Posted by: Nozibele | 2010-11-22

Bad breath and chronic tonsillitis

I had a severe case of tonsillitis  sore throat, white stones, pain and bad breath. I had the tonsils removed two years ago, after which the bad breath and pain went away for about a week before they returned. I now have swollen glands some hard, the bad breath seems to be getting worse and the pain is unbearable. My doctor prescribed a course of antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections, which seemed to control the condition for a few days before it returned. I have done X Rays, Ultra -sound scan, RMI scan but they all came out clear, which is confucing as the pain and everything else is still there. Please help.

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Dear Nozibele

Make sure your tests have been evaluated by an ENT surgeon. I am unsure as to the nature of your complaint, as removing the tonsils have clearly not sorted the problem. A possibility is that the Lingual tonsils are playing a role in this case, as these tonsils at the back of the tongue and are generally not removed during a standard tonsillectomy. Swollen glands for an extended period of time is abnormal, and a cause should be found, your MRI scan should give valuable information in this regard. If all this is negative, I suggest the opinion of a physician, as systemic causes should be excluded, such as Diabetes. Discuss this with your ENT, as the symptoms are clearly causing you distress.


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