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Klara Thu 21-Jul-05 11:36:18

Hoping someone might have an idea about this.

Have had a sore throat for weeks now. Wa really bad, and then lessed off .The Dr had a look at it and said my tonsils were a bit inflamed, and that i should just give it time/. I did, and while the pain has gone, the feeling that one of my tonsils is a bit swollen remains.

The othe odd thing is that it's only on one side - other side is totally normal. I wouldn't go as far as to say i feel like I have a lump in my throat, but I feel I constantly want to clear my throat, but can't quite.

Have called him again and he thinks I should go to the ear, nose and throat at the hospital. AM now terrified that I have tonsillar cancer or similar ......

Has anyone else had one inflamed tonsil only - how long did it last??


Klara Fri 22-Jul-05 06:36:58



jabberwocky Fri 22-Jul-05 06:42:44

I've had a situation in the past where there was a white matter stuck behind the tonsil area (don't know how else to phrase it, sorry!). Anyway, without getting too graphic, I managed to remove it and everything calmed down. Salt water gargles and antibiotic mouthwash are helpful.

tatt Fri 22-Jul-05 06:59:33

haven't had a similar problem but I can tell you that throat cancer's are pretty rare even in heavy smokers Much more likely that its swollen as a result of infection, your gp is a bit concerned it hasn't gone down quicker and is covering his back. But ENT departments also see a lot of people with swallowing problems caused by anxiety, some with sore throats due to reflux nd a few from other non cancerous conditions. Make the appointment but follow jabberwockys excellent advice and you may be able to cancel it.

tatt Fri 22-Jul-05 07:00:32

sorry about the punctuation, I do know better even if I haven't read eats, shoots and leaves....

bobbybob Fri 22-Jul-05 07:04:47

ENT guy can have a look down your throat properly in a way that GP just can't. he will be able to tell if a piece of food has lodged and the rotting food is causing the localised swelling. It doesn't take long and it's well worth having done.

Klara Fri 22-Jul-05 10:14:16

thanks guys - that is vaguely reassuring. Its always a panic when your dr refers you on to someone else......


countrylass Fri 22-Jul-05 11:41:29

Hi Klara

I've had similiar problems for the last couple of years. Both my tonsils are big and one is very big, and I suffer bouts of sore throats that last for weeks. My GP has always been reassuring however - he said that throat cancer below the age of 50 is virtually unheard of, and its quite common for tonsil(s) to stay enlarged after colds/viruses etc. A recurrent sore throat is often not due to anything in particular, some people are just more prone to this especially if they are tired or run down.

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