Enlarged Tonsils in Long Island, NY
Bacteria and viruses may cause enlarged tonsils, and the condition is most common in children. Eunice E. Park, MD, is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose, and throat (otolaryngology) specialist who offers diagnostic and treatment services for residents in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York who have enlarged tonsils.
What are Enlarged Tonsils?
The tonsils are two soft tissue glands at the back of your throat on either side of the tongue. These glands are part of your lymphatic system that protects you against infections. As with other glands in your body, the tonsils may suffer from inflammation, the cause of enlarged tonsils. Bacteria and viruses are the leading cause of enlarged tonsils, and the condition occurs most frequently in children, yet adults may also experience enlarged tonsils.
When you have enlarged tonsils, the condition is known as “tonsillitis,” and it is categorized as:
- Chronic, which means that the tonsils are consistently enlarged
- Recurring, which means that you have frequent episodes of enlarged tonsils
- Acute, which means that you experience a sudden onset of symptoms
- Peritonsillar abscess, which may result from untreated tonsillitis or strep throat
Benefits of Treatment for Enlarged Tonsils
Treatment for tonsillitis serves two purposes:
- Alleviate your symptoms
- Remedy the bacterial or viral cause of the inflammation
If you have chronic or recurring enlarged tonsils, Dr. Park works with you to identify ways to reduce the frequency and/or severity of the episodes.
What are the Common Symptoms of Enlarged Tonsils?
Each type of tonsillitis causes different symptoms, such as:
- Sore throat
- Painful or difficult swallowing
- Bad breath
- Sleep apnea
- Change in voice quality
- Problems opening your mouth
How are Enlarged Tonsils Diagnosed and Treated?
Enlarged tonsils may be diagnosed with a visual examination of your throat. Dr. Park may also do cultures to determine if your enlarged tonsils are caused by a virus or bacteria.
Pain medication and antibiotics are the most common treatments for enlarged tonsils. Dr. Park may also recommend that you stop smoking to prevent future episodes of enlarged tonsils.
If your enlarged tonsils obstruct the airway, you may need to be hospitalized.
Recurring or chronic enlarged tonsils may require surgery to remove the tonsils.
How Much Does Treatment for Enlarged Tonsils Cost in Long Island, NY?
Medical insurance may cover a portion of your treatment for enlarged tonsils. We will review your coverage after the consultation. For your convenience, we accept payment by cash, check and major credit card.
A sore throat, problems swallowing and fever may be indications of enlarged tonsils. Early treatment may help prevent complications and future problems with your tonsils. If you live in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York and have the symptoms of enlarged tonsils, contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with our ENT specialist, Dr. Eunice E. Park.