Tonsil on the right side of my throat is larger than the one on the left side of my throat

This post is a response by a doctor to a question one of our community members asked.

Louisa Asks:

I was shining a light down my throat as I was trying to see my wether my filling from my tooth had come out and I noticed that one of my tonsils was a lot bigger than the other one, I’ve had no pain, no difficulty swallowing,eating,drinking etc. I literally only remember it’s there if I look at it because there’s no pain at all, it’s been there for a few weeks and I don’t know what it is. I’m below 20 years old and smoke and drink occasionally/rarely.

Dr Edin’s reply:

Tonsils are made of lymphatic tissue which is rich in white blood cells and has a role in fighting the infections. It is not uncommon for one tonsil to be swollen and another to be normal in size. The most common causes of enlarged tonsil are tonsillitis, peritonsillar abscess, strep throat. To be sure of the cause, you’ll need an examination by ENT doctor. Tonsillitis is usually caused by bacterial infection and the person will have trouble swallowing and sore throat. Peritonsillar abscess is a complication of tonsillitis. Tooth problem can also cause an increase in tonsil size. To be sure an ENT examination is required.

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