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Suffering from Tonsillitis. Is it due to smoking weed?

I have never had tonsillitis until this week and after seeing a doctor for a follow up I was told that my tonsils were pretty scarred. I am hesitant to think that the scarring came just from this one incident and the only thing I can think of is that smoking may be the cause. I smoke weed almost every day so could that be the reason for the scarring of my tonsils? I do not want to get my tonsils removed so if so I will be more than happy to stop smoking.
Asked On : Mon, 14 Jan 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
Hello and welcome to HCM,

I can understand your problem and your worry.

First of all let me mention that if you are more than happy to stop smoking then you should do it as soon as possible regardless of whether it is responsible for your present problems or not.

Coming to your tonsil scarring; you must understand that scarring is due to recurrent infection and not due to smoking. Although smokers may occasionally have a white patch deposition around the throat and tonsils which is distinct from scarring.

If you have recurrent infections of the tonsil then you may be advised to remove them. Consult your ENT doctor for the same.

Stop smoking if possible

get well soon

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Wed, 18 Sep 2013
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