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I have a sore throat - what are these lumps on one of my t

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I have a sore throat - what are these lumps on one of my tonsils?

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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the lumps could be from an infection like a strep throat infection on the tonsils

Dr. David :

the tonsil is like a large lymph node and can swell up when your body is fighting off an infection.

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Dr. David :

also acid reflux up the throat can irritate the tonsil and cause it to swell as well.

Dr. David :

thanks for the photo.

Dr. David :

your tonsils look pretty normal

Dr. David :

do you have any acid reflux?

Dr. David :

or fever from infection?

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no just slightly sore

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but on side looks like it has lumps on it?

Dr. David :

yes, on the right side of the photo?

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yes

Dr. David :

yes I see them.

Dr. David :

it doesn't look worrisome.

Dr. David :

normal tonsil can look like that.

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oh okay - I have never looked myself with a torch :)

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I was scared of herpes or something

Dr. David :

herpes cold sores would be much more painful and sore in the mouth and throat.

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mouth is not sore, just a slight soreness in throat.

Dr. David :

I would watch your diet.

Dr. David :

avoid acid reflux

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although my tongue has been a bit white recently

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so i keep cleaning it off

Dr. David :

avoid sodas, tomato sauces, fried foods, spicy foods, large meals, eating too close to bed time.

Dr. David :

you should brush your tongue once or twice a day when you brush your teeth.

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ah right, I eat all of the above lol

Dr. David :

all of that can cause bad acid reflux.

Dr. David :

you need to work on improving your diet.

Dr. David :

best of luck to you.

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let me know if you have other questions.

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okay thank you

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white tongue at back