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?