're separated from the sides of my throat as though they're dangling, and could fall of eventually. I've gotten them checked out by my family doctor, he strep tested me, then told me to take allergy meds, I'm not satisfied with that now, My voice is wraspy, and I can't sing the way I used to be able to. I remember when I was 18, and a freshman in college, I started to feel like I was out of reality, and this is also when my tonsil symptoms started to flare. I'm now diagnosed with mental disorders, I don't have hiv, I've been tested for that, and I'm whats wrong with my tonsils, and I'm also wondering if my mental state and tonsil health are connected somehow???

    • ANSWER:
      Have you been checked out for sleep apnea? Your tonsils may be constricting your airway.
      You should see an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT), also known as an otolaryngologist to determine what's happening with your tonsils and larynx (voice box). These specialists will know more about it than your family doctor.

  3. QUESTION:
    I started having weird oral symptoms about 8 months ago, please help.?
    I have visited more than 5 doctors including 3 ENT's, non of them gave me an obvious answer, they all said that I have inflamed throat and that's it. the 2 ENT's that I've seen used a camera through my nose to check for abnormalities. Here are the symptoms:

    1. Tonsil Stones
    2. Swollen and raised taste buds in the back of the tongue which cause a burning sensation
    3. irritation of the back right side of the tongue
    4. Mild burning in lips with very tiny brownish dots (Too many of them)
    5. Sore throat
    6. gum inflammation that comes and goes (usually in the same spot)
    7. Sometimes I get white coating on tongue when I wake up

    There is no cancer, I have been checked for that. I don't think it's Candidiasis either. What could be the reason? I would appreciate any helpful answers

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    tonsil stones misdiagnosed for virus?
    so i've had what i think is tonsil stones for a couple years now but up until now i had no idea what they were.I finally researched and realized they were tonsil stones.all the symptoms and conditions fit perfectly.for years they were only annoying, but yesterday i felt actual pain in my tonsils when i swallowed.i took a flashlight and saw that there were 2 or 3 stones in one tonsil. that's where the pain was from. late at night 1 came out, relieving me of pain.i went to the doctor today and my usual doctor was out so i had a substitute doctor. i explained everything i had experienced including the new pain. it seemed as though he wasn't listening to a word i said. instead he tested me for the flu (even though i told him i had no fever) and for mono.all tests were negative and he said that i have a "common" virus and should just take tylenol and chloraseptic. i am really upset that he didnt listen. what do i do? should i go to the dentist instead? wait for my doctor to come back?
    well online i read that the doctor can even remove them for you. when i asked him if he could take them out, he shook his head "NO!" as if there was something wrong with that. i honestly think he didnt even see the tonsil stone, that's my main concern. he must have thought it was like pus or a sore spot or something.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I have tonsil stones too. There really isn't anything your doctor can do, except remove your tonsils. Otherwise, you just have to deal with it. Yes, sometimes they will be painful. YOu just have to get them out yourself. You can suck really hard and create a vacuum in your throat, and they will come out. Some people try to pick them out with something. If it is really bugging you, tell your doc that you need to get your tonsils removed.

  5. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils with white spots...no other symptoms?
    Earlier today I was eating something and I just noticed that it felt a little funny one of the times I swallowed...almost like something was caught in the corner of my throat. I went to the bathroom and looked at my throat and noticed that my tonsils were swollen (not double the size but still noticeable) and they have white spots on them. I tried cleaning them off with a q-tip soaked with peroxide and noticed that the right one is slightly bleeding and the spot is darker red than the rest of the tonsil. I have no other symptoms...no sore throat, fever, headache, etc. I was just wondering if this is normal for people to get periodically, I'm starting to freak out a little. Thanks in advance.

    Also, I looked up tonsil stones and tonsilitis and it didn't quite seem to match what I had.

    • ANSWER:
      I off and on will get white lumps on/in my tonsils. They are sort of like firm cottage cheese curds when one comes out in my mouth (I do spit them out....yuck). My tonsils will be slightly sore when they are there. Gargle with warm salt water about 4 times a day. It helps. If it gets more sore or more swollen...head for the Dr.

  6. QUESTION:
    I have white spots on my tonsils but no sore throat and they're not tonsil stones, what could they be?
    I had a sore throat for a few days then I developed a fever and the sore throat went away. Yesterday I found white spots on my tonsils and in my throat. They aren't tonsil stones but I don't think its tonsillitis, mono, or strep. I have none of the other symptoms for mono besides the fever; my tonsils aren't very swollen; and I've had strep before and it doesn't feel like strep. What could it be?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Tonsil infection that doesn't fit the symptoms of tonsillitis?!?
    I plan to go to a clinic and take care of this, but before I do I wanted to explain this weird situation I'm in with an unconventional tonsil infection...

    My left tonsil got majorly sore and swollen a few days ago, I'll say about 4 days by now. The problem with diagnosing my swollen/infected tonsil as "tonsillitis" or "strep" is that I have slightly different symptoms then most, and I'm wondering what is wrong with me...

    I have all the standard flu-like symptoms of tonsillitis: awful sleep hampered by fever/chills and body aches (weak, restless bones), ear ache (on that left side) and swollen glands on the left side of my neck, difficulty and pain swallowing and talking, however that is where the similarities stop...

    Two major differences: my tonsil is not covered in any white coating or any sort of discoloration that would indicate strep or tonsillitis. It's just very red and majorly inflamed. Everything I've found online indicates that if it's tonsillitis, I should have a white coating, but I don't... The other major difference is that the infected/swollen tonsil is absolutely riddled with tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths...

    If you don't know what tonsil stones are, they are these small, yellow calcified deposits that grow in the crypts and crevices of your tonsils from an accumulation of (typically) too much sugar or bacteria. I drink way too much soda, so it's obvious I loaded my tonsil up with enough sugar to fill every crypt with tonsil stones... tonsil stones are not a normal symptom of tonsillitis, and frankly, they are one of the most common and ignored oral problems ever. Tonsil stones are what causes severe halitosis (bad breath) and they can be extremely uncomfortable, like pebbles or sand caught in there and it is not fun.

    The most bizarre thing is that tonsil stones are supposed to be easily removed by use of an oral irrigator, which by some miracle I actually have one, and I can't tell you how annoying it was when I found out that it didn't work for me. The infection has swollen the tonsil so much and loaded it up with so many tonsil stones and thick mucus to hold them in place, that the water pressure of the oral irrigator isn't enough to free/clear the stones out of my tonsil. I'm wondering why.

    In addition to the swollen gland in my neck (same side) which looked like a small walnut bulging from my neck, over the course of the last 24 hours it has spread upwards (the inflamation under the jaw) up another inch to just under my jaw's hinge... I'm really freaked out.

    I don't know if this is even tonsillitis, and if it is, if it's viral or bacterial. Please help!
    I should also add that I have never had tonsillitis before, maybe once when I was a kid but it quickly passed. Nothing like this. Never a bulging swollen gland in my neck... also the tonsil itself is about double to almost triple its normal size, if that helps. Thanks to anyone who can help...

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    How Can I Cure Tonsil Stones that are Embedded into my Tonsils?
    I have all the symptoms of Tonsilloliths and it is really pain ful. I have a sore throat, my ear hurts when i swallow , my tonsils are swollen, and I have embedded tonsil stones in the back of the mouth on tonsils. Some of these embedded stones are past my tongue where I cant even see it without making weird and awkard faces to see. I do know that surgery is an option and I am considering it if possible but are there any other ways it will cure itself? This is thing is absolutly NASTY my breath is so foul and I cant stand my breath being foul it gives me a headache. Will the Doctor give me a prescription medicine for this? I tried Gargilng salt water and even my mouth wash nothing is happening. And it is too deep to use a pick

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean tonsillitis ( inflammation of the tonsils),?

      Do you get alot of sore throats?

      Yes, tonsil stones can be irritating, but trying to remove them will make it worse.

      Please go to the dr.

      Your ear pain is due to the tonsils blocking the eustastian tubes, making the fluid to back up and cause pressure on ur ear drums,

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best mouthwash to use for tonsil stones?
    Any experience with tonsil stones? It looks like I got all of the stones out but on one side there is a lingering smell that they give off. I stuck a qtip in the crease and it smells horrible, but nothing ever comes out?? When I press on my tonsil it looks like fluid is coming out a little. Not sure if it's just saliva. I have an appointment on Saturday to see a specialist but until then, what can I do to ease these symptoms. My tonsil is sooo tender from all of the poking around. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      It's great that you're seeing someone about them. If they advise a tonsilectomy, I'd go for it! If you get tonsiliths (tonsil stones) relatively often, it means that your tonsils are consistently infected. You'll actually feel a LOT better once they're out, even though it takes a few weeks to recover. Just think! No nasty white stuff and horrible breath.

      But you asked about until then: I'd try warm salt water and listerine for now. The salt water will help sooth the area and the Listerine is a mild antimicrobial mouthwash and can help your breath and kill some bacteria. However, the alcohol can dry out your tissues, so just be careful.

      Good luck! I had my palatine and pharyngeal tonsils out at age 8 and was so glad I did.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have strep throat infection or just tonsil stones? Do you have to get tonsils removed?
    I get a lot of sore throats, and my doctor often never checks for strep throat, she just prescribes antibiotics and decides it COULD be strep throat. Well, now she's angry, and says she doesn't want to prescribe any more antibiotics, and that I should get my tonsils out, so I went to an ear/nose/throat doctor who looked at my throat, said my tonsils were small, and that it might not really help if I got my tonsils out, and that it might cause vocal problems. She seemed to think the risks outweighed the benefits, and said I was welcome to get the surgery, but it may not be necessary. My other doctor angrily said that doctor was just trying to protect herself, and I feel confused. Are all these sore throats or white spots on my tonsils strep throat infections, or are they just shed material building up in the tonsil crypts? Does that really require surgery? How do you tell if you have strep throat or just tonsil stones when you've got a doctor that won't do strep tests? Is there any way to tell by looking, or by the symptoms? Should I get the surgery? Will it help? It's so expensive I really don't want to do it... Has anyone else had this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      well i think u have to consider wat the ENT doc said.. if operation is not helping why attemptin it ? she is absolutely right when she says u might hav risks of getting a voice problem.. and tats the worst thing tat can happen.. loosing ur voice? u'll have to under go voice therapy n all.. i hope i'm not scaring u ! well if alopathy is not working for ur sore throats why dont u try other disciplines of medicines.. like ayurveda or homeopathy? any way take care!

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of tonsilitis and how do I convince my doctor to remove my tonsils?
    My tonsils are green and white and my tongue is yellow. I get tonsil stones, I've gotten them like once a week since I was little. I have huge holes in my tonsils. I've had strep throat 11 times. My tonsils and throat are alwayysss sore! I want to get my tonsils removed. I was supposed to get them removed years ago but it never happened. My throat and tonsils are sensitive to touch (I know I shouldn't be touching them but how else would I get the stones out?) it hurts when I swallow and cough and sneeze and talk and eat. I want them out so badly! How do I convince my doctor to remove them? And what are the signs of tonsilitis? Thanks in advance. Btw my name is Allie :)

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsillitis ia an infection or inflammation of the tonsil or both of them, frequently caused by streptococcus infection.Characterized by severe sore throat,fevers,headaches,malaise,hard to swallow,earaches,enlarged and tender lymph nodes in the neck.Treatments require antibiotics try some warm salt water gargles or a peroxide gargle this kills infections. Eat soft foods such as ice creams, noodles, yogurts, shakes, suck on halls or cold eeze ( work real good) eat hard candy stay away from spicy foods or crunchy foods such as crackers cookies pizza, cold cereals (unless you let get plenty soft 1st) eat hot cereals like oat meal cream of wheat grits . If you are having several problems with this recurring a tonsillectomy may be in order for you.. And from what you wrote this looks like the best solution to your problem.. Ask your doctor to review your history of this since he/she has to have all your apts on record, Then tell him/her you really need them removed when can you make me an appt for the surgery If this doctor wont then find another who will this is nothing to have to suffer threw all the time when there is a simple treatment as removal... Hope you get it done fast

  12. QUESTION:
    ): tonsil stones or something else?
    I woke up this morning with a bad sore throat, head ache, muscle ache, & I saw a white spot on my right tonsil so I Googled it & it said it could be tonsil stones but they didn't say anything about bad head aches or yellow line type things in the back of my throat. I took a cotton swan & I did remove a hard whitish/yellowish clump from my tonsil but I also have a yellow line in the back of my throat & two bumps behind my tonsils. I've been having similar symptoms for the last two weeks so I've been taking zinc & vitamin c & it seemed to have gone away but I just started getting these symptoms again. So does this sound like tonsil stones or something else? Thanks (:

    • ANSWER:
      If you removed hard white clumps from your tonsils, more than likely they were tonsil stones. I would make an appointment with your dentist , or an Eye Ear Nose Throat Doctor ( EENT). You may make the problem worse by trying to remove them yourself. Your other symptoms are probably related.

  13. QUESTION:
    i have tonsil stones and dont know what is safe to remove them with?
    I have had this stone in the back of my troat for a few days now its hard i can even feel it with my tongue is it safe to just dig it out with my finger or should i use something else it is driving me crazy its like i have something back there all the time. its white to but i have no symptoms with it at all and im not sick or have a sore throat.

    • ANSWER:
      The wikipedia article is informative: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonsil_stone

      But a visit to the doctor would be my advice, you don't want to risk causing any complications.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of tonsil stones ?
    i just realized that i have tonsil stones because i did some research on the internet and all the symptoms are true. people are saying that the best way is to get your tonsils removed but im not going to do that and pay for it. Also other people say to scrape the tonsil stones off or use a cotton swab etc, but they say that if you try to remove them like that they will come back in a few weeks. i don't know what to do! it just feels so embarrassing having my breath smell really bad and its really hard hiding it i have to carry mints with me at school so that my mouth feels fresh for a few minutes :( im sick of this! ive had tonsil stones for about 5 months now and i want this to be over!! please any help will work! i want my mouth to feel normal and not smell like this anymore please!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You don't want to pay. I'd say or so is a small price to pay for a solution. You will spend that on mints in no time :)

      I have had the same problems you had. I had it for years before finding a solution.
      I bought a book that showed my excatly what to do to get rid of them.

      This is the site that sells the book: http://beattonsilstones.com/
      The book can be downloaded right away.

      There are other books like it. I found a site that has done some reviews of the different products.

      http://www.tonsil-stones-treatment.com/

  15. QUESTION:
    Tonsil stones+little holes in back of throat?
    my names jake im 18 and i had some tonsil stones but i keep removing them everytime they pop up haha. those little white balls were scaring me for a bit i was wandering if there is anything bad (besides losing your lunch) when you poke your tonsils to remove these annoying things. i have a couple of questions actually its pretty much my symptoms can you tell me what you think i can do and what you think it is ?? just a guess untill i can get insurance to go to the doctors.

    1.there is little holes in the back of my throat i can feel it with the back of my tounge there right near my tonsils and there bothering me a lot. i was wandering if there was a way to lessen the irritation or get rid of them for good. oh and what they are.

    2. ive been having really sharp pains in my stomach area more like the abdominal region there really sharp they take my breath away sometimes. my sister said it sounds like acid reflux which i do have a little bit. if it is can you tell me a home remedy to make it go away and what to eat and what not to eat. thank you =D

    3. a while back i was being stupid and opened my mouth as far as it went and it felt like my mouth got stuck in that position haha it felt like a line that popped out under my jaw went from one side to the other but went away. now when i move my mouth i can hear some weird sound in my ear (its not in my ear i can just hear it) it sounds like either something rubbing together or a faint little cracking sound kinda like a sizzle haha i was wandering if i messed up my jaw thank you =D

    and if you need more info please dont hesitate to ask i will check back and give them to you
    thank you a lot in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use something sharp to remove tonsoliths (Google "tonsoliths" to learn more), it is OK to remove them but use the bristles of a soft toothbrush, a long Qtip or ideally an irrigating syringe (syringe that squirts liquid, with a tube rather than a needle on the end)

      Foods to avoid with acid reflux include anything highly acidic. Google is your friend! Don't just chew lots of antacids, it will cause your stomach to make *more* acid and make the problem worse. Also make sure you do not lie down for at least an hour after eating or drinking anything but water.

      Sounds like you hyperextended your jaw. That is not typically easy to do unless you have TMJ (also known as TMD) which is a disorder affecting your jaw joint.

  16. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between tonsil stones and tonsillitis?
    My throat's been a little sore for about a week now. Well, since it's the changing of the season, I thought it was sinuses, then it go worse and I thought, 'oh another sinus infection' but then my throat was hurting more and more like daggers being pushed towards the back of my mouth.

    I asked someone at work what the symptoms of strep were and they said, check your throat and see what it looks like. So I did and found a mass of white bumps and strings all over both of my tonsils. So, I looked on the internet. I seem to share most qualities with tonsillitis, more than just strep throat, but then there's these 'tonsil stones' that also make white bumps on your tonsils as well. But would that cause such pain in my throat, like someone's choking me?

    My question here is, what's the difference between tonsil stones and tonsillitis -- and which one would I possibly have...?

    • ANSWER:
      You have tonsillitis. The white bumps and strings are from white blood cells (pus) that are trying to fight an infection. It's not always bacterial and treatable with antibiotics but I would say that yours probably is.
      Tonsillitis means inflammation of the tonsils and this hurts like razor blades in your throat.
      See a doctor and get some antibiotics.
      The tonsil stones are more chronic. I believe they are hardened deposits of white blood cells or possibly slightly calcified debris that get stuck in tonsils. These stones can make you have bad breath. People with tonsil stones have a hard time getting rid of them.
      Tonsillitis does not mean you will get the stones.
      Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

  17. QUESTION:
    What else could I have? 33 male with symptoms like MONO?
    July minor nausea before dinner 4xs. Stress Related. Same month tonsil stones 3xs. August, got sick. Swollen tonsils, ulcer looking sores near tonsils, redness in throat and nasal, one little white spot in throat, tongue coated, bad taste, some nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss. NO respond to 10 days of Zithromax and 8 days of Ceftin. Lungs are good. Spleen and liver good. Blood work slight elevation of white blood cell. Negative on monospot 2xs. Above symptoms lasted 3 weeks and still remains just not as bad after mulitple therapies. Last 6 days, 4 days bad: fatigue, malaise pronouced, some tingling in hands, arms, legs, a few muscle spasms, ringing in ears noticeable when malaise is real bad. Fatigue and Malaise worse the last 24 hours. It passes then reocurrs. NO FEVER whole time. Feel adrenal gland possibly reacting when I lay down and the malaise gets bad. No nightsweats, skin looks good, no jaundice, no swollen nodes except neck slightly. EBV or CMV or ? Thx

    • ANSWER:
      Mono is often accompanied with enlarged spleen and elevated liver enzymes. But otherwise, your symptoms do sound like mono which is caused by epstein barr (EBV is mono). I would recommend a different mono test than "monospot" or kit by wampole since I have had false negatives and prozone with wampole mono kits. Another indication is the CBC and differential. Presence of atypical lymphs indicates a viral infection or mono. The throat and tongue symptoms sound like bacterial, but since you have had multiple antibiotic treatments you may now be "blessed" with a secondary yeast infection called thrush. The swollen nodes are worrisome - and Hodgin's lymphoma should be ruled out. Also HIV should be ruled out. The tingling hands arms legs sounds like a symptom of inflammation versus infection. Throat cultures should be performed to rule out Strep which can cause Rheumatic Heart Disease or joint problems. But another possibility is allergies. These can cause a wide variety of symptoms and make your whole body feel like crap.
      At this point you need to consult with your doctor again. Though sometimes the more they mess with you the more treatments you have to recover from.

  18. QUESTION:
    Omg my tonsils are covered!?
    My tonsils are all covered up in white stuff...now i have had tonsil stones before in life..but this looks like an infection....i have a major headache with sharp pains and the chills...my chest also hurts....it hurts when i swallow...what could this be...strep throat or tonsillitis...i have the symptoms of both!!!HELP PLEASE...im only 15...kinda worried!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like tonsillitis I've had it before and I'm 14. My sister who's currently going to nursing school said the best way to get rid of it without drugs is drink hot tea and try not talking it worked for me but may not be the same for you everyones different

  19. QUESTION:
    WEIRD WHITE STUFF ON TONSILS?
    About a week and a half ago my throat hurt really bad. I just thought it was a normal sore throat that will eventually go away.. BUT I had no other "cold" symptoms and my throat didn't feel like a cold type of hurt soo.. I looked at the back of my throat to see what's going on and I see this white stuff all over the tonsils. They aren't really THAT much inflamed or anything and they really don't LOOK like tonsil stones becuase it's bigger and stuff.. so I went to the emergency room thinking it was strep so I got the rapid test, came back negative. got the culture test and it came back negative after about five days later. SO WHAT'S GOING ON?? Is it really tonsil stones? i've tried to pop one out but that didn't work and i do have bad breath after brushing and gargling with Listerine so I'm leaning on a severe case on tonsil stones... just wondering what you guys are thinking. Could it still be strep after those negative results? Could it be something else.. and btw it's been like 5-7 days since my throat isn't hurting at all it's all better. I do not have a fever and I did have nausea earlier but I don't think it was anything to big a deal... happened when I worked out and I'm over weight so that could be why.. prolly tired =D and all I had to eat was a apple and chips... and it was like 4PM lol <--- bad diet.. anyway!

    Any advise or "Hey! I've been through that!" type stories would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      try tonsillitis, strep or staph did they give you a z pac? gargle w warm salt water peroxide and water use q tip pop the kernels on your tonsils try antibiotic ear drops help fight an infections peroxide and water will help w/ bad breath! it oxygenates ...your a snorer dry mouth is possible

  20. QUESTION:
    white spots on tonsils but no pain?
    I'm currently traveling abroad and for that reason would really like to avoid seeing a doctor as it would be really expensive, but my tonsils have become really swollen and are covered in white spots. at first i thought they were tonsil stones, which i am prone to, but now i am sure that they are not tonsil stones, it's definitely pus. Normally i would consider it a normal case of tonsillitis and wait for it to go away on it's own but what's really weird is i have none of the normal symptoms, i barely feel sick and have no pain in my throat. What could this be? i'm starting to worry it could be an STD from giving oral sex but i'm not sure what STDs would look like this. has anyone experienced anything like this before? As i said seeing a doctor right now would be a huge inconvenience so i only want to do so if i'm sure this isn't just tonsillitis.
    i never said my health was an inconvenience, were i home i would immediately see a doctor about it. as i stated i am currently abroad in a country where i have no insurance and don't speak the language, so yes, seeing a doctor here would be quite inconvenient. i've had tonsillitis many times in the past, if it's viral it will go away on it's own, bacterial.. will it could still go away but antibiotics would definitely take care of it. i have no way of knowing whether this is viral or bacterial but i was curious to see if anyone had experienced similar symptoms without throat pain so i at least had some idea of what it could be.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    tonsil stones?
    I recently diagnosed myself with tonsil stones.. the little smelly white things that come out of your throat... well many people said that they had them, too and it is common. My question is how the h e l l do i get rid of them. I can feel them and taste them. Only one has dropped and now I have the same symptoms I had before that one came out- sore throat, bad taste in my mouth... I have tried q-tips, mouthwash, and I just can't bear it any longer. How do I get them out or prevent them from coming back?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had this same problems for almost a year. The only real way you can get rid of them is to have your tonsils removed. There are many products out there that say they can help remove them, but the only way that is 100% is to have a tonsillectomy. I would have one, but I just don't care all that much. I don't get the stones all the time, maybe once a month, and I just bare with it. There are plenty of sites online about these, and also a yahoo group with people who have them and also have had a tonsillectomy because of them

  22. QUESTION:
    what do i have? symptoms below.?
    1) two weird small lumps in my tongue
    2) tons of tiny bumps all over the back part of it and bigger ones down my throat
    3) everything sweet I taste has a bitter taste to it
    4)other tiny bumps under my tonsils
    5)i tend to get tonsil stones but try cleaning them
    6) my saliva smells like tonsil stone (rancid)
    i went to a regular check up and they said everything was fine
    &) my tongue tingless

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Tonsil stones question... please help.. :( ?
    I so happen to have researched about the symptoms im having with my throat just recently, but then i saw the descriptions made by tonsil stones patients and some fit to what im experiencing such as expelling white particles that have foul odor and most of the times easy to squish just recently.. sometimes i feel like after i eat, some food gets stuck, i dont know but, back then about 4 months ago i spewed out this pretty big lump, maybe about a centimeter long... it was covered with green and looks disgusting.. eww. so i checked up my tonsil but it was really clear, but now i feel this lump feeling in my lower throat as if something is slightly blocking when i gulp... and it feels somewhere in the front just around the larynx and trachea.. could it an abnormality? a pouch trap or something that traps food? i dont know but it's kinda just a little bit discomforting so i just hope i could really know what it is... thanks alot...

    • ANSWER:
      See a md. He may take a peek in there w a scope. It doesn't hurt it just feels weird. I had it done- thought the pics and camera we cool! !
      Better to be safe than sorry. D

  24. QUESTION:
    Tonsil Stones linked to nasal problems?
    After some googling, I believe what I have now are Tonsil Stones.. Now I'm wondering, could they be connected to my sinus problems? I'm 19 and up until I finished year 12 I never ever needed to carry a tissue with me I never had nasal problems life was great. Shortly after year 12 (two years ago) I started getting problems always having an annoying twitch in my nose or runny nose basically hayfever symptoms, but I can't go anywhere without tissues, lots of tissues, I can't even chew without my nose starting to run, it's embarrasing having to wipe my nose at the dinner table. And as far as I can remember, at the same time my nasal issues started.. I started getting the white chunks in my throat.. (Tonsil Stones) I get them pretty much monthly. But all I want to know is... If I cure my tonsil stones.. will my nasal problems improve? Are they connected? I hate not being able to enjoy myself or wear clothes without pockets cos I need to find somewhere to keep a tissue.

    • ANSWER:
      Interestingly, this may be a case of which came first the tonsil stone or the nasal drip? It seems that you might be right that you have tonsil stones that are causing the annoying sinus problems or that you have underlying allergies and/or sinus problems that simply are causing the tonsilloliths. Have you actually seen the tonsil stones in your throat? If not I would recommend you be seen by an otolaryngologist in order to be sure.

      Good luck, I hope you find some relief either way.

      Post Nasal Drip
      People who have their tonsils, AND experience post nasal drip are at least 10 times more likely to have white lumps on the tonsils than the average person without the problem.

      This is usually the fancy name given for the accumulation of excess mucous that gathers in the back of the throat (and tonsils). The proteins in mucous are actually a food source for the bacteria responsible for tonsil stones, therefore the more mucous in the back of the throat, the larger the possibility of developing tonsiloliths.

  25. QUESTION:
    Single white bump on tonsil - NOT tonsil stones! What is this? Can't find answer anywhere on web.?
    For the past year or so, I have been having problems with these white bumps appearing one at a time on my throat (tonsil area) every few months. They seem to be filled with pus and hurt very badly when I eat, drink, swallow, or even not doing any of those things! It is awful. However, I know it is NOT tonsil stones - only one appears at a time, they don't smell, and they definitely wouldn't fall off if I tried to get them with a Q-tip. It's more like a blister or a canker sore (which I get in my mouth a lot).

    The bump lasts for about a week and then goes away on its own. It's really painful, however. Excruciatingly so. The area around the tonsil gets red, but it's not tonsillitis because it's only one side and it doesn't really swell, it's just red. I don't have a cold or virus (that I know of) and no other symptoms. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      All I can think of is an apthous ulcer - canker sore.
      There is no canker sore cure. There is some debate in the medical community about aphthous ulcers being caused by a viral or bacterial infection, but nothing conclusive has been shown yet.
      Stress could cause them.

      Others say they are due to an allergy and recommend Benadryl Allergy liquid. The suggested procedure for using Benadryl to relieve the pain from canker sores involves taking a spoonful of the medicine and swishing it over the canker sore for no less than a minute, after which you should spit the medicine out.
      Avoid toothpastes with sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS. SLS is a foaming agent in many brand name toothpastes

      Ask the pharmacist for a liquid version of tylenol or ibuprofen, They act locally as well as systemically.
      Also there are lozenges and sprays with a small amount of local anaesthetic which would help with the pain.

      The only way to ge a 100% accurate diagnosis is to see your doctor when you have the problem. If it's anything bacterial an antibiotic could help.

  26. QUESTION:
    Link between Wet hair/ Chronic Bronchitis/ Tonsils/ Recurring colds?
    I have a long history of always getting sick when I sleep with my hair remotely wet.

    The worst, was one time when I was 12, I had gone swimming with my cousins, didn't have a private place to change into dry clothes, no towels, so I slipped a long tee shirt over my wet bathing suit. It was getting late, so we drove off. The air was cool, and I fell asleep. Someone opened the window and left it open for the half-hour ride home. When I stepped out of the car, I couldn't talk, and I got really sick. The doctor told me I had Chronic Bronchitis due to Streptococcus. I thought I was going to get Pneumonia, seriously! Now, I do understand that Bronchitis and Pneumonia are caused by bacteria, but are they always caused by bacteria? How is chilling of the body, especially the head related to immunosuppression? I've done research and found NOTHING.

    When I was in middle school, I had a stupid habit of sleeping with my hair wet, and I mean straight out of the shower wet. It had something to do with my hair being curly and feeling more manageable when wet... whatever, it was a stupid idea because with every time I did that, I would get sicker. Keep in mind, that I wasn't already sick when I did this, so it's not like it was only making a preexisting cold worse. Eventually, I had to stop because I would get really sick anytime I did this, even if it was warm weather. So I would go to sleep just fine, with my hair wet, and wake up with shortness of breath, chest and
    upper back pain when inhaling, plugged nose (with no mucus), and as if I had a thick mucous deep down my throat that wouldn't let me breathe efficiently. The worst symptom, and the reason why I stopped was that I felt a peculiar headache-like pain in the the occipital section (lower back of my head), followed by tonsillitis, pain and difficulty swallowing, and sometimes even earaches a day later. Now, each time I did this wasn't one time after another, so it wasn't like the same bacterial infection just getting worse. I do have a LONG history of really bad earaches (ear infections since I was an infant) and I know it's linked to my tonsils. My tonsils are in SUCH bad shape. I never got them taken out, although doctors tried several time to talk me into it when I was younger. I guess I never got around to it??

    My tonsils look TORN. They're asymmetrical and have missing pieces with craters. Sometimes, I get tonsil stones too. Nasty things. The back of my throat ALWAYS has bright pink bumps. I'm a first semester student nurse, and I can't seem to find the link between all these. I don't know if I'm being paranoid, but one of my patients recently passed away... and it all started out with neck cancer. I don't know what the heck I should do, whether I should get my tonsils taken out because they seem to be a host for bacteria, instead of a protection against it. I get Strep throat during the winter almost every year, my tonsils get really nasty with exudate, and my Dr. warned that this bacteria is usually recurrent this way. Yes, I do get antibiotics for it, and I do finish the treatment. If I get my tonsils taken out, I don't want to get a stupid infection in the incision site or have trouble healing though. I'm kind of scared to do so.

    Does Chronic Bronchitis imply that it is ONLY caused by infectious microbiota? Is it always present? I guess it's hard to understand when I've always had it. PLEASE HELPPP.

    • ANSWER:
      I honestly thought I was the only one who ever had this same problem!! As a child, every time I went outside with my hair wet or even walking barefoot on cold concrete, it never failed, I would either end up in the hospital with pneumonia or feel like I was going to die coughing a lung up with bronchitis. I didn’t know much about the bacteria and viruses, but it seems as though I outgrew it over the years. Now, I never dry my hair and I am rarely sick with bronchitis. I do, however, take precautions such as washing my hands frequently and be generous with hand sanitizer. Always use clean Kleenexes and Q-tips that have been stored in a sterilized container. Limit the time you use listening to music headsets – one hour of wearing headsets can increase your chances of bacteria growing in your ears of up to 700 times! I think the answer to your question varies from person to person, so you need to discuss your situation with your physician to devise a more proactive plan to combat both viruses and bacteria. Hope that helps!

  27. QUESTION:
    I think I may have post nasal drip, please read my symptoms?
    For quite a few years now I have noticed that my nose has been a bit stuffy. For years I havn't been able to breathe through my nose as good as what I should. Sometimes one side can feel more blocked than the other. Nearly a year ago I would sometimes get a complain of a bad smell like rotten eggs. And nearly a year ago I started to sense a bitter taste in my mouth. Sometimes I can sense it worse than other days. Also in the last couple of months I have had two small tonsil stones that have come and gone. And I often sense a bad smell as if it's in my nose or coming out my mouth. I hardly ever get complaints of a bad smell, but on the odd occasion I do get a complaint of a rotten egg smell. Also for a few years I have sometimes woken up in the night choking, like I have swallowed my own spit and it has gone down the wrong way. So, are these all symptoms of a post nasal drip?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be either post nasal drip or acid reflux (or a combination of both). Both will cause the bad taste & both can cause the gagging at night. (That gagging yourself awake at night is horrible! It used to happen to me.)
      Since you have issues with a stuffy nose I'd suggest trying Claritin & seeing if that helps.
      If that does not help, you need to speak with your doctor because reflux can damage the esophagus.
      No matter what the issue is, drinking plenty of water is a good idea, too.

  28. QUESTION:
    I've been constantly coughing and spitting things up, no other sick symptoms though, help?
    For the past 2.5 to 3 weeks I've had an annoying cough strike me multiple times a day. I feel fine otherwise--no nose congestions, fever, cold symptoms, etc.

    If I laugh to hard or inhale too much or even if I do nothing at all I'll have a coughing fit and it sounds like a "wet cough" if you know what I mean. It sounds like I have mucous down in my chest. I'll cough up phlegm a lot of the time. Sometimes the phlegm is in little ball shapes. Based on descriptions I've read around the web and pictures I've seen online I DON'T think they're tonsil stones. They're normally white or pale green in color. It's annoying because at random times throughout the day I'll just burst into coughing fits.

    I recently got a TB test and I feel like it started after that--there's no chance I could have caught TB from a skin test is there?

    Sometimes the stuff I cough up tastes kind of metallic like blood but whenever I spit it out there's no blood or anything.

    Does anyone have any idea what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      You didn't get TB from a PPD test. It could be any number of respiratory infections. Go see a doctor.

  29. QUESTION:
    Feels like something is stuck in my throat!?
    Its actually not that irritating. And when I eat, I barely notice it at all. I'm pretty sure its not GERD because I don't get heartburn or nausea, or any of those other symptoms. And I don't think its tonsil stones either because my tonsils don't have any white things. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sick right now, or did you swallow any gum (I'm serious, you need to post the info before we can help you). You have to tell when it started and what you did just before it started. I will come back and answer in a few.

  30. QUESTION:
    Am I displaying herpes symptoms?
    I have been french kissed on 3 separate occasions and i think i caught something. I feel as if there is something in my throat and i now have a small white sore on my right tonsil and around that general area and one similar on the middle of my lingual Freclim. When touched with a Q-tip dipped in hydrogen peroxide they come off. Only the one underneath my tongue hurt. Since late in the afternoon yesterday, i have felt a burning sensation which changes to cold and goes away and comes back as a burning feeling again on the left outside corner of my mouth which i think is a symptom of an oncoming cold sore. I'm scared.I think it could be either herpes, tonsil stones, or something similar and I haven't ruled out tonsillitis.
    Upon examination, my throat was raw and i think a little inflamed. Does that mean anything?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    what do you think is my problem?
    i wash my teeth 3 times daily,floss and use mouthwash but even after doing all this i have a really bad taste in my mouth and bad breath an hour or so later!This is so frustrating and i am very self conscious about it!
    Most of the symptoms seem to add up to tonsil stones but i have searched for them but have not found any in my tonsils!
    Any other suggestions to what my problem may be?
    All answers are really appreciated!!
    Thank you!!!
    yes i have and when the taste wears off the chewing gum, i get the bad taste in my mouth back again.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the dentist, maybe you have a cavity, or an infection in your mouth.

  32. QUESTION:
    my throat hurts can anyone help me?
    yeah i looked up my symptoms i think i have tonsil stones? idk my breath doesnt smell bad like it says i would so idk...my throat hurts and theres little bumbs like in the way back of my tounge...and upper throat but whats weird about it is.. if i have like two cough drops it kinda goes away but 15 min after not having one it will come back so idk..it feels like i have strep but i dont have fevers or stuff though..answer quick please!
    yeah i looked up my symptoms i think i have tonsil stones? idk my breath doesnt smell bad like it says i would so idk...my throat hurts and theres little bumbs like in the way back of my tounge...and upper throat but whats weird about it is.. if i have like two cough drops it kinda goes away but 15 min after not having one it will come back so idk..it feels like i have strep but i dont have fevers or stuff though... i told my mom and she really doesnt beleive me ive been tellin her for the past two days soo yeah..answer quick please

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you need medical attention if it is strep. but, it could be other things too. Allergies for example.It sounds like maybe you might want to run out to your local E.R. My son had strep infection and it dealt him a pretty bad blow. I also would try drinking cold stuff to ease the pain. Also, I would take something like secrets or chloroseptic. It will ease the pain. Watch the hot and spicy stuff it may inflame the situation. Hope this helps. For more you might want to check out these sites .

      webMD
      Mayo Clinic

  33. QUESTION:
    what could this be. Please advise..?
    Hello Everyone,

    Currently, I've been battling a intermittent sore throat...and sometimes a really bad taste in the back of my mouth. Occasionally, I've experienced some bad breath associated with the sore throat. The other day, I looked in the back of my mouth and I've seen some tiny yellowish particles inside my tonsils and i was able to remove all of them and i've googled the symptom and it suggest that its tonsil stones. should i go to the doctor ??? any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a tonsillitis (infected tonsils). Get to the doctor and he will get you on some antibiotics. Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    throat cancer symptoms?
    is a white dot or an ulcer on your tonsil a sign of throat cancer?
    I've had it for a month I thought it was a tonsil stone but it's not, it's not coming out it seems embedded in my tonsil i've poked it with everything i could think of - and now it's kinda going red .... any ideas?

    i don't smoke i'm 32 but i have a had a sore throat which is gone now - i was on antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      You do not have symptoms of throat cancer. It’s red because you keep poking it, so stop. Obviously you are responding to antibiotics and you must have gone to a doctor to get them, what did he or she say it was? If you don’t believe them get a second opinion.

  35. QUESTION:
    White ulcer-like patch on left tonsil.. So painful, please help?
    I'm 19 years old, and feel absolutely fine other than being tired as I am iron deficient.
    About a week ago now, I developed a really nasty sore throat and thought it was a cold coming on.. After a couple of days, I didnt have any other symptoms so looked at my throat as I often get tonsil stones (I have pitular tonsils) and thought one had got stuck as it felt as if there was a lump in my throat. Anyway, I came across this White patch on my tonsil which back then was about 5mm across and went to the doctors as I could barely talk, eat or swallow because of the pain. He prescribed a course of Amoxicillin but after about 3 days, felt like it was getting worse (in the mean time I had been gargling salt, using anaesthetic lozenges & spray, gargling & swallowing paracetamol AND aspirin (as told by pharmacist)). I then went back and was prescribed 600mg of ibuprofen AND co-codamol which after a day, still hadn't helped so went back to doctors the next day and got told to stop all medication and was prescribed much stronger antibiotics (Flucloxacillin) to see if the 'infection' Would clear up. Doc told me to book bloods 2 days later if the antibiotics hadn't kicked in.
    So here I am, have bloods booked for Friday but really starting to worry now because I'm still in as much pain as it started, it has given me earache and headache for the last 2-3 days and the White patch is now twice the size.
    Obviously I have blood tests coming up which may tell me what it is but that won't be until Monday so I just wanted to ask if anyone else has had a similar experience.

    By the way, the doctor put it down to a 'viral infection' all along but it feels like a never ending ulcer.

    It also bleeds when it gets really sore (after eating, etc)

    Any ideas??
    Ps. Thanks for reading my essay.. Haha
    I can't afford to pay to have my tonsils removed :(
    And over here in the UK, the NHS don't like to remove your tonsils unless they are causing you not be able to lead a normal lifestyle because apparently tonsils are quite helpful things... Lol

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you're being treated and doing what you need to be doing. Sorry to say but there's probably not a lot of help you'll get here that you aren't already getting; except for the well-wishes to feel better.

      About the only thing which might help temporarily with pain is an anesthetic spray. Won't help a lot with that infection but it can numb things up.

      As you have guessed, it's likely you'll have to have further treatments, like removing the tonsils.

      Work with your docs and if you feel a doc isn't listening to you or understanding you, don't hesitate to see someone else or get a second opinion. That's the one thing people need to do in today's medical climate; if a doc isn't good for you and your needs, see another.

      Good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    Please, please help me! What problem do I have?
    I have a really bad smell coming from my nose. I notice people when I'm around them, they either look at me funny (with the "Are you serious" face) or they make this noise, also people who already know me hold their breaths, they twitch their noses, or walk away when I'm around. It has affected me for the past years, and I want to treat this smell before I go back to school, I'm only 15!!! My life is like a living hell. Sometimes I even want to give up life, and at night I get really sad thinking about it. I really appreciate my close family because they never give me the serious faces, or noises.

    Here are my symptoms:
    Bad smell from nose (of course)
    Bad breath (mouth)
    Tonsil stones
    Bad smell in tonsils
    Dry nose, or sometimes runny
    Headaches at least 1-2 during a week
    Migraines at least once during each month (sometimes 2 times)
    My nose hurts like hell sometimes when the mucus is dry, when I twitch my nose
    Nasal congestion
    Pressure build up in nose (sometimes)
    Yellow to green mucus (mixed with the white one)
    Postnasal drip all the time (everytime I consume saliva, I have to also consume mucus with it too, and I have to clear my throat a lot during the day)
    VERY IMPORTANTLY:
    I cannot smell this bad odor, but sometimes when I eat cheese, hot sauce, meat, milk, yogurt, etc. I pick my nose (not because I want to!)
    and I can sort of smell this smell that smells like old cheese, or vomit. I also keep on thinking that this is not a sinusitis, because my nasal cavity does not hurt. Sometimes I even think it something worse like a lung disease, but I don't smoke or anything.

    I bought a syringe at CVS the other day, when I got home I boiled some water, I put salt in it, mixed it up, and then I went to the bathroom, I put the syringe into one of my nostrils, it hurt like hell, and then water came out of my other nostril and from my throat, and then I did the same thing to my other nostril, nothing bad came out, and I don't think it worked.... :( I want to try the NetiPot, though...

    So, can anybody help me, PLEASE!!!
    Any cures, anything to get rid of this bad smell!!!?
    I don't want to go to stores any more, to church, or to any family reunions.

    I've never gone to the doctor to talk to him about this, but my parents say it's nothing bad, and it happens to anyone, but it is really different with me.

    So, can anybody help me?
    Please, anything???!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I'd strongly suggest to go to an ENT -ear, nose and throat- DR. to check on this. You might have a bad case of sinus infection.

  37. QUESTION:
    One majorly swollen tonsil?
    So...

    A few months back (October) I left to see family in another state. Upon arriving I felt fine, within a few days however, I noticed that my tonsils were swollen and my throat felt very sore. I thought perhaps I caught something and treated it as a bad flu for 5 days which by the 5th was only worse. Despite not having insurance there I wasn't going to be stupid, I decided to go to a doctor. They said it was a bad case of strep throat and that I also had an ear infection. They gave me antibiotics and steroids to reduce the swelling of my tonsils. It worked for only as long as I was on the medications so I visited a walk in clinic this time where once more I was prescribed the same thing, this time stronger antibiotics. AGAIN it came back as soon as I was through with the medicine. I was finally home by this time (I had been dealing with it for my month long visit). I went to an ER sick of dealing with this and just wanting to get down to the bottom of it. They tested me for Mono, it came out negative, told them I had a boyfriend so they also tested for a few S.T.Ds they all came out negative as well and strep turned out to be negative too (no surprise there). It isn't contagious as my boyfriend and no one near me is ill or showing symptoms. I was told to get more bed rest, take more antibiotics and more steroids. They gave me a cheap knock off version of vicodin for the pain that did virtually nothing. However this time the symptoms decreased immensely and I started thinking it was what the doctor told me on my way out "It could just be a nasty virus trying to run its course". So I let it go for a while since I was no longer in discomfort. But this has now been 4 months and I'm noticing my left tonsil (your right my left) is still considerably swollen and I had never had issues with my tonsils growing up so I am not sure what to make of it and feel quite concerned. I did smoke for 5 years, I quit last week hoping that might be the only reason the lump hasn't left). I'm 19 years old and I don't think it's likely to be cancer but after reading up some symptoms for cancer of the lymph nodes I'm very frightened. I know it isn't cryptic tonsils or tonsil stones although they did look that way in the beginning, the white spots went away. I'm not really sure what to make of it! I'm visiting my doctor tomorrow. I'm hoping they will run more tests since I am leaving again soon (in mid process of a move) and won't have insurance once more. Has anyone EVER had anything like this before?

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  38. QUESTION:
    Peridontial disease question?
    My dentist diagnosed me with early stage periodontal disease a few months ago. For the last three to five years from time to time one of my lymph node glands would swell in my neck and have noticed in the last 9 months that my top left tonsil is visually swollen and my bottom left lingual tonsil swells to varying degrees. My right tonsil is swollen just a little and I have noticed that I have small tonsil stones visually embedded in them. I also have a white film on my tongue and sometimes my left lingual tonsil seems to swell enough to where I get tickles in my ear and my tongue sometimes feels stiff, which is the most annoying of these symptoms. When it gets swollen, if I press on my neck in a certain spot then I get a faint nasty taste in my mouth and it feels better. My dentist attributes all of this to periodontal disease. I also have two molars on the same side as the swollen tonsils that have three visual cavities in them that I have not had them filled yet. I am supposed to go back to see my dentist this month. My question overall is are these typical symptoms of periodontal disease? I remember that my top left tonsil swelled first, then the bottom left lingual tonsil. Do you think my cavities are attributing to the swelling?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is contributing to your swelling.

  39. QUESTION:
    White bumps in throat?
    I've had cold symptoms for a few days now and as i was running today i had to keep clearing my throat because it kept getting clogged. As i went to cough one time i spit up a white chunk andi spit it out. Later that day i looked into the mirror and i saw my throat was swollen (it doesn't hurt) and that i have white spots all over the back of my tongue and i can see one of those white chunks i spit up stuck in my throat right behind my tonsils. What is wrong with me?! I've being doing research and i have found information about tonsil stones but i'm not sure if this is it.
    I'm not sure it's tonsil stones though because i don't have bad breathe but i do have a "tickling" feeling in the back of my throat.
    again...i don't have any pain!

    • ANSWER:
      The white stuff you're referring to are probably just tonsil stones. They aren't a health risk, but they do smell awful. The are formed by food that gets trapped in the holes of your tonsils (called crypts). The stone was probably dislodged when you were coughing.
      You can get rid of them by lightly prodding them with your finger. Never use any sharp or otherwise harmful object to dislodge a tonsil stone.

  40. QUESTION:
    bad cough for months !!!!?
    Ok so i've had a really bad dry cough for over 3 months now. Its becoming a real pain because it often causes me to throw up its also worse when im exercising (asthma?). I've now noticed im getting spots in my throat (tonsil stones?) now i'm no doctor but one of my tonsils and behind it also doesnt look too healthy. It doesnt hurt at all except if a spot bursts, but even then its not particularly painful.

    I'd been to the doctor about my cough (before the spots) and he listened to my lungs etc etc and he said it was just a stubborn cough left over from a cold.

    i'm planning on going back!

    just wondered if anyone knew anything, whether the 2 symptoms are related? or what could be causing either/or both?

    thanks in anticipation :)
    I've not been diagnosed with asthma
    And i had tried taking a cough medecine but it didnt help

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  41. QUESTION:
    What could cause increased tonsil stone activity?
    I'm used to getting those annoying white and yellow things lodged in my tonsils (like one or two every couple of weeks), but in the last two days, I must have coughed up at least ten (most of which were twice the size of normal). What could cause this?

    Also, I've been having a bit of a sore throat lately, but I can't be sure if that is due amount of crud lodged back here or if that is another symptom of what caused it. Beyond the throat and a few headaches (I am prone to migraines) nothing else has really changed in my daily routine or how I feel.

    BTW, please don't grace me with an answer if you don't know what 'tonsil stones' are.

    • ANSWER:
      I seem to get more of them when I have a cold. If you have a sore throat, you could have tonsillitis, too. Many people have recurrent infections in their tonsils and have to take an antibiotic. Some have to have their tonsils removed to stop having sore throats.

      Try gargling with warm salt water after meals. This cuts down on the stones tremendously. This won't take care of an infection. This is just for routine "maintenance."

  42. QUESTION:
    One white bump on tonsil & sore throat/cold?
    I came down with a sore throat on Tuesday. Had no other symptoms so went to the doctor and the strep test was negative. A couple days later I got a full blown head cold and the sore throat continued. It's now Sunday and I still have a cold, sore throat, and I've noticed there's 1 white bump on my tonsil. So now that I know it's not strep, what could it be? I get tonsil stones, but this doesn't really look like that. It's not in one of the crypts like the stones usually are, it's just chillin on the side of my tonsil. The white bump itself doesn't hurt, my throat hurts towards the back, I think from a ton of post nasal drip. Any idea what the white spot is? And should I go back to the doc?

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  43. QUESTION:
    lump behind my tonsil for <6 monthes, see description for details?
    symptoms- (aside from lump) bad breath, small amount of discomfort here and there (less frequently since i quit smoking), very very rarely does it hurt (note difference between discomfort and pain), tonsil stones (when i clear my throat, sometimes i can cough up a small tonsil stone no bigger than the diameter of lead in a #2 pencil,) increased phlem/mucus production (sometimes mucus contains brown specks, very rarely green specks.)

    it hasnt changed in size at all. it also tends to make my muscle kinda bulge out. i have a history of redundent cases of strep throat, i also smoked for three years but quit recently and it almost seems just a tid-bit smaller. before the lump showed up, i had an a migranes equivalent of a sore throat for a straight week before it started to develop. no swollen lymph nodes, no discoloration, no pain when i press on it.

    its scaring the living shit out of me. and (DONT, i repeat, DONT JUDGE ME FOR THIS) honestly the main reason i havent had a doctor look at it is because i just dont wanna hear him tell me its cancer. but ive also been to the dentist since its developed to a noticable size and when he checked me for cancer, he didnt mention it at all.

    HELP PLEASE!

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  44. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like long-term or short-term Thrush infection?
    Does this sound like long-term or short-term Thrush infection?

    Does it sound as though it has spread to my esophagus?

    What are the symptoms of esophageal thrush?

    The spots I describe on my tongue are red, with a thin white ring around the edge and the red portion is tender.

    I caught a flu-like cold about 3-4 months ago from my room mate.

    Before we go down this road. Know that I have tested HIV negative and Diabetes negative within the last 2 months. I have not had ANY SORT of exposure to HIV in several years. These tests were prompted by the spots that I'm describing.

    I had the sporadic small red patches with thin white rings around them on the sides of my tongue, toward the rear. Off and on for the past 3 months. These spots were present where my teeth touched my tongue and they came and went frequently, they did not stick around long or grow to be very large.

    When flying, these spots became more problematic and appeared on the tip of my tongue as well as the top of my tongue toward the tip - assuming that this is due to drier air on the long plane ride.

    These spots seemed to go away after getting off the plane.

    The spots on the sides of my tongue remained to demonstrate the same symptoms mentioned previously.

    I asked my regular doctor about them. He did not seem concerned.

    The spots continued off and on over the side rear of my tongue.

    I arrived in a new place about a month ago. This place has heavy heavy pollution. To the point that I get black stuff out of my nose every time I blow it after being outside or in my hotel room for more than a few minutes.

    I have to assume that the sore throat and cough that I developed were a result of allergies to this pollution.

    I got a sore throat at the base of my neck, at the hollow of my throat. (I was tested for thyroid issues as a result of this - i have no thyroid issues).It feels like someone has their finger on the hollow of my throat and is applying very light pressure / just enough to be annoying.

    I developed a cough shortly after, it became a chest cold. I went to a local pharmacy (different doctor) and he gave me some antibiotics and decongestant for 3 days. The cough wasn't gone after 3 days so I went to an actual doctor in the area (yet a different doctor), he put me on different antibiotics for 3 days. I asked him about my tongue, he seemed not to be concerned.

    After 3 days of antibiotics, the cough was still hanging around, so he extended the antibiotics to a total of 5 days (8 days total on antibiotics). I was good for a day or two.

    I had an endoscopy for an unrelated issue. I did not mention the spots to the gi doctor, but he did not mention anything about my throat or esophagus from the procedure.

    Shortly after the endoscopy, my cough started coming back and I was put back on antibiotics for 3 days. On the 2nd day of this course, I went back to the doctor because my tongue had severely broken out in spots.

    At this point, he gave me a RX for clotramizole liquid and told me to start using it after my antibiotics.

    I have been using clotramizole for about 3 days now.

    I have not had any kind of fever.

    Once again:

    Does this sound like long-term or short-term Thrush infection?

    Does it sound as though it has spread to my esophagus?

    What are the symptoms of esophageal thrush?

    Thanks

    * 6 hours ago
    * - 4 days left to answer.

    Additional Details
    Also, I have had drainage symptoms constantly over the last few months.

    ***IMPORTANT NOTE***
    I started experiencing tonsil stones about 2-3 months ago. I got rid of them by squeezing them out of their crypts with q-tips and then rinsing with listerine. I started this process shortly before developing these spots.

    6 hours ago
    Also, the disomfort in my throat is not "swallowing discomfort". It's there while at rest also. I almost think it is reflux related. For example, when I force myself to burp, it goes away briefly.

    The throat issue commonly bothers me later in the day, a little while AFTER eating... thus the reflux suspicion.

    I have reflux.

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds short term

  45. QUESTION:
    Why does it feel like I have a lump in my throat?
    Hey everyone,
    I've rubbed snuff for about almost three years, and I am in the process of quitting now. It feels like there is a lump inthe back of my throat, like behind my tonsil. It doesn't really hurt but i can feel it back there. and if I put pressure on it it does hurt a little (like if I push on my esophogas just below my tonsil. It only hurts on the side that it feels like there's a lump, which is the left side) I looked at symptoms for throat cancer, and I have not noticed and hoarseness in my voice, difficulty breathing, or swallowing. I went to the emergancy room a month or two ago about a lump on my tonsil, and they said it was nothing to worry about and that my tonsils were inflamed and gave me a zpack for tonsilitis. Needless to say, the lump it still there. I know it is not a tonsil stone. I called my doctor and got a referral to an ear nose and throat doctor to check it out but I'm extremely nervous that this is the start of throat cancer. Has anyone had any similar situation or can tell if it sounds like the start of throat cancer?
    also, for what it's worth, when I was at the beach last week I had a persistant headache that lasted for about 2 days. I would take a few asprin and it would go away, only to come back after it wore off. But I believe it was because of caffeine withdrawal because I take a pre workout NO product which contains a large amount of caffeine, which I did not take at all last week.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you're fairly safe to stop worrying about throat cancer.

      Although you were seen be a doctor recently, it is possible that you could have another conditions. Rather than cut and paste, I'm going to provide a like to other things you can worry about. You can best determine what fits.
      http://www.steadyhealth.com/articles/Having_Lump_In_The_Throat_Sensation_a715.html

      The easier answers would be post-nasal drip which can cause some irritation and the feeling but not the actual lump.

      Since you were at the beach, here is another possibility
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cat_scratch_disease/article.htm

      You might find more information here but I warn you that it will take you back to cancer:
      http://homepage.mac.com/changcy/globus.htm

      And of course you tonsillitis could be back. Some of those infections are difficult to shake.

      And here is one of the most logical and least exotic: swollen lymph nodes
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003097.htm

      Since you have pain which does not sound like cancer, please let yourself relax until your appointment. If it helps list your symptoms and history chronologically for the doctor.

      Best Wishes

  46. QUESTION:
    what does this sound like to you?
    so me and my ex bf were fooling around and he claimed he was done with the girl he left me for, filled my head with a bunch of lies, but anyways we were fooling around and he had his thing still inside his underwear but it was wet on the tip with precum and i could see the wet spot, but anyways he was messing around and put it on my butt, i dont think it actually touched my butt hole but still, like im really scared and since he was messing around with another girl , could he possibly have hiv ? we are 15 and i dont think he would do anything without protection like sex, im pretty sure hes a virgin but then again i dont know because he lied about other stuff, what if he lied about that too ? so should i get tested, this was like 3 almost 4 weeks ago and i had a sore throat and my neck gland was swollen one time, but it went away like the next day, sometimes it does that from the ac in my house since i have a vent right above my bed.. so should i be worried about what happened? am i at risk for hiv and should i get tested? im really scared to tell my mom

    also we were outside and its not like he put it on my butt right when the stuff came out, so would it have killed the hiv stuff before it could have infected me if the humid air touched or if oxygen touched it?
    now i have had a slight sore throat for like a week, and i think it may be tonsillitis because i have those white tonsil stones, but they go away. and i have what seems like a puss bubble and the back of my throat behind my tonsil and as well as my tonsil is swollen!! do you think it is strep throat, tonsillitis or hiv? i have no other symptoms besides swollen lymph nodes and sore throat. no fever or rash or diarrehea. so please help me out !!

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  47. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP! Dono Weather Or Not To See Doctor?
    i'm 19 years old and got out of an eating dissorder clinic 5 months ago.... i suffer from anorexia an Bulimia. Went into the clinic underweight.

    medical history:

    -malnurished
    - frequent infections
    - swollen lymphnodes for 3 years
    - anemia
    - sinus arythmia
    - problems with menstral cycle
    - Insomia ( clinical)
    - tonsil stones

    Concern:

    - change in vaginal discharge ( thick and milky)
    - sticky discharge when wiping after urination
    - mild cramping
    - sharp pain with bowel movements
    - preasure inside of vagina is exstremlly painful ( sharp, achey, feels inflamed)

    other symptoms:

    - new swollen lymphnode above collar bone
    - under a lot of stress
    - exstreme depression
    - exstreme fatigue
    - Increased and exstreme Insomia
    - increases in weight
    - increase in binging and purging

    stressers: in past 2 weeks

    - death of a friend
    - death of a pet
    - mother addmited into mental hospital
    - father got into car accident
    - grandmother found with lump on thyroid

    THings to take into consideration:

    - had my period 2 weeks ago
    - still a virgin
    - just got over strep throat
    - just started to get tonsil stones 3 weeks ago after strep throat

    thanks soo soo much for reading.. is it possible i have a yeast infection again? or a UTI

    • ANSWER:
      With your history and the increase in your eating disorder behaviors, you should definitely get seen by a medical professional. It sounds like you have undergone a lot of stress.

      You could definitely have both a yeast infection OR a UTI. If you have a UTI, it is nothing to mess around with. Those can spread to your kidneys and cause severe damage.

      I don't mean to scare you, but on the other hand, if it gets you to a clinic, it's worth it.

      I also strongly encourage you to return to mental health treatment, at LEAST on an outpatient basis. Consider a DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) approach, as it is particularly good with people who have uncontrolled behaviors such as eating disorders.

  48. QUESTION:
    I just developed a sudden sore throat out of nowhere tonight. It's only to one side, though. Home remedy/doc?
    I haven't been having any symptoms or anything. Aside from being tired a lot, there's really nothing that's been bothering me. I've had mono before, and I doubt I'd have the symptoms again. My lymph nodes in my neck aren't swollen, either. I had my mother look at my throat to the side that's bothering me, and I told her I saw a white patch below my tonsil - not on it. She said she could see it, and there was a smaller one on the other side. It's not sinus-related, because I've dealt with plenty of sinus-related issues and it doesn't add up. I didn't eat or drink anything that could've hurt my throat when it started hurting. It feels like something is stuck there, or something. I've looked up many photos of tonsil stones, not those, either. Could it just be the spring of a virus or bacterial infection? Should I just home remedy it for a day or so, and if it worsens, then go see my doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Halls.

  49. QUESTION:
    Please Help Vaginal Problems... Don't Have a Mom around To ask?
    i' got out of an eating dissorder clinic 5 months ago.... i suffer from anorexia an Bulimia. Went into the clinic underweight.

    medical history:

    -malnurished
    - frequent infections
    - swollen lymphnodes for 3 years
    - anemia
    - sinus arythmia
    - problems with menstral cycle
    - Insomia ( clinical)
    - tonsil stones

    Concern:

    - change in vaginal discharge ( thick and milky)
    - sticky discharge when wiping after urination
    - mild cramping
    - sharp pain with bowel movements
    - preasure inside of vagina is exstremlly painful ( sharp, achey, feels inflamed)

    other symptoms:

    - new swollen lymphnode above collar bone
    - under a lot of stress
    - exstreme depression
    - exstreme fatigue
    - Increased and exstreme Insomia
    - increases in weight
    - increase in binging and purging

    stressers: in past 2 weeks

    - death of a friend
    - death of a pet
    - mother addmited into mental hospital
    - father got into car accident
    - grandmother found with lump on thyroid

    THings to take into consideration:

    - had my period 2 weeks ago
    - still a virgin
    - just got over strep throat
    - just started to get tonsil stones 3 weeks ago after strep throat

    thanks soo soo much for reading.. is it possible i have a yeast infection again? or a UTI
    sorry i orginally posted this in the wrong area :/

    • ANSWER:
      I have been through some of the problems you are having. I have had endometriosis. You may check with an OB/GYN to see if this may be the problem you are having. Also drink some cranberry juice for now. But defiantly check with an OB/GYN and tell them these problems. You can also talk to someone on www.webmd.com about it possibly.

  50. QUESTION:
    Could the test be wrong?
    I went into Planned Parenthood about three months ago to get checked out for STDs, not because I had symptoms, but just to be safe. I was sick at the time my appointment rolled around with what I believed was strep throat. I had a sore swollen throat with white patches in the back of my throat. I also had a slight cough, my nose was irritated, and I kept getting a headache.

    When my tests came back, I came up as positive for Chlamydia which I came in and got medication for. I came back negative for everything else, except HIV. That was taking longer than they expected. I was getting really nervous about it. Eventually I got a call from them saying that there had been a complication with my test where it came out as positive until they did a more exact test that went looking specifically for HIV. That test came out negative. The woman on the phone explained how my sickness may have caused the first misreading.

    However, since then I have had no sex and I keep coming down with strep like symptoms. I had had the symptoms once a few months before I went to get checked. It popped up again about a month ago. And tonight I find myself coming down with again. Is it possible the test was wrong and my immune system is weakened enough that I'm constantly getting sick due to HIV? Or is there another reason I keep getting the same symptoms over and over again?

    To be honest, I don't think I would have bat an eyelid if it wasn't for the fact that the white spots have shown up each time. They're not tonsil stones and they're very like what is suppose to happen when a person gets strep. I never have had anything like them before getting them in the last year. I have only been sexually active in the last year as well.

    • ANSWER:


Swollen Tonsils Bad Breath

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•12

Many pregnant women who suffer from bad breadth might be due to tonsil stones. Since tonsilloliths and halitosis are provoked due to same elements they can be linked to each other. Nearly ninety percent of chronic bad breadth is found to be caused due to oral cavity bacterial imbalance. It is found that tonsil stones are also composed of fungus, mucus, dead cells, putrefied debris of food and bacteria. These bad odour producing elements can get accumulated inside tonsil crypts (pocket type cavity) where smell producing calcareous matters can be formed continuously. Because of this sulphur compounds get released constantly inside the crypts and can be let out when speaking and breathing. This results in severe and persistent bad breath in both normal and pregnant women.

There are even people who might not even know that they have tonsil stones or tonsilloliths. It might be because of the stone size being too small making them difficult to feel or view. Most often these types of tonsil stones can get dislodged naturally from the cervices or crypts and get swallowed. Very few might face major inconvenience due to the stone over growth and might require removing manually for getting some relief. Removal of tonsil stones might not be suggested for women during pregnancy as it can lead to other problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how long does tonilitis last without medication. its been about 3 or 4 weeks. still swollen glands on and off?
    the story is i had sex with this girl. but the same day i ate a lot of sushi and then drunk later on that night. the next day i felt sick. the day after i had a fever cold chills sweating at night. very bad swollen tonsils bad breath hard to swallow. i dont think the sex had anything to do with it. it was unprotected though. i took some amoxacillan and it helped a lot. but after the 3 or 4 weeks im still getting swollen glands on and off. im very confused. i did not go to the doctor because i have no insurance but i try to use what i can at home.

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsillitis will not go away on its own without medication. Did you take a full course of amoxicillin? Was it prescribed to you? It's usually prescribed for about 7-14 for tonsillitis or strep. However, different bacteria require different antibiotics, so amoxicillin may not have been the right one for you. Also, swollen glands for 3-4 weeks sound like it could be mononucleosis, which you need to be tested for by a doctor.

  2. QUESTION:
    i have swollen tonsils that has white stuff in them its not painful i had it for a year can i get rid of them
    they have been swollen for about a year and give me bad breathe and over last thanksgiving i had a big lump by my neck and it was hard to breathe went to the doctor and got antibiotics and it went away but my tonsils are still swollen and food gets stuck in the holes of my tonsil causing bad breath but my tonsils never hurt except the one time
    what should i do

    • ANSWER:
      mouth infection can surely cause bad breath. but there are a lot of factors that can also cause bad breath like medications, poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, gum disease and bad bacteria inside the mouth. the best defense against mouth infection is a good oral care product that contains essential oils, which is effective in fighting the cause of bad breath, whatever it may be. compliment it with a good program of oral hygiene as well as keep the mouth hydrated by drinking water. for more tips on how to eradicate bad breath visit http://www.oramd.com

  3. QUESTION:
    Lately my ears have been ringing and my tonsils are swollen?
    I have always had a problem with my tonsils being very large and the ubula sticking to the sides. Lately my ears are ringing and I have bad breath. My tonsils have red veins in them and when I wake up in the morning my ears feel very clogged. Is there someone who has advice on what to do or knows what is happening? I would preferably like to hear from an ENT, but any help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Do your tonsils have white patches on them? You might have Tonsillitis, a tonsil infection. I know that when my tonsils were infected, they were enlarged and my uvula would stick to my tonsils. I know someone who had Tonsillitis and would get constant ear aches. She had to get them removed, so I suggest you go see a doctor about them.

  4. QUESTION:
    White tonsils and reallyy bad breath...is it tonsillitis?
    One morning I woke up and noticed my lymph nodes are really swollen and my tonsils are white...and later my breath started smelling REPULSIVE no matter how much I brush my teeth. I also have a horrible taste in my mouth. Ive been told that it may be tonsillitis and that I might have to get my tonsils removed? Is this true? Also is there any way to get rid of the breath because Im going to skip school otherwise because its so embarrassing. Please dont give me a whole page of extra information just tell me the answers to my questions. Oh and how do you get it? Is it contagious?

    p.s. Im 15...

    • ANSWER:
      When was this one morning?

      You could have strep throat. Have your parent(s) take you to your doctor ASAP (like to-morrow). Test can be done to rule this out. The last thing you need is an abscess back there.

  5. QUESTION:
    swollen lymph node...bad breath?
    i dont know what it could be...ive know had the lymph node on the side of my neck for the last to months...it comes and go and along with bad breath and a bad taste in my mouth no matter how long I brush my teeth and floss....and every time I swallow it feels like Im swollowing my tonsils when I turn my head...Ive been to the doctor but they were no help...so I want to figure out some possibilities of what it is so i can ask tell my doctor the next time. Any suggestions??
    Also, the in the first month i couldnt even swallow at all...had a blinding head ache, sweating etc....and the lymph node is still there

    • ANSWER:
      I know you said you'd been to the doctor, but did they test for strep? Someone I'd worked with...her daughter had a couple of symptoms along with extremely horrible bad breath...turned out to be strep. My daughter once had strep and my only indication was that her eyes were creating this most horrible goo like I'd never seen. I was shocked to find out that it was strep! I think you should see a different doctor. If this has been going on for a couple of months, something is medically wrong and they should be prescribing an antibiotic. It sounds like something is definitely infected. Or return to the same doctor and insist upon some sort of test. You deserve to be healthy and that's what they're paid the big bucks for - to make you better! Right?

  6. QUESTION:
    swollen tonsils?!?!?!?!?
    i have had swollen tonsils since late november and there has been 3 times were i would barly breath so i made a plan wat to do if i cant breath (not my question). Ive been to the doctors 3 times, and the past 2 or 3 months i have been getting extreamly bad ear aches and head aches... outta no were... and they r so bad tht they make everything turn black and i have to sit down... also they hurt like crazy!!!! every time i got to the doctors, they say i have a viris or something, but not strep... can a vires stay with you for 8 months???? and also i always (every morning 2-3 hours i wake up) my voice is gone... when i go to the doctors next time, what should i say to them becuase when i tell them everything they say that my tonsils r swollen and red but i dont ave strep and im not sick at all... and i wasnt sick when they got swollen, i just woke up went to school, and my tonsils were hurting and when u feel my neck, u can feel them sticking out... so what should i say to the docs?
    and also im always always always light headed and sometimes i will be walking and everything will go into a blur, and i will see little dots, does tht maybe have to do with headaches from my tonsils?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a viral infection, the only thing I know will kill it, and you won't like this, is Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar, most don't like the taste, but hey if it works, so be it. Works for me. Take about 8 ounches of warm water and add a tablespoon or tablespoon and a half to it, stir, then gargle until it is gone. One of those gargles though, you should swallow. If any germ or viruses break lose and travel down farther into the throat, the vinegar will get them also. The ear aches are coming from the throat, because they are all connected. I don't know about the headaches. Garling salt water will help with any pain in the throat, but it won't kill germs like vinegar does. If these things don't work, if you want to try them, then to hell with the Doctors you've been seeing, make an appointment with a Ear, Nose,Throat Doctor. Best to you young lady.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is there any thing or anyway to get rid of bad breath?
    I do brush my teeth 3 times a day and i do floss twice a day. But right now i have uber bad tonsillitis and its making my breath real BAD! like even chewing gum doesn't work now. and my tonsils are super swollen and super white and super red.... what do i do?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    BAD breath and a sore thrat...Are they related?
    i have had a sore throat and an ear ache for about 4 days now and it seems to be getting worse!! My tonsils are swollen and very red with what looks like holes all over them but they are not filled with pus just hurts to swallow....Even fluids like water hurts to swallow!! I don't think that i have strep cause i don't have a high fever about 99.2 but i do fill chilled!!

    MORE IMPORTANTLY this bad breath that no matter what i do it won't go away it has been like that for about two day's i have brushed my teeth and flossed them like 12 times today, and i have chewed gum but i still have this metalic taste in my mouth that won't go away ( I don't have any braces or anything metal in my mouth) The taste is nasty!!!
    Does anyone have any idea how to help!! I am 2 busy to go to the doctoer and besides i don't think i need to!!

    THanks
    FYI My tonsils have been swollen on and off for about 2 months now and that is another reason i don't want to go to my doctor because i have alread been to her 3 times since then and i am afraid that she will say that i need my tonsils out!!

    Please just tell me some things i can do at home since apparently the antibiotics are not helping

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, the breath and soreness could be connected. I'm not sure what you meant by the antibiotics not working. Are you on some now, or do you mean they didn't work after the other tonsil problems? If you're on an antibiotic now, that would explain the nasty taste in your mouth. If you're not feeling a difference after 4 days, then either you have the wrong antibiotic or the infection is viral. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, like strep or staph, not viral infections. (Antibiotics typically mess up bacterial cell walls or metabolic functions, and viruses don't have cell walls or their own metabolic processes.)

  9. QUESTION:
    Sore throat and bad breath!! What could be the cause??
    I have had a sore throat and an ear ache for about 4 days now and it seems to be getting worse!! My tonsils are swollen and very red with what looks like holes all over them but they are not filled with pus just hurts to swallow....Even fluids like water hurts to swallow!!
    I don't think that i have strep cause i don't have a high fever about 99.2 but i do fill chilled!!

    MORE IMPORTANTLY this bad breath that no matter what i do it won't go away it has been like that for about two day's i have brushed my teeth and flossed them like 12 times today, and i have chewed gum but i still have this metalic taste in my mouth that won't go away ( I don't have any braces or anything metal in my mouth) The taste is nasty!!!

    Does anyone have any idea how to help!! I am 2 busy to go to the doctoer and besides i don't think i need to!!
    oh fyi my tonsils have been swollen for about 2 months on and off...that's another reason i don't want to go to the doctor! I am afraid that she will want me to have my tonsils taken out!! Please give me some other treatments that mght work since apparently the antiobiotics are not helping!!

    • ANSWER:
      You do sound like you are fighting an infection of some sort. You may be the type of person who doesn't get a high fever when they're sick; I know I never did. You may think you are too busy to see a doctor, but as this infection gets worse, you will be forced to not only see one, but stay home for several days because you will be too sick to do anything else.

      Please see a doctor soon, whether it's your family doctor or an Urgent Care center. You need medical care!

      Good luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    Sore throat and very bad breath??
    i have had a sore throat and an ear ache for about 4 days now and it seems to be getting worse!! My tonsils are swollen and very red with what looks like holes all over them but they are not filled with pus just hurts to swallow....Even fluids like water hurts to swallow!! I don't think that i have strep cause i don't have a high fever about 99.2 but i do fill chilled!!

    MORE IMPORTANTLY this bad breath that no matter what i do it won't go away it has been like that for about two day's i have brushed my teeth and flossed them like 12 times today, and i have chewed gum but i still have this metalic taste in my mouth that won't go away ( I don't have any braces or anything metal in my mouth) The taste is nasty!!!
    Does anyone have any idea how to help!! I am 2 busy to go to the doctoer and besides i don't think i need to!!

    THanks
    oh fyi my tonsils have been swollen for about 2 months on and off...that's another reason i don't want to go to the doctor i am afraid that she will tell me that i need my tonsils taken out!!

    • ANSWER:
      A fever simply means that you have some kind of infection and your body's way of removing the infection is by heating up...sort like the self cleaning stoves (they heat up to extreme heats to destroy all germs), this is what your body is doing. It means that more than likely you do have some kind of infection and it would be wise to visit your doctor.

      Also, the bad breath is because you're sick. Some germs have a bad stench and that's why you're breath smells. It's not because of bad brushing habits or anything; it's because the germs or infection you might have might be one that smells really bad.

      By the way, as long as your fever doesn't exceed 102 then you're not in serious danger concerning your health, but visiting your doctor would be smart! Hope this helps.

  11. QUESTION:
    sore throat and really bad breath!!?
    have had a sore throat and an ear ache for about 4 days now and it seems to be getting worse!! My tonsils are swollen and very red with what looks like holes all over them but they are not filled with pus just hurts to swallow....Even fluids like water hurts to swallow!! I don't think that i have strep cause i don't have a high fever about 99.2 but i do fill chilled!!

    MORE IMPORTANTLY this bad breath that no matter what i do it won't go away it has been like that for about two day's i have brushed my teeth and flossed them like 12 times today, and i have chewed gum but i still have this metalic taste in my mouth that won't go away ( I don't have any braces or anything metal in my mouth) The taste is nasty!!!
    Does anyone have any idea how to help!! I am 2 busy to go to the doctoer and besides i don't think i need to!!

    THanks
    FYI my tonsils have been swollen for about 2 months on and off that is another reason i don't want to go to the doctor because i am afraid that she will tell me i need my tonsils removed

    • ANSWER:
      A sore throat with swollen tonsils and bad breath are very characteristic of a strep throat or of mono. Actually, in teens the two are often seen together. Other infections, both viral and bacterial may cause this too. Mono will probably run its course, but untreated strep could result in rheumatic fever with heart damaage. I think you need to see your doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    does anyoneknow how to cure bad breath?
    so i chew gum alot but after a while my jaw starts to hurt. i havent tried mouth wash, but my mom said its scent doesnt last long. i have alot of sinus and nasal problems so my tonsils are swollen. ive never had any type of throat infection so i cant get them removed. i get pus things on them n that can cAUSe my bad breath, but what can i do to get rid of the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      Try:

      http://www.healthmedicalinformation.com/native-remedies-triple-complex-halitonic-internal-tonic-for-mouth-freshness

      http://www.healthmedicalinformation.com/halitonic-tissue-salts-for-halitosis-and-bad-breath

      all the best

  13. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils ? Help please?
    Well for the last week and a half

    ive had swollen tonsils really bad

    they dont really hurt
    at times its hard to swallow and other times i cant barely breath
    THIER HUGE ?!

    When i go to sleep i wake right back up because i breath so loud ! from where im trying to breath

    Uhmm i dont have any other symptoms
    should i got to the doctor

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, definitely go to the doctor. You could possibly have mono since your tonsillitis as lasted more than a week. Make sure you don't do any physical activity if you do have mono, your spleen could be enlarged

  14. QUESTION:
    Swollen Tonsils?
    My right tonsil started to swell up 12 days ago. I haven't had any cold or cough symptoms. I had a slight temperature 3 days later (99.8 degrees) but that was the only time I had a fever. I went to the doctor 2 days ago and he said it should go down in a couple of days. I told him I had already had it for 10 days and it was only getting worse. It's hard to swallow, eat, and even breath. I told him my lungs had started to ache a week after the tonsil started to swell up, a long with a growing ear ache in my right ear. Again he told me "well I don't know what to tell you it looks like a virus." He prescriped ampicillin 825mg every 12hrs. Have been taking until this morning. I know I should wait longer for the medication to kick in but the swelling is not going down at all. I check on the swelling everyday and it looks like my left tonsil is starting to swell up a little too.I don't know what to do! Has anyone else ever gone through something like this before what the hell could it be?!
    Throat culture results were negative and I have not had a soar throat at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Go back and ask them if they will take the tonsils out. Thats if this happens to you a lot. It happened to me a lot and i had mine out and my tonsils are way gone. let me know if you need anything else ok

  15. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils and thyroid glands?
    ever since friday morning my tonsils and thyroid glands have been swollen pretty bad. its hard to swallow but easy to breath. i have like no idea wat to do but i have a band Competition tomoro and im the main sax. but like now thier this wied white stuff on my tonsils. its freaking me out what should i do ?!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to a doctor. You probably have strep, and strep has to be treated with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. It won't go away on its own.

      And your thyroid does not just swell up one day. You are probably mistaking your thyroid for your lymph nodes. Swollen lymph nodes are another sign that you have an infection, and you need to see a doctor.

  16. QUESTION:
    Bad breath - please please help me.?
    Please can someone help me - my breath stinks. I wash my teeth three times daily - use a specialised mouth wash for bad breath and I STILL smell. I have about ten little lumps at the back of my tongue and constantly suffer from swollen tonsils- could this have anything to do with it? I am miserable over it and feel very paranoid over it - its ruining my life. Ive recently met a new guy and he passed a comment about smelly people in conversation - automatically I assumed it was me - my teeth are very white so its obvious I do look after my teeth - but this smell is ruining my life - PLEASE can someone help me? Im too embarrassed to go the doctor or dentist about this. Oh and Ive posted this here because I dont think many people use the dental health section. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your dentist hun, he deals with problems like this all the time. also there is a mouth wash that can be brought over the counter called "corsodal" its medicated and helps. but the best thing is getting treatment from the dentist! good luck

  17. QUESTION:
    Can swollen tonsils cause stuttering?
    Just over the last year, I've started stuttering, which I've never had a problem with before. Around the same time, I had been having troubles breathing, especially at night, & i went to a doctor, who found holes in my enlarged tonsils & told me i should get them removed (which is going to happen in about a month). I was reading online that stuttering is often caused by bad breath control or something, & i starting thinking that maybe my tonsils are messing up my airway, & therefore causing me to stutter...but, that's just me making random guesses, idk if that's even possible..is it?

    • ANSWER:
      You'll find out for sure after you get those things out. If the stuttering continues, contact The Stuttering Foundation of America.

  18. QUESTION:
    tonsils keep geting worse and worse?
    My whole life my tonsils have been swollen,even back when i wus 3 or 4 or w.e i use to get rushed to the doctor like every day because i wld get a really high fever because of my throat,this hasnt really happend anymore so often but every now and then i would get sick from my throat,like swollen tonsils or whatever like every few months,about 2 weeks ago i got really sick and i went to the doctor and the doctor provided me with strong antibiotics,pretty big pill was probobly even bigger then a xanex bar,it made me feel better but i knew that it wasnt going to take away my life long swelling of the tonsils,but when the antibiotics ended like 2 days later i took another type of pill just 1s and idk if its been since then but the day after probobly i got this pain in my throat,i looked it was my tonsils,but this time with the right tonsil kindof being cut like a crator,and every night i see it get bigger(the crator) as if my tonsils were rotting away or somthing idk,but my tonsils are just red and i dont have bad breath,and now my right tonsil is practically gone it looks like a thing part of the moon and its red and swollen and my left 1 seems to be the way it always has big and w.e but not bothering me at all,i could barly eat drink or swallow,its been about 3 or 4 days,anybody have any idea what id could be? PLEASE ANSWERE

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Funny feeling in throat and bad breath? read!?
    i feel totallllly fine, but for the past 3 days, I have a scratchy, thirsty feeling in my throat with a littttle bit of pain. its as if my throat, not mouth, is thirsty for a drink.
    Plus i have a taste of bad morning breath in the back of my throat.
    No fever, tonsils arent swollen, and i brush with colgate total and i use Act mouthewash.
    what could be wrong?
    oh, and i feel mucasy in my throat a lot the past few days as well. i just had a sinus infecton and this is not how they usually begin with me.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a throat infection, can be cured quickly with a anti-biotic. Go to med quick or call your doctor for a prescription.

  20. QUESTION:
    my sons stinky tonsil breath?
    my son is almost 7, and from the time he was little, he got ear infections, and tonsillitis. well, he doesn't get ear infections any more, but his tonsils are permanently swollen which means he gets tonsil stones too I'm sure. he gets recurrent throat infections, and has wicked bad breath MOST of the time.they are so reluctant to remove tonsils these days (which is good, i guess) but, i feel that that's the only solution to his problem! i know someone has to have some input on this, because i know its common.

    • ANSWER:
      I dealt with the same problem for 23 years. I dealt with the 'oh, it's common', and 'well try rinsing your mouth every time you eat to help it'. Finally I decided last year that I couldn't deal with it anymore. The doctor at first was a little reluctant but I told him that my breath constantly smelled and it was an issue for my husband and I so he decided that it was a big enough problem to take them out.

      Thank goodness he did, I have not had problems since then. Find someone to take out those tonsils while he is young though, Having it done as an adult is much harder, and the recovery time longer and more painful. Not to mention the risk of complications is higher (10-15% as an adult, 2-5% as a child), I had a complication that is common where they had to re-cauterize the wound 2 weeks after surgery but it's so much less likely in young kids.

      It's not good to be reluctant about removing something that is obviously causing constant problems, that's just asking for more.

  21. QUESTION:
    do i have to get my tonsils removed?
    i've been suffering with swollen tonsils for about 3 days now. i get pain when i swallow and it also gives me bad breath and its so gross my whole neck is sore too it feels like its tired. also when i try to fall asleep i cant cuz it feels as if im hurting my swollen tonsils on the side of my neck because you can actually feel the swollen tonsils on the side of my neck. and i also get a fever on and off throughout the day.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually they treat a few times with antibiotics and then if it is a reoccurring thing then they will opt to take out the tonsils.

  22. QUESTION:
    I have really swollen tonsils?
    I have a really bad cold/flu at the moment and my tonsils are really really swollen. I'm finding it hard to breath and it hurts to eat and swallow. I've taken tylenol but it's not really helping. I have an appointment with the doctor tomorrow anyway so i can get him to look at it, but what do i do in the meantime? i've gargled salt water hoping that would help, i've eaten ice cream as well. but nothing's helping! what can i do??

    • ANSWER:
      I have the EXACT same case right now, but I don't have a cold.
      I just have been trying not to swallow or talk as much. Also, try to stick with just liquid foods. Applesauce, pudding, etc. are good foods to eat when you have swollen tonsils. Also, try to eat extreme temperature foods, (i.e. hot soup, cold yogurt)
      Also, DO NOT EAT ANY SPICY FOODS OR CHEW ANY MINT GUM. It will just make your throat burn like crazy. Stick to mild, semi sweet, non-salty foods. Don't eat any potato chips, toast, or any rough-textured food, although it makes it temporarily feel better, it will result in making your throat feel worse. It could also end up giving you a cut or scrape on your tonsils, which trust me, it hurts horribly.
      Hope I helped!
      If you have any more questions, feel free to e-mail me at celloontheriver@yahoo.com if you have any more questions!
      ~Jillian

  23. QUESTION:
    What difference to tonsils make if they come out?
    I see on the internet that some doctors are against having tonsils removed whereas some say it makes no difference, do they have a use and what are the negatives for them no longer being there. Mine are quite large and I think they give me bad breath because of being infected and swollen alot, do they really make a difference?
    Also someone told me tonsilitis is contageous, but I didn't think infections could be passed on, so is there truth in that as well?

    • ANSWER:
      The bad breath could be caused by tonsil stones or tonsiloliths, they will also cause the tonsil to swell and be painful sometimes... I have them as well. To see if you do, go to the mirror and use your finger to actually open the tonsil, if you see a white or yellow type of substance, then you have them. I used to get tonsillitis on a regular basis, but my doctor didn't want mine taken out. Since I started cleaning out the pockets of stones, I haven't had it in almost 2 years. Your tonsils do serve a purpose too, they are there to trap bacteria and infection from going further into your throat, but when removed there are usually no complications or adverse reactions. And yes, tonsillitis is contagious, highly.

  24. QUESTION:
    Cough, swollen tonsils and swollen taste buds?
    My daughter woke up this morning with a bad cough, almost sounds like croup. Her tonsils are swollen and she has a few white spots on the back of her throat. Her breath is terrible, I don't even think brushing her teeth helped at all. She has what looks like swollen taste buds at the very back of her tongue. She says is only hurts a little when she swallows and she does not have a fever. She had what appeared to be a cold sore pop up out of no where on her lip yesterday, but is almost gone today. I don't think this constitutes and emergency since she is not running a fever and is not complaining of pain anywhere. Any suggestions? I don't think it is strep throat since there is no fever. She does not have a rash anywhere and she seems to be eating and drinking just fine. Hasn't complained of any pain while eating. Her tonsils are noticeably swollen and the white "pockets" on them seem like strep. It also seems like it may be affecting her voice a little bit.

    • ANSWER:
      Has she had her tonsils out yet?

      If she hasn't then Bingo! The same things happened to me before I got my tonsils out. The cold sore is just bad luck and the the swollen taste buds are just pools of bacteria that formed at the back of her mouth. The part about the bad breath is a effect of the pools of bacteria.

      Hope this helped!

  25. QUESTION:
    Why are my tonsils so swollen!!!?
    They are swollen so bad it hurts to swallow and its not as easy to breath as normal. my throat is a tiny itchy =(
    I went to the doctors earlier today, he said they didn't look too bad but sent in a swab sample to be tested for strep.
    is there anyway to make the swelling go down while I wait for results?

    • ANSWER:
      Your tonsils are irritated or inflamed, which could be a sign that they need to be removed. Eat really cold things to cool down your throat, such as ice cream, popsicles, or just plain ice. To prevent them flaming up again, don't eat hard things, but instead soft substances such as jello and pudding.

      What you have may be streptococcus. Look for these signs:
      A sudden, severe sore throat, and pain when you swallow. [which you have]
      Fever over 101F.
      Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes. [Which you also have.]
      White or yellow spots on the back of a bright red throat.

      Your doctor's done a throat culture. The sample will go into a special cup (culture) where the strep bacteria can grow over time. If strep bacteria grow, the doctor knows that you have strep.
      Strep throat will go away in 3 to 7 days with or without treatment. Doctors usually treat strep throat with antibiotics even though they may not make you well faster. Antibiotics shorten the time you are able to spread the disease to others (are contagious) and lower the risk of spreading the infection to other parts of your body.

      Hope I've helped.

      God bless,
      Elaine.

  26. QUESTION:
    persistent swollen tonsils ?
    Ok, before anyone answers this question I just want to inform you that I am pretty knowledgeable in this whole tonsils deal, so please refrain from responses concerning ice pops, gargling salt water, etc. I've been looking for over 2 years for some good help with little success. I apologize ahead of time as this is quite a long post. I have a bad habit of including way too many details. I pasted this in word and did the best editing I can to shorten it up. I just wanted to give the best description possible of my condition.
    Two years ago I came down with a severe case of tonsillitis. I was 20 at the time, and remember always having a history of food and bacteria getting caught up in the tonsils whenever I was sick. This time although, was directly focused on the tonsils with extreme pain. In fact the worst pain I've ever had related to soar thought, strep, or any other ear nose and through sickness in my lifetime other than when I had mono at 17. I went to a walk in clinic after about 3 days of severe pain, high fever, and a slow loss of my ability to swallow. The doctors and assistants were astonished at the size of my tonsils and repeatedly asked me if I was able to swallow. Not really understanding their severity in the question, I responded with yes. At the time I was in fact still able to swallow, it was just very painful. The doctor gave me that blister pack of a week antibiotic treatment and a script for vicopropen to ease the pain and hopefully let me eat and drink something. Before I left the doctor told me if things got worse to go to the ER.
    After taking one of the vicopropen and the first two tablets of the antibiotic my fever went down, I was able to drink without so much pain, and swallow slightly solid food. I attempted at eating a piece of pizza but that didn’t get farther than the first bite.

