Three weeks ago exactly I woke up with one enlarged tonsil, on the left side. Upon further examination I discovered that the swollen tonsil was covered in little white spots. My first thought was that it must be the beginnings of strep throat (which i've never had), but it seemed odd to me because I didn't feel any pain. I scheduled a doctor's appointment that very day. After examining me, the doctor confirmed there were little white spots on both tonsils, and mildly swollen lymph nodes my neck. He told me it must be either a strange case of strep (because I felt no pain), or a strange case of mono (because I wasn't feeling exhausted or otherwise ill). He gave me a blood test and a prescription for a 10-day course of antibiotics (penicillin). He called me the next day and told me that the blood test had confirmed it was neither mono nor strep, but to keep taking the antibiotics and schedule a follow-up if they didn't help.
After my ten days of penicillin, there was no real change except for the fact that the little white spots are gone. The tonsil is still swollen and painless. I can't tell whether or not my lymph nodes are at all swollen at this point since I don't know precisely where they are. I scheduled a follow up appointment, which is happening in a couple of days.
I've done a lot of internet research over the last few weeks, and quite unfortunately there don't seem to be many things that cause one swollen, painless tonsil. It's pretty much tonsillitis, tonsil stones, hiv/aids or lymphoma, according the every online resource that exists about the problem. It's not tonsillitis because that's caused by strep bacteria, which the blood test confirmed is not my issue. I ruled out tonsil stones because the white spots weren't hard or large or smelly, and eventually they went away. I'm not promiscuous or an iv drug user, so i'm praying it's not hiv - however, I can't rule it out. I have had unprotected sex twice - once in a monogamous relationship, following sti/hiv testing for both me and my partner, and once about a year ago with a trusted friend with a very low-risk sexual history. (i am going to be responsible and ask for an hiv test at my follow-up appointment.) that pretty much leaves lymphoma, which is a really unfortunate option - but it seems silly to think this could be cancer when I feel more or less fine otherwise.
I'm a 24 year old female nonsmoker. I'm overweight and don't have the best diet or exercise habits, but other than allergies and asthma, i'm generally healthy. Other than the tonsil, the only change in my health lately is the fact that my allergies (dust, pollen, etc.) have been really bad, to the point where i'm not sure my allergy meds are working very well anymore.
If anyone is still with me after all of that...Has anyone experienced something like this? If so, what did it turn out to be? Could some random virus just happen to affect just one tonsil and not the other, and otherwise be asymptomatic? Or is there a chance that it's really nothing at all, and my tonsil is just being stupid? I just need a little reassurance so that my hypochondriacal tendencies don't get the best of me and send me into a tailspin as I wait for this next doctor's appointment.
this is exactly what i'm going through, have you found anything out about what it is? my boyfriend had an hiv test and was negative, we have been together exclusively for 7 months.
It turned out to be nothing. I had blood tests and throat cultures and all that business. My doctor never found anything, and in the end it went away on its own in a couple of months. It seems to have been some random virus that didn't have any other physical effects. Very odd.
I have the same symptoms, what was first strep throat, diagnosed twice... the third test was negative for strep and the doctor considered it a yeast problem called oral thrash (yeast infection) because the antibiotics had also taken the positive bacteria in my body. I have been prescribed an oral tablet once a day for 5 days. I'm on day two and there is minor improvement. The spots have gone away on the tonsils and the pain is decreasing. I hope this helps.
i have the exact same problem. iv been to the docs twice and both times he has given me a course of peniclim, it helped a bit but the tonsil was still enlarged. i also thouoght it was strep throat or hiv. iv been to the docs for a blood test so just waiting for results!
i had tonsillitis about 3 weeks ago(just the left side) that same tonsil is still swollen. Im a little bit worried because i have researched on the internet, and some of the answer i have found have involved lymphoma. This is worrying me even more as my grandad died of lymphoma last year