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    Sore Throat on only ONE side?
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    JoTheCuriousOtaku posted:
    A couple hours ago I went to sleep feeling fine. Woke up, and I could barely breathe from dehydration. I ran to get water and sadly discovered I had a sore throat, which I'm already used to. The weird thing is, it only hurt on my left side, and near the back of my sinuses. I checked in the mirror to find only my left tonsil inflamed. Wierd. I think the "near the sinus" thing is cuz of post-nasal dripping, from what I can gather from the Internet. I've searched up "one swollen tonsil" and found different discussions that don't necessarily apply to me, so I decided to start my own in hopes of an answer.
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    One-sided tonsillar swelling can be an innocent process, from post-nasal drainage and localized inflammation, like your mentioned....or, it can be an ominous sign of a peritonsillar abscess (usually due to Strep). If you are not improving quickly, or have signs of infection (fever, progressive pain, difficulty swallowing, etc.), you will need to see your medical provider so that you can be properly examined.


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