    Fast forward 5 hours and 3 more pain killers I am in a world of bliss and 95% unable to swallow, talk, breath, etc. I was in such a care free mood that when my sister and my mother’s cousin saw how much pain I was really in they pretty much had to force me to go to the ER. I sat in the waiting room in serious pain for over an hour before I was finally brought in. Once again the nurses were amazed at the size of my tonsils, acknowledged the severity of my condition and let me wait for another hour on the hospital bed. At this point I hadn’t had any liquids for hours and was so dehydrated I could hardly speak. I was told I sounded like the godfather lol. Finally a doctor came in of course he too acted in astonishment and from there on they finally responded as they should have at first. Never will understand why they took forever with both the lady at the desk and the nurses that put me in the room 2 hours apart from each other telling me “WOW we need to get you into a room and hydrated ASAP. It was as if they had forgotten, twice, lol.

    They gave me a hydromorphone (brand name diludid) for pain, hydrated me up, and a steroid to reduce swelling all via IV around 1 AM. I went home around 9 in the morning and the swelling had reduced, the pain was almost gone, I was able to eat and drink and felt like a million bucks. I took the new 30 count script of a stronger antibiotic until it was empty even though after 3 days I felt 100% back to normal.
    Two years later, although the shape, tears, and lumps I had developed at that time have disappeared the swelling never really went down. I now have enlarged tonsils that catch food particles from time to time and cause major discomfort in my throat and neck area. My voice sounds as if I have marbles in my mouth, and sometimes I find it difficult to talk at a loud enough voice for people to hear. I’ve always been told I mumble, but it seems now that speaking loud takes extra effort and does not vibrate and project like it should or used to. Tilting my head looking skyward I can feel and hear a lack of airflow.

    I smoke around 2-5 cigarettes a day, wasn’t a smoker when I first had this happen. I quit in late December of 07 because I determined the cause of constantly catching food particles to be the main cause. It was and I saw a drop in occurrence. Unfortunately I started a new job where every single person smokes inside and outside of the building and I picked the habit up again. I told myself if the food particles returned as they were before I would stop.
    As far as the enlarged tonsils go, they seem to fluctuate in size regardless of being sick, healthy, smoking or not smoking. That has stayed consistent. Quitting smoking did stop the food particles almost completely. There was a time where I was pulling them out daily, sometimes struggling for weeks to finally get one out. VERY annoying I tell you!

    The past few days my neck has been pretty swollen, and although my tonsils have never swelled back to the size while being sick, they still are noticeably large. I did talk to an ear nose and through doctor sometime in late 2006, and he gave me the
    the same antibiotic they gave when I was in the ER, but it didn’t help and I missed an appointment and denied me to come back. I know the trouble with having someone finally agree to remove them, and that’s not really the route I would like to go. I have only gotten sick one other time, just about a year after the first case, but not as acute. I have no insurance so the doctor is out of the question, which I prefer anyways. I found some info on homeopathy remedies, but found it entirely too confusing as it doesn’t explain anything except what the remedy should be used for, where can i get them, how do i use them?

    Any advice besides “gargle salt water” or “go see a doctor” is appreciated. I just want something to take the swelling down possibly natural. There has to be something. They cause too much discomfort and not being able to breathe and speak normal sucks.
    looks like i am going to have to apply for state insurance. I see all of your points. My ex girlfriend had hers removed but it took years before they finally did it, which meant she had come down with tonsillitis numerous times, with each case being worse than the previous. I dont know, i guess it makes sence, my sister had hers removed when she was younger. I just wonder about the first line of defense being non existant.

    I would imagine if I went to the doc and told him I am having breathing complications due to the swelling he would react, but from my previous expereinces he will just write me a stupid script and tell me to come back and spend more money i dont have in a week so he can "diagnose"

    its almost scary how much my ex's voice changed after her surgery, she sounded like a completly different person.

    i guess i already knew the answer its just i've been dealing with it for two years now and only sometimes do they bother me, i figured i would just check to see

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is, get your tonsils removed. I'm not quite sure why you've let it get to this point.

  27. QUESTION:
    sore throat or swollen tonsils?
    Im not sure how i got this as i do not yell a lot or havnt in a long time. anyways i think it was from the time i went to lunch and ate bad meat ( i could tell it was spoiled it tasted like a cow took a dump on the meat and i was eating it) after that the same night i got a bad headache so i slept it off next morning i was gone but then my throat was sorta sore. the enxt day my throat is even more sore and now i got mucus building up in my nose and throat. it's getting hard for me to breath through my mouth and nose because of the mucus do you know what the problem is? do i have swollen tonsils or just a sore throat and like mucus back up and how do i get rid of it?

    i try to drink water and hot tea last night.

    PS. the mucus is sort of gone but the sore throat remains. it hurts when i swallow even if it's just beverages

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a Pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens, they usually have medicines for Sore throats and colds and anything like that.

  28. QUESTION:
    one of my tonsils is extremely swollen. i have no fever, always fatigue, waking up in the middle of sleep?
    i had strep throat last month, finished the medication and then i was fine. and just recently, when i was sleeping i kept waking up in the middle of the night and my heart would race like crazy and i'm thinking that it's because i'm having a hard time breathing. the next morning i looked in the mirror to check what was up and my right tonsil is swollen compared to my left. and there was one white patch on my left tonsil, and like mucus at the back of my throat, and my breath stinks sooo bad and my mouth is always dry. i have no fever, chills, nothing. just that i'm always tired. what do you think i have? is it serious? what should i do?. i don't want to go to the doctor cuz i have no medical insurance or money.

    i'm 18 years old and i live with my aunt and uncle, and i'm too scared to ask them to take care of it.

    • ANSWER:
      know what ? i think your body is just recovering from the sickness , your immune system is weak right now from the strep so you suseptable to other illnesses that other wise would not effect you , i would suggest that you tell your aunt and uncle cus they love you and try some self catering, wash your hands wash your sheets and gargle with a tablespoon of table salt in 8oz of hotside of warm water every night before bed and have a big tall glass of orange juice every morning for at least a week

      and drink a couple cups of water before the salt water gargle recovering bodies need lots of liquids

      the salt water will help with the tonsils swolleness and help eliminate those normally harmless germs while your imune system recoops and the orange juice will help boost your immune system i would recamend staying away from sodas and drink white tea if not green tea will do white tea is beeter tho i doubt you,ll need surgery good luck i hope these old remedies help you

  29. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils for the third time, PLEASE HELP?
    I have been kind of sick, but nothing very serious, I've had a sore throat, slight nausea, general weakness/lack of energy, and head ache. this has been recurring for at least a month. I have also not had my period since mid June and have not even been ovulating. I have woke up three times since early July with my throat so swollen it terrified me. It seems to happen the morning after i drink an energy drink, so i am guessing it is some sort of allergic reaction or something more serious could be triggered from it. The swelling always seems to go down the next time i go to sleep whether that be at the end of the day or whether i go back to sleep as soon as i wake up. it's just scary going to sleep when it's hard to breath awake. I'm always afraid it's going to get worse and make me unable to breath. Is there any sort of thing i can do to help it before i make it to the Doctor? I have a really bad gag reflex so the thought of going to have my Doctor examine my throat is scary!!

    • ANSWER:
      cut them out with a knife, trust me...im a doctor

  30. QUESTION:
    Strep Throat Left a Bad Taste in My Mouth?
    I recently got over Strep Throat without the help of any antibiotics. The symptoms of painful and swollen pussy tonsils are gone, but now I'm left with a bad taste in my mouth whenever I swallow. Even after I brush my teeth and gargle with mouthwash, I feel like I have foul morning breath, but more rotten tasting in the back of my throat. Does anyone know what this is and how I can cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      The strep throat may not be completely cleared up or, you might have an abscess on one of your tonsils that is draining some fluid that could give you this taste. It might be a good idea to have someone look in your throat with a flashlight and see if they can see a pus pocket anywhere on either of your tonsils. If there is, you need to see a doctor and get some antibiotics. Untreated strep can settle in the valves of your heart and cause lots of problems and you won't know this has happened until it is too late.

  31. QUESTION:
    I have pus on my tonsils but they don't hurt, what could be causing this?
    My tonsils are a little swollen and there's a few pus pockets and red spots on them. They've been like this for a while, but they aren't bothering me. The only bad thing that I think is caused by it is bad breath. Should I be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      it doesnt sound healthy at all, perhaps see a doctor?

  32. QUESTION:
    Swollen Tonsils what to do?
    over the past 3 weeks i have caught a cold( i believe) every week and it hurts to swallow, breath, drink and eat. My tonsils are very sore and im not sure whether it just a cold or whether it worse than that, please help. plus my tonsils looked very skinny and thin from the usual chunky and fat

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a doctor. Perhaps an ENT doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    White Spots on Tonsils..PLEASE HELP ME OUT?
    Last week, i had a heachahe, slight sore throat and a bit of a fever. My tonsils were swollen with white spots all over them. Now all my symptoms have gone but my tonsils are still a little swollen and still have white spots on them- but not as many. ( i dont have bad breath so i dont think its tonsil stones cause i cant just pick them off like people say you can)
    What do you all think i have,( thought it may be strep but throat isnt sore anymore) and is it going away or should i still go to the docs????
    So do you think it could come back again if i dont get it seen to. Oh i dont want it to affect my heart and all that. I just hate doctors, best get over that ay!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You absolutely should go to the Doctor! It sounds like you had strep throat and that you are getting better, but, strep throat *needs* to be treated with penicillin. If the strep is left untreated, in some cases it can cause serious complications later on - it can lead to heart or kidney problems, for one. But, if you take a course of penicillin then you have little to no chance of getting these side effects. So, to be safe, please go to the Doctor - even if you are getting "better," if you did have strep you need to take a course of penicllin to be on the safe side.

      Edit in response to 'additional details': I don't think the strep throat symptoms will come back if you don't get it checked out; usually you can fight off strep throat on your own (the recovery just takes a little longer without penicillin). But there is always a chance of getting the long-term complications if you don't take penicillin - even though the chances of having a problem with your heart or kidneys later on is pretty minor, if you take the penicillin there is virtually NO chance. I think that's worth taking pills for 10 days. :) I hate Dr's, too, but all they will do is swab your throat to make sure it is strep and then give you a Rx for some pills to take. It should be relatively painless! Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    Maxiallry Sinus?
    My CT Scan shows Maxillary sinus towards left side of the nose. Also A deviated nasal septum. Although I never Feel any pain anywhere on the face. Apart from Once in 6 mnths for about 2-3 hrs pressure in my left eye and cheek. The only problem with me is bad breath (chronic), no swollen tonsils, but daily I have those tonsil stones in my throat which smell really bad. Can someone suggest me a treatment or is surgery the only option. Also, is Deviated septum the cause of maxillary sinus. I never have any other complication related to throat. NO Pain at all.
    Thanks for the clarification needed, I meant blocked maxially sonus, .And my concern is whether are they all associated to each other and main concern is about getting rid od halitosis

    • ANSWER:
      First off, you always have a maxillary sinus. It is a part of the skull and soft tissue. Secondly, a deviated septum is a fairly benign thing. Now, not knowing what you are trying to ask because of the vagueness of the description is tough. Are you asking why your sinuses are swollen, about the bad breath, or about the septum?

  35. QUESTION:
    daughter still has swollen tonsils and now swollen neck glands..please advise?
    My 19 month old daughter got strep back in october of 2010. Every since then she has had a couple sinus infections, snores at night, breaths through her nose, coughs at night, and grumpy from not getting her sleep at night. Well every since Oct. her tonsils have stayed enlarged. She had a checkup yesterday, her tonsils still very very large, they tested her in office for strep throat, it came back Neg. The doctor also notice that her neck glands on each side of her neck just below her ears are very swollen as well. She was put on omnicef for that incase the glands themselfs have become infected. Doctor did refer us to the ent about the snoring and tonsils and I got her a appointment for the allergist next week. I'm concerned about these enlarged lymph nodes in her neck. Everything i read about them online states something bad (ex:cancer and more). She doesn't act like they bother her in any way at all. Could these lymph glands thats swollen be from her tonsils being so enlarged? Thanks for your help. I just need someone to ease my mind a little =)
    So could allergies and her tonsils be a reasoning for her enlarged neck lymph glands?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Throat/tonsils etc, hypochondriac in need of advice please?
    hey, i know this might seem a stupid question, but can one tonsil be bigger than the other? before any of you guys ask no i don't have any difficulty swallowing etc, i did have a nasty throat infection a few days ago but its died down and the only thing remaining from that is a few ulcers in the back of my throat, a much less swollen gland and a sore throat in the morning, which is extremley relievin from the other day where i had real bad red sore throat, difficulty swallowin and lack of appetite, bad breath and a swollen lymph gland (all of which persisted for around three weeks!) but its definately eased off now, when i went to visit the doctor he examined my mouth etc and said it is most likely a VIRAL infection, he also had a look at my tonsils to clear out tonsilitis or PDA and he said my tonsils are extremly small for a seventeen year old, which i class as a compliment :) .

    in conclusion, i would like to ask any health advisors/doctors/proffessionals if:

    1) is it normal for one tonsil to be slightly bigger than the other?
    2) Can anyone hazard a guess as to what viral infection i could of picked up a month ago, i know its fadin off but im curious as what kind of infection could of lingered this long?

    And 3) is there any self help/treatment or even advice for relievin myself from this hypochondria ive been sufferin for 2 years? it is beginnin to affect my psychological health and i cant take many more sleepless nights researchin stupid pointless symptoms and bringin myself to thinkin i have cancer :(

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Hole in the top of my left tonsil?
    I have had a sore throat for a couple of days, a really bad sore throat, I have had strep before but this is nothing like it. I have no white patches on my tonsils or bad breath. I noticed today that there is a hole in the top of my left tonsil though, there is nothing coming out of it though. I was reading online about how people have had these and they usually also at some point in their life have had things come up out of their throat that are small white balls that smell bad and kind of look like white cheese, I have had this happen to me for years, not all the time but maybe a couple times every couple of months. I went to an allergy specialist the last time I had a sinus infection and he said he thought my tonsils were swollen due to allergies rather than an infection, but now with this hole in my tonsil I'm not so sure. Has anyone has this happen with a history of the small white things and a history of strep throat? The allergy doctor said he didn't think I needed my tonsils out but now I'm not so sure, do I need to go to an ENT?

    • ANSWER:
      You have nothing to worry about, your tonsils job is to fight infection and collect toxins in your body and expels these toxins (white cheese balls that smell bad). It's normal. I've had the same thing I was worried just like you my doctor said it was nothing. And I think the the initial creation of the hole happens during sickness and is just not necessary to seal back up so it stays open.

  38. QUESTION:
    My tonsils hurt will i need to get them out?
    My tonsils have been hurting for about 4 days and i was wondering would i need to get them out. They have some white spots and my breath smells really bad and they are also swollen and red and one is bigger than the other but they both hurt. Also my neck is hurting does this have anything to do with it? What do i do? THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      http://books.google.com/books?id=7oCRSPXYS4YC&pg=PA193&dq=diagnosis+in+chinese+medicine+tonsils

      Start reading at the heading "Mouth" and read all the parts until the next page mentioning "tonsils". Traditional Chinese Medicine in this case should be able to help you with eliminating your tonsil symptoms without invasive surgery. I wish someone had pointed this out to my parents back when I had my tonsils *cut out* of my throat when I was 4 years old. Totally unnecessary and more trouble and risk to your health than it's worth (post-operative infections that can quickly reach the brain, bleeding from opening stitches and unintended scalpel incisions, damage to throat and vocal cords, etc. ).

      Find a good TCMedicine doctor near you at these sites (cross-search for most qualified; read their own personal website, try to get a Chinese doctor that went through the Chinese method of completing both a TCM degree along with a Western medical degree; a doctor with the most years practiced; if you can find one, a doctor with more than 20 years of practice...they're more common than you think. But by all means AVOID a Western doctor that "picked up some acupuncture and herbalism" from a year or two of "seminars". TCM is far too complex to learn as a hobby):

      nccaom.org
      http://www.aaaomonline.org/45000.asp
      acufinder.com

  39. QUESTION:
    I have swollen tonsils and have to sing tomorrow!?
    Its really painful to talk, breath, swallow and sing. I have auditions tomorrow. I have been sick for a half a week now but it just hit its worst yesterday. I have a few ideas on what to do but I would like some advice on this...

    -I know of tea but what kind?
    -I heard ginger is good and ginger candy, anyone recommend a certain brand of candy?
    -Or just the ginger root to eat itself? Not sure on that one
    -Honey in tea, Why?
    -Sweet things to eat but not chocolate. Does this help?
    -Do cough drops do anything for you?

    I am going to the store here soon and I would like an idea of what to get that would be best for my voice tomorrow so I can song my best and get a part in Ragtime. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard that for singers like ourselves, drizzling a tablespoon on honey down your throat (nothing else) will help. Good luck! :)

  40. QUESTION:
    Can you have strep throat without tonsils?
    I used to get strep throat a lot. So I had my tonsils removed 8 years ago. Now my throat is hurting really bad and it's very swollen. It's a little hard to breath and very hard to swallow food. Could I have strep? Or could air born allergies cause my throat to swell? It's so swollen it's visible on the outside, and I don't have any other symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      A strep. throat means there is an invading organism in your throat called streptococcus hence the name strep. throat it can happen with or without tonsils treated with penicillin tablets following a throat swab to identify the organism

  41. QUESTION:
    Tonsils not sore but puss-ing?
    i know i should go to the doctors for something like this but i come from a small town and the doctors are quite useless.. anyway, for over a year i have been getting this really bad breath problem every now and then. i started spitting out these small white lumps that smelt soooo so bad. i didnt know where they were coming from for ages but just today i opened my mouth to have a look and i saw one coming out of my tonsil... gross or what.? my tonsils are not sore or swollen at all so i dont know why they would be pussing... does anyone know what this could be? or have u had a similar thing?
    thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      It really sounds lik tonsiliths i.e tonsil stones, i won't ramble about what it is cos you'll be nearly faster searching a site for i now but its basically when food gets trapped in around the tonsils and mostly causes no symptoms only very bad breath!

  42. QUESTION:
    Help I need tonsil relief! My tonsils are inflammed and ibuprofen isn't doing anything!?
    My tonsils are aching badly and are inflammed, it's difficult to breath and I can barely drink liquids or eat...last week I was prescribed antibiotics which made the swelling stop. After I finished the dose, my tonsils swelled back up. They hurt so bad, how can I relieve the swelling?
    I tried salt water gargling, drinking teas and soups, none of it helps.
    Ibuprofen used to work but I have been taking too much of it...

    • ANSWER:
      You need another round of anti-biotics to do the trick. Ibuprofen will help but not cure. Also, take 2,000 units of vitamin C every day until you are well again. It really helps. You don't overdose on Vit C....you pee out what you don't use. But it boosts your immune system and that is the help your tonsils need.

  43. QUESTION:
    Tonsil infection that doesn't fit the symptoms of tonsillitis?!?
    I plan to go to a clinic and take care of this, but before I do I wanted to explain this weird situation I'm in with an unconventional tonsil infection...

    My left tonsil got majorly sore and swollen a few days ago, I'll say about 4 days by now. The problem with diagnosing my swollen/infected tonsil as "tonsillitis" or "strep" is that I have slightly different symptoms then most, and I'm wondering what is wrong with me...

    I have all the standard flu-like symptoms of tonsillitis: awful sleep hampered by fever/chills and body aches (weak, restless bones), ear ache (on that left side) and swollen glands on the left side of my neck, difficulty and pain swallowing and talking, however that is where the similarities stop...

    Two major differences: my tonsil is not covered in any white coating or any sort of discoloration that would indicate strep or tonsillitis. It's just very red and majorly inflamed. Everything I've found online indicates that if it's tonsillitis, I should have a white coating, but I don't... The other major difference is that the infected/swollen tonsil is absolutely riddled with tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths...

    If you don't know what tonsil stones are, they are these small, yellow calcified deposits that grow in the crypts and crevices of your tonsils from an accumulation of (typically) too much sugar or bacteria. I drink way too much soda, so it's obvious I loaded my tonsil up with enough sugar to fill every crypt with tonsil stones... tonsil stones are not a normal symptom of tonsillitis, and frankly, they are one of the most common and ignored oral problems ever. Tonsil stones are what causes severe halitosis (bad breath) and they can be extremely uncomfortable, like pebbles or sand caught in there and it is not fun.

    The most bizarre thing is that tonsil stones are supposed to be easily removed by use of an oral irrigator, which by some miracle I actually have one, and I can't tell you how annoying it was when I found out that it didn't work for me. The infection has swollen the tonsil so much and loaded it up with so many tonsil stones and thick mucus to hold them in place, that the water pressure of the oral irrigator isn't enough to free/clear the stones out of my tonsil. I'm wondering why.

    In addition to the swollen gland in my neck (same side) which looked like a small walnut bulging from my neck, over the course of the last 24 hours it has spread upwards (the inflamation under the jaw) up another inch to just under my jaw's hinge... I'm really freaked out.

    I don't know if this is even tonsillitis, and if it is, if it's viral or bacterial. Please help!
    I should also add that I have never had tonsillitis before, maybe once when I was a kid but it quickly passed. Nothing like this. Never a bulging swollen gland in my neck... also the tonsil itself is about double to almost triple its normal size, if that helps. Thanks to anyone who can help...

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Hey , im 17, im a Little confused. How can you tell if you have Mono. or Tonsilitus?
    My Tonsils are swollen, with white patches. I have Difficulty Swallowing , Also it gives me Very bad breath. I Have little energy, always sleeping. I Do NOT. have a fever, my tempature is good. The pain is ridiculous at times in my lypmhnodes.

    Also how do i get rid of the bad breath?

    • ANSWER:
      Mononucleosis (often called "mono") is an infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Signs of mono include fever, sore throat, headaches, white patches on the back of your throat, swollen glands in your neck, feeling tired and not feeling hungry.

      Your doctor will probably first ask you some questions about your symptoms and then may do blood tests to confirm the diagnosis. One common test used to diagnose mono is called the Monospot test. Sometimes other blood tests are needed if the results of the Monospot test aren't clear.

      The main point of treatment is to relieve your symptoms. The following list includes tips on treatment:

      Rest.
      Drink plenty of fluids.
      If you have a sore throat, gargle with salt water, or suck on throat lozenges, hard candy or flavored frozen desserts (such as Popsicles).
      You may want to take acetaminophen (one brand name: Tylenol) or ibuprofen (some brand names: Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) to relieve pain and fever. Do not give aspirin to children. Aspirin should be avoided because it has been associated with a disease called Reye's syndrome in children. Reye's syndrome is a serious illness that can lead to death.

      Avoid sports, activities or exercise of any kind until your doctor tells you it's safe. Moving around too much puts you at risk of rupturing your spleen. You need to avoid physical activities for about 3 to 4 weeks after the infection starts.

  45. QUESTION:
    My tonsils are causing problems?
    They dont seem to be swollen, but they both are a little large, and have a single hole in each, which collects food and a build up of plaque, and causes bad taste and bad breath,and constantly triggers my gag reflex.
    What do i do to fix?
    I have to use a cotton stick or my hair pin to clean them.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have them removed. My mom had to have mine removed when I was about 5 years old and I had to have my sons removed because they were to big. Tonsils are like the appendix. They have no purpose what so ever.

  46. QUESTION:
    White spots on both tonsils?
    I woke up with an ear ach on monday and i looked in my throat and it was soar and had white spots on my right tonsil ( the side my ear hurt). I went to the doctor and had a strep test done and a throat culture done and no Strep. Now on Thursday it feels a little swollen when i swallow nothing bad, no sore throat really and the white spots are now on both sides? Any idea? i don't have bad breath, and it doesn't look like stones and i have had strep before def doesn't feel like it.
    i forgot to mention, no fever.

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor didn't find anything or show deep concern, then just give it a few days. Possibly take some ibuprofen to help with inflammation.

  47. QUESTION:
    EXTREMELY SWOLLEN TONSIL IN 8 YEAR OLD,POSTNASAL DRIP,LSLIGHT LARYNGITIS..HELP! ANY PEDIATRIC PHYSICIANS HERE?
    My child has had a headcold for about a day and a half.cough barky cough from boogers,sometimes sounds harsh,boogers,sinus drainage,woke at 3 a.m. -couldnt breath,it was due to phlem.steam,nebulizer treatment every 4 hours,lots of juice,and kids mucinex every 4 hours,constant noseblowing and coughing up phlem when possible..i continued this until 7 am...child was back to normal,with slight boogers,noseblowing was a constant,has had no temp at all through this,full pink tone returned to face.not flush and pink.so off he went to school.no swollen tonsils..i looked to see if there was build up or anything..and none.went to school.came home today at 3 pm..had bad cough,all over again the symptoms started!! so i redid what i knew..steam,medicines,ect..it seemed ok...so i grabbed the flashlight,looked into his throat,and i couldnt see it! 1 side looks completely closed! the other 1/2 way.my first thought- airway! if that other side closed..yikes! rushed him to hospital.was there a total of 2 minutes with doctor..doc came in,did the flashlight in the throat,and without further looking into my sons problem,though he was breathing ok,and wasnt coughing then,never did a culture,she said"i think its a viral infection.see your doctor in a few days if it doesnt get better",and sent us home! no explaination,no meds,no treatment for home...and we get home..And guess what! same symptoms again..coughing,wheezing from buggers,stuffed up,nebs,mucinex.
    i am calling pediatrician in the morning,and getting him in there asap.,
    my question is,since he has airway open now(doc says there is enough room for air),it is late in the evening now..is there anything i would watch out for until he gets to his pedi?? should i continue this treatment until a.m. ??
    anything i can do to help shrink his tonsils ?? i am really upset at the e.r. doc,and not sure if anyone else has gone through this??? can someone please help! i am scared to go to sleep tonight,and i am a nervous wreck now!

    • ANSWER:
      Warm salt water gargle is a good idea - keep up with the nebulizer treatment, steam etc., in fact if you can have a vaporizer or humidifier keep it going all the time - with a viral infection I don't think meds work -
      good luck and I hope your son is better real soon

  48. QUESTION:
    how can i remember to...?
    my tonsils are swollen bad... like every time i cough i cant breath for over 2 minutes how can i remember to call the free clinic for a checkup...

    • ANSWER:
      um write it down? or on your hand or tie a string

  49. QUESTION:
    How bad is getting your tonsils out?
    I am on my team mates yahoo as I do not have one.
    I am 15 almost 16 and am getting my tonsils out this week, I heard that the jingly thing in the back of your mouth swells up and its hard to breath, eat and drink....
    How long does it take for the swelling to heal and is there anyone whom could estimate how long a full recovery would take for my age?

    I am a professional gamer therefore need my voice back... About how long does it take for you to be able speak again without it hurting...
    When getting your tonsils out do you get any needles/liquids etc etc?

    Any answers would be so helpful!

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Waking up with many symptoms?
    I wake up every morning with a light headache and bad breath. i also wake up dehydrated and thirsty but i drink plenty of water. I also can only breath through one nostril and breath with my mouth at night. Also one of my tonsils are swollen. As the day goes on the headache gets worse and by the end of the day its bad unless i sit down.

    • ANSWER:
      You have tonsillitis. Most common unilateral tonsil that is swollen is the right tonsil (unknown reason). If you have no fever, take some ibuprofen to reduce the swelling. Gargle salt water to reduce the pain/swelling, and bad breath.

      If you have a fever or notice white-yellow spots, you may have a bacterial infection. Go to your doctor for antibiotics.

      The headache may be due to decreased oxygen to your brain due to the breathing problem. If you've had chronic, severe tonsil enlargement like this before (three times a year for the last three years), I would consider a tonsillectomy (discuss with your doctor).

      If you go to the doctor, you can get a shot of corticosteroids that will help with the inflammation, and help you breathe better.

      An off-label use, though this should help a little, is Sudafed and/or anti-histamines. Sudafed is an adrenergic agonist that will bronchodilate your respiratory system. Anti-histamines will reduce some inflammatory mediators.

      Your symptoms should go away in 3-4 days. Once again, if you have a fever, or your problems are severe or persist, go see a doctor.

      Differentials:
      EBV (mononucleosis)
      HSV
      Adenovirus

      If you have fever, a doctor might want to rule out bacterial infection, especially Group A beta-hemolytic Strep pyogenes (can lead to rheumatic fever).

      Good luck!


Swollen Tonsil Treatment Natural

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•12

Tonsil stones can cause bad breath and it has become known to all now. Medically, tonsil stones are referred to in the name of tonsil stones. But bad breath might not be solely caused by tonsil stones that some times determining the cause can be a bit difficult. Normally bad breath can be caused due to improper brushing and poor mouth or oral hygiene, sluggish digestion, consuming wrong food kinds, ulceration of the mouth and various other disorders of the stomach. Most often treating tonsil stones properly can itself stop bad breath.

But the worst part is that the persons who are having bad breath might not know that his mouth is smelly as it can only be sensed by others who stand in front and beside them. The same is the case with the tonsil stones too. Very occasionally the persons suffering from tonsil stones might feel that something has got stuck in between their throat or feel his throat irritated, feel difficult to swallow that they realize that they have some problem in their throat.

Also, tonsils might be located in the mouth deep inside; they might be difficult to reach and hence accumulates all types of food debris, bacteria and mucous that it becomes a wonderful breading area for the anaerobic bacteria and also creates bad breath without any stopping. This condition can also lead to strep throat because of the streptococcus. The strep throat condition can produce some nasty side effects and also degrade the healthy tissues. If streptococcus is eliminated it can cure bad breath effectively.

There are many different options for treating tonsil stones that cause bad breath. When going for self treatment options to get rid of tonsil stones and bad breath, it is best to go for natural kind of treatments and options like proper brushing, flossing, salt gargling, consuming more quantities of water and so on. Some times they can also chew gums that are free from sugar as they too keep the mouth hydrated all the time. Surgery should be taken as the last resort as tonsils are meant to protect the body from infections and microorganisms.

There also instances where even after removing tonsil stones, bad breath does not stop to emanate from the mouth. It might be because the anaerobic bacteria that were feeding on the tonsil stones might have found some other particles for their growth. The substances they feed on might be of sugary nature that it is good to avoid these types of food particles for sometime even after the removal of tonsil stones to permanently get rid of bad breath.

Home Remedies for Curing Tonsil Stones

Tonsillectomy not only can lead to various health problems later but also does not come at a cheaper price. The surgery can also hinder day to day activities for some time. Hence, it is avoided most often. In fact, there are natural and scientifically proven ways to get rid of tonsil stones so they never return. It's absolutely not necessary to go for a long, drawn out surgery or wasting your money on expensive nasal sprays and tablets. Follow a step-by-step program that will show you exactly how to get rid of your tonsil stones naturally and ensure they never come back! You can learn more about the program that promises a natural cure for tonsil stones from http://tonsilstones1.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Eroded tonsils? What does that mean in naturopathic medicine?
    I have had issues with my tonsils my entire life. The first time I got strep was 2 years old, and I had it 16 times between the ages of 4-6. My pediatrician put me on 3 straight months of antibiotics at that point, since my parents would not have them removed. I've only had strep a handful of times since then, but my tonsils have been a continual battle since. They are almost always swollen, and more often than not, sore and red. Sometimes they get a white stringy infection on them, which has tested negative for strep every time, and I have continual tonsil stones. I have recently been talking to my doctor about just getting them taken out. Since he is a naturopath, he would rather try to treat them before removing them, since I have never tried natural methods to help them. As he put it, I have been fighting them for 21 years, and what's a few extra months trying to treat and repair the problem before deciding on cutting out lymphatic tissue permanently. I agree that it's worth a shot, and his last treatment worked amazingly well (I had been battling some form of long term infection for years that sucked all my energy, multiple rounds of antibiotics from my GP had not cleared it up ot helped in the least, and after 3 months on a couple homeopathic supplements, my elevated white blood cell count dropped to normal and I feel like myself again- energetic and not sick).

    Anyways, he said that my tonsils are eroding because of such long term inflammation and infection. He gave me 2 supplements, one to clear out scar tissue and the "erosion" and another to help rebuild new healthy tissue. I'm seeing him again in 3 months to review if they've helped, and if not, then he will asses whether or not recommending they are removed and referring me to a specialist. I ran out of time because I had to get back to work, and I never really got to ask what exactly it means to have eroding tonsils? How exactly do they "erode" and what sort of health implications does eroded lymph tissue have? Thanks for your answers!
    Also, I am not asking your opinion on homeopathic treatments. My naturopathic doctor is very good about referring me to a specialist if he feels traditional medicine is necessary or should be used in conjunction with my natural treatments.
    As I was saying, I am not asking personal opinions on natural medicine. I'm still slightly skeptical of it myself. However, all I know is I had a serious issue that was negatively impacting my life for a couple years, and not getting better in the least with traditional medicine, and it had nothing to do with my tonsils btw. After giving homeopathic medicine a try as a last resort to get my life back, I found it worked absolute miracles. It is why I'm giving it another try for another seemingly incurable ling term problem before hacking out part of my body.

    • ANSWER:
      Children are more prone to infections when they are young, and tonsillitis is often of viral origin, and not always bacterial as many people assume. Now, I had persist issues with my tonsils when I was a child and I've had mine removed. In some cases this is needed, persistent courses of antibiotics are never ideal and there is actually little evidence that they alter symptom duration in most cases. However, despite clear guidelines that are in situ, many GPs are a bit rash when prescribing antibiotics, if you are fit and healthy the body is usually able to clear mild and minor bacterial infections, so quite often antibiotics aren't needed- just monitoring, and patient compliance.... to return for further advice if things get worse.

      Tonsils can atrophy in early adulthood. The problem is that recurrent infections can turn tonsil tissue into a nidus for anaerobic bacteria. If you are having persistent problems with your tonsils >5 infections a year) see if you can be referred to an ENT, perhaps with a view to have them removed. Nothing in AltMed is going to be of much benefit here.

      Homeopathy is nonsense, And your tonsils have not eroded- Naturopaths are basically quacks.
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      "However, all I know is I had a serious issue that was negatively impacting my life for a couple years, and not getting better in the least with traditional medicine, and it had nothing to do with my tonsils btw. After giving homeopathic medicine a try as a last resort to get my life back, I found it worked absolute miracles."

      No, you had an illnesses that got better (as many if not most do, with or without treatment) that coincided with you taking sugar or starch pills (essentially all homeopathy is). You don't know that homeopathy was the result of your improvement.

      I'm not trying to tell you what to do, if you want to waste your time and money on implausible concepts, thats' entirely your prerogative. I've given you sensible, rational advice. What you do with it is up to you.

  2. QUESTION:
    Seeing my doctor again tomorrow because I don't feel any better?
    I am a 21 year old woman. I eat extremely healthy (an all organic well balanced diet) with no junk food ever, take vitamins and nutritional supplements, I don't take any prescription or OTC medications at all, I exercise, get about 8 hours of sleep a night, drink plenty of water and don't drink alcohol or do drugs. About a year and a half ago, I suddenly started feeling really run down all the time, started getting acne on my face, chest and back (which I never had before), extremely swollen lymph nodes in my neck (like the size of small eggs swollen), and white firm balls of smelly stuff that comes out of my tonsils. I went to my old GP, couldn't actually see him, then passed off by his rude nurse who gave me some antibiotics and basically told me to go away. So I just delt with it, up until about 3 months ago, when my boss started noticing me falling asleep at work (I have "episodes" that last about 10 minutes where I physically cannot stay awake no matter how hard I try, then I black out, then I come to and feel normal again). I decided rather than go back to my GP's surly nurse, I would see a naturopath instead since I believe in treating things naturally anyways.

    My new doctor is a very nice man, he comes highly recommended, and in my opinion takes a very sensible approach to natural medicine (he isn't off in the twilight zone and uses traditional medicine when applicable). In my initial visit, he spent an hour listening to what exactly my issues were, tested me for strep in his office (negative), reviewed all my supplements (and he made some suggestions on what to change and add) gave me a b-vitamin shot, and sent me for some blood tests (thyroid function, white blood cell count, mono, iron and calcium levels). Everything was pretty normal, my iron was a little on the lower end of the normal range. He put me on a light iron supplement every other day and told me to take a different liquid multivitamin to see if that helped, and told me to come back in 2 months to discuss how I feel, and he explained that this may be a very long haul to find out what's wrong, and that he will figure out the problem before giving me any type of treatment (I like that idea). It's been 3 months, I still feel like absolute crap, my acne is worsening, my tonsils still have smelly white crap coming out and my lymph nodes still look like eggs in my throat. My appointment is tomorrow afternoon. What do I say to him? I'm in the same condition I was 3 months ago, and actually feel slightly worse (I will admit the portion of my skin that the acne isn't on, like my belly and legs, looks significantly better after taking the liquid multi so it had some effect). Are there any suggestions you all may have to ask him about? Or ideas what may be wrong so I can ask him to test me for it? I like that my doctor isn't going to treat me before he knows what's actually wrong, but I feel like hell every single day, and the sooner we can figure this out, the sooner I can feel alive again.
    I forgot to add, when he did the mono test, he also tested for epstein-bar virus. I was negative for both.
    I do not care to use acne creams to cover it up, I want to figure out what is CAUSING the acne. I do not want internal birth control either. I am getting married in October, and we want to have kids in the next few years (yet another reason I'm trying to be healthy and feel better). I think it is unnatural to do that to your body, probably damages your reproductive organs in some way, and I refuse to do so. And I certainly don't want to see any more doctors who pass off my problems with a band-aid prescription without getting to the root cause. My doctor has also told me, if he feels it necessary, he will refer me to a specialist, but he will check in with that specialist to make sure I am getting proper attention, not just shoved pills to treat symptoms without a diagnosis.

    • ANSWER:
      Swollen lymph nodes means you are fighting some infection or virus . The tonsils are forming tonsil stones called tonsillith's which are usually very hard stones and when broken really do stink. The can form in anyone with tonsils A friend removed one and I still remember the smell, and it was years ago. I would want to be tested for any STD's or anything that would lower immune system functioning. You may be suffering from a few small conditions and looking to connect them in to one large one that is not there. I am more concerned about the lymph nodes than anything else. They are the one sure sign of something going on that should not be. As nice as you physician is I would want a definitive diagnosis and not a trial and error search. This can be done even if you have to check into a hospital. It has been going on too long and you have real symptoms. There is no point in being alarmed as there are so many things that can cause this so don't jump to conclusions. Even parasites can cause all your symptoms.


Swollen Tonsils And Bad Breath

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•12

Tonsils are not unwanted as they are not only good but also serve various necessary immunological functions. They protect our body from particular diseases that there is no need to remove them unless and until they create serious problems in us. They can range from smaller sized stones which might not be visible to naked eye to the very large ones resembling bookends when peered inside the throat. When they become very big in size the sufferers might find it hard to breathe or swallow that their removal would be inevitable. The collected strep in tonsils many times needs to come outside the throat region. Many a times they can get infected and create unnecessary problems.

Tonsil stones can become big because of viral infection, strep's random bouts and mononucleosis can sometimes be treated without the need for surgery. Most often mononucleosis and viral infections would resolve all by themselves in a period of time with just simple gargling and consumption of hot soups. Strep tonsillitis that are often diagnosed in the laboratories respond in a good manner to short term exposure of antibiotics like erythromycin, penicillin or plain 'ol.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how long does tonilitis last without medication. its been about 3 or 4 weeks. still swollen glands on and off?
    the story is i had sex with this girl. but the same day i ate a lot of sushi and then drunk later on that night. the next day i felt sick. the day after i had a fever cold chills sweating at night. very bad swollen tonsils bad breath hard to swallow. i dont think the sex had anything to do with it. it was unprotected though. i took some amoxacillan and it helped a lot. but after the 3 or 4 weeks im still getting swollen glands on and off. im very confused. i did not go to the doctor because i have no insurance but i try to use what i can at home.

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsillitis will not go away on its own without medication. Did you take a full course of amoxicillin? Was it prescribed to you? It's usually prescribed for about 7-14 for tonsillitis or strep. However, different bacteria require different antibiotics, so amoxicillin may not have been the right one for you. Also, swollen glands for 3-4 weeks sound like it could be mononucleosis, which you need to be tested for by a doctor.

  2. QUESTION:
    i have swollen tonsils that has white stuff in them its not painful i had it for a year can i get rid of them
    they have been swollen for about a year and give me bad breathe and over last thanksgiving i had a big lump by my neck and it was hard to breathe went to the doctor and got antibiotics and it went away but my tonsils are still swollen and food gets stuck in the holes of my tonsil causing bad breath but my tonsils never hurt except the one time
    what should i do

    • ANSWER:
      mouth infection can surely cause bad breath. but there are a lot of factors that can also cause bad breath like medications, poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, gum disease and bad bacteria inside the mouth. the best defense against mouth infection is a good oral care product that contains essential oils, which is effective in fighting the cause of bad breath, whatever it may be. compliment it with a good program of oral hygiene as well as keep the mouth hydrated by drinking water. for more tips on how to eradicate bad breath visit http://www.oramd.com

  3. QUESTION:
    Lately my ears have been ringing and my tonsils are swollen?
    I have always had a problem with my tonsils being very large and the ubula sticking to the sides. Lately my ears are ringing and I have bad breath. My tonsils have red veins in them and when I wake up in the morning my ears feel very clogged. Is there someone who has advice on what to do or knows what is happening? I would preferably like to hear from an ENT, but any help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Do your tonsils have white patches on them? You might have Tonsillitis, a tonsil infection. I know that when my tonsils were infected, they were enlarged and my uvula would stick to my tonsils. I know someone who had Tonsillitis and would get constant ear aches. She had to get them removed, so I suggest you go see a doctor about them.

  4. QUESTION:
    White tonsils and reallyy bad breath...is it tonsillitis?
    One morning I woke up and noticed my lymph nodes are really swollen and my tonsils are white...and later my breath started smelling REPULSIVE no matter how much I brush my teeth. I also have a horrible taste in my mouth. Ive been told that it may be tonsillitis and that I might have to get my tonsils removed? Is this true? Also is there any way to get rid of the breath because Im going to skip school otherwise because its so embarrassing. Please dont give me a whole page of extra information just tell me the answers to my questions. Oh and how do you get it? Is it contagious?

    p.s. Im 15...

    • ANSWER:
      When was this one morning?

      You could have strep throat. Have your parent(s) take you to your doctor ASAP (like to-morrow). Test can be done to rule this out. The last thing you need is an abscess back there.

  5. QUESTION:
    swollen lymph node...bad breath?
    i dont know what it could be...ive know had the lymph node on the side of my neck for the last to months...it comes and go and along with bad breath and a bad taste in my mouth no matter how long I brush my teeth and floss....and every time I swallow it feels like Im swollowing my tonsils when I turn my head...Ive been to the doctor but they were no help...so I want to figure out some possibilities of what it is so i can ask tell my doctor the next time. Any suggestions??
    Also, the in the first month i couldnt even swallow at all...had a blinding head ache, sweating etc....and the lymph node is still there

    • ANSWER:
      I know you said you'd been to the doctor, but did they test for strep? Someone I'd worked with...her daughter had a couple of symptoms along with extremely horrible bad breath...turned out to be strep. My daughter once had strep and my only indication was that her eyes were creating this most horrible goo like I'd never seen. I was shocked to find out that it was strep! I think you should see a different doctor. If this has been going on for a couple of months, something is medically wrong and they should be prescribing an antibiotic. It sounds like something is definitely infected. Or return to the same doctor and insist upon some sort of test. You deserve to be healthy and that's what they're paid the big bucks for - to make you better! Right?

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there any thing or anyway to get rid of bad breath?
    I do brush my teeth 3 times a day and i do floss twice a day. But right now i have uber bad tonsillitis and its making my breath real BAD! like even chewing gum doesn't work now. and my tonsils are super swollen and super white and super red.... what do i do?

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  7. QUESTION:
    swollen tonsils?!?!?!?!?
    i have had swollen tonsils since late november and there has been 3 times were i would barly breath so i made a plan wat to do if i cant breath (not my question). Ive been to the doctors 3 times, and the past 2 or 3 months i have been getting extreamly bad ear aches and head aches... outta no were... and they r so bad tht they make everything turn black and i have to sit down... also they hurt like crazy!!!! every time i got to the doctors, they say i have a viris or something, but not strep... can a vires stay with you for 8 months???? and also i always (every morning 2-3 hours i wake up) my voice is gone... when i go to the doctors next time, what should i say to them becuase when i tell them everything they say that my tonsils r swollen and red but i dont ave strep and im not sick at all... and i wasnt sick when they got swollen, i just woke up went to school, and my tonsils were hurting and when u feel my neck, u can feel them sticking out... so what should i say to the docs?
    and also im always always always light headed and sometimes i will be walking and everything will go into a blur, and i will see little dots, does tht maybe have to do with headaches from my tonsils?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a viral infection, the only thing I know will kill it, and you won't like this, is Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar, most don't like the taste, but hey if it works, so be it. Works for me. Take about 8 ounches of warm water and add a tablespoon or tablespoon and a half to it, stir, then gargle until it is gone. One of those gargles though, you should swallow. If any germ or viruses break lose and travel down farther into the throat, the vinegar will get them also. The ear aches are coming from the throat, because they are all connected. I don't know about the headaches. Garling salt water will help with any pain in the throat, but it won't kill germs like vinegar does. If these things don't work, if you want to try them, then to hell with the Doctors you've been seeing, make an appointment with a Ear, Nose,Throat Doctor. Best to you young lady.

