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Are my tonsils cancerous or just swollen?
I’ve experienced swollen tonsils and tonsillitis for years on now but I’ve noticed I now have little lumps on the back of my throat that are sore and hard, also the skin folds behind my tonsils are really red. I’m just wondering if it’s just a symptom of tonsillitis or if I should be worried about it being cancer. I don’t get sore throats that are painful when swallowing it’s more of a constant discomfort like I have a grain of rice stuck under the back of my tongue. Also I am 22 years old and considering surgery, although I know my body doesn’t heal quickly or very well. I get sick very often.
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363281 tn?1353103243
Hello~It is probably just an infection of the tonsils, but to be safe, I would see your PCP, he/she will probably do a swab and send it to be analyzed, they can sometimes even tell by looking how serious the condition is. I wouldn't worry until you have something to worry about. :-)

You say you get sick often and don't heal well, hmmmm, have you been checked for diabetes? Quite possibly the low immune system from the low-grade infection in your tonsils could be causing both, but again, please get checked and let the doctor take it from there.

I hope you feel better soon. God bless you.
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Thank you for your response! I have coeliac disease hence the low immune system & likelihood of infections - it’s a vicious cycle! I have been to the doctors many times about it and they all say it’s just tonsillitis and prescribe me antibiotics, I’m scared my infections are beginning to build a tolerance... I need to visit a specialist but I’m extremely busy :(
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My niece had reoccurring tonsillitis until I gave her vitamin D gummies. Optimal vitamin D levels are 100 - 150 nmol/L (40 - 60 ng/L). When I had vitamin D deficiency I was sick all the time!

"CONCLUSIONS: Seventy-eight percent of Auckland children undergoing (adeno)tonsillectomy had a 25(OH) vitamin D level<75nmol/L, a level which is associated with an increased incidence of upper respiratory tract infection. Low 25(OH) vitamin D levels were related to a darker skin, increased BMI and larger assessed tonsil size.

The association of larger tonsil size with lower 25(OH) vitamin D status needs further evaluation but offers a potential explanation why black and Hispanic children are more likely than white children to have (adeno) tonsillectomy for snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea."*


*Vitamin D and tonsil disease- -preliminary observations.
Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Feb;75(2):261-4.
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