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Sore throat with swollen left tonsil, white spots. Recurred after antibiotics course. Cancer ?

Hi,I had a really sore throat about 2weeks ago,then 2days later my left tonsil became swollen whith white spots on it,I went to my go and she gave me antibiotics which cleared it up,but three days after finishing them,my left tonsil became very swollen again and covered in white,also my gland in my neck is very swollen and painful.I also noticed today that the tonsil seems to be black underneath the white coverering.I m really worried that its tonsil cancer as I smoke and drink.please help.
Asked On : Wed, 22 Aug 2012
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Dear clairewatkins
Hello I am Dr Ravinder Sharma. On the basis of information provided it appears that you have developed abscess aroud tonsil - called as peritonsillar abscess( Complication of acute tonsillitis)- this will require drainage and intravenous antibiotics for few days. On the basis of history it do not appear to be cancer but examination of tonsil by a ENT surgeon must be planned. I wouls advise you to abstain from smoking and drinking for the time being as this will aggravate your problem and delay the response of medications. Once this is treated and the pain is relieved you will reuire removal of tonsils - about 6 to 8 weeks after remission.

I hope this answers your concerns. Feel free to contact me if you want further information about it
With regards
Ravinder Sharma
Professor ENT & Head and Neck Surgery
Answered: Thu, 23 Aug 2012
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