  8. QUESTION:
    BAD breath and a sore thrat...Are they related?
    i have had a sore throat and an ear ache for about 4 days now and it seems to be getting worse!! My tonsils are swollen and very red with what looks like holes all over them but they are not filled with pus just hurts to swallow....Even fluids like water hurts to swallow!! I don't think that i have strep cause i don't have a high fever about 99.2 but i do fill chilled!!

    MORE IMPORTANTLY this bad breath that no matter what i do it won't go away it has been like that for about two day's i have brushed my teeth and flossed them like 12 times today, and i have chewed gum but i still have this metalic taste in my mouth that won't go away ( I don't have any braces or anything metal in my mouth) The taste is nasty!!!
    Does anyone have any idea how to help!! I am 2 busy to go to the doctoer and besides i don't think i need to!!

    THanks
    FYI My tonsils have been swollen on and off for about 2 months now and that is another reason i don't want to go to my doctor because i have alread been to her 3 times since then and i am afraid that she will say that i need my tonsils out!!

    Please just tell me some things i can do at home since apparently the antibiotics are not helping

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, the breath and soreness could be connected. I'm not sure what you meant by the antibiotics not working. Are you on some now, or do you mean they didn't work after the other tonsil problems? If you're on an antibiotic now, that would explain the nasty taste in your mouth. If you're not feeling a difference after 4 days, then either you have the wrong antibiotic or the infection is viral. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, like strep or staph, not viral infections. (Antibiotics typically mess up bacterial cell walls or metabolic functions, and viruses don't have cell walls or their own metabolic processes.)

  9. QUESTION:
    Sore throat and bad breath!! What could be the cause??
    I have had a sore throat and an ear ache for about 4 days now and it seems to be getting worse!! My tonsils are swollen and very red with what looks like holes all over them but they are not filled with pus just hurts to swallow....Even fluids like water hurts to swallow!!
    I don't think that i have strep cause i don't have a high fever about 99.2 but i do fill chilled!!

    MORE IMPORTANTLY this bad breath that no matter what i do it won't go away it has been like that for about two day's i have brushed my teeth and flossed them like 12 times today, and i have chewed gum but i still have this metalic taste in my mouth that won't go away ( I don't have any braces or anything metal in my mouth) The taste is nasty!!!

    Does anyone have any idea how to help!! I am 2 busy to go to the doctoer and besides i don't think i need to!!
    oh fyi my tonsils have been swollen for about 2 months on and off...that's another reason i don't want to go to the doctor! I am afraid that she will want me to have my tonsils taken out!! Please give me some other treatments that mght work since apparently the antiobiotics are not helping!!

    • ANSWER:
      You do sound like you are fighting an infection of some sort. You may be the type of person who doesn't get a high fever when they're sick; I know I never did. You may think you are too busy to see a doctor, but as this infection gets worse, you will be forced to not only see one, but stay home for several days because you will be too sick to do anything else.

      Please see a doctor soon, whether it's your family doctor or an Urgent Care center. You need medical care!

      Good luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    Sore throat and very bad breath??
    i have had a sore throat and an ear ache for about 4 days now and it seems to be getting worse!! My tonsils are swollen and very red with what looks like holes all over them but they are not filled with pus just hurts to swallow....Even fluids like water hurts to swallow!! I don't think that i have strep cause i don't have a high fever about 99.2 but i do fill chilled!!

    MORE IMPORTANTLY this bad breath that no matter what i do it won't go away it has been like that for about two day's i have brushed my teeth and flossed them like 12 times today, and i have chewed gum but i still have this metalic taste in my mouth that won't go away ( I don't have any braces or anything metal in my mouth) The taste is nasty!!!
    Does anyone have any idea how to help!! I am 2 busy to go to the doctoer and besides i don't think i need to!!

    THanks
    oh fyi my tonsils have been swollen for about 2 months on and off...that's another reason i don't want to go to the doctor i am afraid that she will tell me that i need my tonsils taken out!!

    • ANSWER:
      A fever simply means that you have some kind of infection and your body's way of removing the infection is by heating up...sort like the self cleaning stoves (they heat up to extreme heats to destroy all germs), this is what your body is doing. It means that more than likely you do have some kind of infection and it would be wise to visit your doctor.

      Also, the bad breath is because you're sick. Some germs have a bad stench and that's why you're breath smells. It's not because of bad brushing habits or anything; it's because the germs or infection you might have might be one that smells really bad.

      By the way, as long as your fever doesn't exceed 102 then you're not in serious danger concerning your health, but visiting your doctor would be smart! Hope this helps.

  11. QUESTION:
    sore throat and really bad breath!!?
    have had a sore throat and an ear ache for about 4 days now and it seems to be getting worse!! My tonsils are swollen and very red with what looks like holes all over them but they are not filled with pus just hurts to swallow....Even fluids like water hurts to swallow!! I don't think that i have strep cause i don't have a high fever about 99.2 but i do fill chilled!!

    MORE IMPORTANTLY this bad breath that no matter what i do it won't go away it has been like that for about two day's i have brushed my teeth and flossed them like 12 times today, and i have chewed gum but i still have this metalic taste in my mouth that won't go away ( I don't have any braces or anything metal in my mouth) The taste is nasty!!!
    Does anyone have any idea how to help!! I am 2 busy to go to the doctoer and besides i don't think i need to!!

    THanks
    FYI my tonsils have been swollen for about 2 months on and off that is another reason i don't want to go to the doctor because i am afraid that she will tell me i need my tonsils removed

    • ANSWER:
      A sore throat with swollen tonsils and bad breath are very characteristic of a strep throat or of mono. Actually, in teens the two are often seen together. Other infections, both viral and bacterial may cause this too. Mono will probably run its course, but untreated strep could result in rheumatic fever with heart damaage. I think you need to see your doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    does anyoneknow how to cure bad breath?
    so i chew gum alot but after a while my jaw starts to hurt. i havent tried mouth wash, but my mom said its scent doesnt last long. i have alot of sinus and nasal problems so my tonsils are swollen. ive never had any type of throat infection so i cant get them removed. i get pus things on them n that can cAUSe my bad breath, but what can i do to get rid of the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      Try:

      http://www.healthmedicalinformation.com/native-remedies-triple-complex-halitonic-internal-tonic-for-mouth-freshness

      http://www.healthmedicalinformation.com/halitonic-tissue-salts-for-halitosis-and-bad-breath

      all the best

  13. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils ? Help please?
    Well for the last week and a half

    ive had swollen tonsils really bad

    they dont really hurt
    at times its hard to swallow and other times i cant barely breath
    THIER HUGE ?!

    When i go to sleep i wake right back up because i breath so loud ! from where im trying to breath

    Uhmm i dont have any other symptoms
    should i got to the doctor

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, definitely go to the doctor. You could possibly have mono since your tonsillitis as lasted more than a week. Make sure you don't do any physical activity if you do have mono, your spleen could be enlarged

  14. QUESTION:
    Swollen Tonsils?
    My right tonsil started to swell up 12 days ago. I haven't had any cold or cough symptoms. I had a slight temperature 3 days later (99.8 degrees) but that was the only time I had a fever. I went to the doctor 2 days ago and he said it should go down in a couple of days. I told him I had already had it for 10 days and it was only getting worse. It's hard to swallow, eat, and even breath. I told him my lungs had started to ache a week after the tonsil started to swell up, a long with a growing ear ache in my right ear. Again he told me "well I don't know what to tell you it looks like a virus." He prescriped ampicillin 825mg every 12hrs. Have been taking until this morning. I know I should wait longer for the medication to kick in but the swelling is not going down at all. I check on the swelling everyday and it looks like my left tonsil is starting to swell up a little too.I don't know what to do! Has anyone else ever gone through something like this before what the hell could it be?!
    Throat culture results were negative and I have not had a soar throat at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Go back and ask them if they will take the tonsils out. Thats if this happens to you a lot. It happened to me a lot and i had mine out and my tonsils are way gone. let me know if you need anything else ok

  15. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils and thyroid glands?
    ever since friday morning my tonsils and thyroid glands have been swollen pretty bad. its hard to swallow but easy to breath. i have like no idea wat to do but i have a band Competition tomoro and im the main sax. but like now thier this wied white stuff on my tonsils. its freaking me out what should i do ?!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to a doctor. You probably have strep, and strep has to be treated with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. It won't go away on its own.

      And your thyroid does not just swell up one day. You are probably mistaking your thyroid for your lymph nodes. Swollen lymph nodes are another sign that you have an infection, and you need to see a doctor.

  16. QUESTION:
    Bad breath - please please help me.?
    Please can someone help me - my breath stinks. I wash my teeth three times daily - use a specialised mouth wash for bad breath and I STILL smell. I have about ten little lumps at the back of my tongue and constantly suffer from swollen tonsils- could this have anything to do with it? I am miserable over it and feel very paranoid over it - its ruining my life. Ive recently met a new guy and he passed a comment about smelly people in conversation - automatically I assumed it was me - my teeth are very white so its obvious I do look after my teeth - but this smell is ruining my life - PLEASE can someone help me? Im too embarrassed to go the doctor or dentist about this. Oh and Ive posted this here because I dont think many people use the dental health section. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your dentist hun, he deals with problems like this all the time. also there is a mouth wash that can be brought over the counter called "corsodal" its medicated and helps. but the best thing is getting treatment from the dentist! good luck

  17. QUESTION:
    tonsils keep geting worse and worse?
    My whole life my tonsils have been swollen,even back when i wus 3 or 4 or w.e i use to get rushed to the doctor like every day because i wld get a really high fever because of my throat,this hasnt really happend anymore so often but every now and then i would get sick from my throat,like swollen tonsils or whatever like every few months,about 2 weeks ago i got really sick and i went to the doctor and the doctor provided me with strong antibiotics,pretty big pill was probobly even bigger then a xanex bar,it made me feel better but i knew that it wasnt going to take away my life long swelling of the tonsils,but when the antibiotics ended like 2 days later i took another type of pill just 1s and idk if its been since then but the day after probobly i got this pain in my throat,i looked it was my tonsils,but this time with the right tonsil kindof being cut like a crator,and every night i see it get bigger(the crator) as if my tonsils were rotting away or somthing idk,but my tonsils are just red and i dont have bad breath,and now my right tonsil is practically gone it looks like a thing part of the moon and its red and swollen and my left 1 seems to be the way it always has big and w.e but not bothering me at all,i could barly eat drink or swallow,its been about 3 or 4 days,anybody have any idea what id could be? PLEASE ANSWERE

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  18. QUESTION:
    Funny feeling in throat and bad breath? read!?
    i feel totallllly fine, but for the past 3 days, I have a scratchy, thirsty feeling in my throat with a littttle bit of pain. its as if my throat, not mouth, is thirsty for a drink.
    Plus i have a taste of bad morning breath in the back of my throat.
    No fever, tonsils arent swollen, and i brush with colgate total and i use Act mouthewash.
    what could be wrong?
    oh, and i feel mucasy in my throat a lot the past few days as well. i just had a sinus infecton and this is not how they usually begin with me.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a throat infection, can be cured quickly with a anti-biotic. Go to med quick or call your doctor for a prescription.

  19. QUESTION:
    my sons stinky tonsil breath?
    my son is almost 7, and from the time he was little, he got ear infections, and tonsillitis. well, he doesn't get ear infections any more, but his tonsils are permanently swollen which means he gets tonsil stones too I'm sure. he gets recurrent throat infections, and has wicked bad breath MOST of the time.they are so reluctant to remove tonsils these days (which is good, i guess) but, i feel that that's the only solution to his problem! i know someone has to have some input on this, because i know its common.

    • ANSWER:
      I dealt with the same problem for 23 years. I dealt with the 'oh, it's common', and 'well try rinsing your mouth every time you eat to help it'. Finally I decided last year that I couldn't deal with it anymore. The doctor at first was a little reluctant but I told him that my breath constantly smelled and it was an issue for my husband and I so he decided that it was a big enough problem to take them out.

      Thank goodness he did, I have not had problems since then. Find someone to take out those tonsils while he is young though, Having it done as an adult is much harder, and the recovery time longer and more painful. Not to mention the risk of complications is higher (10-15% as an adult, 2-5% as a child), I had a complication that is common where they had to re-cauterize the wound 2 weeks after surgery but it's so much less likely in young kids.

      It's not good to be reluctant about removing something that is obviously causing constant problems, that's just asking for more.

  20. QUESTION:
    do i have to get my tonsils removed?
    i've been suffering with swollen tonsils for about 3 days now. i get pain when i swallow and it also gives me bad breath and its so gross my whole neck is sore too it feels like its tired. also when i try to fall asleep i cant cuz it feels as if im hurting my swollen tonsils on the side of my neck because you can actually feel the swollen tonsils on the side of my neck. and i also get a fever on and off throughout the day.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually they treat a few times with antibiotics and then if it is a reoccurring thing then they will opt to take out the tonsils.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have really swollen tonsils?
    I have a really bad cold/flu at the moment and my tonsils are really really swollen. I'm finding it hard to breath and it hurts to eat and swallow. I've taken tylenol but it's not really helping. I have an appointment with the doctor tomorrow anyway so i can get him to look at it, but what do i do in the meantime? i've gargled salt water hoping that would help, i've eaten ice cream as well. but nothing's helping! what can i do??

    • ANSWER:
      I have the EXACT same case right now, but I don't have a cold.
      I just have been trying not to swallow or talk as much. Also, try to stick with just liquid foods. Applesauce, pudding, etc. are good foods to eat when you have swollen tonsils. Also, try to eat extreme temperature foods, (i.e. hot soup, cold yogurt)
      Also, DO NOT EAT ANY SPICY FOODS OR CHEW ANY MINT GUM. It will just make your throat burn like crazy. Stick to mild, semi sweet, non-salty foods. Don't eat any potato chips, toast, or any rough-textured food, although it makes it temporarily feel better, it will result in making your throat feel worse. It could also end up giving you a cut or scrape on your tonsils, which trust me, it hurts horribly.
      Hope I helped!
      If you have any more questions, feel free to e-mail me at celloontheriver@yahoo.com if you have any more questions!
      ~Jillian

  22. QUESTION:
    What difference to tonsils make if they come out?
    I see on the internet that some doctors are against having tonsils removed whereas some say it makes no difference, do they have a use and what are the negatives for them no longer being there. Mine are quite large and I think they give me bad breath because of being infected and swollen alot, do they really make a difference?
    Also someone told me tonsilitis is contageous, but I didn't think infections could be passed on, so is there truth in that as well?

    • ANSWER:
      The bad breath could be caused by tonsil stones or tonsiloliths, they will also cause the tonsil to swell and be painful sometimes... I have them as well. To see if you do, go to the mirror and use your finger to actually open the tonsil, if you see a white or yellow type of substance, then you have them. I used to get tonsillitis on a regular basis, but my doctor didn't want mine taken out. Since I started cleaning out the pockets of stones, I haven't had it in almost 2 years. Your tonsils do serve a purpose too, they are there to trap bacteria and infection from going further into your throat, but when removed there are usually no complications or adverse reactions. And yes, tonsillitis is contagious, highly.

  23. QUESTION:
    Cough, swollen tonsils and swollen taste buds?
    My daughter woke up this morning with a bad cough, almost sounds like croup. Her tonsils are swollen and she has a few white spots on the back of her throat. Her breath is terrible, I don't even think brushing her teeth helped at all. She has what looks like swollen taste buds at the very back of her tongue. She says is only hurts a little when she swallows and she does not have a fever. She had what appeared to be a cold sore pop up out of no where on her lip yesterday, but is almost gone today. I don't think this constitutes and emergency since she is not running a fever and is not complaining of pain anywhere. Any suggestions? I don't think it is strep throat since there is no fever. She does not have a rash anywhere and she seems to be eating and drinking just fine. Hasn't complained of any pain while eating. Her tonsils are noticeably swollen and the white "pockets" on them seem like strep. It also seems like it may be affecting her voice a little bit.

    • ANSWER:
      Has she had her tonsils out yet?

      If she hasn't then Bingo! The same things happened to me before I got my tonsils out. The cold sore is just bad luck and the the swollen taste buds are just pools of bacteria that formed at the back of her mouth. The part about the bad breath is a effect of the pools of bacteria.

      Hope this helped!

  24. QUESTION:
    Why are my tonsils so swollen!!!?
    They are swollen so bad it hurts to swallow and its not as easy to breath as normal. my throat is a tiny itchy =(
    I went to the doctors earlier today, he said they didn't look too bad but sent in a swab sample to be tested for strep.
    is there anyway to make the swelling go down while I wait for results?

    • ANSWER:
      Your tonsils are irritated or inflamed, which could be a sign that they need to be removed. Eat really cold things to cool down your throat, such as ice cream, popsicles, or just plain ice. To prevent them flaming up again, don't eat hard things, but instead soft substances such as jello and pudding.

      What you have may be streptococcus. Look for these signs:
      A sudden, severe sore throat, and pain when you swallow. [which you have]
      Fever over 101F.
      Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes. [Which you also have.]
      White or yellow spots on the back of a bright red throat.

      Your doctor's done a throat culture. The sample will go into a special cup (culture) where the strep bacteria can grow over time. If strep bacteria grow, the doctor knows that you have strep.
      Strep throat will go away in 3 to 7 days with or without treatment. Doctors usually treat strep throat with antibiotics even though they may not make you well faster. Antibiotics shorten the time you are able to spread the disease to others (are contagious) and lower the risk of spreading the infection to other parts of your body.

      Hope I've helped.

      God bless,
      Elaine.

  25. QUESTION:
    persistent swollen tonsils ?
    Ok, before anyone answers this question I just want to inform you that I am pretty knowledgeable in this whole tonsils deal, so please refrain from responses concerning ice pops, gargling salt water, etc. I've been looking for over 2 years for some good help with little success. I apologize ahead of time as this is quite a long post. I have a bad habit of including way too many details. I pasted this in word and did the best editing I can to shorten it up. I just wanted to give the best description possible of my condition.
    Two years ago I came down with a severe case of tonsillitis. I was 20 at the time, and remember always having a history of food and bacteria getting caught up in the tonsils whenever I was sick. This time although, was directly focused on the tonsils with extreme pain. In fact the worst pain I've ever had related to soar thought, strep, or any other ear nose and through sickness in my lifetime other than when I had mono at 17. I went to a walk in clinic after about 3 days of severe pain, high fever, and a slow loss of my ability to swallow. The doctors and assistants were astonished at the size of my tonsils and repeatedly asked me if I was able to swallow. Not really understanding their severity in the question, I responded with yes. At the time I was in fact still able to swallow, it was just very painful. The doctor gave me that blister pack of a week antibiotic treatment and a script for vicopropen to ease the pain and hopefully let me eat and drink something. Before I left the doctor told me if things got worse to go to the ER.
    After taking one of the vicopropen and the first two tablets of the antibiotic my fever went down, I was able to drink without so much pain, and swallow slightly solid food. I attempted at eating a piece of pizza but that didn’t get farther than the first bite.

    Fast forward 5 hours and 3 more pain killers I am in a world of bliss and 95% unable to swallow, talk, breath, etc. I was in such a care free mood that when my sister and my mother’s cousin saw how much pain I was really in they pretty much had to force me to go to the ER. I sat in the waiting room in serious pain for over an hour before I was finally brought in. Once again the nurses were amazed at the size of my tonsils, acknowledged the severity of my condition and let me wait for another hour on the hospital bed. At this point I hadn’t had any liquids for hours and was so dehydrated I could hardly speak. I was told I sounded like the godfather lol. Finally a doctor came in of course he too acted in astonishment and from there on they finally responded as they should have at first. Never will understand why they took forever with both the lady at the desk and the nurses that put me in the room 2 hours apart from each other telling me “WOW we need to get you into a room and hydrated ASAP. It was as if they had forgotten, twice, lol.

    They gave me a hydromorphone (brand name diludid) for pain, hydrated me up, and a steroid to reduce swelling all via IV around 1 AM. I went home around 9 in the morning and the swelling had reduced, the pain was almost gone, I was able to eat and drink and felt like a million bucks. I took the new 30 count script of a stronger antibiotic until it was empty even though after 3 days I felt 100% back to normal.
    Two years later, although the shape, tears, and lumps I had developed at that time have disappeared the swelling never really went down. I now have enlarged tonsils that catch food particles from time to time and cause major discomfort in my throat and neck area. My voice sounds as if I have marbles in my mouth, and sometimes I find it difficult to talk at a loud enough voice for people to hear. I’ve always been told I mumble, but it seems now that speaking loud takes extra effort and does not vibrate and project like it should or used to. Tilting my head looking skyward I can feel and hear a lack of airflow.

    I smoke around 2-5 cigarettes a day, wasn’t a smoker when I first had this happen. I quit in late December of 07 because I determined the cause of constantly catching food particles to be the main cause. It was and I saw a drop in occurrence. Unfortunately I started a new job where every single person smokes inside and outside of the building and I picked the habit up again. I told myself if the food particles returned as they were before I would stop.
    As far as the enlarged tonsils go, they seem to fluctuate in size regardless of being sick, healthy, smoking or not smoking. That has stayed consistent. Quitting smoking did stop the food particles almost completely. There was a time where I was pulling them out daily, sometimes struggling for weeks to finally get one out. VERY annoying I tell you!

    The past few days my neck has been pretty swollen, and although my tonsils have never swelled back to the size while being sick, they still are noticeably large. I did talk to an ear nose and through doctor sometime in late 2006, and he gave me the
    the same antibiotic they gave when I was in the ER, but it didn’t help and I missed an appointment and denied me to come back. I know the trouble with having someone finally agree to remove them, and that’s not really the route I would like to go. I have only gotten sick one other time, just about a year after the first case, but not as acute. I have no insurance so the doctor is out of the question, which I prefer anyways. I found some info on homeopathy remedies, but found it entirely too confusing as it doesn’t explain anything except what the remedy should be used for, where can i get them, how do i use them?

    Any advice besides “gargle salt water” or “go see a doctor” is appreciated. I just want something to take the swelling down possibly natural. There has to be something. They cause too much discomfort and not being able to breathe and speak normal sucks.
    looks like i am going to have to apply for state insurance. I see all of your points. My ex girlfriend had hers removed but it took years before they finally did it, which meant she had come down with tonsillitis numerous times, with each case being worse than the previous. I dont know, i guess it makes sence, my sister had hers removed when she was younger. I just wonder about the first line of defense being non existant.

    I would imagine if I went to the doc and told him I am having breathing complications due to the swelling he would react, but from my previous expereinces he will just write me a stupid script and tell me to come back and spend more money i dont have in a week so he can "diagnose"

    its almost scary how much my ex's voice changed after her surgery, she sounded like a completly different person.

    i guess i already knew the answer its just i've been dealing with it for two years now and only sometimes do they bother me, i figured i would just check to see

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is, get your tonsils removed. I'm not quite sure why you've let it get to this point.

  26. QUESTION:
    sore throat or swollen tonsils?
    Im not sure how i got this as i do not yell a lot or havnt in a long time. anyways i think it was from the time i went to lunch and ate bad meat ( i could tell it was spoiled it tasted like a cow took a dump on the meat and i was eating it) after that the same night i got a bad headache so i slept it off next morning i was gone but then my throat was sorta sore. the enxt day my throat is even more sore and now i got mucus building up in my nose and throat. it's getting hard for me to breath through my mouth and nose because of the mucus do you know what the problem is? do i have swollen tonsils or just a sore throat and like mucus back up and how do i get rid of it?

    i try to drink water and hot tea last night.

    PS. the mucus is sort of gone but the sore throat remains. it hurts when i swallow even if it's just beverages

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a Pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens, they usually have medicines for Sore throats and colds and anything like that.

  27. QUESTION:
    one of my tonsils is extremely swollen. i have no fever, always fatigue, waking up in the middle of sleep?
    i had strep throat last month, finished the medication and then i was fine. and just recently, when i was sleeping i kept waking up in the middle of the night and my heart would race like crazy and i'm thinking that it's because i'm having a hard time breathing. the next morning i looked in the mirror to check what was up and my right tonsil is swollen compared to my left. and there was one white patch on my left tonsil, and like mucus at the back of my throat, and my breath stinks sooo bad and my mouth is always dry. i have no fever, chills, nothing. just that i'm always tired. what do you think i have? is it serious? what should i do?. i don't want to go to the doctor cuz i have no medical insurance or money.

    i'm 18 years old and i live with my aunt and uncle, and i'm too scared to ask them to take care of it.

    • ANSWER:
      know what ? i think your body is just recovering from the sickness , your immune system is weak right now from the strep so you suseptable to other illnesses that other wise would not effect you , i would suggest that you tell your aunt and uncle cus they love you and try some self catering, wash your hands wash your sheets and gargle with a tablespoon of table salt in 8oz of hotside of warm water every night before bed and have a big tall glass of orange juice every morning for at least a week

      and drink a couple cups of water before the salt water gargle recovering bodies need lots of liquids

      the salt water will help with the tonsils swolleness and help eliminate those normally harmless germs while your imune system recoops and the orange juice will help boost your immune system i would recamend staying away from sodas and drink white tea if not green tea will do white tea is beeter tho i doubt you,ll need surgery good luck i hope these old remedies help you

  28. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils for the third time, PLEASE HELP?
    I have been kind of sick, but nothing very serious, I've had a sore throat, slight nausea, general weakness/lack of energy, and head ache. this has been recurring for at least a month. I have also not had my period since mid June and have not even been ovulating. I have woke up three times since early July with my throat so swollen it terrified me. It seems to happen the morning after i drink an energy drink, so i am guessing it is some sort of allergic reaction or something more serious could be triggered from it. The swelling always seems to go down the next time i go to sleep whether that be at the end of the day or whether i go back to sleep as soon as i wake up. it's just scary going to sleep when it's hard to breath awake. I'm always afraid it's going to get worse and make me unable to breath. Is there any sort of thing i can do to help it before i make it to the Doctor? I have a really bad gag reflex so the thought of going to have my Doctor examine my throat is scary!!

    • ANSWER:
      cut them out with a knife, trust me...im a doctor

  29. QUESTION:
    Strep Throat Left a Bad Taste in My Mouth?
    I recently got over Strep Throat without the help of any antibiotics. The symptoms of painful and swollen pussy tonsils are gone, but now I'm left with a bad taste in my mouth whenever I swallow. Even after I brush my teeth and gargle with mouthwash, I feel like I have foul morning breath, but more rotten tasting in the back of my throat. Does anyone know what this is and how I can cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      The strep throat may not be completely cleared up or, you might have an abscess on one of your tonsils that is draining some fluid that could give you this taste. It might be a good idea to have someone look in your throat with a flashlight and see if they can see a pus pocket anywhere on either of your tonsils. If there is, you need to see a doctor and get some antibiotics. Untreated strep can settle in the valves of your heart and cause lots of problems and you won't know this has happened until it is too late.

  30. QUESTION:
    I have pus on my tonsils but they don't hurt, what could be causing this?
    My tonsils are a little swollen and there's a few pus pockets and red spots on them. They've been like this for a while, but they aren't bothering me. The only bad thing that I think is caused by it is bad breath. Should I be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      it doesnt sound healthy at all, perhaps see a doctor?

  31. QUESTION:
    Swollen Tonsils what to do?
    over the past 3 weeks i have caught a cold( i believe) every week and it hurts to swallow, breath, drink and eat. My tonsils are very sore and im not sure whether it just a cold or whether it worse than that, please help. plus my tonsils looked very skinny and thin from the usual chunky and fat

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a doctor. Perhaps an ENT doctor.

  32. QUESTION:
    White Spots on Tonsils..PLEASE HELP ME OUT?
    Last week, i had a heachahe, slight sore throat and a bit of a fever. My tonsils were swollen with white spots all over them. Now all my symptoms have gone but my tonsils are still a little swollen and still have white spots on them- but not as many. ( i dont have bad breath so i dont think its tonsil stones cause i cant just pick them off like people say you can)
    What do you all think i have,( thought it may be strep but throat isnt sore anymore) and is it going away or should i still go to the docs????
    So do you think it could come back again if i dont get it seen to. Oh i dont want it to affect my heart and all that. I just hate doctors, best get over that ay!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You absolutely should go to the Doctor! It sounds like you had strep throat and that you are getting better, but, strep throat *needs* to be treated with penicillin. If the strep is left untreated, in some cases it can cause serious complications later on - it can lead to heart or kidney problems, for one. But, if you take a course of penicillin then you have little to no chance of getting these side effects. So, to be safe, please go to the Doctor - even if you are getting "better," if you did have strep you need to take a course of penicllin to be on the safe side.

      Edit in response to 'additional details': I don't think the strep throat symptoms will come back if you don't get it checked out; usually you can fight off strep throat on your own (the recovery just takes a little longer without penicillin). But there is always a chance of getting the long-term complications if you don't take penicillin - even though the chances of having a problem with your heart or kidneys later on is pretty minor, if you take the penicillin there is virtually NO chance. I think that's worth taking pills for 10 days. :) I hate Dr's, too, but all they will do is swab your throat to make sure it is strep and then give you a Rx for some pills to take. It should be relatively painless! Good luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    Maxiallry Sinus?
    My CT Scan shows Maxillary sinus towards left side of the nose. Also A deviated nasal septum. Although I never Feel any pain anywhere on the face. Apart from Once in 6 mnths for about 2-3 hrs pressure in my left eye and cheek. The only problem with me is bad breath (chronic), no swollen tonsils, but daily I have those tonsil stones in my throat which smell really bad. Can someone suggest me a treatment or is surgery the only option. Also, is Deviated septum the cause of maxillary sinus. I never have any other complication related to throat. NO Pain at all.
    Thanks for the clarification needed, I meant blocked maxially sonus, .And my concern is whether are they all associated to each other and main concern is about getting rid od halitosis

    • ANSWER:
      First off, you always have a maxillary sinus. It is a part of the skull and soft tissue. Secondly, a deviated septum is a fairly benign thing. Now, not knowing what you are trying to ask because of the vagueness of the description is tough. Are you asking why your sinuses are swollen, about the bad breath, or about the septum?

  34. QUESTION:
    daughter still has swollen tonsils and now swollen neck glands..please advise?
    My 19 month old daughter got strep back in october of 2010. Every since then she has had a couple sinus infections, snores at night, breaths through her nose, coughs at night, and grumpy from not getting her sleep at night. Well every since Oct. her tonsils have stayed enlarged. She had a checkup yesterday, her tonsils still very very large, they tested her in office for strep throat, it came back Neg. The doctor also notice that her neck glands on each side of her neck just below her ears are very swollen as well. She was put on omnicef for that incase the glands themselfs have become infected. Doctor did refer us to the ent about the snoring and tonsils and I got her a appointment for the allergist next week. I'm concerned about these enlarged lymph nodes in her neck. Everything i read about them online states something bad (ex:cancer and more). She doesn't act like they bother her in any way at all. Could these lymph glands thats swollen be from her tonsils being so enlarged? Thanks for your help. I just need someone to ease my mind a little =)
    So could allergies and her tonsils be a reasoning for her enlarged neck lymph glands?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    Throat/tonsils etc, hypochondriac in need of advice please?
    hey, i know this might seem a stupid question, but can one tonsil be bigger than the other? before any of you guys ask no i don't have any difficulty swallowing etc, i did have a nasty throat infection a few days ago but its died down and the only thing remaining from that is a few ulcers in the back of my throat, a much less swollen gland and a sore throat in the morning, which is extremley relievin from the other day where i had real bad red sore throat, difficulty swallowin and lack of appetite, bad breath and a swollen lymph gland (all of which persisted for around three weeks!) but its definately eased off now, when i went to visit the doctor he examined my mouth etc and said it is most likely a VIRAL infection, he also had a look at my tonsils to clear out tonsilitis or PDA and he said my tonsils are extremly small for a seventeen year old, which i class as a compliment :) .

    in conclusion, i would like to ask any health advisors/doctors/proffessionals if:

    1) is it normal for one tonsil to be slightly bigger than the other?
    2) Can anyone hazard a guess as to what viral infection i could of picked up a month ago, i know its fadin off but im curious as what kind of infection could of lingered this long?

    And 3) is there any self help/treatment or even advice for relievin myself from this hypochondria ive been sufferin for 2 years? it is beginnin to affect my psychological health and i cant take many more sleepless nights researchin stupid pointless symptoms and bringin myself to thinkin i have cancer :(

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Hole in the top of my left tonsil?
    I have had a sore throat for a couple of days, a really bad sore throat, I have had strep before but this is nothing like it. I have no white patches on my tonsils or bad breath. I noticed today that there is a hole in the top of my left tonsil though, there is nothing coming out of it though. I was reading online about how people have had these and they usually also at some point in their life have had things come up out of their throat that are small white balls that smell bad and kind of look like white cheese, I have had this happen to me for years, not all the time but maybe a couple times every couple of months. I went to an allergy specialist the last time I had a sinus infection and he said he thought my tonsils were swollen due to allergies rather than an infection, but now with this hole in my tonsil I'm not so sure. Has anyone has this happen with a history of the small white things and a history of strep throat? The allergy doctor said he didn't think I needed my tonsils out but now I'm not so sure, do I need to go to an ENT?

    • ANSWER:
      You have nothing to worry about, your tonsils job is to fight infection and collect toxins in your body and expels these toxins (white cheese balls that smell bad). It's normal. I've had the same thing I was worried just like you my doctor said it was nothing. And I think the the initial creation of the hole happens during sickness and is just not necessary to seal back up so it stays open.

  37. QUESTION:
    My tonsils hurt will i need to get them out?
    My tonsils have been hurting for about 4 days and i was wondering would i need to get them out. They have some white spots and my breath smells really bad and they are also swollen and red and one is bigger than the other but they both hurt. Also my neck is hurting does this have anything to do with it? What do i do? THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      http://books.google.com/books?id=7oCRSPXYS4YC&pg=PA193&dq=diagnosis+in+chinese+medicine+tonsils

      Start reading at the heading "Mouth" and read all the parts until the next page mentioning "tonsils". Traditional Chinese Medicine in this case should be able to help you with eliminating your tonsil symptoms without invasive surgery. I wish someone had pointed this out to my parents back when I had my tonsils *cut out* of my throat when I was 4 years old. Totally unnecessary and more trouble and risk to your health than it's worth (post-operative infections that can quickly reach the brain, bleeding from opening stitches and unintended scalpel incisions, damage to throat and vocal cords, etc. ).

      Find a good TCMedicine doctor near you at these sites (cross-search for most qualified; read their own personal website, try to get a Chinese doctor that went through the Chinese method of completing both a TCM degree along with a Western medical degree; a doctor with the most years practiced; if you can find one, a doctor with more than 20 years of practice...they're more common than you think. But by all means AVOID a Western doctor that "picked up some acupuncture and herbalism" from a year or two of "seminars". TCM is far too complex to learn as a hobby):

      nccaom.org
      http://www.aaaomonline.org/45000.asp
      acufinder.com

  38. QUESTION:
    I have swollen tonsils and have to sing tomorrow!?
    Its really painful to talk, breath, swallow and sing. I have auditions tomorrow. I have been sick for a half a week now but it just hit its worst yesterday. I have a few ideas on what to do but I would like some advice on this...

    -I know of tea but what kind?
    -I heard ginger is good and ginger candy, anyone recommend a certain brand of candy?
    -Or just the ginger root to eat itself? Not sure on that one
    -Honey in tea, Why?
    -Sweet things to eat but not chocolate. Does this help?
    -Do cough drops do anything for you?

    I am going to the store here soon and I would like an idea of what to get that would be best for my voice tomorrow so I can song my best and get a part in Ragtime. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard that for singers like ourselves, drizzling a tablespoon on honey down your throat (nothing else) will help. Good luck! :)

  39. QUESTION:
    Can you have strep throat without tonsils?
    I used to get strep throat a lot. So I had my tonsils removed 8 years ago. Now my throat is hurting really bad and it's very swollen. It's a little hard to breath and very hard to swallow food. Could I have strep? Or could air born allergies cause my throat to swell? It's so swollen it's visible on the outside, and I don't have any other symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      A strep. throat means there is an invading organism in your throat called streptococcus hence the name strep. throat it can happen with or without tonsils treated with penicillin tablets following a throat swab to identify the organism

  40. QUESTION:
    Tonsils not sore but puss-ing?
    i know i should go to the doctors for something like this but i come from a small town and the doctors are quite useless.. anyway, for over a year i have been getting this really bad breath problem every now and then. i started spitting out these small white lumps that smelt soooo so bad. i didnt know where they were coming from for ages but just today i opened my mouth to have a look and i saw one coming out of my tonsil... gross or what.? my tonsils are not sore or swollen at all so i dont know why they would be pussing... does anyone know what this could be? or have u had a similar thing?
    thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      It really sounds lik tonsiliths i.e tonsil stones, i won't ramble about what it is cos you'll be nearly faster searching a site for i now but its basically when food gets trapped in around the tonsils and mostly causes no symptoms only very bad breath!

  41. QUESTION:
    Help I need tonsil relief! My tonsils are inflammed and ibuprofen isn't doing anything!?
    My tonsils are aching badly and are inflammed, it's difficult to breath and I can barely drink liquids or eat...last week I was prescribed antibiotics which made the swelling stop. After I finished the dose, my tonsils swelled back up. They hurt so bad, how can I relieve the swelling?
    I tried salt water gargling, drinking teas and soups, none of it helps.
    Ibuprofen used to work but I have been taking too much of it...

    • ANSWER:
      You need another round of anti-biotics to do the trick. Ibuprofen will help but not cure. Also, take 2,000 units of vitamin C every day until you are well again. It really helps. You don't overdose on Vit C....you pee out what you don't use. But it boosts your immune system and that is the help your tonsils need.

  42. QUESTION:
    Tonsil infection that doesn't fit the symptoms of tonsillitis?!?
    I plan to go to a clinic and take care of this, but before I do I wanted to explain this weird situation I'm in with an unconventional tonsil infection...

    My left tonsil got majorly sore and swollen a few days ago, I'll say about 4 days by now. The problem with diagnosing my swollen/infected tonsil as "tonsillitis" or "strep" is that I have slightly different symptoms then most, and I'm wondering what is wrong with me...

    I have all the standard flu-like symptoms of tonsillitis: awful sleep hampered by fever/chills and body aches (weak, restless bones), ear ache (on that left side) and swollen glands on the left side of my neck, difficulty and pain swallowing and talking, however that is where the similarities stop...

    Two major differences: my tonsil is not covered in any white coating or any sort of discoloration that would indicate strep or tonsillitis. It's just very red and majorly inflamed. Everything I've found online indicates that if it's tonsillitis, I should have a white coating, but I don't... The other major difference is that the infected/swollen tonsil is absolutely riddled with tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths...

    If you don't know what tonsil stones are, they are these small, yellow calcified deposits that grow in the crypts and crevices of your tonsils from an accumulation of (typically) too much sugar or bacteria. I drink way too much soda, so it's obvious I loaded my tonsil up with enough sugar to fill every crypt with tonsil stones... tonsil stones are not a normal symptom of tonsillitis, and frankly, they are one of the most common and ignored oral problems ever. Tonsil stones are what causes severe halitosis (bad breath) and they can be extremely uncomfortable, like pebbles or sand caught in there and it is not fun.

    The most bizarre thing is that tonsil stones are supposed to be easily removed by use of an oral irrigator, which by some miracle I actually have one, and I can't tell you how annoying it was when I found out that it didn't work for me. The infection has swollen the tonsil so much and loaded it up with so many tonsil stones and thick mucus to hold them in place, that the water pressure of the oral irrigator isn't enough to free/clear the stones out of my tonsil. I'm wondering why.

    In addition to the swollen gland in my neck (same side) which looked like a small walnut bulging from my neck, over the course of the last 24 hours it has spread upwards (the inflamation under the jaw) up another inch to just under my jaw's hinge... I'm really freaked out.

    I don't know if this is even tonsillitis, and if it is, if it's viral or bacterial. Please help!
    I should also add that I have never had tonsillitis before, maybe once when I was a kid but it quickly passed. Nothing like this. Never a bulging swollen gland in my neck... also the tonsil itself is about double to almost triple its normal size, if that helps. Thanks to anyone who can help...

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  43. QUESTION:
    My tonsils are causing problems?
    They dont seem to be swollen, but they both are a little large, and have a single hole in each, which collects food and a build up of plaque, and causes bad taste and bad breath,and constantly triggers my gag reflex.
    What do i do to fix?
    I have to use a cotton stick or my hair pin to clean them.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have them removed. My mom had to have mine removed when I was about 5 years old and I had to have my sons removed because they were to big. Tonsils are like the appendix. They have no purpose what so ever.

  44. QUESTION:
    White spots on both tonsils?
    I woke up with an ear ach on monday and i looked in my throat and it was soar and had white spots on my right tonsil ( the side my ear hurt). I went to the doctor and had a strep test done and a throat culture done and no Strep. Now on Thursday it feels a little swollen when i swallow nothing bad, no sore throat really and the white spots are now on both sides? Any idea? i don't have bad breath, and it doesn't look like stones and i have had strep before def doesn't feel like it.
    i forgot to mention, no fever.

    • ANSWER:
      If your doctor didn't find anything or show deep concern, then just give it a few days. Possibly take some ibuprofen to help with inflammation.

  45. QUESTION:
    EXTREMELY SWOLLEN TONSIL IN 8 YEAR OLD,POSTNASAL DRIP,LSLIGHT LARYNGITIS..HELP! ANY PEDIATRIC PHYSICIANS HERE?
    My child has had a headcold for about a day and a half.cough barky cough from boogers,sometimes sounds harsh,boogers,sinus drainage,woke at 3 a.m. -couldnt breath,it was due to phlem.steam,nebulizer treatment every 4 hours,lots of juice,and kids mucinex every 4 hours,constant noseblowing and coughing up phlem when possible..i continued this until 7 am...child was back to normal,with slight boogers,noseblowing was a constant,has had no temp at all through this,full pink tone returned to face.not flush and pink.so off he went to school.no swollen tonsils..i looked to see if there was build up or anything..and none.went to school.came home today at 3 pm..had bad cough,all over again the symptoms started!! so i redid what i knew..steam,medicines,ect..it seemed ok...so i grabbed the flashlight,looked into his throat,and i couldnt see it! 1 side looks completely closed! the other 1/2 way.my first thought- airway! if that other side closed..yikes! rushed him to hospital.was there a total of 2 minutes with doctor..doc came in,did the flashlight in the throat,and without further looking into my sons problem,though he was breathing ok,and wasnt coughing then,never did a culture,she said"i think its a viral infection.see your doctor in a few days if it doesnt get better",and sent us home! no explaination,no meds,no treatment for home...and we get home..And guess what! same symptoms again..coughing,wheezing from buggers,stuffed up,nebs,mucinex.
    i am calling pediatrician in the morning,and getting him in there asap.,
    my question is,since he has airway open now(doc says there is enough room for air),it is late in the evening now..is there anything i would watch out for until he gets to his pedi?? should i continue this treatment until a.m. ??
    anything i can do to help shrink his tonsils ?? i am really upset at the e.r. doc,and not sure if anyone else has gone through this??? can someone please help! i am scared to go to sleep tonight,and i am a nervous wreck now!

    • ANSWER:
      Warm salt water gargle is a good idea - keep up with the nebulizer treatment, steam etc., in fact if you can have a vaporizer or humidifier keep it going all the time - with a viral infection I don't think meds work -
      good luck and I hope your son is better real soon

  46. QUESTION:
    How bad is getting your tonsils out?
    I am on my team mates yahoo as I do not have one.
    I am 15 almost 16 and am getting my tonsils out this week, I heard that the jingly thing in the back of your mouth swells up and its hard to breath, eat and drink....
    How long does it take for the swelling to heal and is there anyone whom could estimate how long a full recovery would take for my age?

    I am a professional gamer therefore need my voice back... About how long does it take for you to be able speak again without it hurting...
    When getting your tonsils out do you get any needles/liquids etc etc?

    Any answers would be so helpful!

    Thanks!

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  47. QUESTION:
    Waking up with many symptoms?
    I wake up every morning with a light headache and bad breath. i also wake up dehydrated and thirsty but i drink plenty of water. I also can only breath through one nostril and breath with my mouth at night. Also one of my tonsils are swollen. As the day goes on the headache gets worse and by the end of the day its bad unless i sit down.

    • ANSWER:
      You have tonsillitis. Most common unilateral tonsil that is swollen is the right tonsil (unknown reason). If you have no fever, take some ibuprofen to reduce the swelling. Gargle salt water to reduce the pain/swelling, and bad breath.

