Uneven Swelling of The Tonsils Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your uneven swelling of the tonsils symptoms, including 3 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 3 Possible Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

3 Possible Uneven Swelling Of The Tonsils Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced uneven swelling of the tonsils. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Viral infection of the larynx (voice box)

Laryngitis an inflammation of the larynx, or voice box. This causes the vocal cords to swell and leads to a hoarse, raspy voice.

A viral infection, such as the common cold or influenza, is nearly always the cause of laryngitis. These infections are spread through casual contact, as when someone sneezes and the droplets are inhaled from the air.

Most at risk are people whose immune systems are already weakened by illness, medication, or chemotherapy.

Symptoms include hoarseness; sore, irritated throat; difficulty speaking; coughing; and sometimes fever.

Forcing speech during laryngitis can cause permanent damage to the vocal cords. Hoarseness that never really clears up should be seen by a medical provider, as it can be a symptom of a more serious condition.

Diagnosis is made through throat swab and sometimes blood tests.

Treatment involves rest and drinking plenty of fluids until the virus has run its course, and resting the voice so the swelling can subside on its own. Antibiotics are not effective against a viral illness.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: sore throat, runny nose, fever, dry cough, hoarse voice

Urgency: Self-treatment

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Mononucleosis infection

Infectious mononucleosis, also called "mono" or "kissing disease," can be debilitating for a while but is usually not dangerous in itself.

Several viruses cause mononucleosis. It spreads easily through saliva and other body fluids. Sharing a drinking glass or a spoon, or kissing someone who has the virus – even they show no symptoms – will transmit the disease. It can also be sexually transmitted.

Due to lifestyle, teenagers and young adults seem to be the most susceptible.

Symptoms include tiredness, sore throat, fever, rash, body aches, swelling in the neck and armpits, and sometimes swollen liver and spleen. The symptoms alone are usually enough for the doctor to make a diagnosis.

Because mononucleosis is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help. Treatment consists of bed rest, fluids, and good nutrition. The patient should still be under a doctor's care due to the risk of secondary infections or damage to the heart, liver, and spleen.

Handwashing, cleanliness, not sharing dishes or drinking glasses, and not having unprotected sex are the best ways to prevent mononucleosis.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), cough

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Retropharyngeal abscess (adult)

Retropharyngeal abscess is a collection of pus in the tissues in the back of the throat. It is a potentially life-threatening medical condition.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: sore throat, loss of appetite, fever, shortness of breath, being severely ill

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Uneven Swelling Of The Tonsils

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Uneven Swelling Of The Tonsils Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced uneven swelling of the tonsils have also experienced:

  • 10% Sore Throat
  • 3% Fatigue
  • 3% Swollen, Red Tonsils

People who have experienced uneven swelling of the tonsils were most often matched with:

  • 54% Retropharyngeal Abscess (Adult)
  • 36% Mononucleosis Infection
  • 9% Viral Infection Of The Larynx (Voice Box)

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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