Re: Assymetrical Tonsil Enlargement with Tonsil Stones?
Tonsillitis can be varied in degree depending on the infection harbored with in the tonsils. If caught early and treated properly it may just be swollen inflamed tonsils. IF you leave it alone and the infection spreads to the sinuses and beyond you are looking at a rougher time.
The fact that you have the tonsil stones and get white stuff out of the tonsils makes me think a T&A would be best for you. But I am not an ENT. I have just seen my fair share of them and had many ENT procedures done on myself and family members.
But if you are wanting facts:
By definition, tonsillitis is an inflammation of the glands of the throat (tonsils), which results in a sore throat. Tonsillitis can be caused by either viruses or bacteria. Most cases of tonsillitis go away without antibiotic medication. In adults on 10% of tonsillitis cases stem from bacterial strep.
If tonsillitis is left untreated a peritonsillar abscess may form. The white stuff you described makes me think of this.. by definition a peritonsillar abscess is a collection of pus that forms near an area of infected skin or other soft tissue (like the tonsils themselves. The abcesses are relatively common in adults.
There is really no home care or treatment... you should go and see an ENT.
If we learn by our mistakes, I am working on one hell of an education.
Last edited by mkgbrook; 07-18-2007 at 11:05 AM.