      If you have a fever or notice white-yellow spots, you may have a bacterial infection. Go to your doctor for antibiotics.

      The headache may be due to decreased oxygen to your brain due to the breathing problem. If you've had chronic, severe tonsil enlargement like this before (three times a year for the last three years), I would consider a tonsillectomy (discuss with your doctor).

      If you go to the doctor, you can get a shot of corticosteroids that will help with the inflammation, and help you breathe better.

      An off-label use, though this should help a little, is Sudafed and/or anti-histamines. Sudafed is an adrenergic agonist that will bronchodilate your respiratory system. Anti-histamines will reduce some inflammatory mediators.

      Your symptoms should go away in 3-4 days. Once again, if you have a fever, or your problems are severe or persist, go see a doctor.

      Differentials:
      EBV (mononucleosis)
      HSV
      Adenovirus

      If you have fever, a doctor might want to rule out bacterial infection, especially Group A beta-hemolytic Strep pyogenes (can lead to rheumatic fever).

      Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    My son has swollen gums, that are almost covering his teeth, they are red, and seem to have puss?
    He's only 2 yrs old, and only got tiny teeth, so his gums are so swollen that you can hardly see his teeth.
    Im not sure if its Ulcers in his mouth or just puss and build up. He has really bad breath and constant high fever, he cant eat, drink or swallow.
    Can someone please tell me if they have heard of anything like this before, he's been like this for 5 days. I took him to the doctor before the gums were swollen to check him because of his high fever and the doctor said he had red tonsils and inflammed glands and prescribed Amoxil, which I have finished now and he's only gotten worse.
    I need a quick fix because he's really struggling and I am too. Please help.
    Thanks to everyone who gave me some answers, i will take him back to the same doctor first thing in the morning, or if he has a hard time sleeping tonight I might take him to the hospital emergency room - Do you think they can help him there??
    Thanks again to all for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      THIS INFECTION MAY BE FUNGAL AND RESISTANT TO AMOXICILLIN,.IT REQUIRES AN ANTI FUNGAL MEDICATION SUCH AS METRONIDAZOLE.A PEDIATRIC DENTIST SHOULD BE CONSULTED.

  49. QUESTION:
    i removed white clumps in my tonsil pockets, is this bad?
    I used a toothpic and got out these white, yellowish small clumps that were in my tonsils. i didn't hurt myself, but are they going to get infected now that i did this? i rinsed and gargled with listerine. are they going to swell up or something where i can't breath?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey, you had tonsil stones. I think that they're not going to get infected most people acctualy have a lot of problem removing them. You should ask yourself why you've got them... Do you drink a lot of diary products ? I would suggest you to check out the source on how to avoid them in the future.

  50. QUESTION:
    8 YR OLD WITH REALLY BAD TONSILITIS AND UPPER RESP.INFECTION..ANYONE HAVE WORDS OF ADVICE?? HELP.?
    My child has had a headcold for about a day and a half.cough barky cough from boogers,sometimes sounds harsh,boogers,sinus drainage,woke at 3 a.m. -couldnt breath,it was due to phlem.steam,nebulizer treatment every 4 hours,lots of juice,and kids mucinex every 4 hours,constant noseblowing and coughing up phlem when possible..i continued this until 7 am...child was back to normal,with slight boogers,noseblowing was a constant,has had no temp at all through this,full pink tone returned to face.not flush and pink.so off he went to school.no swollen tonsils..i looked to see if there was build up or anything..and none.went to school.came home today at 3 pm..had bad cough,all over again the symptoms started!! so i redid what i knew..steam,medicines,ect..it seemed ok...so i grabbed the flashlight,looked into his throat,and i couldnt see it! 1 side looks completely closed! the other 1/2 way.my first thought- airway! if that other side closed..yikes! rushed him to hospital.was there a total of 2 minutes with doctor..doc came in,did the flashlight in the throat,and without further looking into my sons problem,though he was breathing ok,and wasnt coughing then,never did a culture,she said"i think its a viral infection.see your doctor in a few days if it doesnt get better",and sent us home! no explaination,no meds,no treatment for home...and we get home..And guess what! same symptoms again..coughing,wheezing from buggers,stuffed up,nebs,mucinex.
    i am calling pediatrician in the morning,and getting him in there asap.,
    my question is,since he has airway open now(doc says there is enough room for air),it is late in the evening now..is there anything i would watch out for until he gets to his pedi?? should i continue this treatment until a.m. ??
    anything i can do to help shrink his tonsils ?? i am really upset at the e.r. doc,and not sure if anyone else has gone through this??? can someone please help! i am scared to go to sleep tonight,and i am a nervous wreck now!

    • ANSWER:
      its always a good idea to keep a child home a day after it seems things have cleared up because of all the germs in a school. Be careful you aren't giving him too much mucinex also. Have you tried switching meds at all? Mucinex might work for you, but maybe its not whats best for him. As for the ER You should take him back if it gets worse tonight, If its a viral it could be she told you to check back with your doctor because it will take a few days to run the culture.. Deff get him into the pedi in the morning, and dont send him back to school immediately just because he looks better! monitor him for a day, epically when hes recovering from a bad cold like this one!

      Tonight you should sleep with him if you really think his tonsils are that bad. Maybe try some hot apple cider vinegar and honey tea, and some chix noodle soup. Im sure hes going to be fine, because it sounds more like you're freaking than anything. What are you doing on the computer? Go make the kid some hot tea and check his temp. STOP FILLING HIM UP WITH MUCINEX.


Swollen Tonsil Treatment

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•12

There is a lot of controversy and debate regarding the point whether tonsils should be removed or not in a person suffering from asthma. Different doctors have different opinions in this matter. Some advocate tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils) while others do not. It is therefore important to understand the role of tonsils in the human body so that adequate judgement can be made in this regard.

Tonsils make the first line of defence in the human body. They are present on either side of the pharynx. Pharynx is the middle portion of the throat. Why tonsils make the first line of defence is because they try to trap any germs and foreign bodies that may enter the body through the mouth and the nose. After trapping them the tonsils also produce protective antibodies with the help of their lymphatic cell structure that forms the main body of the tonsils. These antibodies circulate in the blood and fight the foreign organisms that somehow pass into the blood stream. So tonsils on one hand act as a mechanical guard and on the other hand they act on the molecular level also to protect the body. The antibody forming tissue is present in other parts of the body too but tonsils are first line of defence of the human system.

The body of a child is exposed to many different kinds of germs for the first time. The body is not used to these germs and needs to be protected against them. The tonsils work vigorously and in some children get abnormally enlarged in the process. If a child suffers from cough and wheezing his breathing is as it is strained. If this is due to some allergic reactions it may be accompanied with sore throat and fever as well. If the allergy persists or may subside and reappear again and again the tonsils too get infected while protecting the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are the simple cures or treatment for a swollen tonsils if have no money for a doctor or even for a med?
    I had a swollen tonsil in my right throat it caused too much pain. I can't swallow or even zip a water. what shoul i do coz i don't have money for a doctor or even to buy a medicine. whta are the first aid to treat it scientifically. thanks for your response in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't you at least have access to an ER at a county hospital? This could be so easily cured, probably with a shot of penicillin. In the meantime you have to find a way to get some fluids in you, or you'll die of dehydration.

  2. QUESTION:
    My right tonsil is swollen a bit and it hurts?
    ok so i been having a bit of a sore throat this week, 4 days to be accurate. Now only one of my tonsils is swollen as i saw today. It hurts a bit when i swallow. Anyone can help me with what this is ? treatment? or any useful information? thank you

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  3. QUESTION:
    EXTREMELY SWOLLEN TONSIL IN 8 YEAR OLD,POSTNASAL DRIP,LSLIGHT LARYNGITIS..HELP! ANY PEDIATRIC PHYSICIANS HERE?
    My child has had a headcold for about a day and a half.cough barky cough from boogers,sometimes sounds harsh,boogers,sinus drainage,woke at 3 a.m. -couldnt breath,it was due to phlem.steam,nebulizer treatment every 4 hours,lots of juice,and kids mucinex every 4 hours,constant noseblowing and coughing up phlem when possible..i continued this until 7 am...child was back to normal,with slight boogers,noseblowing was a constant,has had no temp at all through this,full pink tone returned to face.not flush and pink.so off he went to school.no swollen tonsils..i looked to see if there was build up or anything..and none.went to school.came home today at 3 pm..had bad cough,all over again the symptoms started!! so i redid what i knew..steam,medicines,ect..it seemed ok...so i grabbed the flashlight,looked into his throat,and i couldnt see it! 1 side looks completely closed! the other 1/2 way.my first thought- airway! if that other side closed..yikes! rushed him to hospital.was there a total of 2 minutes with doctor..doc came in,did the flashlight in the throat,and without further looking into my sons problem,though he was breathing ok,and wasnt coughing then,never did a culture,she said"i think its a viral infection.see your doctor in a few days if it doesnt get better",and sent us home! no explaination,no meds,no treatment for home...and we get home..And guess what! same symptoms again..coughing,wheezing from buggers,stuffed up,nebs,mucinex.
    i am calling pediatrician in the morning,and getting him in there asap.,
    my question is,since he has airway open now(doc says there is enough room for air),it is late in the evening now..is there anything i would watch out for until he gets to his pedi?? should i continue this treatment until a.m. ??
    anything i can do to help shrink his tonsils ?? i am really upset at the e.r. doc,and not sure if anyone else has gone through this??? can someone please help! i am scared to go to sleep tonight,and i am a nervous wreck now!

    • ANSWER:
      Warm salt water gargle is a good idea - keep up with the nebulizer treatment, steam etc., in fact if you can have a vaporizer or humidifier keep it going all the time - with a viral infection I don't think meds work -
      good luck and I hope your son is better real soon

  4. QUESTION:
    Sore throat with swollen tonsils, white pustules, run down but no fever?
    I've taken antibiotics 5 of the total 7 days so far (still taking them) with apparantly no improvement. I've had it a couple months and just started treatment. Does this sound like anything you've had or heard of?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a case of tonsilitis where you have the swollen tonsils and white pustules but not necessarily fever or sore throat. You are taking antibiotics so its bacterial and could be chronic in which case it can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months to heal ,even with treatment. A good way to speed the process up is to have lab work done to identify which bacteria is causing it and target it specifically.
      Make sure that you take all of your antibiotics because you can have further complications if you dont. It is important that you eradicate all of the bacteria in your system so it wont come back new and improved.

      If your dr diagnosed you and did the appropriate tests you are not infected with mono because you are afflicted with a bacterial infection and mono is a virus.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some home treatment for a sore throat?
    I have a sore throat. My tonsils are red, swollen, and have blisters. It's been there for 2 days straight following a fever. What are some home treatment for a sore throat? Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor and get tested for strep. If it is a bacterial condition, you need antibiotics. If it's tonsillitis, you might need surgery.

      Until then, try gargle with salt water, and drinking honey tea. This will NOT solve the problem, though, just make you feel better. It will go away on it's own, or you need to see a doctor. So see a doctor!

  6. QUESTION:
    Tonsils still red and swollen 3 days after finishing antibiotics?
    2 years 9 months old...made appt with pedi tomorrow....what are they likely to do now? Just more antibiotics? Our children's pediatrician tends to be conservative in treatment(which is why we chose them). Or will there probably be more done now? Poor guy had pneumonia at Christmas and now he was diagnosed with tonsillitis (and bronchitis) 2 weeks ago tomorrow.
    Today I noticed they were still red and when I really looked quite obviously still swollen...one almost half way across the back of his throat.

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  7. QUESTION:
    Swollen Tonsils?
    I have just developed swollen tonsils and they really hurt evertime I swallow or try to eat something. Does anyone know of any treatment or remedy? It would be greatly appreciated!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Use warn water add salt and gargle. Don't use hot water but make sure it is between warn and hot. Also if you buy Cloroseptic (or Cepakol tablest) spray from a pharmacy, grocery-store, and sometimes even a gas-station, that would really help you.
      To use the spray, stick your tongue out and spray in the back of the mouth, every two hours, don't eat or drink for at least 5 min after spraying.

  8. QUESTION:
    persistent swollen tonsils ?
    Ok, before anyone answers this question I just want to inform you that I am pretty knowledgeable in this whole tonsils deal, so please refrain from responses concerning ice pops, gargling salt water, etc. I've been looking for over 2 years for some good help with little success. I apologize ahead of time as this is quite a long post. I have a bad habit of including way too many details. I pasted this in word and did the best editing I can to shorten it up. I just wanted to give the best description possible of my condition.
    Two years ago I came down with a severe case of tonsillitis. I was 20 at the time, and remember always having a history of food and bacteria getting caught up in the tonsils whenever I was sick. This time although, was directly focused on the tonsils with extreme pain. In fact the worst pain I've ever had related to soar thought, strep, or any other ear nose and through sickness in my lifetime other than when I had mono at 17. I went to a walk in clinic after about 3 days of severe pain, high fever, and a slow loss of my ability to swallow. The doctors and assistants were astonished at the size of my tonsils and repeatedly asked me if I was able to swallow. Not really understanding their severity in the question, I responded with yes. At the time I was in fact still able to swallow, it was just very painful. The doctor gave me that blister pack of a week antibiotic treatment and a script for vicopropen to ease the pain and hopefully let me eat and drink something. Before I left the doctor told me if things got worse to go to the ER.
    After taking one of the vicopropen and the first two tablets of the antibiotic my fever went down, I was able to drink without so much pain, and swallow slightly solid food. I attempted at eating a piece of pizza but that didn’t get farther than the first bite.

    Fast forward 5 hours and 3 more pain killers I am in a world of bliss and 95% unable to swallow, talk, breath, etc. I was in such a care free mood that when my sister and my mother’s cousin saw how much pain I was really in they pretty much had to force me to go to the ER. I sat in the waiting room in serious pain for over an hour before I was finally brought in. Once again the nurses were amazed at the size of my tonsils, acknowledged the severity of my condition and let me wait for another hour on the hospital bed. At this point I hadn’t had any liquids for hours and was so dehydrated I could hardly speak. I was told I sounded like the godfather lol. Finally a doctor came in of course he too acted in astonishment and from there on they finally responded as they should have at first. Never will understand why they took forever with both the lady at the desk and the nurses that put me in the room 2 hours apart from each other telling me “WOW we need to get you into a room and hydrated ASAP. It was as if they had forgotten, twice, lol.

    They gave me a hydromorphone (brand name diludid) for pain, hydrated me up, and a steroid to reduce swelling all via IV around 1 AM. I went home around 9 in the morning and the swelling had reduced, the pain was almost gone, I was able to eat and drink and felt like a million bucks. I took the new 30 count script of a stronger antibiotic until it was empty even though after 3 days I felt 100% back to normal.
    Two years later, although the shape, tears, and lumps I had developed at that time have disappeared the swelling never really went down. I now have enlarged tonsils that catch food particles from time to time and cause major discomfort in my throat and neck area. My voice sounds as if I have marbles in my mouth, and sometimes I find it difficult to talk at a loud enough voice for people to hear. I’ve always been told I mumble, but it seems now that speaking loud takes extra effort and does not vibrate and project like it should or used to. Tilting my head looking skyward I can feel and hear a lack of airflow.

    I smoke around 2-5 cigarettes a day, wasn’t a smoker when I first had this happen. I quit in late December of 07 because I determined the cause of constantly catching food particles to be the main cause. It was and I saw a drop in occurrence. Unfortunately I started a new job where every single person smokes inside and outside of the building and I picked the habit up again. I told myself if the food particles returned as they were before I would stop.
    As far as the enlarged tonsils go, they seem to fluctuate in size regardless of being sick, healthy, smoking or not smoking. That has stayed consistent. Quitting smoking did stop the food particles almost completely. There was a time where I was pulling them out daily, sometimes struggling for weeks to finally get one out. VERY annoying I tell you!

    The past few days my neck has been pretty swollen, and although my tonsils have never swelled back to the size while being sick, they still are noticeably large. I did talk to an ear nose and through doctor sometime in late 2006, and he gave me the
    the same antibiotic they gave when I was in the ER, but it didn’t help and I missed an appointment and denied me to come back. I know the trouble with having someone finally agree to remove them, and that’s not really the route I would like to go. I have only gotten sick one other time, just about a year after the first case, but not as acute. I have no insurance so the doctor is out of the question, which I prefer anyways. I found some info on homeopathy remedies, but found it entirely too confusing as it doesn’t explain anything except what the remedy should be used for, where can i get them, how do i use them?

    Any advice besides “gargle salt water” or “go see a doctor” is appreciated. I just want something to take the swelling down possibly natural. There has to be something. They cause too much discomfort and not being able to breathe and speak normal sucks.
    looks like i am going to have to apply for state insurance. I see all of your points. My ex girlfriend had hers removed but it took years before they finally did it, which meant she had come down with tonsillitis numerous times, with each case being worse than the previous. I dont know, i guess it makes sence, my sister had hers removed when she was younger. I just wonder about the first line of defense being non existant.

    I would imagine if I went to the doc and told him I am having breathing complications due to the swelling he would react, but from my previous expereinces he will just write me a stupid script and tell me to come back and spend more money i dont have in a week so he can "diagnose"

    its almost scary how much my ex's voice changed after her surgery, she sounded like a completly different person.

    i guess i already knew the answer its just i've been dealing with it for two years now and only sometimes do they bother me, i figured i would just check to see

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is, get your tonsils removed. I'm not quite sure why you've let it get to this point.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have diarhea during treatment with antibiotics?
    It has happened before to me, I believe it is because the intestinal flora gets caused. I was injected with Ceftriaxone on wednesday and yesterday because i had really strong fever (40 Celsius, 104 Fahrenheit), and I had a really swollen tonsil. I was diagnosed with pharyngotonsillitis, and they injected me that and an antiinflamatory.

    The GI problems started yesterday like at 7pm, and I've had them continously today, but it doesn't stop.

    I read something about Chlostridium difficile and diarhea...should I go to a doctor? will this go away if I just leave it? I need to get my last shot of antibiotic today.
    *i believe it's caused because the intestinal flora gets killed
    Yeah...lactose intolerance is an issue, I have some lactase pills that I use, they're not miraculous but sometimes those help

    • ANSWER:
      Yes this does occur quite frequently actually. In many instances your diarrhea will settle and normal bowel movements will be restored. This is called antibiotic associated diarrhea and is a result of the antibiotics killing your good/normal intestinal bacteria. You may experience other symptoms like intestinal gas as well. You need to start on a pro biotic. Live culture yogurt can also help but the diary may aggravate your gas and diarrhea even further.

  10. QUESTION:
    Do I have HIV or am I just paranoid?
    Ok so I had trichomoniasis and I got treated for it with the prescription metronidazole. Recently when I was two days away from finishing my treatment I got swollen tonsils with white stuff in it without pain. I went to the doctor and he prescribed me an antibiotic called erythromycin just in case it was strep throat. Does this sound like symptoms of HIV or am I just paranoid. Help PLEASE!!!!

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    Homeopathic/Alternative Treatment for mononucleosis?
    I'm in my mid 20's, and I've been diagnosed with mono now since last August, so roughly 8 months. It is really debilitating: fever recurring forr the first few months, fatigue, low mood, constant recurrence of sore throat,white patches on tonsils, swollen lymph nodes on neck. These symptoms seem to appear whenever it seems. Many credible sites like WebMd say mono is suppose to go away w/in weeks but that is not the case w/ me. Besides drinking lots of fluid and getting plenty of rest, is there anything treat this ailment?

    Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I like to disagree COMPLETELY with the answer above that states Homeopathic remedies haven't been proven and that they are sugar pill. That's the biggest load
      of **** I've heard yet. There are in fact remedies for mono in homeopathic medicine. My question is, is it really mono or do you have Chronic Fatigue, which often mimics mono but lasts longer, or even Epstein-Barr, after all 8 months is a long time. I would seek out a homeopath or naturopath and ask them, and in the mean time, as suggest previous, drink lots of
      immunity building juices (fresh squeezed-juiced the best) and fresh water, lots of veggies (raw is best, or lightly steamed), but if you can totally cut out sugar, sweetners etc. fruit juice is more than enough sugar, actually even avoid lots of fruits, coffee, tea, cigarettes (basically stimulants). Try your best to relax (try yoga, meditation or breathing exercises) try at get out for at least a small walk, for fresh air and exercise. But above all take it easy, don't push yourself, sleep as much as you need, can you or are you taking time from work or school?, delegate and don't allow people to make you feel bad for resting and sleeping lots, try and learn your limits I know its hard but if your going to get better you will have to slow it down, so your body/mind can recuperate.
      Good Luck and I surely hope you feel better soon!!!

  12. QUESTION:
    cancer? lymphoma or tonsil ?
    I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck that feel kinda hard but moveable. My adnoids are swollen, i can tell cuz its hard to breath out of my nose but its not clogged. Also my left tonsil is enlarged and my right one just looks really small and not really large at all.

    Ive had all of these symptoms for over a month and they havnt gone away. Im worried i may have cancer because i dont have health insurance and i have no way to pay for it. If im diagnosed i wouldnt even be able to get treatment because i dont have health insurance or any money.

    • ANSWER:
      So what do you want from us??

  13. QUESTION:
    Am i possibly denying the effects mono has on me?
    I am about 4 weeks into my mono since my first symptoms. Initially my symptoms were so severe i was hospitalized and needed steroid treatment to reduce tonsil swelling. But that has subsided. After overcoming that i feel great and the fatigue really has no effect on me.

    I have been skateboarding like i usually do and my muscles ache more than usual. Which i assume mono is the culprit of this. I dont know if this is going to do any damage...

    I dont really feel all that ill now. I dont know if its because im getting better, or im just ignoring it. I typically heal fast and rarely get sick, so its always confusing when trying to tell these things for me. Im 23 years old, regularly exercise, and get plenty of sleep.. although i do eat a lot of junk food.

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to be careful and I would talk to your doctor to see if you can be skateboarding. My brother had mono for a while and had to be careful not to do strenuous activity because his spleen was enlarged and it could tear if he did too much. That happens a lot with mono. And yes the muscle aches, thats a typical symptom. Fatigue will also normally knock you on your butt but if you are feeling fine, keep at it. You should try to eat really healthy and rest, take vitamins and take the best care of yourself. Its caused by the Epstein Barr virus which eventually will subside but never leaves your body. You will always carry it but probably won't get sick unless you put yourself under immense stress or don't take care of yourself.

  14. QUESTION:
    Hi need help about Tonsil problem & my health..?
    NAME: Prasad
    GENDER: Male
    AGE:19yrs
    OCCUPATION: Student studying CS&E

    I'VE NO SMOKING OR DRINKING HABIT, I'VE NOT EVEN DONE IT ONCE NOR DO IT IN FUTURE..

    Hi..
    I usually get tonsillitis when i have cold drinks or ice-creams or any cold stuffs or when i smell insecticides such as Mortein, etc or dust..
    When i get tonsillitis my lymph nodes at back of the neck(on right side) gets swollen & return to normal size after treatment, no pain occurs in lymph nodes & size of swollen lymph nodes during tonsillitis is small may be less than 1cm in width & less than 0.5 cm in size..
    And i had wheezing two times while i was in bed when i was 16yrs & no occurrence later..
    And i rarely get chest pain when i suck air or breathe & i rarely feel dizzy for few seconds..
    May be dizziness is due to low hemoglobin bcoz i eat vegetables less..
    Also i eat lots of junk foods & have lots of cool drinks & ice-creams, i have cool drinks everyday & ill control it from now on or probably stop it..
    And i sweat in palms frequently & I sweat when I'm nervous or in excitement, also i was sweating while texting this is due to I'm nervous about answers that I'm about to get..
    I also have Hemophobia, when i see blood i feel dizzy..
    How is my health..
    What are the reasons for swollen lymph nodes, wheezing, chest pain, sweating..
    Help me...
    Sorry for long procedure...
    Pls give me true/right answer, no fake/false answers pls..
    Thank you..

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsillitis:

      The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. More symptoms occur in most cases. Some or all of the following may be present:
      •Fever
      •Bad breath
      •Nasal congestion and runny nose
      •Swollen lymph nodes
      •Red, swollen tonsils covered completely or in patches by pus
      •Difficulty swallowing
      •Headache
      •Abdominal (belly) pain
      •Raw, bleeding patches on the tonsils
      When you have sore throat plus cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, the cause is most likely a virus. Viral infection of the tonsils usually goes away without treatment within 2 weeks.
      TONSILS:
      Tonsils are like street dogs in Ur vicinity. They are just like security guards for Ur entire body-house.
      When a thief/stranger enters Ur locality to observe the surroundings to commit a crime/theft; the street dog[s] starts barking continuously cautioning U against the dangers ahead.
      Similarly, much before the entry of a serious virus/bacteria into Ur body, the first organs to be affected are tonsils-which are nothing but lymph glands.
      As u r aware that lymphatic system is nothing but a drainage system. If tonsils are removed surgically, it is as good as killing Ur security guards given by the God.
      It is prudent and safe to see a local homoeopath for total cure.

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  15. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with my mystery illness? :( ?
    So, I've been sick for quite sometime now - several months - and doctor visits seem to be going nowhere. I've seen my primary physician, an ENT doctor, and now a stomach doctor (I'm very tired and can't remember the correct name for it). My symptoms are as follows:

    - Swollen, painless lymph nodes, one on the ride side of the neck, one on the left
    - Constantly nauseous
    - Rapid weight loss (I'm a small girl and dropped 8 pounds in a snap and I don't exercise)
    - Constantly fatigued (literally I'm tired all the time) but I actually can't sleep
    - Swollen tonsils and coughing up those tonsiliths (gross things)
    - My ears constantly pop whenever I swallow

    The only treatment I've gotten is being but on Zofran for the nausea and anti-biotics for the tonsils, which just made me more nauseous. I also had an upper endoscopy, which just showed my stomach lining to be inflamed (they biopsied it and found nothing). All of my bloodwork turned up normal, too. Nobody has checked out my lymph node, though.

    What's bothering me is that I think I might have two different things going on. I've always had crappy tonsil issues, ever since I was a young teenager, but the painless lymphnodes, the sleep issues, the weight loss, and constant nausea are new. I'm beginning to think I have two different things going on.

    I know this is a lot information, but can anyone help me? Does anyone have an idea? I'm very sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Maxiallry Sinus?
    My CT Scan shows Maxillary sinus towards left side of the nose. Also A deviated nasal septum. Although I never Feel any pain anywhere on the face. Apart from Once in 6 mnths for about 2-3 hrs pressure in my left eye and cheek. The only problem with me is bad breath (chronic), no swollen tonsils, but daily I have those tonsil stones in my throat which smell really bad. Can someone suggest me a treatment or is surgery the only option. Also, is Deviated septum the cause of maxillary sinus. I never have any other complication related to throat. NO Pain at all.
    Thanks for the clarification needed, I meant blocked maxially sonus, .And my concern is whether are they all associated to each other and main concern is about getting rid od halitosis

    • ANSWER:
      First off, you always have a maxillary sinus. It is a part of the skull and soft tissue. Secondly, a deviated septum is a fairly benign thing. Now, not knowing what you are trying to ask because of the vagueness of the description is tough. Are you asking why your sinuses are swollen, about the bad breath, or about the septum?

  17. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for strep or tonsillitis to still get worse the first day after starting antibiotics?
    I recently had sinusitis and was on Ceftin for 10 days. The Ceftin cleared up the sinus infection, but over the last couple days of taking Ceftin my tonsils were starting to get covered in white spots. A few days later they were covered in even more white stuff, so I went to my doctor who took a look at my throat and my very swollen lymph nodes on the right side (Very large and visibly swollen, although no longer very painful.) and tested me for Mono, which came back negative. He then did a throat culture test (Still awaiting results.) and said he thought it was strep throat. He started me on a 10-day course of Augmentin 875mg, twice a day.

    I started treatment yesterday and today I've noticed that my throat isn't doing any better. It's more sore than it was yesterday, AND there's even more white gunk on the right side.

    I've read strep usually improves a day or two after starting treatment.

    Is it possible for the infection to still worsen for a day or two after starting treatment?
    On a side note, I'm pretty sure it's not Oral Thrush...

    Thrush usually starts in the cheeks/on your tongue, and moves back towards the tonsils. I've also been eating a decent amount of yogurt to help maintain a good balance within my body to help prevent that. I am fairly susceptible to tonsil problems quite often anyway...

    Also, oral thrush wouldn't cause swollen lymph nodes, if I'm not mistaken... Either way, I've had the throat culture test done and will get the results on Monday... That will determine if it is indeed Strep, Tonsillitis, or Thrush. Guess we'll find out, eh?

    On a side note, my friend's sister had strep throat the other day when we all hang out. I ended up having to sit next to her at the diner we went to, so it's a possibility if she coughed/sneezed anywhere, the droplets could've gotten in my food and I could've caught strep there.

    We shall discover the answer to what this is, soon!

    • ANSWER:
      I've had problems in the past with my tonsils getting infected. It takes 48 hours for the antibiotics to even start working. So yes it can get worse while you are taking them. You should have improvement in 72 hours if you don't call your doctor again. In the mean time gargle with warm salt water, that will help. Take care of yourself, and get better quick..

  18. QUESTION:
    I have a swollen neck gland, white spots on my tonsils, and a very sore throat. What's wrong with me?
    I recently came down with a cold about a week ago that was accompanied by a sore throat. Two days ago I thought I was recovering because my tonsils began to itch. Boy was I wrong.. Before I went to bed I looked at my tonsils in the mirror. My left one had bumps on it while my right was really inflated. Not concerned I went to bed only to wake up to my right neck gland swollen, white spots on my right back tonsils, and a worse sore throat on both sides.

    Today I feel really fatigued and I have the same conditions except my throat is only sore on my right side, my neck is swollen a little bit more, and it's becoming very uncomfortable to swollow. If I don't feel any better tomorrow I'll be making an appointment with my doctor. Before I go visit I was wondering if anyone might have a slight clue what this could exactly be. I don't think it's strep because that's followed with a fever and a rash.

    Anything on what this could be, or some self care treatments would be great! Thank you
    I'd also like to mention I have been gargling with salt water, and I've been taking Cepacol. I took ibuprofen last night and it made any discomfort I had disappear. I'm also really confused why it's only on my right tonsil when it started on my left. Oh, and I have been around people who have been sick with this weird flu.Could it be a possibility it could be that?

    • ANSWER:
      Strep throat. You don't have to have a fever with it.

  19. QUESTION:
    Had a check up with my 18 mo old son's ear, nose, throat specialist, should I get a second opinion?
    Took my son for his 6 month tube check-up today and to ask about his ongoing allergy problems, i.e. runny nose as long as I can recall, swollen tonsils and adenoids, throat looking spongy. He prescribed Singulair 4mg granules once daily as a decongestant and R-Tanna Pediatric Suspension 1 mL 2x daily as an antihistamine (he was on Zyrtec, but it did nothing). These two meds are to be taken for 4 weeks and, if no improvement, I need to bring him back in and we start a course of long-term antibiotic treatment. My son has had problems with antibiotic induced thrush in the past so I am unsure about that. Anyway, if the antibiotic does not work he wants to take out his tonsils and adenoids. Does this course of treatment sound okay or should I get a second opinion. As young as he is I am very hesitant to have surgery performed on him of this magnitude. I know I let him get tubes, but that was after 7 ear infections in 5 months-I couldn't stand to see him suffer anymore with the pain the infections caused him. ANY advice please. FYI-no pets, no smokers, hepa filter for vacuum and air conditioning system, clean environment, we use a humidifier and my mother-in-law is bringing us a purifier, only food allergy is cow's milk protein. He is such a good child despite how bad he must feel, he is my world, I just want to do my best for him. Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      i absolutely would get a second opinion. problems of this magnitude i think it would be bordering on irresponsible to NOT get second opinion.

      in my opinion, i would think that just going straight for the surgery would be best.

      my SiL just had her tonsils out- at age 28- after having had problems since she was a child. there's somethings that can never be fixed after all those years of damage, and there was a lot of suffering in the mean time. if they'd just done that in the first place, it would've be so much simpler.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the long term affects of Serratia Marcescens if found in the throat?
    Recently it became difficult to swallow..after seeing three doctors..I finally found out through a repeat culture that I had the bacteria S.Marcescens in my throat. I couldn't swallow properly, eating became difficult..and my tonsils have been swollen. It was going on for about 3 months prior to treatment with antibiotics. I took 17 days of Cipro at 750mg. But I still dont feel like i can eat properly. They are talkin of takin out my tonsils. But I dont know if this is gonna work. I'm scared...Any helpful info of SMarsecens in the throat would be helpful as i haven't been able to get any straight answers through doctors or online..Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You and your doctors are facing a problem: Serratia may be obtained on culture of the throat and yet have nothing to do with your symptoms. The problem is that medical science has not clearly idenfied a pathogenic role for Serratia when recovered from the throat. The situation is different with germs like Group A strep or certian chlamydiae. For these germs, there is ample evidence that recovery of the germ on culture of throat corresponds with a particular set of symptoms and that eradication of the organism results in cure. Nothing similar is know in relation to Serratia and the throat. So, if the Cipro eradicated your carriage of Serratia and you still have symptoms, your problem may be something else, though it may be something as small as residual enlargement of your tonsils and or adenoids. Tonsils may take a long tome to return ot normal size after inflammation. If you are getting even incrementally better, then waiting may be a good option. If not, tonsillectomy may help.

  21. QUESTION:
    Mononucleosis sore throat duration?
    I had been feeling really under the weather since last Wednesday. I had a fever accompanied by nausea. Then, on Tuesday I woke up with the worst sore throat of my life. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with mono. I was told to take ibuprofen for the pain. Thursday, I called my doctor because my tonsil swelling wasn't getting any better so she put me on a six day Prednisone treatment. Well, here we are Saturday and my throat is still not any better. My tonsils are so swollen and filled with pus that they're almost touching. I wake up multiple times during the night from the pain. I'm sick and tired of feeling like this.

    Has anyone else with mono experienced this? How long did it take for the sore throat to get better? This is so frustrating to me because I feel as if there is no end in sight :( Please help!
    I have already had a strep test, they took two in fact. Both came up negative.
    I also just took a really thorough look at my tonsils and was disgusted. There is an unbelievable amount of pus. I'm considering going to the ER because this is unbearable.

    • ANSWER:
      No, My tonsils were not swollen like that. they were swollen but nothing like yours. I would go to the dr and have him test you for strep (bacterial ) because you can have strep at the4 same time of having mono (viral).

  22. QUESTION:
    possible Lymphoma diagnosis?
    I am 22 yrs old, For as long as I can remember my neck (tonsil and lymph node) area will occasionally swell. Sometimes it is accompanied with a sore throat and sometimes it isn't. The swelling gets so severe that you can physically see the swelling from the outside. Well, this past February my neck swelled again, thinking nothing of it I went to my primary physician and was diagnosed with tonsillitis. He gave me an antibiotic shot along with a steroid shot (to speed up the antibiotics and reduce swelling). I was also prescribed a round of antibiotics orally. The medications didn't help much and 10 days later I was back at the doctors office with the same symptoms and was given the same treatment. This routine lasted until July... I can honestly say there were only a few days out of every month that my neck was not swollen. My doctor tested for strep, rapid strep, mono, thyroid conditions and did blood work. All of the results came back negative. He referred me to an ornithologist (ear nose and throat specialist), who took one look at me and my charts and scheduled a tonsillectomy for that very week. He said my tonsillitis was causing my lymph nodes to swell and by removing the tonsils, all of the swelling would be alleviated.Sooo... after 5 months of constant pain and swelling my tonsils were removed. Unfortunately afterward I was still plagued with the constant swelling and pain in my neck... everything was exactly the same as before my surgery.I switched primary physicians and the new doctor told me the same thing and prescribed antibiotics. FINALLY after feeling hopeless and terrible for almost a year, I went back to my ornithologist yesterday. He was surprised to see me back in the office and felt my nodes in the chest and neck area. All of the other nodes except for the ones that are by my tonsils felt normal. He said he was puzzled as to why they were still swollen. He reviewed my entire chart and said there are no indications as to why they are still swelling. The tissue samples from my tonsils were normal and so was all of the blood work that was done before the surgery... I have been doing research online and lymphoma keeps popping up. My doctor scheduled me a CT scan with contrast in 2 days. As for symptoms of lymphoma, yes im always tired but i have 2 toddlers, yes i have night sweats but im hot natured, and yes i have dropped from 200lbs to 165lbs since march BUT I was prescribed weight loss medication because I gained a lot of weight from getting the steroid shots every 2 weeks. Could Lymphoma be a possibility? Will the CT scan give me answers? Is there any other possibilities? Does anyone suffer from the same chronic pain and swelling in only the lymph nodes under the back of the jaw? And why are only these nodes swelling and not the others? PLEASE HELP!!! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I do not know who the guy above me is, but he is not a doctor.
      There is no reason to think you have lymphoma.
      Night sweats with lymphoma are not just feeling hot they are drenching sweats that you have to change clothing or sheets.
      It sounds like you have an infection.

  23. QUESTION:
    Cellulitis diagnosis with no testing.........?
    My daughter had an infection on her finger that was starting to look strange to me, I took her to the ER and the doc said it was cellulitis but did no testing, even though I told him that previously my daughter had very swollen tonsils but no other symptoms. Her tonsils are still swollen and he wouldn't even look at them. Now that I have come home and read about cellulitis I know that it can come from strep. He prescribed her some augmentin and said that 2X a day I should clean it with peroxide and then put triple antibiotic on it and wrap it up. The doctor had very poor bedside manner and was not remotely thorough. I am scared of her getting poor treatment because we have no insurance and ending up with necrotizing disgust. Someone please tell me that I am worrying too much and that what the doc did was appropriate. My beautiful 7 year old girl does not need to end up with a scar over this or worse. Will someone please tell me also, what's chance of the area ending up with a scar.
    I also have to vent so excuse me. This excuse for a doctor would not change her medicine when we found out that it was 0. That isn't the part I can't excuse though, it's his attitude and the attitude he had again with the pharmacist when they called and asked the doc if he would change it to a pill instead of a chewable so it would be a bit cheaper. He just had the worst attitude. He did no test, no thorough exam, he left without fully explaining how to tend to my daughters wound, I had to make the nurse look to see what the diagnosis even was because no one bothered to even tell me. Even after all that I saw him as I left and said thank you and he didn't even respond. He wasn't worried when he got the phone call from the pharmacist that the beautiful little girl he saw earlier might not get her medicine because it couldn't be afforded. He was more worried about being an ***. Without doubt I will still get the medicine, too bad I had to pay for the attitude too!

    • ANSWER:
      I've had cellulitis, as has one of my kids.

      It is mostly a visual diagnosis, without any tests.

      Starting an oral antibiotic is the right approach.

      Since you don't trust your doctor to monitor it closely, you can do it.
      Have your daughter choose a magic marker and circle the area of inflamation.

      Tomorrow look at it -- if the inflamation is getting smaller than the circle, it's starting to heal.

      If it's getting bigger than the circle, call your doctor. If there's anyway you can go to a clinic and avoid the ER, you'll likely get better care. (My life experiences have taught me that ERs are great places to be if your body is ripped apart by a car crash or bullet. But not so great if you're sick.)

      If the inflamation goes away with antibiotics, it should not leave a scar.

      It's likely the antibiotics will also work on her tonsils. If they don't, make a clinic appointment for that.

      Good luck.

  24. QUESTION:
    8 YR OLD WITH REALLY BAD TONSILITIS AND UPPER RESP.INFECTION..ANYONE HAVE WORDS OF ADVICE?? HELP.?
    My child has had a headcold for about a day and a half.cough barky cough from boogers,sometimes sounds harsh,boogers,sinus drainage,woke at 3 a.m. -couldnt breath,it was due to phlem.steam,nebulizer treatment every 4 hours,lots of juice,and kids mucinex every 4 hours,constant noseblowing and coughing up phlem when possible..i continued this until 7 am...child was back to normal,with slight boogers,noseblowing was a constant,has had no temp at all through this,full pink tone returned to face.not flush and pink.so off he went to school.no swollen tonsils..i looked to see if there was build up or anything..and none.went to school.came home today at 3 pm..had bad cough,all over again the symptoms started!! so i redid what i knew..steam,medicines,ect..it seemed ok...so i grabbed the flashlight,looked into his throat,and i couldnt see it! 1 side looks completely closed! the other 1/2 way.my first thought- airway! if that other side closed..yikes! rushed him to hospital.was there a total of 2 minutes with doctor..doc came in,did the flashlight in the throat,and without further looking into my sons problem,though he was breathing ok,and wasnt coughing then,never did a culture,she said"i think its a viral infection.see your doctor in a few days if it doesnt get better",and sent us home! no explaination,no meds,no treatment for home...and we get home..And guess what! same symptoms again..coughing,wheezing from buggers,stuffed up,nebs,mucinex.
    i am calling pediatrician in the morning,and getting him in there asap.,
    my question is,since he has airway open now(doc says there is enough room for air),it is late in the evening now..is there anything i would watch out for until he gets to his pedi?? should i continue this treatment until a.m. ??
    anything i can do to help shrink his tonsils ?? i am really upset at the e.r. doc,and not sure if anyone else has gone through this??? can someone please help! i am scared to go to sleep tonight,and i am a nervous wreck now!

    • ANSWER:
      its always a good idea to keep a child home a day after it seems things have cleared up because of all the germs in a school. Be careful you aren't giving him too much mucinex also. Have you tried switching meds at all? Mucinex might work for you, but maybe its not whats best for him. As for the ER You should take him back if it gets worse tonight, If its a viral it could be she told you to check back with your doctor because it will take a few days to run the culture.. Deff get him into the pedi in the morning, and dont send him back to school immediately just because he looks better! monitor him for a day, epically when hes recovering from a bad cold like this one!

      Tonight you should sleep with him if you really think his tonsils are that bad. Maybe try some hot apple cider vinegar and honey tea, and some chix noodle soup. Im sure hes going to be fine, because it sounds more like you're freaking than anything. What are you doing on the computer? Go make the kid some hot tea and check his temp. STOP FILLING HIM UP WITH MUCINEX.

  25. QUESTION:
    is dr saying i'm out of the woods?
    Dear Doctor,
    I had intercourse with a man (vaginal), and gave him unprotected oral sex. I began having symptoms about two weeks after our sex, swollen tonsils, swollen neck lymph nodes night sweats, leg bumps which my doctor called follicular something, redness all over my face, rash on my back, low grade fever, EBV, mono, gonorhea, chlamydia, and all tests showed to be negative. At about 3 or 4 months post exposure I came down with a high fever for one day, thought I was getting the flu but it was gone the next day and I was left with swollen lymph nodes everywhere, they are highly painful in my chest area, making me cry @ work even. The CT scan said many enlarged nodes, not sure when/if they'll biopsy. I took a DNAPCR @ the 5 month time and an ICMA through labcorp, they were negative, but the power was out in our city for 9 days due to ice storm(oklahoma) at the time and I worry about the results (transporting, contaminating, blood arriving late). At 6 months and 9 days I took oral test, it was negative. I continue to have the most awful pain in my lymphnodes (elbows, chest, collar bone area, neck, left side of groin. I'm mostly worried because the scan shows enlarged nodes.
    Could the high dose steroids given to me when my throat was sore effect the result?
    What effect does being HLA-B27 positive have on test results or antibody production?
    Would my lymph nodes still be swollen & the folliculitis still be abundant nearly 7 months later?
    Do you advise that I take another test? While it will be protected, I'd like to have sex with my guy without feeling guilty - I don't want to disclose all of this if it isn't necessary.
    Two months later, the guy claims he had a negative result, his ex wife is an IV drug user in a poor economic area, and I can't help but be concerned.

    What do you make of all this? My doctor says he doesn't even know who to refer me to.
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    by H. Hunter Handsfield, M.D.

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    H. Hunter Handsfield, M.D.
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    , Jan 24, 2008 05:54PM
    There are many causes of enlarged lymph nodes, and HIV is one of the least common. Your test results prove HIV is not the cause in your case.

    No medication is known to alter the reliability of HIV test results; there are theories about immunosuppressive drugs, potent chemotherapy, and the like, but few or no actual cases documented. High dose corticosteroids might do it, but only if taken for weeks on end; a brief course of treatment wouldn't change anything, and in any case you were long off the treatment during your later tests.

    As you likely know, people of HLA type B-27 are at increased risk of certain autoimmune diseases, but not to altered reliability of HIV test result.

    On top of all that, you describe very low risk exposures in terms of HIV. Oral sex carries almost no risk and you give good evidence your partner wasn't infected. But even you were at very high risk, it wouldn't matter: the test results always tell the correct story.

    Bottom line: Continue to work with your personal health care provider(s) to address the real cause of your symptoms and the enlarged lymph nodes. But put HIV out of your mind. You don't have it.

    I hope this helps. Best wishes-- HHH, MD
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    • ANSWER:
      The doctor's response to the information you have provided is right on the money (correct).

