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Swollen tonsils for almost 2 months

  • Posted By: missjamie166
  • March 22, 2010
  • 10:18 AM

Hello,
I am a 24 year old caucasian female living in California, and I am having tonsil problems. What started out as a cold, with swollen tonsils and a sore throat and cough turned into a sinus infection with HUGE tonsils and bad breath. I made an appointment to see my doctor during the initial infection, but it was 5 weeks before she could see me. I thought that by the time I had my appointment I would be better, unfortunately I was wrong. She looked at my tonsils for about 2 seconds, didn't do any tests or swabs, and (based on my temperature of 99) said I probably had a bacterial infection. She proscribed Zithromax, a 5 day antibiotic for my throat and sinus infection. I took it as prescribed, and my sinus infection seemed to get a little better (not all the way gone, just not as bad as it was), It has now been 7 weeks, and my tonsils are just as big as ever, if not bigger. One is the size of a quarter- and very red, the other a little larger than a peanut M&M, they bleed sometimes when I brush my teeth, and it always feels like something is stuck in my throat. They both have some small white spots on them (which I recognize to be Tonsilliths- since I had these last year when I had viral tonsillitis). My breath tastes horrible, no matter how many times I brush my teeth and use mouthwash, and my breath is very bad. I am eating tic-tacs by the dozens so as to not offend my family and boyfriend. My question is this: What can cause tonsils to be swollen for such a long amount of time? Could this be an STD? I haven't been excessively sexually active, but I have had sex and oral sex with a few people. My doctor didn't seem concerned at all, but this is really getting on my nerves.

PS- I can't be tested for mono again, because I've already had it, and it will come up positive (apparently) forever after you've had it once. I have had around 2 episodes of tonsillitis a year since I was about 12. Maybe time to get those buggers cut out? Am I too old?

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  • I am currently experiencing the same exact symptoms as you. The fact is, you have to get your tonsils removed. Sounds scary and is not good for your immune system because tonsils help filter bacteria, but keeping them can be extremely harmful in the long run (scary stuff). Apparently the procedure is fairly simple and even though its a last resort, it will solve the problems we are both having. I have not gotten mine removed yet, but I was placed on AZITHROMYCIN which is some form of antibiotic as well was told to rinse with warm salt water as often as possible, drink plenty of fluids and for some reason stay AWAY from mouthwash (apparently it throws off some sort of chemical balance). Keep brushing your teeth to keep your mouth clean and tic tacs or gum is fine. As for alcohol, im 20 years old and in college so naturally I party a lot. I managed to stay away from any drinking while on the pills but now have continued to have fun. In all honesty, I know this isn't the best thing for me, and is irritating my throat a little, but the pain has not yet returned. So i hope this helps. I hate having to google stuff when im sick because I always end up scaring the crap out of myself, so I hope that this eases the tension. The surgery is not always required, but even if it is, it is very simple to do. In the mean time, go to a doctor who actually knows what theyre talking about and TELL them you have Tonsillitis. Dont let them waste your time. Im not sure if they can test for it but if they can then take it. Ive done blood tests and swabs, all come back negative from mono to even STD's. Good luck! I truly hope everything goes well.Hello,I am a 24 year old caucasian female living in California, and I am having tonsil problems. What started out as a cold, with swollen tonsils and a sore throat and cough turned into a sinus infection with HUGE tonsils and bad breath. I made an appointment to see my doctor during the initial infection, but it was 5 weeks before she could see me. I thought that by the time I had my appointment I would be better, unfortunately I was wrong. She looked at my tonsils for about 2 seconds, didn't do any tests or swabs, and (based on my temperature of 99) said I probably had a bacterial infection. She proscribed Zithromax, a 5 day antibiotic for my throat and sinus infection. I took it as prescribed, and my sinus infection seemed to get a little better (not all the way gone, just not as bad as it was), It has now been 7 weeks, and my tonsils are just as big as ever, if not bigger. One is the size of a quarter- and very red, the other a little larger than a peanut M&M, they bleed sometimes when I brush my teeth, and it always feels like something is stuck in my throat. They both have some small white spots on them (which I recognize to be Tonsilliths- since I had these last year when I had viral tonsillitis). My breath tastes horrible, no matter how many times I brush my teeth and use mouthwash, and my breath is very bad. I am eating tic-tacs by the dozens so as to not offend my family and boyfriend. My question is this: What can cause tonsils to be swollen for such a long amount of time? Could this be an STD? I haven't been excessively sexually active, but I have had sex and oral sex with a few people. My doctor didn't seem concerned at all, but this is really getting on my nerves.PS- I can't be tested for mono again, because I've already had it, and it will come up positive (apparently) forever after you've had it once. I have had around 2 episodes of tonsillitis a year since I was about 12. Maybe time to get those buggers cut out? Am I too old?
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