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    Tonsillitis is a common, contagious infection that, along with flu, counts as one of the biggest banes in the lives of employers up and down the country. Read more →

    I've had a sore throat for about a week now, I took a look today and can see that my tonsils are very swollen (patchy red and white) with a few white spots on them. My glands are very swollen as well. My tonsils are gradually getting more swollen. However, I have no other symptoms of tonsillitis; Having had it a couple times in my childhood I know its not that.





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    You might have glandular fever

    hello, my tonsils have been swollen for the past 4 months but i feel fine and have no pain what so ever? why are my tonsils so big, is their a cure to reduce their size? my singing has been slightly affected but not significantly, please if you know anything, help me, many thanks.





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    i got it again i am 41 can i have mine taken out

    For years now ive had permanently swollen tonsils and have been to the doctors numerous times. They checked for tonsillitis and glandular fever and both came back clear. Ive had swabs taken as well as given antibiotics etc and nothing has changed. The doctors have now put on my record that i have permanently swollen tonsils but aren't doing anything about it even though i struggle to eat, swallow tablets, at times struggle to breathe and find it very uncomfortable to sleep as i have to have my hand under my head as my neck is really sensitive to any pressure including clothing and jewellery.





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    On Embarrassing Bodies,There was this woman whom had her tonsils out, i didn't watch the whole program just the end. But my tonsils were much bigger than hers even when they aren't swollen! And i haven't had them out, they have wholes in them (craters i think there called) witch sometimes get food stuck inside. What do i have to do to get them taken out. I'm in a lot of pain, sometimes vomiting and they smell. I'm missing to much school because of them and i need some advice.... please comment and help.





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    I get tonsilitus at least 2-5 times a year, however, in between that my tonsils flair up and it causes my glands to inflame too. My tonsils are also rather large and I get food stuck in them which also causes my tonsils to become sore and for my breath to smell. I'm 18 so i have put up for this for quite a while now and im fed up. Does this make me a suitable candidate for a tonsillectomy?





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    I have the same problem, have just been to the doctors and they referred me to ENT department at hospital and they gave agreed to take them out. Hope this helps.

    This was the same for my daughter for 3 1/2 yrs throughout her university life. She had them lasered last July and hasn't been ill since! It has changed her life. As she says 'I now have a life'

    I suffered really bad with tonsillitis and Quincy throat as a child. I had my tonsils taken out but still developed Quincy throat. I am now in my 30 and have been diagnosed with strep throat, I have been on antibiotics for 3 days but it seems to be getting worse? I have the swollen neck, struggling to swallow saliva, swollen tounge and lock jaw? Should I go bsck to my GP?





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    My tonsils have swollen that much they are starting to block the back of my throat and touch. What should i do?





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    You should go straight to a&e so they can give you antibiotics and fluids through a drip. I get this a lot to the point where I can't breathe. Hope this was helpful!

    Hi I've been suffering with slight swollen tonsils for about 2 weeks. With the occasional white gunk on them. Sometimes was able to get white stuff out of them but 2 lymphnods have swollen on my neck. Went to docs about it and he said its just a lymphnode and nothing to worry about. But recently when one of the nodes swells it makes my neck achy. Also have more whitr gunk on them than usual today. Should I go back or just ride it out?





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    Hi, been suffering the past 24 hours with pain in my right testicle and also a sore throat with swollen tonsils , could these been related??





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    I started with a sore throat yesterday and today it has just got worse o have got a yellow coating on the roof of my mouth and slightly on my tonsils. I have suffered with tonsillitis alot and it feels exactly like that, how long will it take for my tonsils to swell up of it is tonsillitis and is there a chance you can have tonsillitis and your tonsils wont swell? Thanks





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    I had tonsilitis about 5 weeks ago, my tonsils are still swollen and have not gone down at all! There's no pain just swollen tonsils and the occasional sore throat! Any ideas as to why the swelling isn't going down?





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    I have the same problem, mine have been swollen for about 6 months since I a horrendous week of tonsillitis in the summer. Although it cleared up superbly with a course of antibiotics within a matter of days. Its left them both painlessly swollen and quite pitted. I do occasionally get a sore throat at night (but I think thats due to them drying up). My GP and dentist have both said that they may never return to their normal size especially if it was an aggressive infection. And that if they were still really bothering me in a few months time then we could consider a tonsillectomy

    I have a simular story to you Katie, i was taking penicillin with paracetemol for a week but i had a reaction to it, ive been given a new antibiotic it takes away the pain but my tonsils are still swollen with white spots its been 4weeks since my tonsils became swollen and i just want them out

    I have very swollen tonsils. I have had tonsil stones a few times and they have left holes in my tonsils. recently i have had very bad breath and a horrible taste in my mouth. i have tried different mouthwashes and toothpastes but nothing seems to work. my tonsils are causing me problems with breathing and swallowing at times. i went to the doctor, and she didnt even listen to me and all she prescribed was penicillin. is there anything I can do or try to alieviate my problems. Thanks





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    I had this and my GP referred me to the hospital who removed my tonsils you need to go back to Gp and request referral explain it is effecting your self esteem and confidence hope this helps

    Hi do you mean you also suffered from bad breath even though you had a perfectly good oral hygeine and the tonsil removal soled ths for you. please i need to know because i suffer the same thing.

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    My daughter is four years old and has severely swollen tonsils, they touch when she sticks her tongue out, she has no other symptoms and I noticed this a month ago, is this normal?? I took her to a doctor, and they gave me a nurse instead who said they were just swollen. She also snores loudly. I've looked it up and found nothing, why are they swollen??





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    I suffered from chronic tonsillitis for over 1t year. I have been hospitalised about 5 time because the infection got so bad. The worst one I had was when my tonsils were touching and the roof of my mouth was swollen. After that nasty bout I got my tonsils taken out .... piece of cake compared to the last lot of tonsillitis!! As I type this I am suffering from tonsillitis again and I am unable to do much at all. I am so tired and in a lot of pain regardless of painkillers. Removing tonsils does not get rid of the possibility of getting tonsillitis. Now I can't get antibiotics as it's not recognised as "true" tonsillitis





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    Why aren't there any replies to these questions?? Someone answer me please, from what info I have found online and on a episode of embarrassing bodies I think I van now name what is going on in my mouth. I seem to have TONSIL STONES. Only problem is my tonsils were removed when I was 5, some 25 years ago. How can I have tonsil stones with no tonsils? Also I have had these stones attached to the back of my througt and side of mouth (when it first started) now it's like an empty swollen bag where my tonsils should be, it's slowed down (producing less stones) now but I can taste and smell them somedays, I can also feel the "bag" in my throght constantly. Can someone confirm I have tonsil stones without having tonsils? Also why are they referred to as stones because they are soft and squash into a paste when squeezed. Please reply!





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    My friend has this problem from scared tonsils. If you have scars in your throat from having tonsilitus or having them removed then it will cause the stones I'm not sure they can do anything about it apart from an awful operation to burn away the scars. ( if that even exists ). My friend regularly gargles with salt water or tcp and that helps reduce them

    Hi, I'm sure your tonsils grow back. Maybe that empty bag is the start of the growth of new tonsils. I suffer with tonsillitis and have started to get tonsil stones. It's awful. Can i go to the doctors and just demand they take them out.

    Ive had tonsillitis a couple of times since last december (once in the first week of december and then in feb of this year) and my tonsils have not shrunk back to their normal size, is it normal for someone with swollen tonsils to heave/retch with out actually throwing up? Would like to know cause this is slightly annoying because im having to talk and interact with people all day.





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    A visit to your GP couldn't hurt, especially if it's bothering you so much. If you've had tonsilitis your more likely to get it again. If you find it a problem your doctor should be able to schedule you a tonsillectomy. It's worth considering that your tonsils provide a first line defense against inhaled pathogens. Hope this helps!