      From what you have described, HIV is NOT the cause. However, you have some pretty intense symptoms and something obviously seems to be wrong. But HIV is not the cause.

      EDIT: To answer your question about HLA-B27.....
      The HLA stands for Human Leukocyte Antigen. There are many different types and B27 is just one of them. We don't know everything about this particular antigen yet. We know that it is strongly associated with certain autoimmune diseases (diseases where the immune system goes haywire and begins attacking things it shouldn't). Diseases like reactive arthritis, enteropathic arthritis with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's Disease, ankylosing spondylitis....and probably 5 or 6 more. They are fairly rare and not everyone with HLA-B27 gets them. And some people without HLA-B27 get some of them. Again, we don't know everything about it yet.
      It doesn't CAUSE the diseases as far as we know, but it somehow seems to contribute to them.

  26. QUESTION:
    I need Tonsillitis help..?
    i have tonsillitis at the minute.. no fever or anything just swollen tonsils. i finished the dose of antibiotics, and have seen no change, so im guessing its the virus type.. what is a treatment for this type..
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly, but it may be that the bacterial infection you have in your tonsils were resistant to the antibiotics you took. So I would suggest another trip to the doctor, who may take a swab for further investigation.

      Good luck!!

  27. QUESTION:
    Why is my throat so sore?
    Okay, so I have had a very sore throat and swollen tonsils for about two weeks. I developed the sore throat in the middle of a Z-Pack treatment for something else. I figured whatever it was, the azithromycin would take care of it. I was wrong. One of my lymph nodes is swollen, but not both. I have tried salt-water gargles, and have been drinking plenty of water. I have also been eating soups, yogurts, and popsicles. The only time my throat has ever hurt like this was when I had mono 8 years ago. I plan on going to see a dr., but until then, does anyone have any clue what could be wrong with me?

    I took the Z-Pack for bronchitis. I had had a cold and could not stop coughing for the longest time. I thought maybe it was the coughing causing the sore throat, but I stopped coughing days ago, and my throat is still sore. Also, I smoke pot, and it seems to burn my throat more. I have already quit that, for now, just to see if it makes a difference. Any ideas?
    should I tell the doctor that I smoke the ganja? I have never had to nerve to do that, but I think it is kind of an important point.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like tonsillitis from here and I can tell you from personal experience that getting your tonsils removed as adult is anything But a pleasant experience
      As far as smoking weed goes ;It's not unheard of to occasionally run into a batch of weed that for whatever reason just raises hell on your throat
      Good luck and I hope that you feel better.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is Group G Streptococcus?
    Can someone tell me about group G streptococcus, what is it, what are the symptoms from infection? Is it resistant to anti-biotics? Any other forms of treatment? What is the strongest antibiotic available to combat it?

    I've got it, but appart from swollen tonsils, I'm all right. I'm currently taking sme cephalexin from me GP.

    The specialist I went to seems a be a bit eager to chop me tonsils off so getting a second opinion, but thought I'd ask the forum to actually find out what this infection is considering my specialist wasnt very precise in explaining it to me and I couldnt find any details respect to the 'Group G' classification.

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      First make sure it's Group G (uncommon) not one of the more common Groups.

      In humans, Group G streptococci are found in the upper airways at the back of the throat, on skin, and it can be part of the normal flora found in the gut and female genital tract.

      In recent years, Group G streptococci have been reported to cause a variety of human infections, such as sore throat, pharyngitis, cellulitis (skin infections), meningitis, infection of the heart valves (endocarditis), and sepsis. Blood stream infection (bacteremia) due to Group G streptococci has been related to underlying conditions, such as alcoholism, diabetes mellitus, malignancy, intravenous substance abuse, or breakdown of the skin.

      The diseases due to group C and G are much less common, but also because the diseases caused are less well-recognised. Latin names used to describe some of the members of these two groups include Streptococcus equi, Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus, Streptococcus equisimilis, and Streptococcus dysgalactiae.

      The risks are somewhat less than for group A strep disease, but often the patients with group C and G disease may be more frail to start with. There have been a few reports of ‘toxic shock’ with group C and G infections.

      Depending on the position in the body where the infection is based, it may be necessary for surgery to be performed to, for example, drain pus from a joint, or replace a heart valve.

  29. QUESTION:
    HELP! Serious throat problem seems to be coming back?!?
    So, I am 16 and I went on a biology trip about a month ago. I got really ill and had a bacteria in my throat, which caused the following symptoms to come and cause severe suffering for over 8 days--
    - sore throat
    - swollen tonsils
    - mucus / coughing up phlegm
    - fever (for more than 5 days)
    - headaches
    - moments of heat and then chills
    - fatigue
    - gooey stuff forming in my eyes
    - clogged sinuses or runny nose

    So yeah. I went to a clinic and they gave me a 5-day antibiotic treatment. The pain and symptoms went away. Now, however, it is back and seems to be worse. My symptoms are all coming back, and I looked in the back of my throat and the back of my tongue and the same bumps are forming.

    This is an image of exactly what it looks like: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cinqueterreliguria.net/foto/farm1.static.flickr.com/179/397502885_1e121877f9.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cinqueterreliguria.net/Cinque%2520Terre/pomace/Streptococcus%2520mutans.htm%3Fiframe%3Dtrue%26width%3D100%25%26height%3D100%25&usg=__k6oYR3KZcYC0KGoFu2KlGw5BE6w=&h=375&w=500&sz=71&hl=en&start=1&zoom=1&tbnid=g9J56ZPYKmlCiM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3DStreptococcus%2Bmutans%2Bthroat%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26gbv%3D2%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D594%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1

    So, what is it? Where do I get it? How do I prevent it?
    I'm an AP/honors junior and can't afford to miss another 5 days of school!

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Question about orally transmitted chlamydia- Can I get it?
    About a month ago my best friend was diagnosed with the STD after she went to the ER because she was bleeding and had constant "yeast infections that wouldn't clear up." Her boyfriend cheated on her and they broke up and having no clue she had the STD she started dating a friend of ours and they had sex and she also told me she had oral sex and she managed to probably get herself and her partner re-infected during the treatment because they failed to use protection or abstain from sexual activity, and she had oral sex with him.

    My friend always shares spoons, forks, straws, bottles, bites off my food, etc. Is there a risk of my friends and me getting infected orally? My friend told me there was probably no risk, but I don't believe that.

    How would chlamydia affect me if I got it from my friend? Could it sexually affect me even if I wasn't sexually active? If I was sexually active could I give my partner chlamydia just by having sex with him or would it have to be oral sex?

    A little more than a week ago I started feeling sick I have an ear infection related to swollen tonsils, and it cleared up with an antibiotic but came back worse while I was still taking the antibiotic as instructed. The second time around I got a sore throat and a cough. Could my friend have gotten me sick?

    I've been to many websites but many are vague about stds in the mouth/throat.

    • ANSWER:
      No, for you to get oral chlamydia - you literally would have to be licking her tonsils. Chlamydia is also very hard to get orally, in fact the CDC has advised against tested for it because it's considered rare.

      If you friend has genital chlamydia, you cannot catch it orally unless you performed oral sex on her. Chlamydia does not run rampid throughout the body, it affects one place - either orally or genital.

      If you go to medhelp.com - you can search through oral chlamydia and mind you, those doctors in the std forum are experts.

  31. QUESTION:
    Retrobulbar Abscess in 2 1/2 year old dog?
    Early in December, I noticed swelling in one of my Miniature Aussie's eyes as well as some drainage and that he seemed to be in pain when opening his mouth. We went to the vet and by that time the swelling in the eye was gone. He was sedated and the vet informed me that his right tonsil appeared swollen so he prescribed Cephalexen. He continued to eat normally and act more normal. By the time he finished his medication, it seemed like everything was fine. About 3 weeks after finishing the medication, I noticed swelling in the same eye again. We went back to the vet and he was prescribed Amoxicillin and Baytril. During the visit, the vet mentioned that he could have retrobulbar abscess, but he seemed hopeful that the medication would correct the issue. Within a couple of days, the swelling was gone again and over the following 10 days I noticed some drainage from the eye. He just finished the second round of medication and appears to still be pained by opening his mouth. I was just wondering if anyone else has dealt with retrobulbar abscess, what worked for treatment, and what the overall cost was? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I just want to find out what the real issue is and have it corrected. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would asked your vet about a carnassial tooth root abscess. They can appear as a swelling near the eye which can go away with antibiotics, but will come back. The most common course of treatment is removal of the tooth unless you can find a vet who will do a root canal.

  32. QUESTION:
    Should I worry that I have HIV?
    Ok hi guys. About 3 weeks ago I engaged in unprotected oral sex with a partner of unknown status. She performed oral on me for a few minutes which doesn't really bother me and I licked on her vagina and stuck my tongue in once for about 2 seconds which does bother me because even though I didn't feel or seen any vaginal fluids blood or any type of wetness were detectable i feel like I may still have gotten something. After this encounter I woke the next day with a sore throat and thought nothing of it the next day I noticed my left tonsil had swollen up a bit and had white stuff on both sides. I had no other symptoms given for HIV even though I know you do not have to have any symptoms to be positive. During the week I felt normal and thought I just had strep throat so I went to the ER and they said its was probably strep gave me a shot and a pill and sent me on my way with prescribed antibiotics. So I began taking the antibiotics, the pain went away almost instantly but still had white spots on my tonsils. I began to have watery diarrhea due to the antibiotics and a loss of appetite. Finished the full 10 day treatment of antibiotics I felt better regained my appetite and the white spots were going away. This week (the third week) I was back to eating and feeling like regular but still a little swellness on my left tonsil no diarrhea but just recently that unable to eat feeling hit me again. Could I have gotten infected and seen these symptoms come and go so fast??? I mean from all I was told and read it takes 2-6 weeks to develop symptoms and mine have come and gone. Sorry for the long post but I'm really worried that I have it. I mean what else could it be? This being my first sexual encounter I never want to have sex again!

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  33. QUESTION:
    I've got shortness of breath about 3 weeks after lung infection?
    About a month ago I felt my neck clogging up and had shortness of breath. I went to the doctor and she said my tonsils were swollen and that she noticed some sort of white thing on the tonsil. She listened to my lungs and then prescribed me anti inflammation medicine. A week later she prescribed me clarithromycin. After being done with the antibiotics I still had these "bouts" of shortness of breath.

    They would start as a feeling of clogging in my nose and neck and then proceed to wheezing and SOB. I went to the doctor again and she took samples of my neck which came back normal for haemolitic streptococcus group C. My doc said this type of streptococcus is mild and giving the antibiotics took care of most of it there's no need to pursue more treatment. I came back again with the same shortness of breath problem and she took me to a Ear nose and throat specialist. She said she didn't notice anything unusual.

    The SOB thing had calmed down and for almost a full week I had no attacks at all. Then suddenly it started again and the ear nose and throat specialist, after looking at an ex ray of my face, diagnosed me with maxillary sinusitis and prescribed antibiotics again.

    The SoB is still there and I'm scarred. Any ideas on what might be causing this? Could it take this long to recover from that lung infection?

    • ANSWER:
      we may have something similar, been on antibiotics now since 9/28, for bronchitis, sinusitis, got the shortness of breath right after being on the antibiotics for 3 days, was wondering if there was something regarding the antibiotic that is causing the shortness of breath, perhaps an unlisted chemical in the coating of the meds. Doc said no. Put me on prednisone which seemed to open up the breathing passages in my lungs, now weaning me off of the prednisone. Also started taking Mucinex DM again, the regular one only 2 times a day.

      very scary not being able to get in that breath, have you been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, asthma? These are classified now in the COPD department, Congestive Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is what I have.

      Ask one of your doctors to schedule you for a Pulmonary Function test to find out if you are breathing at your full capacity, think that is where I would start if I were you.

      Also, to try to help your breathing, try inhaling (just smelling it) Vicks Vaporub, don't get it in your nose tho, just sniff it into each nostril several times a day and see if that helps you, it seems to help me. Good luck, hope there is nothing bad wrong with you and this illness clears up for you real soon.

  34. QUESTION:
    HIV accuracy/transmission?
    Well alright, might as well come clean, right?

    I had anal sex with my buddy when I was 9, he was 8..this was in 1999. Stupid and retarded thing to do, I know. We were curious. We woke up to his parents watching porno for the very first time, so the next day, we decided to mock what they were doing in porn, because it was funny to us. Fact: he never had HIV to begin with, his parents were clean too. In my country, they get engaged people to be tested for HIV so they don't give it to their kids if they want to have kids. So yes, I had unprotected sex then. What the hell did I know what being gay meant or HIV? they never taught me that in my canadian schools I attended.

    And let me start off by saying that I didn't really have insertive anal sex, since I was barely forcing my penis inside. 10 years later, now, 2009. I get this inflamed throat. It's not sore since it doesn't hurt, but it feels like my left tonsil is swollen, and it's harder to swallow saliva. I also had a minor urine infection as well and very small pimple-like bump on my penis (uncircumsized). Does this mean I automatically have AIDS? NO.

    However, I did continue to be "curious" from 2001-2003, still didn't learn my lesson. So, I want to get the HIV test, but I'm nervous because of the current inflamed throat and minor urine infection. Trust me, no one wants to see the plus sign on the test. But do I have it? I mean every single kid is curious when they're small, but do I have HIV?

    The most shittiest thing about HIV is that you can not feel the symptoms for 10 years or more. Not everyone is like that, some get it earlier, I know, I read about HIV for over 3 hours each day, and I'm trying to balance out my options and guesses to odds. If it's HIV, I know I can possibly live a full life till old age death by treatment and healthy active. If it's confirmed AIDS, I can use drugs that can give me 5 years of life..or less, or more, depending on how well the drug responds to my immune system. So far, I've had a sore throat in 2007 for almost 3 weeks. I did also take the wrong medicine and it got worse when I took the right medicine too late, but I did get healed.

    So I really do not know what to do. How many symptoms do I have to get at once? How bad are they? and what is the number 1 symptom that everyone gets with HIV/AIDS after 10 years? I regret even asking these questions to the world and telling you my story, but I need some comfort before getting the test at my walk-in clinic.

    Please, save your breath when you wanna type about protected sex, or I shouldn't have done those things. And also, is it possible to get HIV from someone with an open cut anywhere on the body, but the person does not have HIV at all? Forgot to mention, each sexual encounter I had between 2001-2003 was the same. Didn't force myself to insert fully in, merely rubbed alongside (LOL, trust me, my confidence has gone to a bare minimum after this confession).

    THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      Oh man, I don't know why you guys wanna go stickin it where it shouldnt go. But thats my agenda. I guess you already know about HIV and AIDS as much as someone could if you have read up on it so much. You're right 10 years is the maximum until HIV shows itself in symptoms and turns into AIDS, now if it has been 10 years since you did the 1st thing and say you did catch HIV (i know you said he didnt have it) then you would have full blown AIDS by now. But since 2003 we could go by, almost 7 years. Well, you probably wont have any symptoms. You just have to guess or do a test, which you have done. Wait for the results. It is imposs to tell.
      I know once you get full blown AIDS you get a whole bunch of stuff wrong with you, you feel run down, you catch cold sores, you get colds all the time, you catch bugs all the time, you loose weight, basically your imune system slows the hell down until it stops working any more and thats when it's too late.
      If you get your result back and its negative; ever thought about having regular sex with a vagina? because theyre cleaner than some guys ass. Also, much less chance of getting a life threatening disease.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like tonsillitis or strep throat?
    I've had a sore throat for 3 or 4 days now, but no one took me seriously when I said how sore it was. This morning something didn't feel right, so I looked in the mirror, and my tonsils have big white spots on them and the right one is swollen.
    I have a doctor appointment in the morning, but I have OCD so I wanna know as much as I can before I go in..
    I've heard mixed answers as to whether or not strep throat will produce swollen, spotty tonsils. I've had strep throat once before, but didn't look at my throat in a mirror, so I don't know what it looked like. I know for strep, I'd be given antibiotics and sent on my way.
    I read that tonsillitis can't be treated and they pretty much say to let it run its course.
    Does it sound like strep throat or tonsillitis, or is the only way to tell a culture? Also, is there any treatment at all for tonsillitis other than getting tonsils removed?
    Strep test was positive. On medication for 10 days. Problem solved!

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  36. QUESTION:
    Tested Negative for Strep and Mono?
    Im 26 years old and about 1.5 months ago came down with what was thought to be a bad case of strep (fever, painfully sowllen tonsils covered with pus)...went to Dr. and was prescribed Medrol 6-day dose pack and 850mg Amoxicillan. Felt better and throat looked nice and healthy within 2 days, but after I finished the full course 3 days later my tonsils had white spots on them and was swollen again (no fever or pain). So I went back and took a full course of Spectricef which cleared my throat up again. 3 days after I finished that the spots and swollen tonsils were back. So I went back to Dr. and they did a swab and took blood and everything came back negative. I'm worried this will come back a fourth time after I finish this medicine which is Bactrim ds this time.

    As for my background I grew up getting tonsilitis alot. They never removed my tonsils. But when I was 18 it took 3 consecutive rounds of treatments with antibiotics before it finally went away. Im guessing my tonsils are pretty beat up by now. I brush and floss twice a day and gargle with warm salt water everyday so I am diligent with my oral hygiene. I know I'll need to follow up with an ENT if it's back for round 4 but any suggestions in the meantime what this might be? Might it actually be tonsilitis again?
    Forgot to add that I also have changed toothbrushes each time it's come back.

    • ANSWER:
      do you have any cliche habbits for getting sick? Like being outside in the rain, sharing drinks all the time, kissing a large variety, sharing cigarettes? Yeah if you smoke when you have bronchitis it last weeks longer than it should. Idk if anything here helps

  37. QUESTION:
    Tonsillitis , strep, cold, I don’t know?
    Woke up the other day and my tonsils were swollen, no fever, a little nasal congestion some coughing. I thought it was just a cold until my tonsils were so swelled that it’s hard to eat anything. I don’t have the money to go to the doctor right now and I don’t feel like it’s a complete emergency so I don’t want to block the traffic in the ER for something they may consider minor. I checked again to see if there was a fever when I woke up and it was only 99

    I did a search for home treatments, and I’ve been switching back and forth from Tylenol and ibuprofen for the swelling. I did have enough for that new cepicol with pain numbing action, but it doesn’t last long. And one two sites it says gargle with salt water, but that burns.

    Is there anything else I can do at home or is it time to go to the ER even though it’s not a heart attack or anything, just swollen tonsils…….with no white patches

    • ANSWER:
      You got me while I was board, so I looked up the differences between strep throat and tonsillitis.

      According to WebMD tonsillitis presents itself with a cold and cold symptoms as you have described.

      Strep throat comes on suddenly without cold like symptoms and is marked by a fever of 101 or above and needs to be treated with antibiotics.

      I’m no expert but it sounds like tonsillitis and you are doing the home treatment look here:
      http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tonsillitis-home-treatment

      It says it might take 4-10 days so you can wait a few days to see if you feel better or go straight to the doctor, or ER and get a strep test to be sure, because strep can cause other problems if not treated. It’s all in the link I gave you.

  38. QUESTION:
    R&S I know this is not the health section, but that place seems dead while this board is hopping, can you help
    Woke up the other day and my tonsils were swollen, no fever, a little nasal congestion some coughing. I thought it was just a cold until my tonsils were so swelled that it’s hard to eat anything. I don’t have the money to go to the doctor right now and I don’t feel like it’s a complete emergency so I don’t want to block the traffic in the ER for something they may consider minor. I checked again to see if there was a fever when I woke up and it was only 99

    I did a search for home treatments, and I’ve been switching back and forth from Tylenol and ibuprofen for the swelling. I did have enough for that new cepicol with pain numbing action, but it doesn’t last long. And two sites it says gargle with salt water, but that burns.

    Is there anything else I can do at home or is it time to go to the ER even though it’s not a heart attack or anything, just swollen tonsils…….with no white patches

    • ANSWER:
      You shouldn't worry about going to the ER for too little and "clogging up traffic"...they do prioritize visitors. And I have gone to the ER for having a toy stuck on my finger and for having an infected scrape on my knee...you don't need to be impaled or suffering from heart attacks to go to the ER...

  39. QUESTION:
    Sick, sore throat, congestion, terrible cough, not mono...what is it?
    I have been sick for 9 days, with a sore throat, minor headache, terrible cough, and severe congestion. I went to the doctors twice, and had botha strep and mono test, but they both came back negative. My tonsils are also swollen severely. about 6 days into this, the roof of my mouth swelled up and now theres a bump there that is slightly sore. Any help as to what this could be/possible treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds more like the sinus infection that's been going around here. You get congested, while sleeping, the snot drips down into your lungs, then you cough which causes a sore and swollen throat. The roof of your mouth is connected to your sinus cavity as well. You got a bug.

      Drink lots of water and take over the counter allergy/congestion and cough meds. Also push Vit C and B complex if you can.

      Can't see why your doctor couldn't recognize what a pharmacist can.

  40. QUESTION:
    Recurring Infections?
    Since October I have had massive tonsils with white spots. First doctors gave me amoxicillin, and the infection came back/ never fully left. Then I got penicillin, that gave me a bit more energy but I still didn't full recover. Then I had clindamycin and seemed to get better, but still didn't fully recover. About 9 days after I finished my clindamycin, I got another tonsil infection. I got more clindamycin and am about to get another infection since I am on day 9 after finishing that treatment. I don't know what to do. My lymph nodes in my throat are sore and swollen, im very phlegm-y and am constantly "horking" yellowish bullets of mucous, my ears are sore although they aren't infected say the doctors, and I *had* hot potato voice for awhile, Ive been told by an ENT specialist I saw that I don't have an abscess, and my strep tests were negative as were two separate mono blood tests. My throat swabs didn't grow any bacteria so they couldn't decipher what was causing the infections. I don't want to keep taking antibiotics because although after 2 week treatments of clindamycin the white spots dissipate, they cause side effects like my stomach hurts and i get furry tongue and metallic tastes. Does anyone have any idea what could be causing recurring tonsil infections that are resistant to antibiotics if mono and strep tests are negative? I can feel my lymph nodes getting sore and swollen again and my left tonsil getting white spots again... I know a new full blown infection is imminent. Any advisement is appreciated!
    No one else in my house has caught whatever it is, and I live with three roommates. And my boyfriend doesn't seem to have it, although his tonsils are large, he hasn't had them infected or swollen lymph nodes at all. It does seem to get worse usually a few days after we are together if I'm not on antibiotics though...

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  41. QUESTION:
    How do wisdom teeth affect everything else in my mouth?
    My 4 wisdom teeth are all coming in at the same time. They haven't come through the gums, but I could already see the shape and feel them. Can this cause swelling in my tonsils, tongue, and inner cheeks and lips? Of course, I should mention that I am not in pain. Its just light swelling. For example, at first I thought I had a throat infection, so my dr. put me on antibiotic (zpack 5 day) , but I've already finished the treatment, and the swelling doesn't go down. It just feels really uncomfortable. Is it really my wisdom teeth affecting me, or could it be something else? I would really appreciate the help! Self experiences are welcome, as much as professional help. Thank You.

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  42. QUESTION:
    Flu leads to tonsilitis?
    My Gf just started treatment for the flu after feeling ill for about a week. I have been taking care of her and have felt just fine until today. I now have swollen, pale green, tonsils, a headache and possibly a slight fever. Can you get tonsilitis from a flu infection, or is it just a reg case of tonsilitis? I'm 20 and I had tonsilitis last year around this time.

    • ANSWER:
      Not at all.

  43. QUESTION:
    Could my tongue piercing be irritated from using a tooth whitening mouth wash?
    I've had my tongue pierced for 2 years now.
    I have Listerine Extreme Whitening Pre-brush rinse treatment, and I never use it, but just recently I used it for 3 days in a row, and I noticed on the 3rd day my tongue started feeling sore underneath.
    I can't stretch it out either, it hurts a lot! It's difficult to talk/eat and underneath is also red.
    It's been almost 2 days and the pain is still there, plus my tonsils feel swollen and bruised....do you think the Listerine mouthwash would do this? (it's contains alcohol) what should I do?
    It also contains Hydrogen Peroxide, a harsh cleaning chemical.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah its likely that mouthwash if it started 3 days after you using it. Stop using the mouthwash and see if it gets a better after a few days. if it does you should stop using it. hydrogen peroxide doesnt tend to go well with tounge piercings.

      and if your tonsils are being affected too your likely allergic to an ingredient

  44. QUESTION:
    Eroded tonsils? What does that mean in naturopathic medicine?
    I have had issues with my tonsils my entire life. The first time I got strep was 2 years old, and I had it 16 times between the ages of 4-6. My pediatrician put me on 3 straight months of antibiotics at that point, since my parents would not have them removed. I've only had strep a handful of times since then, but my tonsils have been a continual battle since. They are almost always swollen, and more often than not, sore and red. Sometimes they get a white stringy infection on them, which has tested negative for strep every time, and I have continual tonsil stones. I have recently been talking to my doctor about just getting them taken out. Since he is a naturopath, he would rather try to treat them before removing them, since I have never tried natural methods to help them. As he put it, I have been fighting them for 21 years, and what's a few extra months trying to treat and repair the problem before deciding on cutting out lymphatic tissue permanently. I agree that it's worth a shot, and his last treatment worked amazingly well (I had been battling some form of long term infection for years that sucked all my energy, multiple rounds of antibiotics from my GP had not cleared it up ot helped in the least, and after 3 months on a couple homeopathic supplements, my elevated white blood cell count dropped to normal and I feel like myself again- energetic and not sick).

    Anyways, he said that my tonsils are eroding because of such long term inflammation and infection. He gave me 2 supplements, one to clear out scar tissue and the "erosion" and another to help rebuild new healthy tissue. I'm seeing him again in 3 months to review if they've helped, and if not, then he will asses whether or not recommending they are removed and referring me to a specialist. I ran out of time because I had to get back to work, and I never really got to ask what exactly it means to have eroding tonsils? How exactly do they "erode" and what sort of health implications does eroded lymph tissue have? Thanks for your answers!
    Also, I am not asking your opinion on homeopathic treatments. My naturopathic doctor is very good about referring me to a specialist if he feels traditional medicine is necessary or should be used in conjunction with my natural treatments.
    As I was saying, I am not asking personal opinions on natural medicine. I'm still slightly skeptical of it myself. However, all I know is I had a serious issue that was negatively impacting my life for a couple years, and not getting better in the least with traditional medicine, and it had nothing to do with my tonsils btw. After giving homeopathic medicine a try as a last resort to get my life back, I found it worked absolute miracles. It is why I'm giving it another try for another seemingly incurable ling term problem before hacking out part of my body.

    • ANSWER:
      Children are more prone to infections when they are young, and tonsillitis is often of viral origin, and not always bacterial as many people assume. Now, I had persist issues with my tonsils when I was a child and I've had mine removed. In some cases this is needed, persistent courses of antibiotics are never ideal and there is actually little evidence that they alter symptom duration in most cases. However, despite clear guidelines that are in situ, many GPs are a bit rash when prescribing antibiotics, if you are fit and healthy the body is usually able to clear mild and minor bacterial infections, so quite often antibiotics aren't needed- just monitoring, and patient compliance.... to return for further advice if things get worse.

      Tonsils can atrophy in early adulthood. The problem is that recurrent infections can turn tonsil tissue into a nidus for anaerobic bacteria. If you are having persistent problems with your tonsils >5 infections a year) see if you can be referred to an ENT, perhaps with a view to have them removed. Nothing in AltMed is going to be of much benefit here.

      Homeopathy is nonsense, And your tonsils have not eroded- Naturopaths are basically quacks.
      =============================================
      "However, all I know is I had a serious issue that was negatively impacting my life for a couple years, and not getting better in the least with traditional medicine, and it had nothing to do with my tonsils btw. After giving homeopathic medicine a try as a last resort to get my life back, I found it worked absolute miracles."

      No, you had an illnesses that got better (as many if not most do, with or without treatment) that coincided with you taking sugar or starch pills (essentially all homeopathy is). You don't know that homeopathy was the result of your improvement.

      I'm not trying to tell you what to do, if you want to waste your time and money on implausible concepts, thats' entirely your prerogative. I've given you sensible, rational advice. What you do with it is up to you.

  45. QUESTION:
    Throat/tonsils etc, hypochondriac in need of advice please?
    hey, i know this might seem a stupid question, but can one tonsil be bigger than the other? before any of you guys ask no i don't have any difficulty swallowing etc, i did have a nasty throat infection a few days ago but its died down and the only thing remaining from that is a few ulcers in the back of my throat, a much less swollen gland and a sore throat in the morning, which is extremley relievin from the other day where i had real bad red sore throat, difficulty swallowin and lack of appetite, bad breath and a swollen lymph gland (all of which persisted for around three weeks!) but its definately eased off now, when i went to visit the doctor he examined my mouth etc and said it is most likely a VIRAL infection, he also had a look at my tonsils to clear out tonsilitis or PDA and he said my tonsils are extremly small for a seventeen year old, which i class as a compliment :) .

    in conclusion, i would like to ask any health advisors/doctors/proffessionals if:

    1) is it normal for one tonsil to be slightly bigger than the other?
    2) Can anyone hazard a guess as to what viral infection i could of picked up a month ago, i know its fadin off but im curious as what kind of infection could of lingered this long?

    And 3) is there any self help/treatment or even advice for relievin myself from this hypochondria ive been sufferin for 2 years? it is beginnin to affect my psychological health and i cant take many more sleepless nights researchin stupid pointless symptoms and bringin myself to thinkin i have cancer :(

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Throat infection that is not strep?
    This doesn't seem that serious, but...

    I had an a sore throat, fever, headache, and white patches on my tonsils. My tonsils were slightly swollen. I went to the doctor who did a rapid strep test which came back negative, and a blood test which showed a white count of 17000. I took a full course of Amoxicillin, which worked like a charm until it ran out. Then the symptoms slowly started to return. I went back to the doctor and had a throat culture done. I was prescribed Augmentin this time, which has also been working, although there has been some residual throat irritation and an occasional cough. However, three days into the treatment the lymph nodes on my neck became a little swollen. There has also been a little fluid in my left ear over the course of the entire infection. The throat culture came back negative for strep, but the doctor is convinced it is a bacterial infection.

    What could it be and what should I do if my symptoms return again after the antibiotic is out?

    • ANSWER:
      You go back to the doctor and say that you need a stronger antibiotic. In the meantime, drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest, take every one of those pills on time--to the last one, and eat real meals or real food for real nutrition.

  47. QUESTION:
    Need Advice Like NOW on Strep Throat and Tonsillitis?
    Last Tuesday I came down with a horrible sore throat. One of the worst I have ever had. It was very painful to swallow etc. Looking in my throat with a flashlight, my tonsils were red, very swollen, and had some pus on them. I assumed it was strep throat because I had NO other cold symptoms. Just a headache, and sick to my stomach.
    So I would have gone to the doctor but I don't have health insurance right now. What I did do was start taking an antibiotic that I had on hand. It is Clarythromycin (Biaxin). I am allergic to Amoxicillian. In the past my doctor has prescribed me either Z packs (Erthyromyacin) or Clarythromycin (Biaxin) for strep.
    On Thursday I started feeling better, and ventured out of the house to get some fresh air etc. Friday I was even feeling good enough to run more errands and go to dinner w/ a friend. Well yesterday evening, (Saturday) I started getting a bad sore throat again, and have now lost my voice today. Looking in my throat with the flashlight again, the white spots on my tonsils are going away and my tonsils are less swollen. BUT I have a new red-rash looking irritation with white spots on the back upper roof of my mouth. I took nyquil last night and my throat feels better today but still kinda sore, and physically I feel kinda weak. I'm staying in bed today to rest.
    So my question is does it sound like I got reinfected, or that I possibly had tonsillitis first and now have strep? Or do I have Laryngitis now etc.? I have 4 more days left of the Biaxin to finish my 10 day course which I will do. And because I was having improvement I am assuming the antibiotic was working. From what I have read on Web Md and other sites is that strep symptoms are supposed to go away roughly 48 hours after antibiotic treatment. As far as tonsillitis goes I couldn't find a definitive answer. I know that if I get worse I will need to go see my doctor but I was trying to avoid that because I am out of work and broke. Answers and insight are appreciated =)

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Strep Throat? ?
    my throat currently looks KIND OF like this.

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/179/397502885_1e121877f9.jpg?v=0

    Mine doesn't have the bumps that big or that red but they are there. visibly seen. i guess i have the "milder" version. also my tonsils aren't that red. there just swollen like this

    http://www.jeffmann.net/NeuroGuidemaps/throat-normaltonsilsdraw2.JPG

    buts its more lumpy looking like this

    http://www.doctorspiller.com/images/OralAnatomy/tonsilsThumb.jpg

    so there swollen and lumps and there's little red dots on the part that has that little jiggly thing
    kind of like this

    http://www.scumdoctor.com/images/disease/strep-throat.jpg

    BUT very very very mild so just imagine one or 2 dots and a light salmon pink color.

    If it is strep throat, what could i do? Are they going to remove my tonsils? Or would it have to be worse for them to remove my tonsils. And is there a treatment for strep throat?
    If this is NOT strep throat,what could it be?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Should I rest out mono or go to the doctor to make sure that's what I have?
    I'm a college student, and I'm afraid that I have mononucleosis (mono). I checked out the symptoms for it and mine match almost perfectly. I have extremely swollen and very painful tonsils/sore throat (I wince every time I swallow!!), a fever, chills, and a slight cough (I'm guessing just from irritation of my throat), and I'm really weak and a little bit dizzy...

    My question is, should I just rest it out or should I go to the health center tomorrow to get checked out and hope for some treatment? I'm really, really freaked out about getting my blood drawn (How they check if you have mono), that is my main source of hesitation to go to the doctor. I read that it only takes a week to get over mono naturally. Please help!

    P.S. Please don't just tell me I'm a slut because I think I have mono, I know it's called the "kissing disease"... but I have a 5 month relationship that's very steady lol... so... please just help me I don't know what to do!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Always see a doctor when you feel that bad. Especially right now while there are all those nasty types of flu going around. You can also check out the link below.

  50. QUESTION:
    HELP... Dont Want To Live Anymore - Eating Dissorder?
    I"m 19 struggle with an Eating dissorder. the past 2 weeks, my mom ended up in the mental hospital, friend died, pet died, Dad got into a car crash and a lump was was on my grandma's thyroid. .... i haven't been doing well with my eating dissorder. i've been trying to though. I got out of treatment 5 months ago. i'm doing a lot better then Doctors exspected. i have had swollen lymph nodes for 3 years.. just got over strep, but now have tonsil stones, thick saliva ( and no i'm not sexually active in any sort of way still a virgin so no it's not due o oral sex.... just throwing that out there lol ) and i'm so so tierd and can't get out of bed when usually i'm really active. i have really low iron. but.. i've just Gotten so depressed to the point i don't want to live anymore. I have headaches everyday... and i'm just..... I feel like crap. I"m scared to go to the Doctor cause i'm scared she'll just tell me not to come back to her until i eat totally normal, before she'll do some blood test for me. I dono what to do.. i can't go much Longer feeling this crappy. Because everyday my desire to die gets worse and worse. Long story short.. and tehre is reasons but i can't work or go to school right now either, wich is an exstra stresser, i'm living on my own, and have ODSP wich i'm really bessed for. Thanks so much for Reading I really Appreciate It.

    • ANSWER:
      YOu dont know me..but I am trully sorry that you are going through this situation. I wish you the best and please do not end your life. I know that you feel crappy right know and I know that sometimes it seems easier to end your life but think of what you might miss out on if you do.
      Think of the sun
      the moon
      the air the breeze.
      I love seeing, smelling, and feeling my surroundings. They help me through the difficult times..they might help you too
      And when all hope is lost..pray..to anyone..to anything....believe that the next day will be better then the past days.
      I hope you have more good days then bad...le


Surgical Removal Of Tonsil Stones

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•12

The little white chunks that you find on your tonsils are tonsil stones. In medical terminology, t 00004000 hey are known as Tonsilolith. They are harmless but irritating .Tonsil rock is a source of nuisance as foul smell emanates from them. People may turn away from you as bad breath repels them. So it is natural that the sufferers like to get rid of them. It will be wonderful if they could get rid of for free and not by paying through their nose. If the sufferer goes in for surgical method of removing tonsil stones, he may have to pay a big sum. It may also be painful and there is no guarantee that the problem will not recur. Surgical removal of tonsil stones can be used only in serious cases. Tonsil stones can be removed by making use of the best natural method. They do not cost much and are more effective and you can heave sigh of relief as they free you from foul smell.


Swollen Throat And Tonsils

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•12

Swollen glands are very common type of symptoms of tonsillitis or tonsil stones. Normally such types of conditions occur due to infections of various types and forms. Swollen glands can also be called as swollen lymph nodes or swollen tonsils. The lymph nodes are said to be the glands present in the body are responsible for playing a vital role in guarding the human body from various types of infections.

These lymph nodes can be located in particular body regions like behind ears, beneath jaw line and neck.But then swollen glands because of tonsil stones or tonsillitis can be seen in the neck area as they are situated in throat. When the lymph size gets enlarged even by one centimeter in diameter than the actual size, then it is called as swelling of the glands due to tonsil stones. Even thoughchildren are the most affectedadults too can be affected.

There are various reasons for the cause of swollen glands but then some are rare and some very common. Tonsil stones and tonsillitis, mononucleosis, strep throat, peritonsilar abscess, enlarged or swollen adenoids and scarlet fever are important among the various causes.Sore throat is also found to be an important reason for the cause of enlarged glands.The above causes can exhibit more than two common following symptoms like headache, pain experience when swallowing food, nausea and so on. Bacterial or viral infections are main factors that the actual cause should be first found out to treat tonsil stones and swollen glands or tonsils properly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have a swollen throat and swollen tonsils?
    I've had swollen tonsills for about three weeks, and every other day my throat gets dry so i have to keep drinking water but most of the time it's just my tonsils being really swollen and the left one is twice the size of the right one. I went to the doctor and he said it was bacteria or something but it's going on for way too long and it's pissing me off. i just want my tonsils gone. they are the size of ping pong balls.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe it's allergies? or if that doesn't sound right, consider going to an ear, nose, and throat doctor... they could probably tell you whats going on better than a general doctor could.

  2. QUESTION:
    What foods can I eat to help my sore throat/swollen tonsils?
    I woke up this morning with swollen tonsils/sore throat and I would like to eat things to help it because it's annoying. I read somewhere that I can gargle salt or drink tea, but that isn't very appealing and I don't like the taste of tea. I'm assuming soup will help? Any other things I can do. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Swollen tonsils are caused by bacteria from toxins brought about from too much drinking, smoking, junk foods, over stressed, and other materials that carries these bacteria in the mouth like the telephone. Lucky you're not suffering from fever as this is the next ailment when infection have already engulfed your throat. Hot soups will help temporarily and other hot drinks blended with honey, but they won't help your body to feel more better. Try anti bacterial lozenges to get rid of the bacteria. Brush your teeth including the tongue to remove those parasites from migrating every second and take a whole day rest.

  3. QUESTION:
    Sore throat, swollen tonsils,red bumps on back of tongue. What is it?
    Last month about the same time I had a sore throat. i went to the doctors and he said it was bacterial and put me on some meds. just in the last couple days my throat has become sore and tonsils are swollen, also i have red bumps on the back of my throat.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I don't have my tonsils; i got them taken out when i was 6..however, it may be strep throat. I got that all the time when i was little. Strep throat is VERY contagious, so you should get to a doctor right away! They just swab the back of your throat and then test it. You will get your results within a few days. I hope this helped and good luck with your sore throat! Feel better soon. :-)

  4. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils without a sore throat?
    I had tonsillitis last year, complete with the sore throat, swollen tonsils, white spots on said swollen tonsils, and astoundingly loud snoring at night. Now it's back, without the sore throat this time. Is this still tonsillitis, or something new entirely? What can I do to reduce the swelling? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Gargle salt water, eat throat lozenges (they will reduce the swelling).

  5. QUESTION:
    Just a sore throat or a pair of swollen tonsils?
    Yesterday, we had a yard sale to raise up some money. It was blistering hot and I was going in and out of the house, which was as cold as can be, taking care and looking after the sale. Towards the end of the day, I had gotten a huge headache, possibly a migraine. I took 2 Aleve and decided to take a nap. I woke up 3 hours later at 9 pm to a burning and swollen throat. I figured it was just a sore throat and took some medicine and went on to bed. I woke up this morning to my throat even more swollen and very hard to breathe. I now cannot talk and it's hard to swallow anything. I talked to my parents and they said it is just a sore throat but I think it is something else. I am known for having highly swollen tonsils and this might be another case but I can't find out because my parents won't take me to the doctor. If anyone has any clue if this might just be a bad sore throat or my tonsils are swollen, would you please let me know what you think and what I should do to at least ease this pain?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband has issues with his tonsils a lot and you will (for sure) know if that's what it is. He cant swallow at all and has to spit because he cant even swallow his own spit, and he cant talk at all or hardly breathe. It could be Strep throat, I know that its very painful with some swelling , mostly hurting when you swallow. You have to go to the doctor for med's for that to go away. The tonsil thing is one of those things that they cant do much for but make sure that the swelling doesn't block your airway. They send him home and tell him to wait till it go's away( Unfair). Anyway, give it about 24 hrs and see how bad you get , you might just have a really bad sore throat from going in and out so much. Also with the tonsil thing you get a really high feve,r so watch for that. Hope this is a little helpful, I cant tell for sure but keep an eye on it and your parents may end up having to take you to a doctor. Drink really warm drinks with honey in them like Hot tea or coffee. it makes it feel a little better!

  6. QUESTION:
    soar throat,swollen tonsils,headache,fever?
    Started off with sore throat, then i couldn't swallow, after that i got a fever, and then came the headaches, and i looked in the mirror i saw that my tonsils were swollen a lot.
    What is that?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be several things, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Could likely be strep throat or tonsillitis. Both of which you should see a dr. so that they can put you on antibiotics.

  7. QUESTION:
    Swollen throat?
    I've been sick since Wednesday and these are my symptoms:
    - fever
    - sore throat
    - coughing

    But when my mom tried to look down my throat, she said she couldn't see anything because the part in front of my tonsils is too small. I don't know what I have but I just want to try to get better by Tuesday.. Do I have tonsilitus or just swollen tonsils? It really hurts to swallow and cough..
    OK I'll ask my mom to take me to First Stop Medical Center tomorrow.. I just hope it can go away by Tuesday... That's the day of our field trip and we'll actually go out to eat! Our last field trip we couldn't go to get something to eat because of a snow storm.. Does drinking hot tea with honey help? I was going to call my mom at work and ask her to get some ice cream (doesn't hurt my throat) and some honey (my dad said I should mix it with hot tea). Thanks!
    I don't think it's tonsilitus. That thing in your throat that when you touch it you puke is touching my tongue and I think that's what's making me nausea. I can't see my tonsils because the hole where you look down to see your tonsils is too small.. I think something got swollen.. and it isn't my tonsils. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you sound like you have tonsilitis... It could get worse if you don't take care..

      see a doctor to get antibiotics prescribed. Take care of your fever by drinking lots of water and resting.. also when you're awake try to get Difflam lozenges to suck on to numb your pain..

  8. QUESTION:
    I have a sore throat, swollen tonsils, and shortness of breath?
    what may I have judging by these symptoms?
    Sara, I noticed about one or two small ones on my left tonsil.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like it could be tonsillitis. This is an infection/inflammation of your tonsils. It usually causes severe sore throat, bad breath, difficulty swallowing, among other things. The white spots could be the exudate commonly found in tonsillitis. However, shortness of breath is not found in tonsillitis and is very dangerous. So, I recommend that you see an M.D. asap.

  9. QUESTION:
    Swollen Tonsils, Sore Throat When I Swallow. SNOWED IN!?
    I woke up this morning and could barely breath so I looked in the mirror at my tonsils and they are almost completely swollen shut. Ive always had problems with my tonsils but theres 3 feet of snow outside and im not going to make it to the doctor. Any home remedies?? My tonsils are swollen, my throat also hurts but only when I swallow. My ears also hurt. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Taking some tylenol or motrin regularly will help with the pain, gargling with warm salt water and spit out will also help. Sometimes drinking very cold fluids numbs up the area while other say sipping hot tea makes it feel better. And, consider getting in to see your doctor on Monday to get tested for strep/tonsillitis.

  10. QUESTION:
    Sore throat? Swollen tonsils?
    I had a really bad sore throat followed with swollen tonsils for quite a while. I went to the doctor and told me to just gargle with salt water and ive been doing that. The pain is gone, but it still seems like my tonsils are still red an inflamed. What happends now since the doc's just told me to gargle? What should I do, keep gargling? When should I stop?

    • ANSWER:
      take rest.

