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What does it mean when your tonsils are swollen?

Asked by CloudXDream (71points) April 3rd, 2010

My left tonsil (sorry if I spelled wrong) seems to be bigger than my right. Ive had a very high fever for the past two days and just started to wear off today. I had the chills really bad but today I only had one flare up and it wasn’t as bad as past days. When I swallow it hurts a bit on the left side of my throat but I dont have any trouble swallowing. What does this mean? Do I need them removed?

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Bagardbilla's avatar

An infection is occuring in your body somewhere…basically.
—get rest and take lots of water and vit C, fresh organic orange juice is great.—

DominicX's avatar

Sounds like strep throat or tonsillitis.

I had strep throat not too long ago and while I didn’t have a fever, I did see a little bit of swollen tonsils and I had a sore throat. Strep throat can spread to the tonsils.

Antibiotics are usually prescribed to destroy the infection, because tonsillitis is often caused by a bacterial infection. Removal of the tonsils is usually only recommended if you frequently get tonsillitis. Getting it once or twice is not going to require you to remove them.

gailcalled's avatar

Open your mouth and say “Aah.” Then visit your doctor.

CloudXDream's avatar

@DominicX May I ask what tonsillitis is? And thank you for your information.

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Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, caused by bacteria or viruses. Common symptoms are fever and sore throat and the actual enlarging of the tonsils that you can see by looking down your throat.

CloudXDream's avatar

@DominicX Oh my tonsils are that swollen lol
Thank god.

CloudXDream's avatar

I ment “Arent” lol

YARNLADY's avatar

To me it would mean “Time to see the doctor” and that’s exactly what I would do.

gailcalled's avatar

@CloudXDream: We know that is what you me*a*nt.

CloudXDream's avatar

@YARNLADY Yea I had made an apointment today actualy.

downtide's avatar

It sounds like a mild case of tonsilitis. If the fever is getting better already you won’t even need antibiotics. Drink plenty of fluids. Treat it like a cold. You’ll be fine in a few more days. You would only need to have your tonsils removed if you were getting repeat infections, severely and frequently.

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