    Hello I've noticed that tonsil stones not just live in the tonsils, they also lives in the back of your throat and who knows into the oesophagus. If one wants a series of bad breathe and swollen tonsils, just eat egg yolk, and any forms of dairy. Eggs and dairy is the cause for bb trust me. Everything you eats has to be egg free and dairy free and your world will be a better place.

    Ever since I was 14 I've had tonsillitis at least four times a year. To the point my tonsils are permanently swollen and the craters are HUGE. I know they don't like to remove the tonsils because it acts as a barrier to stop the infection from spreading. But twice now I have had stomach pains and problems as a side effect to tonsillitis; the infection spread to the glands in my stomach and for weeks I couldn't have anything other than water without severe pain and swelling. I'm now 19, and I came back to uni in Jan with tonsillitis, I couldn't get an appointment but I had white lumps all over my tonsils. Since then, I've had exams and lectures and deadlines and haven't been able to see a doctor; when I did my tonsils were getting better. He said to just wait it out and come back if the problem flares up again. Not even two weeks later, I have white lumps on my tonsils again, they fill the craters to the point the lumps fall out in my mouth when I cough; its disgusting! So back to the doctor I go tomorrow; he said that if a person can no longer fight off the infection then I can get them removed as I'm nearly 20 and by the 20s the tonsils are supposed to just die out on their own. So, if most of you are getting it frequently then its fighting off other infections, also think about salt water rinses to help with the inflammation and pain.





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    Im 24 and my doctor wont take mine out. I get tonsilitis a lot. But this time i have been coughing up quite hard mounds (about the size of a pea) of white smelly stuff. Is this the puss in the craters of my tonsils? It is absolutely knocking me sick.

    Im 24 and my doctor wont take mine out. I get tonsilitis a lot. But this time i have been coughing up quite hard mounds (about the size of a pea) of white smelly stuff. Is this the puss in the craters of my tonsils? It is absolutely knocking me sick.

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    I've had my tonsils removed after having constant trouble with them, however 6 years on I've never suffered hardly a sore throat since until this week I noticed I had a swollen throat for around 4 days and struggling to swallow, I looked in the mirror and the back of my throat is full of white/yellow spots...is it possible for your tonsils to grow back?? Or is this just an ordinary throat infection??





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    These doctors just throw us on antibiotics hoping it does the trick. Oh penicillin didn't work? Here take this calvepen. 6 months later they finally decide to remove them. I think they just want our money and wont get to the point. I am just off a 10 day treatment on antibiotics and not only are my tonsils no less swollen, they might be worse off. On top of that I could have internal organ issues due to the antibiotics they ignorantly prescribed. I'm not taking anything they will give me, I am going to demand surgery this is outrageous my tonsils are not going to get better with pills just cut them out.





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    My friend has huge infected tonsils and her tonsils are covered in these white dots she gets tonsillitis regularly but she refuses to get her tonsils cut off, is there anything she can do?





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    I used to get tonsulitus a lot when I was 16 I had it 12 times in a year and had my tonsils removed, a week later my tonsil beds heamoraged resulting in me being critically ill and needing a blood transfusion. I'm now 20 and have a massively swollen throat/ glands a sore neck and I have white spots in the back of my throat, Iv been very sore and feverish and getting night sweats. It's like tonsulitus, but worse and I have no tonsils! What could it be??!!





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    Hey im katie :) im 17 and had my tonsils out in april. These past few days i have been having flu symptoms and a bad throat and massive glands so i went go the docs. She hardly examined me and told me noto worry its just a virus. Have a few days of rest and you'll be fine. I got hardly any sleep due to my throat being so painful. I went back to the doctors and saw a different doctor who told me i have tonsillitus. It is possible to get it after having them out but it's just rare!

    What can I do about tonsiloliths? I have them about 4 days out of 7, and at least once a fortnight my tonsils are so swollen with white matter that I find swallowing painful and can't sleep on my back because it feels like my throat is blocked. I find it I (gross warning) taking the back end of my toothbrush and dislodge the tonsiloliths from my tonsils and spit them out the pain/swelling seems less, but new ones form within a few hours. Driving me round the bend!