  11. QUESTION:
    Sore throat, swollen tonsils, red bumps but I don't think it's strep. Please help!?
    I had a sore throat for the first couple days.
    I have red bumps in the back of my throat. My tonsils are swollen but only the right one has like a bunch of little "holes" and I have two black spots. And my left tonsil is only swollen.
    The last couple of days I've been feeling GOOD. No sore throats or any kind of pain. I cough every now and then but it's because of my asthma. Except the bumps are still there and my tonsils are still swollen.

    I don't think it's tonsillitis because I would have white on my tonsils and I don't.
    And if I had strep wouldn't I have fevers and be feeling sick?

    If anyone knows what it might be, please let me know.
    I don't have health insurance and if I don't need to go to the dr.'s then I'd rather not.

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Sore throat/ swollen tonsils & oral sex?
    I met this guy, and we fooled around a bit. I gave him oral one night (swallowing) , and the next morning was experiencing a sore throat. I immediately asked him if he has a known STD, and of course he said no. My throat got pretty bad, but started getting better after a couple days. Didn't think anything of it. I gave him oral again, and my throat got worse the next morning. I finally went to the doctor and he told me I had a sinus infection and put me on antibiotics (amoxicillin). I took all my meds on time, three times a day for 10 days. I took my last pill yesterday morning. I met up with the guy, gave him oral again and strike 3, I wake up with a sore throat this morning. I thought it might have been coincidence, but have since gotten a bit smarter.

    Symptoms:
    Fever, headache, skin irritation, swollen tonsils with white spots, sore throat, weakness

    I am NOT contagious, which is the kicker. I have since been around lots of people, and should have passed it along if it were. I have never had this problem with other guys, and have had unprotected sex with this guy a few times before. He is not sick at all. I've also never had any problems with my tonsils before, other than the occasional Strep Throat when I was younger, and Mono about 4 years ago. What could act this quick, within about 8 hours? Oral thrush? Std? I'm clueless.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ruled out physical irritation? Maybe his penis rubbed against your throat enough to cause some minor inflammation? Sometimes it's hard to notice that you need some extra saliva during the passion of the moment.

      It might also be you already had a case of strep throat starting. Then the oral sex added enough extra factors to it to keep it inflamed for awhile longer. Give yourself a week off with no symptoms before trying oral sex again. Make sure your throat is back at 100%. If giving head causes you pain again have a candid talk with your doctor and a couple more tests.

      Good Luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    Sore throat, swollen tonsils?
    a few days ago i had an aweful head ache and my ear hurt alot, i dad said i had an ear infection and gave me ear drops to help the infection, now my ears dont hurt and my head has stopped hurting aswell, although now my throat is killing and my tonsils are swollen, he said that the infection in my ear probably spread to my throat. what can i do to take the swelling down and help my throat feel better(if hurts to swallow, even just my spit)my brother had the same exact symptomps as me acouple days before me(his throat still is slightly hurting) and he went and got a strep test and it was negitive,i am pretty sure its not strep. how can i make it stop hurting and maybe bring down the swelling?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some suggestions for you. Hope you feel better soon!!

      1. Take Advil or Tylenol according to the directions to help relieve pain/inflammation.
      2. Suck on throat lozenges which contain a numbing ingredient (benzocaine or phenol). Numbing
      throat sprays are good too.
      3. Gargle and spit with salt water several times a day. Just a teaspoon in a glass of water.
      Stir till the salt dissolves. Too much salt isn't good. May make the throat feel more sore.
      4. Sucking on popsicles, crushed ice, sherbet, sorbet or water ice feel good to a raw throat.
      5. A teaspoon or two of honey in a warm cup of herbal tea.
      6. Sipping on warm chicken broth.

  14. QUESTION:
    Severe sore throat, swollen tonsils.....not strep or mono.?
    I have a severe sore throat, as well as swollen tonsils with white spots on them. My glands in my neck are somewhat swollen also. I went to the doctor a week ago with a minor sore throat, and got a strep test which came back negative. 4 days later I went to the doctor again with a sore throat (worst this time) and they checked me for mono. I have an even worse sore throat today...even more swollen tonsils...and the doctor said that i already had mono in the past, so it couldn't be that either. What could possibly be wrong with me. Strep test came back negative....Mono test came back that i already had it in the past, and it's no longer "active." Doctor says he wants me to come back to see him first thing in the morning. This doesn't sound good. Any ideas on what the problem may be?

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously your doctor wants to get to the bottom of this which is a good thing so stop stressing. I hope your doctor will order a throat culture to find out what's behind this. Could be viral tonsillitis.

  15. QUESTION:
    Sore throat, swollen tonsils, HIV?
    So I kissed a boy a couple days ago and all I meant to do was kiss him and then he put his tongue in my mouth and tried to feel for my stomach. After a couple of days I had a really bad headache and my throat was hurting. Now my tonsils are swollen and it hurts to move my neck. Do I have HIV?
    I went to the doctor and he tested me for both strep and mono. They both came back negative so now I'm on a antibiotic for the next 10 days. I'm still worried through, but I don't believe I have any open sores in my mouth or vice versa.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Horrible sore throat, swollen tonsils, stuffy nose..help?
    A couple of days ago I got a stuffy nose. Following the stuffy nose came a severe sore throat. Every 4 hours i'm taking two tylenol to help with the pain, and i'm also doing salt water rinses. My tonsils look swollen, and almost bloodshot. Last night, My stuffy nose started going away and when I woke this morning my tonsils didn't hurt AS BAD. I'm still taking tylenol, because the pain is still too much. Is this just a normal cold or is it more? When will I feel better?....

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Can smoking weed give u a sore throat/swollen tonsils?
    Last night I smoked 3 bowls with some friends, and this moring I noticd that my tonsils were extremely swollen and kinda pussy... I know that the weed wasn't laced with anything. One of the hits I took burned reaallly bad and made me cough quite a bit...but I felt fine after. Until this moring....and this isn't my first time smoking so its not from that. It feels like tonsilitis almost, but I'm not sure. Could I have burned my throat? I'm going to the doctor tomorrow anyway, but I'm gunna be worrying throughout the night so suggestions would be nice :P

    • ANSWER:
      Yes ... I feel so. So please consult an ENT Specialist / General Physician. But please don’t try to analyze any symptoms and look for any medical advice in this forum.

      Good Luck...!!!

  18. QUESTION:
    Sore throat..swollen tonsils..coughing??
    I think its a throat infection bcz i had this same thing not more than 3 months ago...only this time i seriously have NO money to go to the doctor and i've been feeling like this for maybe 3 days now...are their any homje remedies or good over the counter medicines i can take??

    UGH!!!! i can also feel my voice going...hot lemon and honey tea helps a little..but i need more...

    PLEASE HELP!!! o by the way im breastfeeding which is totally safe unless i get a fever..which i havent

    • ANSWER:
      listerine gargle will help with alternate gargles with warm salt water and a little time-(remember the ads that us to say Listerine kills germs by thousands on contact)

  19. QUESTION:
    Painful(difficulty) swallowing, swollen tonsils, red throat, Swollen lymph glands and earache, whats wrong?
    these are all my symptoms right now? I havent eaten in two days because it hurts so bad, should I go see a doctor and If i do will i be subscribed anything?
    i meant to say prescribed* not subscribed

    • ANSWER:
      Strep Throat most likely. You need Anti-biotics

  20. QUESTION:
    Sore throat, swollen tonsils, ear ache, and stuffy nose.. is it strep?
    My right tonsil is swollen and in pain, it goes all the way up to my right ear.. feels like an ear ache. My nose is stuffy. When I walk, my head feels light and my whole body is weak. Is this strep or something else?
    I have had strep before, twice in the past 6 months.. I'm wondering why it would keep coming back??

    • ANSWER:
      Doesn't matter if it is strep or not, it definitely sounds like you may need an antibiotic, Could be a sinus infection as well. The only way to tell is to get a strep swab of your throat and most doctors just skip that and treat you with antibiotics if they think it is bacterial rather than viral.

  21. QUESTION:
    Sore throat with swollen tonsils, white pustules, run down but no fever?
    I've taken antibiotics 5 of the total 7 days so far (still taking them) with apparantly no improvement. I've had it a couple months and just started treatment. Does this sound like anything you've had or heard of?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a case of tonsilitis where you have the swollen tonsils and white pustules but not necessarily fever or sore throat. You are taking antibiotics so its bacterial and could be chronic in which case it can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months to heal ,even with treatment. A good way to speed the process up is to have lab work done to identify which bacteria is causing it and target it specifically.
      Make sure that you take all of your antibiotics because you can have further complications if you dont. It is important that you eradicate all of the bacteria in your system so it wont come back new and improved.

      If your dr diagnosed you and did the appropriate tests you are not infected with mono because you are afflicted with a bacterial infection and mono is a virus.

  22. QUESTION:
    How long should it take to get over a sore throat/swollen tonsils?
    I went to the doctor tuesday and was tested for strep and mono, both came back negative. My throat is still killing me, it's really only one tonsil that looks like it's dying lol (just feels like it), there is still some white puss and it's swollen. I don't have a fever or really any other symptoms, my sinuses are pretty clear too. It's just my left tonsil. She never gave me any antibiotics just said to come back if I get a fever or other symptoms. How long is this going to take to get rid of? sunday it'll be a week! I need to get back to work on the radio and back to my social life. :(

    • ANSWER:
      It depends. Mono tests are unreliable when done soon after your symptoms start, so if you just got sick on Sunday and were tested Tuesday that Mono test is useless. Your strep test was most likely done with a rapid screening. If it was negative, your doctor should still be sending it out to a lab where it will be analyzed for several days for any strep bacteria growth. The final report on the strep should have been ready today. All that said, if you are having essentially no other symptoms, it probably isn't either of those. Pus on the tonsils does not necessarily mean you have strep. Viruses can cause similar symptoms. You might want to do a search for tonsil stones as that may be what you are seeing since you seem to have only one tonsil affected. It certainly sounds like it's more viral than anything and ANTIBIOTICS WILL NOT KILL A VIRUS. People want a magic pill to make them better, but sometimes we just have to let our bodies take care of us. Gargle with warm salt water, use chloraseptic, and if your nose is dry try a saline spray. Get some rest and drink plenty of fluids and you should be feeling better soon. By the way, viruses usually last about 10 days with days 5-7 being the worst so you're almost over the hump. You should be feeling better soon.

  23. QUESTION:
    How to stop a swollen throat?
    I have really swollen tonsils but the doctors won't take them out. I wanna know what I can do to help the swelling and the pain go down in order to function during the day :( I'm willing to try anything I'm in alot of pain and I've already gone to the hospital and nothing worked.

    • ANSWER:
      Gargle with salt and warm water

  24. QUESTION:
    i have a sore throat,swollen tonsils and my tongue is like tearing and its like white what could it be????????

    • ANSWER:
      Strep throat, mono or tonsilitis.

      Regardless of what it is, it's time to see a doctor. There's pus which indicates infection and possibly a need for antibiotics.

      Get yourself to a doctor ASAP.

  25. QUESTION:
    Slightly sore throat, swollen glands, tonsils covered in yellow mucus, help?
    My throat is sore like sometimes if I swallow too hard or talk too much it hurts. My tonsils are covered in this yellowish mucus. My tonsils aren't red like they were when I had strep as a kid. Don't know what it is and cant get into see a doctor. HELP!!! Please....

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Very sore throat but tonsils aren't swollen?
    Yesterday I could feel my throat getting sore, and this morning I woke up with an extremely sore throat. It really hurts to swallow. Normally, whenever I have gotten a sore throat before, my tonsils have been swollen. However, my tonsils are not swollen at all. Is it normal to have a very sore throat without swollen tonsils?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      And, you have a sore throat. Yes, it is quite normal to have a sore throat without swollen tonsils. Treat like a sore throat, by gargling and using hard candies to suck on or lozenges to provide relief, and make sure to take aspirin/tylenol and drink plenty of fluids.

  27. QUESTION:
    sore throat and swollen tonsils?
    Every morning for two days or so, I've woken up with swollen tonsils and my uvula stuck to my left tonsil. my lymph glands in my neck are swollen as well, and I have a hard time swallowing. do these sound like symptoms of any specific disease?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils + throat growth?
    Hi everyone. I usually get sick very rarely, but over the past two months, I've had to truck it to the doctor's once because I had enormous sinus pressure and just recently, about two weeks ago, I came down with the flu, which was bad for 24 hrs but got increasingly better over a few days. A few days ago, I noticed a lump, about a pistachio size on the left side of my neck. Then, yesterday, each side of my throat (not the throat itself) became achy. It doesn't hurt, but when I look in the mirror, the left tonsil seems enlarged while the right one seems a little inflamed, too. When I shine a light to see into my throat, I can see numerous red veins and there seems to be a fleshy, sort of white growth. All the symptoms for tonsillitis say extremely sore throat which I don't have. I've never had any type of sexual contact with another person so I don't think it's an throat infection from an STD unless I got it from sipping from the same glass as other friends. I just feel a little more tired than usual and some pressure in my chest.

    I know I should see a doctor but she is going to think I'm one of those hypochondriacs! I mean, three times in less than 2 months?! I'm scared all these sicknesses are a sign of a bigger problem.

    Have any of you had these symptoms before?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear kizzie,
      Are you sure your tonsils are inflamed? Maybe you have a reduced function of your thyroid glands. They are just next to the tonsils. This would also fit to your symptom to be more tired than usual.
      Then some food rich of iodine like sea-weed or shells (the edible part of course) could help. If you don’t like this also some iodine pills would help. It is just a vital mineral you take with this. So, if you don’t take too much you don’t have to worry about side-effects.
      Normally all the food contains some Iodine, but maybe too less in your case.
      Iodine is the main part of the hormone thyroxin which is responsible for your general body’s activity.

      If you use a microwave oven – better cook your food the “normal” way.
      I seldom ate such food. But when I did my stomach always felt a bit strange and the food was not satisfying my hungry stomach and also a bit weak. I’m conscious I’m very sensitive to non-natural things.

      Do you have an immunization against diphtheria? If your state becomes really serious you should consider this and go a doctor or first inform about further symptoms of diphteria. I just try to consider everything about your symptoms. At present I don’t think you have this infection. But at least I would watch especially the growth and the hardness of your thyroid glands - so you are prepared to react quickly and the best way.

      I hope I my lines can help you.

      yours André :-)

  29. QUESTION:
    If your child has a sore throat and swollen tonsils, does that automatically mean he has tonsillitis?

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my non- allergy , non tonsil related swollen throat?
    Scince yesterday morning my throat has been seriously swollen. I don't believe that i have allergies, as symptoms have never appeared. however the temperature has been really high (70's to 90's), and the heat always makes me feel under the weather... I had my tonsils removed several years ago, so it can't be that. Also I'm a very light smoker. Please help me(: I'll love you forever. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      what always helps my throat is some hot, very lightly sweetened tea. the heat relaxes your throat

  31. QUESTION:
    Ive got swollen Tonsils and sore throat im in real pain....what do i have??? please Help?
    I've got swollen Tonsils,sore throat,fever,headache,fatigue and I'm dizzy i don't have appetite and when i did have a few spoons of hot soup i throw up...what do i have?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have strep throat. Swollen tonsils, sore throat, fever, headache, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, the pain of just swallowing your own saliva and white spots on your tonsils are a mark of strep throat. What you need to do is see your doctor so he/she can prescribe you some Amoxicillin to fix that problem. Home meds and remedies are not enough because what you need is antibiotics. The main concerns right now is to control your fever by taking tylenol (325mg x3) to bring your fever down and motrin(800mg) to reduce body aches and headaches. You can combine the two and it wont harm you. These meds are just temporary and will keep coming back unless you receive some antibiotics. The other main concern is to make sure your tonsils dont swell up so much that its difficult to breath. The minute this happens PLS. CALL 911because you will need immidiate attention. It sounds scary but its true. Hope you feel better and good luck.

  32. QUESTION:
    I have swollen tonsils and throat white spots on my tonsils?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably just a viral infection. Go to the doctor so they can prescribe you some medicine. :) I had the same exact thing a couple months ago. Feel better!

  33. QUESTION:
    i have a very sore throat and swollen tonsils...what is this?
    i gave oral to my boy friend on valentine's day and on monday, i have been getting the symptoms of a common cold. but now, my throat is very sore and it's thursday. i have swollen tonsils. i'm worried. my boy friend got tested in december. i don't know what to do or what this is?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to say but mono. Its a b*tch and take about 2-3 weeks to get better. Go to the doc to get meds before it gets worse. The longer you wait the worse it will get.
      Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    feeling of tight throat,hard to swallow,uncomfortable neck/throat and swollen tonsils.? what is it?
    I sang alot last night, could this make it worse? should I go to an otolaryngologist

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a doctor, but you could be hatching a tonsillitis, so you should check someone.

  35. QUESTION:
    Tonsils are swollen, throat hurts, and feels like theres a lump in my throat?
    Not like a litteral lump, but like whenever I swollow it feels like theres a lump, but theres not.
    This has been going on all week. Somtimes my tonsils are swollen, but not most of the time this has been happening. The pain is only when I swollow. I checked some symptoms of strep, and its not that. What is it?
    not tonsilitis, my voice is fine, just a little lower then normal.
    it feels like its just a cold. but a really severe cold. it got better this morning, and i feel like i've gotten better a bitt...

    • ANSWER:
      tonsillitis

  36. QUESTION:
    any remedies for swollen tonsils, sore throat?
    Really swollen tonsils and sore throat??

    Anything anyone can suggest?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Tea w/ honey is good (If you do this, do not add sugar, the tea will be sweetened by the honey). Gargling salt water.

  37. QUESTION:
    sore throat tonsils arent swollen it just hurts when i swallow though?
    the doctors wont take me till friday, and i dont wanna wait that long. so i wanna know what this could be i have no other symptomss, its just my throat, could it be my acid reflux when i burp it kind of loosens up, its only my left side. and im a little congested is it allergies?
    no, no white sores, it just hurts to swallow, i had strep so much a few years ago, this is a little different. normally my tonsils get swollen i lose my voice i get a fever, camt eat or drink or hardly breathe

    • ANSWER:
      Strep is going around now. You don't have to have a high fever, or even a fever for it to be strep.

      Just looking at your tonsils for redness or pus, is not adequate to diagnose strep as you can still have strep without this.

      Though strep may go along with cold like symptoms, not having these...especially with this type of strep going around....doesn't mean you don't have strep.

      BUT If you do have strep, it can get to your heart, kidneys, brain or other organs and distroy them, AND your life. So you don't want to mess around.

      Many drug stores, like CVS or Wallgreens, have WALK-IN-CLINICS, that get you in and out. They can do a rapid strep test on you and tell you that day, if they THINK you have strep; AND prescribe you the antibiotics you will need. Some of these antibiotics are being offered free at some pharmacies.

      Since MANY of the rapid strep tests don't catch strep, they will also send off a culture to make sure. This culture should come back in 2-3 days, so if they missed it, they will be able to make sure you start antibiotics to help prevent the strep from damaging your organs.

      Some other things that could be causing your sore throat, could be anxiety, post nasal drip....BUT the thing is, the COST of being wrong about it being strep CAN be so high, that it is always advisable to go the extra step to make sure it is not strep.

  38. QUESTION:
    swollen tonsils/sore throat?
    I had unprotected sex a little over a month ago. I felt guilty after and the guy assured me he's been tested. This week I developed a very sore throat, my tonsils are swollen. Yesterday my lymph nodes were swollen. I dont have a stuffed up nose, but I am nervouse that this could be acute hiv syndrome. sad thing is i just got tested for hiv about 2 months ago for the 1st time and i was fine. Now I feel like i'll have to do it again. I jsut got back from a month long trip to europe. It's possible that i just picked up a virus...but i'm nervous.

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    My throat hurts swollen tonsils etc please help?! ?
    Hi im 22 and am normally quite healthy. But for the past five days my throat has become quite painful. It started with my left tonsil swellin up and no pain then after a couple of days it had become worse with difficulty swallowing now it feels like my tounge hs swollen a bit theres no puss or white spots just very sore and red. Wat could it be? Please help

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Sore Throat And Swollen Tonsils?
    Hello,

    So last week, I noticed that I have a little sore throat on online one part of my throat every time I swallowed ... I now noticed that the pain is on the other side of my throat now, and it is a little worse. I have also been coughing a bit of phlegm too, I also noticed my tonsils are swollen as well. Do I have something wrong with my tonsils? Or is this just a common sore throat? ... (P.S I did not notived any white spots around my throat)

    Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a viral sore throat. On the other hand it could be strep throat which requires an antibotic.

  41. QUESTION:
    sore throat or swollen tonsils?
    Im not sure how i got this as i do not yell a lot or havnt in a long time. anyways i think it was from the time i went to lunch and ate bad meat ( i could tell it was spoiled it tasted like a cow took a dump on the meat and i was eating it) after that the same night i got a bad headache so i slept it off next morning i was gone but then my throat was sorta sore. the enxt day my throat is even more sore and now i got mucus building up in my nose and throat. it's getting hard for me to breath through my mouth and nose because of the mucus do you know what the problem is? do i have swollen tonsils or just a sore throat and like mucus back up and how do i get rid of it?

    i try to drink water and hot tea last night.

    PS. the mucus is sort of gone but the sore throat remains. it hurts when i swallow even if it's just beverages

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a Pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens, they usually have medicines for Sore throats and colds and anything like that.

  42. QUESTION:
    Sore throat and swollen tonsils? What could I have?
    So Lately like the past month or 2 ive been waking up with a mild throat ache, nothing to stop me from living my life, but really annoying and kinda painfull messes with my voice a little, And the throat ache is usally gone by the afternoon. But on about tuesday I woke up with a HORRIBLE throat ache. my mom looked at my throat and said i have no white spots. But my tonsils are so swollen you can barely see my throat. Ive had this since tuesday. Also i can barely breath i have to breath out of my mouth since this happened. and ive had this for a while now but in my right ear i hear like a dripping noise, but my ear doesnt really hurt. im not sure if that is related. but those are all my symptoms, theres nothing else besides those i feel totally normal. and help would be good, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      i think you should go to the doctor

  43. QUESTION:
    Sore throat, swollen tonsil.. what do I have?
    I've had a sore throat since friday and it is now tuesday. The right tonsil is swollen with white spots on it and the right side glands in my neck are swollen too. The right side of my jaw is also sore, especially when I open my mouth wide.
    I could possibly be pregnant and worried if it could hurt the baby.
    Thanks!
    yea i know to go see a doc, but i cant till this weekend because of work and money (dont have insurance)

    • ANSWER:
      this can be mononucleosis, which i doubt will be past to the fetus if you are pregnant. if the symptoms get any worse, you may be forced to just go to hospitals ER anyways. you should try getting a home pregnancy test too, just to be sure if you are pregnant or not.

  44. QUESTION:
    How can I help my wife sleep? Swollen tonsils and sore throat.?
    My wife has had a sore throat and swollen tonsils for about 4 days now. She has been to see the doc and he said it is probably tonsillitis. He gave her an antibiotic and hydrocodone for the pain. She also has some nasal drainage and swelling as well. The problem is she cant sleep. She has slept maybe a total of 12 hours over the last four days. She is so exhausted but as soon as she falls asleep she wakes up. This continues all throughout the night. She describes it as feeling a "vibration" in her throat which suddenly awakens her. She took the hyrdocodone but it did help her sleep. The other kicker is she is breastfeeding, so she cant take heavy sleep aids, otherwise I would get her some ambien. She is so upset by all of this, she just wants to sleep. Is there anything that will help reduce the swelling in the back of he throat. I know advil will help with muscle swelling but what about tonsil swelling. Thanks for any and all help.

    • ANSWER:
      Advil can help with this also. She can take this in addition to the hydrocodone - separate the doses by a couple of hours. If the hydrocodone helps her sleep, then she should be taking it at bedtime. Today should be the turn around day for her condition because the antibiotic will not be working full force. Running a humidifier in the bedroom where she sleeps will help and drinking cold fluids will also help. She needs to consider pumping so that you can feed the baby once during the night and she may be able to get back into a more normal sleep pattern with the assistance of the hydrocodone. This should pass shortly and everyone will be back to normal.

  45. QUESTION:
    making out? std? sore throat and swollen tonsils?
    Hi, so yes this may sound paranoid but lets see i got sick about 3 weeks ago. I have sinus congestion( when i blow my nose its yellow/green). I went to the doctor did a throat culture to test if i had mono or strep. The results came back and said i had strep C, which is another type of strep but not mono. I took meds for 5 days and went away. Now 2 days later it came back. i have the same symptoms i had before. i went to the doctor and they just told me to gargle with salt water and wait for another round of throat culture results. Is this a cold/virus or something more serious???

    I also had a boyfriend and performed oral sex on him frequently without a condom(we have been broken up for about 6 months now). He said he hasn't been with anybody else before me and him dated and i was the first girl that ever performed oral on him. Could this be an STD that developed over time that resulted in a sore throat, cold-like symptoms, and swollen tonsils??? If yes, which ones?

    I recently, about 4/5 weeks ago, made-out with this other guy. He had multiple sex partners but said he got tested for STD's and all results came back negative. Could i have caught an STD or virus from him by making out??
    To: Molly

    Yes i did finish my antibiotic for strep but the doc only prescribed it for 5 days. The doctor said that if it was strep the strep would be cured with the 5 day antibiotic. So thats why they did another throat culture to see if they missed anything. Do you know if the doctors can determine if someone has an std through a throat culture?
    I also did do a blood test and the results didnt say anything besides the strep. Wouldve they had see if i had an std through the blood test? or only seen the results for what they were testing?

    • ANSWER:
      You can't get an STD from making out with someone. You can get mono, strep or glandular fever, or cold sores.
      Did you finish your course of antibiotics for strep, or stop taking them once the symptoms went away? It's important you finish the whole course of pills, or the infection won't be completely killed (even if there are no obvious symptoms) and will come back. It's probably just a throat infection, wait for the throat culture results.

  46. QUESTION:
    I have swollen tonsils and sore throat?
    I've been on Z-Pack for 5 days and am out of it (zithromycin). My tonsils are still swollen and red and its hard to swallow. Is there any other relief for swollen tonsils besides salt water? Would ibuprophen work since its an anti-inflammatory? I've had swollen tonsils and a sore throat for 6 days now and its really getting annoying!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I have had a painful sorethroat for ages now and am always prone to swollen tonsils to the point were eating is just too painful. I also went on these antibiotics which didnt work for me either, but dont forget viral infections are not cured by antibiotics!! The doc did a swob on my throat for bacteria and they found that I did not have an infection so the symptoms were viral. Why they didnt do this before giving me 3 weeks of antibiotics I dont know as it would of being much easier. Anyway I am an expert on sore throat and the best think to do is to use either Solphadol desolved in water and gargel with it (perscription only) and works on the most painful throats. Also if you go to a chemist they sell medicated mouth wash (again may be perscription only) and they are really good. I have had about 4 on perscription and do feel like they are burning your throat at first but they do actually ease the pain. I had ulcers all down my throat and was in tears with the pain so my doctor gave me these pain killers to use. salt water helps to kill the germs but will not take the pain away I am afraid. I know how you are suffering though so you are not on your own. Ask your doctor about the solphdol as its very good and usually used on people with tonsillitis.

      good luck
      x

  47. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils, sore throat ear pains for over a month!!!! help!!?
    I have had swollen tonsills and sore throat for over a month.. I don't have strep. And lately I have been having ear pains .. my throat feels dry and it hurts specially in the mornings... Does anyone know what this is.. help please.. thank you

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Do I have strep throat? Tonsils are so swollen.?
    About 4 days ago under my ear where my jaw connects started to hurt, making my ear ache, and then suddenly the left side of my throat ache when eating and drinking.

    Now my throat is swollen, my tonsils are big with yellow spots on them. I can break fine, my throat is fairly sore, and my ear still aches. I'll be going to the doctor tomorrow.

    I don't have a cold or anything like that, but this is very irritating all the same. :(
    Oops typo break - breath, lol.

    Also, will I have to get my tonsils removed? Because I really don't want to.

    • ANSWER:
      first of all, tonsillitis is not an illness. it is a symptom of an illness like strep throat, cold, mono, ect. Go to the dr and get test for strep (bacterial infections, and when antibiotics should be prescribed) and mono (viral infection, when antibiotics should not be given unless you have strep throat along with mono.) hope you feel better soon.

  49. QUESTION:
    Need help treating Swollen tonsils/sore throat/sinus aches (2nd time in 2 weeks!)?
    2 weeks ago my tonsils got all swollen....went to the doctor, gave me antibiotics. I took the proper dosage and in a few days I was all better. I continued the antibiotics until they were finished as instructed.
    Just 2 days ago, my tonsils got swollen again and my throat hurt as well as my sinuses aching!
    I have been taking ibuprofen, and it helps a little bit but the overall swelling is not going down....in fact its getting worse. It's extremely hard to swallow and I am having trouble breathing at night.

    What can I do to treat my swollen tonsils myself?! I really don't want to go back to the doctor...

    • ANSWER:
      Heat up some water, as hot as you can handle. Then, add about a tablespoon of honey and of lemon juice, then drink it like it was tea. It helps a lot, and tastes pretty good too. You can also just add salt (preferably sea salt) to the hot water and gargle DO NOT SWALLOW or you can get sick. Tea, such as mint or earl grey, with lemon and honey may do the trick too. Also, humidifiers help too, especially with night breathing. You can get one for pretty cheap (like -), just run it at night. This happened to me a lot before I had my tonsils removed (don't worry though, it doesn't mean you're going to need yours removed).

  50. QUESTION:
    Swollen tonsils, sore throat?
    For the past 4 days my tonsils have been very swollen. They have yellow spots on them, and I've been coughing up a yellow/redish phlegm. Disgusting I know.

    I haven't been to the doctor yet, but my girlfreind said it's a bacterial infection in my throat.

    I also read that tonsilitis and strep throat. I'm assuming it's one or the other goes away after a few days. It doesn't look like I'm getting the luxury of that. How much will anti-biotics help? I've gotta go into work on Friday (I'm a graphic designer) and I'm debating if I should cancel it off. I don't want to give anyone anything.

    • ANSWER:


Surgery On Tonsils And Adenoids

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•12

Tonsil Stones are really very painful in all aspects. Here are some tips to cure tonsil stones.

Natural Way to Remove Tonsil Stones - Guaranteed

1. In order to cure tonsil stones the treatment st 00004000 arts from home. The first thing we have to take care is the hygiene related to mouth. We have to brush the teeth twice a day and use a good freshener liquid. We have to be very careful while choosing the freshener liquids and it should not have alcohol in it. It leads to the dryness in the mouth.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Tonsils and Adenoids surgery question?
    Hello, i had my Tonsils and adenoids removed on monday. I have my pain meds. but was wondering what did you drink/should i drink after surgery? i've been drinking diluted apple juice with lots of ice but it hurts to swallow. What should i drink?!

    • ANSWER:
      When my son has his removed we did lots of popsicles, they seemed easier to swallow

  2. QUESTION:
    How long and how painful is tonsil and adenoid surgery?
    I am having my tonsils, adenoids, and sinus surgery on Thursday and I am 28 years old. I have heard the older you are the more painful it is! I also would like to know how long does the surgery usually take? I have a lot of health problems and I am afraid I may not recover as well! I have really really high blood pressure and I think they are going to do the surgery and send me straight home. I am very scared please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      my son just had that done, and it took him about a week to recover. you'll have morphine for the first day then just a mild painkiller when you go home. you'll be fine but your voice will sound funny, like you have a grape in your throat or something. good luck elderboots!

  3. QUESTION:
    My 4 yr old has enlarged tonsils and adenoids should we do surgery?
    I want to find a natural solution if at all possible, these glands were given to us to protect against viruses etc, if they are enlarged there must be a reason. I don't want to just have them removed but rather find the cause of his overactive immune system. Any suggestions on natural herbal solutions or any other ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd recommend you let a doctor do the surgery, but maybe that's just me.

  4. QUESTION:
    Surgery to remove adenoids and tonsils on a 17 month old?
    My son had tubes put into his ears six months ago for constant ear infections, and both tubes have fallen out with in the last two weeks, and his ears have already become infected again. I took Sam to his regular doctor today, who told me to take him back to his ENT, which I plan to do Monday. She told me that they may want to put tubes back in again, because the infections returned so fast. She also said they may want to take his tonsils and adenoids out as well, because he suffers with bronchitis constantly and always has sinus infections and constant sinus drainage. So, my question is, if they do take the adenoids and tonsils out, what is recovery like? Will they keep him overnight? And will it really help him?
    And I heard recovery is easier for a younger child, Sam is almost 17 months old.

    • ANSWER:
      My son had his tonsils/adenoids out when he was 14 months. He had ear infections like 3 times a month. We had 3 sets of tubes put in, but they always fell out and never seemed to help. He did have to stay overnight at the hospital (because of the anesthesia and risk of bleeding) but I stayed with him. The nurses took good care of us. It was very much worth the surgery. He has not had more than a cold or two since and he's now 17 yrs. It was scary putting your baby through that, but it was well worth it. Just make sure you get a good doctor that you're comfortable with and who will answer your questions. Ours was fantastic. It really will help!!

  5. QUESTION:
    tonsils and adenoids come out on the 23rd!?
    so the day of my tonsil and adenoid surgery is coming up pretty fast., im am gonna admit that i am pretty nervous. i have no idea what to expect. i have looked at other peoples questions on here and they just don't give me the answers that im looking for. so these are my questions..will i be fully under? how long does it take? is it true that ice cream is no good because if the milk? when should i quit smoking before the surgery? i know i shouldn't be smoking anyways but i am using this as my chance to quit. if anyone has recently had their tonsils removed please tell me your story!

    thanks sooooooo much guys! ur the best!

    • ANSWER:
      Anything milky isn't really good because it causes mucous. You should quit smoking asap before the surgery.
      Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    Does Removal of Adenoids and Tonsils lead to Asthma?
    Hi My son is 5 years old and since last 1.5 years, he is suffering from enlarged Adenoids and Tonsils. Because of these, he had frequent Ear infections last winter and until now he snores, eats slowly, not very healthy and has to follow a lot of restrictions on food like no Ice-cremes, no ketchup, no jam etc. That's too much for a tiny age of his. The ENT specialist had suggested TAR (Tonsil & Adenoids Removal) surgery last year, but we didn't do it until now since we are scared that if the Guards are removed, his infection which is now just in throat, will shift to Chest. Specifically since we have a family history of ASTHMA, chances are more that he will suffer from it severely after TAR. Does anybody has gone through this situation? Can anybody tell me if TAR doesn't affect his Asthmatic chances?

    • ANSWER:
      The removal of Adenoids and Tonsils is supposed to help alleviate asthma. I've had my tonsils removed and never had chest infections. It seems he may benefit in a lot of ways if he has his tonsils out.

      And there are other lymph glands that will take over the job of catching viruses, bacteria. You have something like 600 lymph nodes in your body.

      http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/25284.php

  7. QUESTION:
    My 6 yr old son is having night terrors after tonsil/adenoid surgery. Why?
    Our little guy is on day 5 post surgery but has had a couple of night terrors where he is screaming, flailing, and doesn't seem to respond to our talking to, comforting, or anything for that matter.It lasts up to 20 minutes and we can't find any documentation on WHY this is happening. Does anyone know why exactly these occur, and what helps. Is this due to pain? Post anesthsia? or What?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      I don't know if this information is helpful, I'm not sure if your sons surgery has anything to do with the night terrors, but they can be a sign of anxiety, perhaps he may be worried that he may have pain from his operation. If it persists, I have an idea which has worked with my 10 year old boy who suffers from night terrors, and this has worked for him. Watch what time they actually fall asleep if you can and approximately 30 - 45 minutes (this is different for each child but approx ) after they go to sleep gently go in and wake up your child, just sit them up and perhaps move him around in his bed a bit and talk quietly to him maybe for 5 or so minutes and then lay them back down, you should only have to do this once - I would ask my son if he knew I was there so I could determine if he was awake or not - where as with a night terror when my son wakes he doesn't know I'm there, shakes, cries, and looks kind of spooked.

      Worth a go if they persist, its unfortunately a bit tiring for Mum and Dad but it can help to break the cycle
      Good luck

  8. QUESTION:
    Surgery to remove the adenoids and tonsils on a 17 month old?
    My son had tubes put into his ears six months ago for constant ear infections, and both tubes have fallen out with in the last two weeks, and his ears have already become infected again. I took Sam to his regular doctor today, who told me to take him back to his ENT, which I plan to do Monday. She told me that they may want to put tubes back in again, because the infections returned so fast. She also said they may want to take his tonsils and adenoids out as well, because he suffers with bronchitis constantly and always has sinus infections and constant sinus drainage. So, my question is, if they do take the adenoids and tonsils out, what is recovery like? Will they keep him overnight? And will it really help him?
    And I heard recovery is easier for a younger child, Sam is almost 17 months old.

    • ANSWER:
      The tubes are supposed to fall out when the infection is gone. But heres the downside. I had all of that done too. I had my tonsils and adenoids removed. The tubes did fall out of my ears too. I had 5 surgeries total in my lifetime. When I was about 11 to 13 years old. I had to go to Iowa City Hospital and clinics for this thing. The doctor told my mom that tubes can cause tumors in the middle ear (which they will not tell you about that). Which would require them drilling behind the ear into the bone to drain it about every 6 months to a year if that happens. They thought I had a tumor in my left ear and they removed the ear drum first before drilling and found ear wax behind the ear drum. I was almost screwed for life if they would have done the drilling to find nothing. He said there is a risk of them hitting the nerve that controls the face muscles I would have looked like I had a stroke on my left side. Thank god he did decide to remove the ear drum first.
      Right now I have a messed up left ear drum since its stuck on a bone and my right ear drum is missing a nice chunk of it since the doctor removed the tube right in the office without putting me under and there was a piece of my ear drum stuck on it. That was VERY painful.

      My brother also has tubes. One did fall out but the other side is still draining and hes 25 years old right now.

      I say the tubes are worthless they did not do much for me and my brother. Since all it takes is a little water to enter the middle ear and start an infection. Which is 0 to 0 for a small vile of drops and for pills to rid of it.

      Its normal for a 1 1/2 year old to get ear infections anyways. Their immune system can't fight everything off and if the infection is really bad in the ear most of the time the ear drum will burst itself open and drain itself and heal within a couple of days.

      As for tonsils and adenoids they are better off gone. The sore throats are not as bad when they are gone later in life. But they do get infected often if left in there. that will take about a week of healing when they are removed. There is a pain like having a bad sore throat. Just give him icecream or something cold to make it feel better.

      I would recommend they remove the tubes after the infection is gone. Since any water or moisture that enters the ear will fire up another infection for sure.

  9. QUESTION:
    What Should I do before and after tonsil surgery/removal?
    On June 12, I am getting my tonsils and adenoids removed and that little thing under my tongue cut. My question is how should I prepare for it and what can I do after it. (like swimming)
    thanks in advance
    I am 13 Years old

    • ANSWER:
      i got my tonsils removed when i was 6, so i dont really think i did anything beforehand to prepare for it. afterwards i felt really tired for a few days and my throat was kind of sore. i couldnt really eat solid food for a few days either because of my throat, so i ate soup and baby food. so make sure you get plenty of rest, and if you have a sore throat you can try eating ice cream or soup. good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    Tonsil and Adenoid Surgery Help?
    I am scheduled to have my surgery on November 2, 2007! i am really nervous. can anyone help? I know you have ice cream afterwards and you miss school, but i still do not wanna do it. i also know that it is for the best. anyone who has either tonsils and/or adenoids removed, can you pleeze answer?
    The doc said that i will get the most terrible sore throat after. is it really as horrible as it seems?
    thnxs in advance
    mandi

    • ANSWER:
      OMG I asked a question on here about my tonsils getting out.
      And adenoids

      IM GETTING THEM OUT ON NOVEMER 2ND TOO!!!
      I AM SO SERIOUS
      You dont get ice cream anymore becuase it make you sick now. Yes you get out the same day as you go in. Unless it is at night. Still thats a big COINCIDENCE because I AM GETTING MY TONSILS AND ADENOIDS OUT THAT SAME DAY.

      Do you have school that day? I dont.

  11. QUESTION:
    4 Year Old Adenoid and Tonsil Surgery?
    Can someone tell me what to expect? I'm nervous for my baby. The doctors said it was a simplistic procedure. And he maybe on solid foods that evening? But Ive heard Popsicles and ice cream for at least 48 hours. Just looking for some insight...also anything bad that has happened as a result. I need to be ready and be strong for him!

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Mouthbreather here! Help! Had TONSILS,ADENOID, nasal shaving Surgery?
    Mouth BREATHer had TONSILS,ADENOID REMOVed on the 22nd, when should things go back to normal. and when will i be able to breth through my nose. will the dark rings around my nose and eyes go away? If anyone was a mouth breather did this help? when were you able to eat pizza. im 14 yrs old

    • ANSWER:
      If things don't get back to normal you may need to be tested for sleep apnea as well. Best of Luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does a regrown tonsil surgery hurt as much?
    I just turned 51 years old and had my tonsils and adenoids removed in 1961. The doctor had left tissue on my right side and a tonsil "pocket" grew back many years ago. My ENT scheduled surgery this Tuesday to remove it and a questionable tumor in my throat. I have been on the computer all day looking up adult tonsil surgery and reading all the horror stories. Will my "regrown" tonsil removal hurt as much as an adult regular tonsil/adenoid removal? Is there anything I can do to control clotting or bleeding entering my stomach?
    Thank you for all reasonable answers.. :D

    • ANSWER:
      You should be fine in three days to two weeks. I can't imagine hemorrhaging into your stomach....and I have yet to have a claimant file disability due to tonsil surgery. I would be more concerned about throat cancer.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is tonsil and adenoid surgery the right thing to do?
    My son is 3 and over the past month has had problems with extremely enlarged tonsils. They seem to be ok right now because they are not obstructing like they were a few weeks ago but they are still huge. He snores and it sounds like he has a hard time breathing at night sometimes. He also has a problem with choking on his food occasionally. His doctor said we can go either way -treat conservatively or take them out. I have scheduled the surgery but I am second guessing myself because his problems are not severe. Is it better just to get it over with?

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing that I ever did was have my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was in high school. Growing up I was always sick, could never do sleepovers, had trouble breathing, and had difficulty eating. I would suggest getting it done when your son is younger because if it is affecting him that badly now then it will only get worse as he gets older. Without the surgery you'll be spending a lot of time at the doctors office and having your son on medication. I'm now immune to amoxicillin because I was on it so much! Life without adenoids and tonsils is great! I breathe easy (don't snore anymore) and rarely get sick (and if I do it only lasts a day).

      If you're worried about putting your 3-year-old through surgery just wait a few years until he's a little older, but definitely get it done! I was in the hospital 2 days and the first night sucked but now things are great and I've had no adverse problems because of the surgery.

  15. QUESTION:
    Will they hospitalize my son for having tonsil and adenoid surgery?
    I have a 2 year old son with a history of prematurity, asthma, and food allergies. He has been hospitalized three times for choking while eating. He has asthma and is on flovent, albuteral, and singuliar. And he had a sleep study done and it shows he has obstructive sleep apnea. His pulmonlogist has reccomended he be seen by a pediatric ENT to possibly have his tonsils removed. My concern is that they would want to hospitalize him after the surgery. Does he meet the critera to be hospitalized or can it still be done the same day and him go home afterwards?

    • ANSWER:
      Only his doc can tell you, but if this were MY son, I would WANT him to stay overnight. This might be a wait and see situation. They might do the surgery and determine if he goes or stays depending on how well he does in surgery and recovery.
      When my 2yo was hospitalized, one of us had to stay with him at ALL times. We were not allowed to leave even to go down the hall if he was sleeping.

  16. QUESTION:
    What kind of specialist would I need to see for my tonsils and adenoids?
    When I was young I was told that I probably should have my tonsils removed but I never got it done cause my parents couldn't really afford it. Then when I got to be like 11 or 12 I was told that I should have my tonsils and adenoids removed and again I didn't get it done cause my parents couldn't afford it. Now that I'm older I'm finding that I'm having all sorts of throat and allergy problems and I'm strongly considering going to go see doctor about getting my tonsils and adenoids removed. So my question is would I need to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist about this or what kind of specialist do I need to talk to? Would they be taking my tonsils and adenoids out on the same day? I've never had any kind of surgery before so what method do they use to put you to sleep during surgery and would the medicine make me goofy? If I get my tonsils and adenoids taken out would that cut down on some of my throat and sinus infections that I usually get?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I'd say it would be an ear, nose, and throat specialist. It might help with your throat infections. If you have a lot of allergies, you also might want to go to an allergy specialist. Removing the tonsils and adenoids is one surgery.

  17. QUESTION:
    When will I fully heal after getting my tonsils and adenoids out?
    I got my tonsils and adenoids out on June 10th and I would like to know when I will be fully healed from the surgery. I would like to audition for american idol on july 12 but am worried that I wont be ready by then. The doctor said my voice would be better but so far its not. Its starting to really frustrate me because I love to sing. Will I be done healing by then?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I got mine out this morning and i feel pretty good. Your worst day are the 3rd and 4th days. I recommend rescheduling the appointment, because my voice is all screwed up right now.

