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painful left tonsil with a white line mono?

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Every 2 months I get some sort of virus with the same symptoms. I always get a swollen, really painful left tonsil with a white line through it. I also get a slight fever. This whole thing lasts between 3-5 days. Im guessing the white line through my tonsils is post nasal drip. Each time this occurs a doctor tells me I either have mono or strep. Each time, the tests come back negative, so I've stopped going to the doctor. I am 20 years old and this has been going on for probably 2-3 years now. I just want to know what is causing this problem and if there is any cure (even surgery) that I can use.

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replied December 29th, 2010
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A18039

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According to the symptoms you have described(swollen,painful left tonsil ,fever)it seems like a bacterial or viral infection.If mono or strep are negative it could be due to some other virus or bacteria.
Tonsils are part of immune system but sometimes they become infected anf if this is a chronic and recurrent condition then tonsillectomy is the procedure done in which the tonsils are removed.
Please visit an ENT specialist for detailed examination and discussing the treatment line.

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