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    The cause of bad breath might be to do with your tonsils. Look up tonsilloliths on yahoo and have a look. A build up of debris gets lodged in your tonsils and produces vile smelling yellow lumps. I had that problem and had my tonsils taken out and now I have no more bad breath. Confidence is brimming now when I talk to people. prod your tonsils and get to the doctors to be referred for tonsillectomy! Post again if you find you have this problem and let us know! Good luck.





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    Wow, on Googling "Tonsilloliths" as so helpfully pointed out above has resolved a habit I have had since my teens! (Although I am now only 23) - I honestly thought I was the only one in the world to experience these clusterous forms. I thought for all these years I was suffering from some kind of compulsive disorder as I check for them frequently and love removing them! The best ones are the ones that you can feel are there as most satisfactory and easily removed! On inspection they always look like they would have a host of living organisms if you inspected them under a microscope! I did worry I encouraged the outbreaks with my constant prodding and poking but feel reassured now having read my Wikipedia about it which recommends prodding away - hygienically of course! I would never have my tonsils removed for these minor inconveniences for they are the first line of defence in the first place; I just imagine they would form deeper down the throat otherwise and I wouldn't be able to see them any more! Interestingly enough it suggests a number of reasons for these Tonsilloliths of which I will now explore because I do certainly find the condition fluctuates and it could be for any number of the reasons suggested. The condition certainly does have periods of calm and this can last weeks, or I might just see a more mucussy residue like they're starting/trying to form once again. I just then gargle with Listerine. I love the little blighters and I can't say I suffer from halitosis which was brandished amongst this page which would be my worst fear!! I obsess about bad breath and I am reassured I do not suffer from it above the norm; garlic, morning breath etc - so although the Tonsilloliths themselves do (always) smell it doesn't automatically mean the worst: Bad Breath (or Geoff Breath as I like to call it). Phew! I am so glad I read into this tonight and can feel reassured that there are loads more people out there staring in to a mirror, armed with a torch and prodding at their tonsils which I always thought was such a strange habit of mine to have. Thank you for the knowledge xx

    When I was about 14 I came out all of a sudden with bad tonsillitis, I have never been Ill like this before I always have managed to fight illnesses of very quick, even when I've had the flu I'm up out of bed after a day! But this tonsillitis never went I had antibiotics after antibiotics for months, the doctor even said he ain't seen tonsils as bad as mine in over 6 months! Eventually the tonsillitis cleared but left my tonsils very scarred and still didn't feel 100% I am now 19 years old and my tonsils are still no better my throats always sore and my tonsils look dreadful no White lumps any more tho, I keep getting lumps on the side of my neck which I think are my lynth nodes, is there any more information someone could give me any advice I'm really not keen on having my tonsils taken out! I just don't know why it won't go i still feel Ill 5 years later... Help x





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    About 4 years ago I noticed that every few months my tonsils would become enlarged and sore and if I tensed my throat or pushed on my tonsils, small round greenish yellow, ball shaped things would come out of the gaps in my tonsils. when squeezed they would squish. Recently this has become more often, when this happens (every month now) I get bad breath as well. I don't know what it is, but it is more uncomfortable than anything.





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    After two years of suffering from bad breath,chronic tonsils inflammation and several unsuccessful antibiotics treatments I went to an ENT had my throat tested against Staphylococcus aureus,results came back positive.I had my tonsils out and it's so much better now. Get your tonsils checked,sometimes bad breath has nothing to do with hygiene





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    My tonsils are swollen I have white spots by on my right one I also have this weird black thing is this normal?! I suffer from tonsilitis normally every couple of months :/





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    Hey I'm 19 and on and off for the last few months I ahve been getting a very sore throat for about a week just before it. I get tonsilitis at least every year and it is getting diffiult to distinguish between the two. Also lately my tonsils are often a bit swollen all of the time.





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