  18. QUESTION:
    is it normal for your throat to hurt off & on after having the tonsilectomy & adenoid surgery 2 years ago??
    I had my tonsils and adenoids removed 2 years ago ago but since the surgery. I get these sore throats off & on and i also lose my voice. my voice gets so hoarse sometimes u can barely understand what i am saying. i just wanted to know if anyone out there have been having the problems as me since their surgery. i also still have a stuffy nose everyday. i take allergy medicine everyday for my allergies.

    • ANSWER:
      Those surgeries should have healed within a few weeks.

      You may need to see an ENT (ear, nose and throat) Dr.

  19. QUESTION:
    My son is 5 and the doctor just said he needs his tonsils and adenoids removed?
    I was taking him to an ENT for continued problems with allergies that have mostly effected his eyes. I was going to have them do an allergy test so we can find out what is causing his reactions and eliminate it, since he is on 4 different medications, including a nasal spray and eyedrops. When she examined him, she said he needs his tonsils and adenoids removed and that the blood test would be easier to do while he is under for surgery.

    So my son has red, itchy, draining eyes, and I find out he has to have surgery for something else. Basically I am looking for anyone with a similar experience with advice or tips. He is going in for surgery on the 3rd, and school starts (kindergarden!) on the 13th. He may miss a few days of the first week, but that isn't so bad.

    Anyone with anything to make me feel better is appreciated. Thanks!
    I guess I wasn't detailed enough. There are reasons for the recommendation of surgery. He is having difficulty breathing at night, which makes him snore, makes him nearly impossible to wake up in the morning, and about once a week or so, he will fall asleep on the way home from the sitter's around 5:30, and will sleep through dinner, all through the night until morning. When he does this, he does not wake up for dinner, no matter how hard we try. If we can get him up, he just cries and refuses to eat, only wants to go back to sleep. He also has a certain degree of hyperactivity that they are saying can be related to the sleep troubles.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow it sounds like he really needs to have them out. Mine were just taken out at 29 and it was a much longer recovery. My mom is a nurse and she explained tonsils to me this way: Tonsils and adnoids (part of the same category) were initially a part of the immune system that helps fight off infection, but they can turn on your own body and that is when they need to be removed. He will recover a lot quicker than you think and will be feeling a lot better soon.

      A lot of people are on the "it's in your body leave it there" band wagon, but would you say that to someone who's appendix was about to burst or their gall bladder? Sometimes we are better off without a part of the body that is not working right. Good luck with your sons surgery. Get some pedialyte, sherbert, jello, popsicles, broth (should be cold), and any type of smoothy stuff that he wants. Stay away from fruit with seeds, they hurt. I put vitamin water or Sobe water in the freezer for an hour and it was like a slushy it just felt wonderful. Also get a heating pad and ice packs, he will probably get some ear tenderness with the nerves trying to recover. Make sure he takes it easy. Good luck. He will recover a lot faster than if he has this done as an adult. I'm going into week 3 and am just finally feeling a little better.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do I get my toddler to drink more liquids after having her tonsils and adenoids removed?
    My daughter had surgery yesterday and we have tried everything to get her to drink fluids, we have even tried Popsicle's. She is getting in little sips but she will not swallow all of it. She freaks our and spits it out. She is not dehydrated yet but I don't want it to get to that point. So I was wondering if anyone else had any other ideas on what would work? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      trick her by getting icecream or maybe at least get her to eat fruit because those are juicy and plus they taste good.

  21. QUESTION:
    Ear pain after tonsils and adenoids out and tubes put in ears.?
    My three year old had his tonsils and adenoids out and tubes put in his ears on Sept 20. He is now getting a sudden ear pain in his left ear. It goes away pretty quickly, but while he has it he cries and cries. It seems to happen mostly when he is sleeping or when he eats or drinks something. They told us there would be pain in his ears after the surgery and that it was referred pain from his throat, but he is no longer complaining about pain in his throat and just has that sudden pain in his ears. Can anyone give me some insight? Is this normal after going through this? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds perfectly normal to me. Provided that this is still within range that the doctor told you (I've never had a patient to have quite that much work done at once), and he isn't spiking fevers, I wouldn't worry. Make sure that he isn't drinking through a straw or a sippy cup (the suction can make the pain worse), and that he is keeping his ears dry during bathtime. Keep an eye out for any strange discharge, or even a runny nose. They might indicate that infection has set up.

      Also, don't be afraid to give him a dose of Children's Motrin twice a day (up to four times). I know most Mothers (myself included) don't like giving OTC medication unless they HAVE to, but there is absolutely NO risk associated with giving it to him...even every day...for up to five months. Keep him comfortable...it will make it easier on the both of you!

      Best of luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    My 6 year old is having her tonsils & adenoids removed next week...What can I expect?
    I am really worried about her aftercare...the surgery seems pretty simple and quick...but this is my little girl! She is having both tonsils and adenoids removed on tuesday 7/17 and I am just not sure what to expect from her...what kind of food s can someone reccommend besides icecream? How long does she have to eat soft foods? I am so terrified that something wil go wrong as well...

    • ANSWER:
      she will have to eat soft foods for as long as she feels in pain. Expect fussiness, and her being tired...
      yogurt works great, anything cool and smooth, nothing chunky as it will iritate her throat.
      Many people have gotten their tonsils removed. Have you seen anyone on the news who died or was seriously injured by this minor surgery? lol. It's not funny, but its the truth.
      Prayers goes out to you and your daughter.. and hope the best for her.
      getting her tonsils removed is a good idea, as it prevents sore throats in the future.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what may be the cause of my breathing problem? I've had it since the winter of 1999.?
    I was in 7th grade at the time and it started when I was hit in the face with a basketball in gym class. I had a nosebleed immediately after and then a much more severe nosebleed later that day after I came home. I've seen several ENTs, been given nasal sprays, inhalers, decongestents (pill form) nasal wash, acid reflux medication. I've been tested for allergies, heart problems, lung problems. I've also had surgery, having my tonsils/adenoids removed, septum corrected, and reduction of my turbinates. This is not to rule any of these potential causes, but I am frustrated with this. It makes it harder for me to be physically active and sports were something I used to always enjoy. I sadly quit playing after 9th grade.

    I think anxiety may make the breathing worse, but there was an initial breathing problem there to begin with and the anxiety may only exacerbate it. Can anyone offer any insight? I plan on going back to the doctor who performed the surgery.

    Thanks,

    ~Dave
    I was in 7th grade at the time and it started when I was hit in the face with a basketball in gym class. I had a nosebleed immediately after and then a much more severe nosebleed later that day. The problem consists of difficulty breathing through the nose and mouth, with the nose being worse. Also, it's usually noticably worse in one nostril. I've seen several ENTs, been given nasal sprays, inhalers, decongestents, nasal wash, acid reflux medication. I've been tested for allergies, heart problems, lung problems. I've also had surgery, having my tonsils/adenoids removed, septum corrected, and reduction of my turbinates. This is not to rule any of these potential causes, but I am frustrated with this. It's harder for me to be physically active and sports were something I used to always enjoy. I sadly later quit organized sports. I think anxiety may make the breathing worse, but there was an initial breathing problem there to begin with and the anxiety may only exacerbate it
    Disregard the redundant 2nd post (I was trying to edit my original as I realized I left out the nature of my problem)-I actually think I've had a chest x-ray before. I also think anxiety, like you said, may be a cause of the breathing problem and that in turn exacerbates the problem--that is a possibility. The nasal breathing is worse in the nose, but I notice it is usually worse in one nostril and may change. The breathing problem is there pretty much all the time and it feels like it’s hard to get air in and I don’t have trouble expanding my chest nor is there weezing or coughing. I do notice it is not as bad sometimes. I’m guessing it may have to do with reduced anxiety. I will get anxious and worried when exercising and knowing that my abilities just aren’t what they were before and then start to prove myself wrong by say running up to what I think I should be able to do and the breathing will subside for a little bit, but usually the problem comes back within 5-10 minutes.

    • ANSWER:
      First, since it started right after a blow to the face, that is highly suspicious, but it does sound like many possible consequences of that such as deviated septum have been ruled out. Its hard to answer your question without more information: Does it feel like its hard to get air in past your nose/mouth (upper airway obstruction such as septum), or is it hard to expand your chest or feel as though you can move all of the air in or out of your lungs. Do you notice any wheezing when it is difficult to breath? When does it happen-during exercise, lying down, seasonal, or seemingly randomly or is it basically all the time?
      You didnt mention having a chest xray, which you may want to consider if you think it is the lower airway that is causing you problems. To help your doctor better help you, you might want to write some answers to some of the questions above which may help him narrow his scope of what to look for. Anxiety may be a cause of difficulty breathing, but it can also be a consequence of it as well.

      8/22
      You may want to ask for a CT sinus (a CT is a Cat scan). It will show if tissue or your septum is still blocking your nasal passages or if you have fluid in your sinuses(sinus infection) or nasal polyps that could be making it hard to breath. Anxiety still might be the cause, as the article i posted below says that emotions can cause nasal tissue to swell. If that is the case, some anti-anxiety medication might help.
      http://www.webmd.com/content/article/4/1680_51935.htm

  24. QUESTION:
    Ever had your tonsils and adenoids removed as an adult?
    Hello,

    I'm getting them both removed in about three weeks. On a scale of 1-10, how bad is the pain and for how long will it last? Also, what kind of drinks/foods are good until I heal? Lastly how are things going for you since your surgery? Especially if it was to help with Sleep apnea.

    Thank you,
    Nolan

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Septopasty Surgery. Has anyone ever just had their deviated septum and no other related surgeries?
    I had surgery on my nose about 3 months ago. I feel really congested still in my nose. It feels so horrible. Im wondering just because I had just the surgery for a deviated septum, no turbine reduction or removal of tonsils/adenoids. How long should I feel congested? ENT specialist said the surgery went well but i still feel like shit! How long before this clears up. Is there anyway i can make it better.

    • ANSWER:
      This is really a major trauma to the nose area, so don't be alarmed that you are still experiencing problems. After all, you breathe constantly, so the air passages are being used while injured. If you think the discomfort and pain are too severe, however, and the doctor who did the surgery doesn't seem to be giving you any relief or putting your mind at ease, then respectfully ask for a copy of your medical record and get a second opinion. It's your body, you should feel ok about it. Good Luck

  26. QUESTION:
    My son JUST had his Tonsils/adenoids out and has a Bad cold!?
    Okay. My son just had his tonsils out 2 days ago. He had a slight cold going into the surgery. Now its a hacking coughing terrible cold. Ive tried Vicks on his feet, which seemed to help a bit. But all I can do is cry, * I dont want my baby in any more pain, and I dont know what to do* cause he screams and cries cause of the coughing. His nose is so stuffy he cant breathe, but hes not allowed to blow his nose due to the adenoids comming out too. Does anyone who has had this suregery ever had a cold? If so what did you do???!
    I didnt pay for it. Its covered by OHIP

    • ANSWER:
      You should talk to his doctor. You have paid a lot of money, directly or through insurance premiums, for this. Take advantage of professional knowledge.

  27. QUESTION:
    tonsils and adenoids removed. biopsy of right tonsil!?
    i am 24 year old female, and december 26 i had an extremely sore throat and enlarged tonsils. long story short, i tried every medication but nothing reduced the swelling. i went to an otolaryngologist and he said both tonsils needed to be removed and my right one actually had an ulcer on it. i had surgery on feb 10 and the surgeon removed both tonsils and both adenoids. i wasnt aware that my adenoids were causing any problem. once he removed my right tonsil with the ulcer, he sent it to a lab to have a biopsy done on it. i am nervously awaiting the results. i have no idea what to expect. i wont know anything for one week. can anyone give me advice as to why a biopsy was done, and what might the biopsy show. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      A biopsy is always done routinely when a part of your body has to be removed especially if it had a growth on it. This is routine it does not mean that he thinks you have cancer. He has to do this by law and for your own health. Don't worry about it 99% of the time they come back okay.

  28. QUESTION:
    How long do you eat cold stuff after having tonsils/adenoids removed?
    My 4yr old son may be having his tonsils/adenoids removed (they are so large that even when "not sick" they are almost touching. He goes to an ENT Dr later this month, but the pediatrician thinks that they'll take them out...Question though...From what I remember of when my sister had hers removed, you eat ice cream and popsicles for awhile after surgery. Problem is my son HATES cold stuff. He won't eat ice cream...yes I know he is weird. Even when he was a baby, his bottles had to be hot enough to almost burn your arm when you tested it on your arm. Is this going to cause problems during recouperation?

    • ANSWER:
      I had my tonsils out at the age of 25 and my daughter had hers out when she was 5. With kids, they spray their throats after surgery (at least they did with my daughter) that protects their throats. Give him whatever he wants. I remember that hot chocolate actually felt good on my tender throat, so don't worry about whether it's hot or cold. My daughter wanted pizza, but of course I wouldn't let her do that. They gave her jello in the hospital, does he like jello? Don't worry, he will be fine!

  29. QUESTION:
    Can I have a tonsillectomy while my tonsils are infected?
    I'm having my tonsils and adenoids removed tomorrow morning. I've had throat pain and I went to the doctor to get cleared yesterday, and they cleared me.. now the throat pain is a lot worse. I just looked in the mirror with a flashlight and saw white on my tonsils. Will the doctor go through with the surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      It's hard to say. Depends on the surgeon. Most doctors will not do surgery with an active infection. It also depends on how bad your infection is. If it is just starting they may go ahead with it. If it is full blown infection they might not.
      Good luck and take care!

  30. QUESTION:
    alright guys, ill tell you about tonsil removal?
    hey all, i got my tonsils out today. and yes it does hurt. (i got my tonsils and andniods taken out as well) it wasn't hard at all. and the procedure was nothing either. when i woke up, it took about 10 minutes before i was fully alert and i actually got dressed and ready to go. drank an apple juice and walked out, well it was more like i stumbled out because i was hella doped up lol. but now they have me on hydrocodone/APAP 7.5 MG/ 750 MG. which means the stuff i take for pain is a bit higher then a viocodin. and it has Tylenol and codine in it for cough suppressant. your throat will be raw, and it will bleed from time to time, but the more you drink the better you feel. trust me, ive been gulping down water like crazy and yea, it sorta hurts.. but after about two or three gulps you wont feel it much at all. letting your throat get real dry is something you don't want to do, because it hurts like a major Bi**h.. make yourself pudding and jello. i recommended buying chocolate, vanilla, and rice pudding. not only is it fun to make and preoccupies you. but in about 30 minutes you can have something yummy to eat. your throat will scab up and it is a bit annoying i will admit.. but DO NOT TRY AND CLEAR YOUR THROAT LIKE I DID.. it hurts alot.. despite that you cant talk and stuff. but its not that big of a deal. all in all, even though i had my tonsils taken out 2 days ago. this is nothing for a procedure. i read online about everyone saying its sooooo painful.. don't listen to them they are being overly dramatic about it. thats why i wanted to write this before i went to bed. so that all you people out there who read up on tonsils and see all the stupid people saying its painful. i can tell you its not. on a pain scale, i give it about a 6 when my throat is dry, and about a 4.5-5 when they are wet. and that's out of 10.

    so dont let your tonsil and adenoid surgery discourage you with all the stupid people who say its horrible. its really not.

    good luck to anyone who gets theirs removed, and remember, jello, pudding, and Popsicles!
    well to answer your question, this is my first actual day that Ive had them out. and when i woke up they didn't hurt that bad at all. it will take about 10 days for to be all healed up. on the 8th or 9th day i plan on trying bread and some other goodies cause i miss them. lol
    but i also forgot to add, that if you take minute rice and vanilla pudding to make rice pudding, you will have more energy and have more protein then just jello and pudding which is all sugar.

    so about 10 days max, and that's with adenoids and tonsils. im pretty sure its the same for tonsils as well.

    tell your friend good luck to her, ill try and keep everyone posted so that when people see the finished version of this informative question they can be reassured and not listen to the stupid over dramatic people on the internet.

    • ANSWER:
      Just a question. My friends getting them out and I wanted to know if you know how long it takes for them to heal? thanks =]

  31. QUESTION:
    My 2 year old will be getting her tonsils and adenoids out soon....?
    I've waited as long as I can. My 2 year old has suffered from constant congestion and swollen tonsils for over a year now brought on by her allergies to dust mites She's always on antibiotics to treat bacterial infections and has sleep apnea.

    I want my baby to get well but I'm still worried about the surgery though. What can I do to help her heal better after the surgery? What foods can she eat? She's only two and I don't want her to freak out and cry too much and end up hurting her throat. I may be worrying too much but I want to get prepared.

    Anyone have any information on helping a child through this?

    • ANSWER:
      i had that done when i was 4, i was in and out of the hospital every 3 weeks because whenever the infection cleared up it would just come back, i had bad hearing loss from it before the surgery and was almost deaf, for me to hear you you would have to get about a fot from my face and scream. i am 14 now and i havent had an ear infection since the surgery, it also seems that i dont get as many throught infections because my tonsils are gone so they dont get irritated so colds arent as bad

      i could talk at all after the surgery because my throught was so soar, my doctor perscribed some stuff that tasted horrible but it helped with the pain, also dont eat any hot foods, no soda no hard food because swallowing hurts, liquid diets are the best especially when they are really cold it helps with the pain, ice cream, frozen yogurt, yogurt, anything bland that is cold and smooth onthing acidic like juice it hurts alot.

  32. QUESTION:
    I'm getting my adenoids and tonsils out next thursday and im 15 going on 16 in may.?
    I was just wonder how the process is going to go, if im going to feel anything during surgery and how long with my recovery be? and how long does this type of surgery take? I know these kinda sound like stupid questions i just wanna see if i can get answers to them. thank you (:

    • ANSWER:
      well one thing they will knock you out so you will not feel anything during. But after Ouch. My advice eat lots of ice cream and sherbet. Makes it all feel better. I know I got mine out years ago. Surgery takes about 1 hour or so. Recovery is about 3 days you will not feel like eating much. Good way to loose 10-30 lbs

  33. QUESTION:
    Adenoid, Tonsil removal and Eartube Surgery-All at the same time?
    My daughter is just turning 3 in May. She had a set of eartube a year and a half ago, but they fell out. Now she is having a lot of ear infections again and water in both ears for about 4 months now.
    Also her tonsils are almost touching each other and has problems breathing with nose. She is snoring when she is awake or sleeping.
    We saw her ENT today, and she told us that she needs to have her tonsils and adenoinds out and a new set of ear tube.
    I am so afraid of the surgery and recovery. Can anyone give me an advice on the surgery or recovery?

    • ANSWER:
      I had it done when i was little twice. My daughter was 9 month and she had it done. Everything will be fine. She will be a lil cranky and clingy. I would spoil her till she gets well. Cause she might feel bad for a few days. Anyway good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    Having my tonsils removed in a few weeks what should i expect?
    i'm supposed to be getting my tonsils and adenoids removed on august 3rd i'm really nervous i heard from some people that it hurts alot but some people say it doesn't hurt much.

    will i be able to talk? how long will it take for me to recover? and will i be put to sleep with anesthesia or something?

    i know its alot of questions but its gonna be my first surgery and i'm only 17 so i don't know what to expect.

    • ANSWER:
      When you have your tonsils removed they completely anesthetize you. After the fact, it feels like you have a fairly nasty sore throat for about 5-7 days. You'll be able to talk, it'll just not be the most pleasant feeling, but the doctor will give you really effective pain killers. Don't worry, I had mine done a few years ago, and the worst part for me was the anticipation.

  35. QUESTION:
    Masturbating question :D ?
    Okay on Thursday i had surgery on my tonsils, adenoids and my nose. So im still in pain without my pain killers, Tylenol 3 is the painkiller im one.

    So heres the question, I was just masturbating and usaslly it takes me a good 3-10 minutes to finish but 10 minutes ago i couldn't finish!! i was trying so hard but i couldn't, i actually hurt myself a little bit too, i have a little red mark on my tip of my penis that kinda stings xD, im actually not to worried about it but im just wondering why i can't.... i haven't masturbated in 4-5 days and i don't want to have a Wet Dream ahaha :P So, do you think it was the painkillers or the surgery? Because i have no clue, i am very healthy and i masturbated before this surgery no problem... Could it be because my body didn't want to? because i didn't really wanted to i thought i kinda needed to. Thanks!
    I take 2 Pain killers when i wake up, and one every 4 hours and 2 before i go to bed and i took the 2 before i go to bed like 2 hours ago but i couldn't go to sleep
    Thats exactly what i thought Mark! Well... after was done hurting myself... but anyway, ill just wait till im done healing then do my business! Thanks for the heads up!
    Yeah i will George, and i was kinda wondering why i wasn't getting Morning Woods anymore! xD

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Why would my ENT remove my tonsils but leave my adenoids?
    Basics: I'm a 20-year-old female in otherwise good health.

    Now for the story:
    In high school, I struggled with recurring tonsillitis. I thought it was strep because I experienced all of the same symptoms, but when the doctor would culture my throat, it always came back negative. Eventually, I started getting the, "You have pharyngitis," response. That was insulting. I was like, "Of course my throat hurts... now tell me why and what I can do about it!"

    I would have about a month or two of down time and then I'd get another infection, which would typically last 7-14 days in varying degrees dependent upon (in my opinion) the state of my immune system at the time. Obviously, being a high school student affected my immune system as I was not always sleeping well.

    My senior year of high school and my freshman year of college saw the infections increasing in frequency until I only had about three weeks between the time I felt better and the next infection. Every time I would visit the quick care (didn't have a GP, which is probably why I've struggled for so long without resolve) I would be in tears of frustration. I didn't understand why it was happening so regularly.

    Finally, in August or September of 2008 I got a referral to an ENT in the area and visited him. He met with me for all of thirty seconds before he prescribed a tonsillectomy. Through my research, I had pretty much decided I needed one anyway, so I was alright with the short visit at the time. I received the tonsillectomy in October of 2008 and it trashed me. I had gone on Acutane about a month before, and it noticeably lengthened my healing time, so my tonsillectomy put me out of work for three weeks and under the weather for much longer.

    I had about two months of solitude, and then the infections started again. This time, there was no puss on my tonsil area (didn't have any tonsils to infect!), but the fever, cough, etc. were all the same. Since then, the infections have come every six weeks almost to the day. They still vary in severity based upon how much sleep I get and how stressed I am, but this last one (still recovering) is the worst in a long time.

    My new ENT noticed that even when I was not infected, my adenoids were enlarged. Then, when I revisited while infected, he didn't even need a second look to tell that they were incredibly infected. He has scheduled an adenoidectomy for March 5th. I'm worried that my healing time will be even longer now that I'm older, but I'm not sure what options I have left. Antibiotics no longer clear up my infections and I'm starting to get otitis media much more often as well. I can't keep missing school!

    SO.
    My question is, knowing my history of infections and my age, why would my original ENT decide to not excise my adenoids at the same time as my tonsils? I thought they were a connected surgery, and I was never asked if I would like my adenoids removed as well. Has anyone else had a similar experience?

    • ANSWER:
      I would love to answer this...Unfortunatley your question is ridiculously long and I am not a physician.

  37. QUESTION:
    My son is having his tonsils and adenoids taken out..........?
    what do I expect? He is 5 years old. They are being taken out because they are infected and diseased (or something), they make his breath really, really bad!!! We have tried antibiotics but they only work for a couple of days then the smell comes right back. the ENT thinks this will help. they are also swollen and that makes him snore when he sleeps, and choke on his food!!!

    what do I need to expect during and after the surgery? I am scared because he is so young!!!
    he is having the surgery Tuesday!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I think he'll be fine once he gets them taken out but a warning is that it will hurt very badly and give him soft food until he gets better aslo he may small chance get them i think infected and have to get surgery again if he starts to couggh up blood im not for sure tho

  38. QUESTION:
    My pediatrician and an ENT want to remove my toddlers tonsils and adenoids.?
    My son is 3 years old. He is a mouth breather and snores alot. His pediatrician referred him to an ENT, this was back in November 2008, because she noticed his tonsils and adenoids were swollen. The ENT recommended that he have his adenoids and possibly his tonsils removed. I wanted to wait until the summer because I am a teacher and wanted to be at home with him. Well, here we are, it's summer time. And I am feeling a little bit apprehensive. He just went for his 3 year check up and his tonsils were still swollen. He just doesn't seem to be having any MAJOR problems and I'm not sure if I should put him through the pain of surgery. I would like any kind of advice you can give on this situation. Should I go ahead and have the adenoids and tonsils removed now or wait to see if his breathing improves or gets worse? Thanks for the help.

    • ANSWER:
      The problem is that the older he gets the more painful the operation will be. You don't say whether he gets any throat infections with the inevitable high temperature, which can be scary. If he doesn't and if he were my son I wouldn't go ahead with the operation. He is still very young and if his tonsils aren't causing major problems I would wait a little longer. Also, tonsils act as sponges and prevent some germs from reaching other parts of the body and causing infections. Whatever you decide good luck.

  39. QUESTION:
    8 year old daughter had tonsils and adenoids removed??
    My daughter had her tonsils and adenoids removed Friday morning. The healing process is going as good as can be expected. I do have a question though. She has developed a cough in the last hour or so. It isn't a bad cough, just painful to her. Is this a normal thing after the surgery or should I contact her doctor? It isn't a constant cough either. If it was I would be on the phone with the doctor instead of being on here. I feel like I just might be worried for nothing and don't want to wake up the doctor in the middle of the night. Can anyone help put me at ease here???
    Thank you for the suggestions. We have been doing the ice creams and popcycles ever since she came home yesterday afternoon.

    • ANSWER:
      Unless she's running a fever or showing other symptoms, I wouldn't worry. The cough is probably just a reaction to the soreness in her throat and maybe some congestion due to the anesthesia she underwent. Coughing is almost always a side effect of anesthesia.

      Just keep an eye on it, don't think there's any need to call the doctor in the middle of the night. If it seems worse in the morning, or if you're still worried about it, definitely DO call the doctor, if only for reassurance.

      I had my tonsils out when I was 19 (nearly 20) and I still remember how painful it was. The surgery was a complete success and well worth it (I'd had so much trouble with tonsillitis in the preceding years) but it was certainly painful for a few days after. Lots of popsicles! Also, perhaps you were told to expect ear-pain in 4-5 days or so ... that's pretty painful, too. I had a prescription painkiller for that (which I hated to take), so I took ibuprofen, which worked fine.

      Good Luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    tonsil and adnoids surgery.>the recovery?
    okay so im am 16 years old. and i got my tonsils and adenoids removed on april 14, which was 4 days ago, and im in the worst pain of my life. my ears oh my goodness feel like fire is coming out of them. i had an allergic reaction to the antibiotic that the doctor proscribed to me so he took me off. and i have been taking Tylenol and the coding, but unfortunately the pain has not gone away. what do i take for pain.? and how long is it going to last.? any information will be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      let the doctors office know that you are in a ton of pain and can no longer take the pain med prescribed because of a reaction. sometimes they can switch you to something stronger or different. you can try extra-strength tylenol but i doubt thats going to work. i would avoid any advil/motrin/aspirin products because they can thin your blood and you are trying to heal from a difficult surgery and there is scab material in the back of the throat that can come off and cause bleeding, which in turn would cause your blood not to clot properly and tough to stop the bleeding. the ear pain is called otalgia and is normal. the pain can last up to 2 weeks in someone your age and acually your only 4 days out, your pain is probably going to get worse before it gets better. icechips and cold drinks are the best .

  41. QUESTION:
    HELP! Why havent I been able to ejactulate since I had my tonsils/adenoids removed on Friday?
    Hi,
    Im fifteen and Im nervous about this problem.
    I had my surgery on friday, and after a lot of time and struggling, I ejaculated on Sunday night.
    It feels different to me. It takes so much longer. I use to be able to finish in a few minutes, but, it took a few hours on Sunday.

    Ive been trying for an hour tonight and Im kinda nervous.

    Im not staying as hard as I used to and it doesnt feel that pleasurable. Plus, I dont seem too horny. Haha, I have been using porn.

    Could the fact that Im taking prescription Vicodin be causing this? Or, could it be that Im groggy and sore and not "in the mood"?

    I know I sound stupid, but, please help!(:

    • ANSWER:
      well your reproductive system works best when your body is not under stress or when you are healthy. since you just had surgery, your body is trying to recover, and most of your body is concentrating on that rather than your reproductive system at the moment. plus, you are already nervous about it. as i said earlier, the reproductive system doesn't work well under pressure. it's meant to be under relaxed situations. when i have a cold or any sickness, it's super hard for me to get off and even if i do it's pretty bland. it's normal. it could be the medicine, but i doubt it. you'll be back in no time. i wouldn't worry about it. if you're not horny, don't force your self to masturbate because you feel you should. do it when you feel the need. if you're not horny, you won't..."climax" aha. that would probably help too. don't wanna get too into detail because i might get reported but yea. (:

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you keep a two year old calm and still after having surgery?
    My son just had his tonsils and adenoids removed this morning and he will not sit still! He was literally jumping from one piece of furniture to another earlier today. Anyone have any tips on how to keep him mellow so he can heal?

    • ANSWER:
      I would try having a lot of different activities available to him.
      Play Doh
      Paint
      Chalk
      Markers
      let him sit on you lap and play preschool computer games with him
      interactive books
      finger paint pudding or jello or something else he can actually eat
      make puppets together then put on a show for him
      movies
      stickers
      thomas trains
      puzzles
      Do these activities with him and make them lots of fun!

      It is not always possible to really keep them still. My sister had her tonsils out when she was 4 and was up and playing right away too. The main concern is bleeding. Depending on the child you could try giving an explanation about what they had done (use pictures) and tell him he needs to sit down and rest so he can get better...

  43. QUESTION:
    Will they postpone my daughter's surgery?
    My daughter is scheduled to have her tonsils, adenoids and her ears drained tomorrow. On Friday she had an ear infection and has been on antibiotics for 7 days now. Now tonight I noticed her nose was really stuffy. No fever, actually my son and I are also stuffy. I was just wondering if they would reschedule her surgery. Which would be pretty frustrating because with constant enlarged tonsil and adenoids she is ALWAYS sick! Her surgery is at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and I am hoping her stuffy nose won't postpone this!!

    • ANSWER:
      I would contact your pediatrician and discuss it with him or her instead of coming to Yahoo Answers. It is best to get a professional medicial opinion specific to your daughter*s case. There should be a after hours clinic for children in your area where you can contact a doctor.

  44. QUESTION:
    Important Decision to Make: SURGERY.?
    I have a pretty major decision to make regarding surgery. I am 17 years old and although I am not overweight (I am 5'11 and 160 pounds, muscular build) I have sleep apnea. I've got it pretty badly--in a sleep study I did a few weeks ago, I averaged 7 times an hour in which I stopped breathing (for 8 hours a night, that equals an average of 56 times in one night!) and each time, my oxygen level fell to 73 (which is very low). As a result, my doctor referred me to an ENT (Ear Nose & Throat doctor). I had the appointment today, and the results were that my tonsils are insanely large (almost twice the size they should normally be), my adenoids have grown back (I had them removed when I was 6, but apparently the damn things came back!), and my uvula (little dangly thing in the back of your throat) is gargantuan.

    The ENT gave me these options:
    1. Have the surgery to take out the adenoids, tonsils, and most of my uvula (if not the whole thing). The issue is that it's only a 50/50 chance that the surgery will make a major difference in my apnea and actually cure it. It's almost certain that it will help, but only a 50% chance that it will majorly help me. I would be out for about a week and a half to 2 weeks, including no work, no school (not that big of an issue for me...I've got senioritis already), no driving, etc. Basically being homebound for 2 weeks. That, and this surgery will cost several thousand dollars.

    2. Don't have the surgery and instead go straight to a CPAP or BiPap machine (breathing machine to use at night to provide air pressure to keep my airway open so that I can breathe somewhat normally). This will not cure my apnea in any way, but it will make it manageable. It's not a cure, just a treatment device.This also won't keep my apnea from getting worse in the future as the surgery could. This machine will also cost a few thousand dollars.

    3. Don't have the surgery or the machine, but continue life the way it is. I really don't want to do this (I am exhausted almost all the time) and I want the problem to be fixed, but this one doesn't cost any money--money which we may soon not have (my dad works for GM...'nuff said).

    I know it's my decision (and my family's) in the long run, but I really need advice on this. This is a life-changing decision, and if I don't treat this it can and probably will kill me later in my life. Honestly I'm leaning towards #1 because that could actually fix the problem--#2 would just give me a machine which would help, but not fix the root problem. I figure if I'm 'broken' I should have the surgery to 'fix' it, not just something to help but still be broken.

    What do you think? I really need some advice...

    • ANSWER:
      i don't know what adenoids are. sorry, not takinf anatony, and not planning on it. i have my sciences finished. but above all, i say to have the surgey. i don't want u do die!
      *gives you a cookie and a hug*

  45. QUESTION:
    I have to make an important decision--Surgery?
    I have a pretty major decision to make regarding surgery. I am 17 years old and although I am not overweight (I am 5'11 and 160 pounds, muscular build) I have sleep apnea. I've got it pretty badly--in a sleep study I did a few weeks ago, I averaged 7 times an hour in which I stopped breathing (for 8 hours a night, that equals an average of 56 times in one night!) and each time, my oxygen level fell to 73 (which is very low). As a result, my doctor referred me to an ENT (Ear Nose & Throat doctor). I had the appointment today, and the results were that my tonsils are insanely large (almost twice the size they should normally be), my adenoids have grown back (I had them removed when I was 6, but apparently the damn things came back!), and my uvula (little dangly thing in the back of your throat) is gargantuan.

    The ENT gave me these options:
    1. Have the surgery to take out the adenoids, tonsils, and most of my uvula (if not the whole thing). The issue is that it's only a 50/50 chance that the surgery will make a major difference in my apnea and actually cure it. It's almost certain that it will help, but only a 50% chance that it will majorly help me. I would be out for about a week and a half to 2 weeks, including no work, no school (not that big of an issue for me...I've got senioritis already), no driving, etc. Basically being homebound for 2 weeks. That, and this surgery will cost several thousand dollars.

    2. Don't have the surgery and instead go straight to a CPAP or BiPap machine (breathing machine to use at night to provide air pressure to keep my airway open so that I can breathe somewhat normally). This will not cure my apnea in any way, but it will make it manageable. It's not a cure, just a treatment device.This also won't keep my apnea from getting worse in the future as the surgery could. This machine will also cost a few thousand dollars.

    3. Don't have the surgery or the machine, but continue life the way it is. I really don't want to do this (I am exhausted almost all the time) and I want the problem to be fixed, but this one doesn't cost any money--money which we may soon not have (my dad works for GM...'nuff said).

    I know it's my decision (and my family's) in the long run, but I really need advice on this. This is a life-changing decision, and if I don't treat this it can and probably will kill me later in my life. Honestly I'm leaning towards #1 because that could actually fix the problem--#2 would just give me a machine which would help, but not fix the root problem. I figure if I'm 'broken' I should have the surgery to 'fix' it, not just something to help but still be broken.

    What do you think? I really need advice...

    • ANSWER:
      My first inclination is to tell you to go with the surgery. Still, because it is such a hugh decision, have you considered getting a second and third opinion? Go with the dominant recommendation.
      The very best to you.

  46. QUESTION:
    Do they make you wake up after surgery?
    I'm having my tonsils and adenoids removed on Friday (kind of late in life I guess, but they never troubled me as a kid) and I've never had surgery before.

    I notice on those reality surgery shows though that they always shake the person and force them to wake up afterward though. Will they do this to me?

    • ANSWER:
      When i had my tonsils out, I woke up on my own and the nurse, who was rather rude, told me to go back to sleep but i couldnt it hurt pretty bad :( I think that usually if you dnot wake up on your own, they do wake you up though...good luck on your surgery

  47. QUESTION:
    Questions re: Surgery?
    Tomorrow, I have back-to-back ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor) and sleep doctor appointments and examinations. We have a strong family history of sleep apnea and I can pretty much guarantee I have it--I snore very loudly even after having surgery to remove my adenoids and I wake up several times a night because I stop breathing.

    As is common with sleep apnea, there are generally two methods used to treat it, and I predict that the doctor will give me these same options (as is commonplace). I can either use a CPAP machine ( http://www.smart-kit.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/cpap%20mayo.jpg ) at night for the rest of my life, or I can have my tonsils removed and if that doesn't work, use a CPAP for the rest of my life to help me breathe better at night. I would rather have the surgery to remove my tonsils to try to "fix" me, and if that doesn't work THEN go to the machine instead of going straight to the machine and not "fixing" me.

    The problem is that I do not do well with surgery. I have had surgery twice before (heart surgery as an infant to repair a hole in my tricuspid valve, and adenoidectomy at 6), and both times I have nearly died. When I'm on the anesthetic, my body will crash and it is hard to get me back, and it takes me a long time to wake up from the anesthesia (general, so I'm out cold). It's risky. What should I do? I'm not making my decision yet, and I still have to go for more exams first, so it's not an immediate issue. I would just like input from y'all about what to do, what questions to ask tomorrow, and if it could potentially be worth the risks.
    I had my first surgery on October 19, 1991 (I was just over 6 months old), and had my second surgery (adenoidectomy) on Dec. 19, 1997. It's been nearly 11 years, but anesthesia hasn't really come all that far, or at least not far enough. It's my body that has the problem with it.

    And if it helps, the ENT I am going to is the same one that I saw before my adenoidectomy back in the 1990s, and he's the one who operated on me.
    I already have asked it in Health. I asked it here too because most of my friends on the site are here in the LGBT section.

    • ANSWER:
      BEFORE you have any more surgery PLEASE have your Pseudocholinestrase level checked by your family doctor. If the level is too low certain 'relaxants' can, indeed, kill you. One of those relaxants that you should NOT use is Succinylcholine...but there are others which are similar that should NOT be used either...you might want to carry a list of those drugs that you should NOT use with you or have them readily available in case of an emergency...some people even wear MEDIC ALERT braclets, necklaces, etc just to warn medical personnel of the DANGERS INVOLVED... PLEASE consider availing yourself of such items if you are susceptible. You would also be very wise to ALWAYS inform your doctors PRIOR TO ANY SURGERY of those conditions which could either end your life or leave you permanently debilitated. Doctors are extremely busy people and they are 'still human' so mistakes can easily be made..."YOU" TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY. DON'T LEAVE YOUR LIFE AT RISK...EVER... They SHOULD APPRECIATE the information as it protects them too (from future legal action). I'm surprised that you've experienced problems before and your doctor hasn't done this test yet.
      As far as the ENT Specialist goes, you should have whatever the doctor recommends, but make sure ALL of your doctors are aware of the Pseudocholinestrase levels AND that it is recorded in ALL of their records. If ever in doubt, OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND SAY SOMETHING...
      Your Sleep Apnea can be the result of a number of factors, not just your adenoids. You could be carrying excess weight...have clogged or narrow nasal passages, a narrow throat, etc... If you do have Sleep Apnea, make sure your test results are read by a 'Sleep Specialist' and follow the doctors recommendations. You may or may not be asked to use a C-PAP or a Bi-PAP...a C-PAP is a machine with a 'constant' flow of air which (primarily) keeps your throat from collapsing...while a Bi-PAP is a machine with a bi-level flow of air...again to keep your throat from collapsing. Ask your Specialist to tell you about both, how they work and why he is recommending one over the other (hopefully his decision isn't based upon 'cost'). I know that getting used to wearing the mask (which holds the air devices for you to breathe through) will initially seem uncomfortable and 'a pain' to wear, however, when you realize what a difference it will make in your quality of sleep PLUS providing enough oxygen for your brain to prevent brain damage AND enough air to your heart to prevent scarring...you WILL be glad you put up with it till you get used to it...

  48. QUESTION:
    Questions regarding Surgery?
    Tomorrow, I have back-to-back ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor) and sleep doctor appointments and examinations. We have a strong family history of sleep apnea and I can pretty much guarantee I have it--I snore very loudly even after having surgery to remove my adenoids and I wake up several times a night because I stop breathing.

    As is common with sleep apnea, there are generally two methods used to treat it, and I predict that the doctor will give me these same options (as is commonplace). I can either use a CPAP machine (one is pictured here: http://www.smart-kit.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/cpap%20mayo.jpg ) at night for the rest of my life, or I can have my tonsils removed and if that doesn't work, use a CPAP for the rest of my life to help me breathe better at night. I would rather have the surgery to remove my tonsils to try to "fix" me, and if that doesn't work THEN go to the machine instead of going straight to the machine and not "fixing" me.

    The problem is that I do not do well with surgery. I have had surgery twice before (heart surgery as an infant to repair a hole in my tricuspid valve, and adenoidectomy at 6), and both times I have nearly died. When I'm on the anesthetic, my body will crash and it is hard to get me back, and it takes me a long time to wake up from the anesthesia (general, so I'm out cold). It's risky. What should I do? I'm not making my decision yet, and I still have to go for more exams first, so it's not an immediate issue. I would just like input from y'all about what to do, what questions to ask tomorrow, and if it could potentially be worth the risks.
    I had my first surgery on October 19, 1991 (I was just over 6 months old), and had my second surgery (adenoidectomy) on Dec. 19, 1997. It's been nearly 11 years, but anesthesia hasn't really come all that far, or at least not far enough. It's my body that has the problem with it.
    And if it helps, the ENT I am going to is the same one that I saw before my adenoidectomy back in the 1990s, and he's the one who operated on me.

    • ANSWER:
      Since you are a high risk patient for anesthesia complications, I'd suggest that you get your tonsils removed at a large medical center/university hospital. There you have the cutting edge of both anesthesia and surgery concentrated in one place.

      Now, you didn't say how old you are now, but if you are at least 10 years older or more, than when you had your problems, I hope that you have grown out of it...not saying that you did, just hoping. Anesthesia is much easier on a sturdy adult than a very ill young infant or a 6 yr old child.

      Anesthesia has changed a great deal in the last five years, the last 10 years, etc. There are a variety of different medications and new types of gases that are easier to work with. I've been in the OR since 1984, and have seen new drugs come down the pike constantly, as well as new monitors which make general anesthesia much more exact. If you had your surgeries in the 1980's, you probably got sodium pentothal for your general anesthesia, and different gases that were more difficult for kids to get rid of. Now there are several IV induction agents that are more controllable than pentothal, better gases as well. They've come a long way, baby!

      In order to get the best possible anesthesia outcome, you must have your complete medical records sent to the hospital you choose to have your tonsil surgery. Because of the nature of the large med centers/university centers, the anesthesiology department sees a large number of people who have airway issues as well as anesthetic reaction issues.

      That being said, my boyfriend has been using a CPAP machine very happily for four years. It has made a huge difference in the quality of his life. He sleeps well, has lots of energy, is no longer plagued by snoring or falling asleep during the day. He did say that it took him about a month to get used to it. There are a number of face masks and nasal masks, too. Make sure that you choose the model that best suits you. As for sleeping with a partner, it's no big problem for either one of us.

      Another point; there are several new surgeries for sleep apnea besides just a tonsillectomy(however, you probably need to have them out anyway), a uvulectomy(removing the droopy thing in the back of your throat), a septoplasty(making sure that you don't have nasal obstruction), something called a Pillar procedure, a laser treatment called a LUAP and several others. You need to discuss all the types of surgical corrections that are available before you decide exactly what to do. There are so many different and new procedures out there that before you let anyone do surgery, ask that doc how many of those kinds of procedures has he/she done! If it's less than 50, don't let that doc do that procedure, find another one.

      So be very clear about asking what surgeries are being considered(seems like getting rid of the tonsils is required), once decided on that course of action, make sure to pick your hospital properly(ask for a referral if you want a different doc and hospital), make sure that you a detailed discussion with anesthesia providers about your previous experiences, and above all, remember, this is your body and YOU have the right to choose who touches your body and how.

  49. QUESTION:
    I had my tonsils and adenoids taken out today, Im just looking for some of the symptoms people had POST surger
    I was supposed to stay over night at the hospital but even though i wasnt feeling all that great i was well enough to eat jello ice cream and walk around than i put on my game face and when the doc's came to see me i looked like the surgery was never done. so i got out

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going back a very long time.....46 years.....and all I had was a sore throat, but in those days you had to stay in hospital for a week. You will probably have more side effects from the anaesthetic than the surgery...so take it easy for a few days.

  50. QUESTION:
    day six from tonsils and adenoids removed, want pizza?
    Woah. This have been extremely painful. Im starving
    I'm 16 and i pretty much haven't left my bed unless i have two
    i'm out of my T3's and now im on my own for pain medicine .. yay
    i've been some what slowly eating but i'm newly pregnant and so im going threw these cravings like no tommorw, i also haveent went number 2 since my surgery 6 days..
    Is it okaay if i try eatting pepporonni pizza from delissio but i eat just the toppings and dough not the bottom or crust ?

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