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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Nasty Tongue/Tonsils/Throat/Gums

11/09/2009

Question:

I have had a mild sore throat for almost 3 weeks, and have had a feeling of general malaise. Yesterday, I looked down my throat with a flashlight and was shocked. My right tonsil is swollen. The back and side of my tongue has both blood blisters and white blisters and huge raised red bumps. I have some sore spots on my gums. Feels like my glands are swollen too.

Answer:

The symptoms you are describing can be from an upper respiratory infection, mono, or a bacterial infection of the tonsils. A visit to your primary care physician would be warranted. If the symptoms do not resolve despite an initial intervention (say over 2 weeks), an evaluation by an ENT would be warranted.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati