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Molly Maloof, MD

Director of Clinical Content

lump in throat

I was examining my throat a couple of days ago and noticed a strange lump on the posterior fold behind my right tonsil. I am posting the picture to see if anyone can give me an idea of what it is or what I should do about it!! I have been having bad allergies this year, with a lot of stuffy noses, coughing, sneezing, etc. I also quit smoking cigarettes two years ago but still use an electronic one. If this is something I should address with an ENT please, please let me know!!
  • Female | 29 years old
  • Complaint duration: 5 days
  • Medications: Phentermine, synthroid
  • Conditions: Hypothyroidism

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For whatever reason, your picture is not coming up on my screen. That aside, the posterior tonsillar pillar can have a fullness from the adjacent tonsil itself, an enlarged lymph node behind the pillar, or from minor salivary glands within the pillar itself. I suggest you see an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist to have this issue evaluated. I also believe it's time to taper yourself off the e-cigarettes.
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Your tonsils are your body's first defense against anything entering your mouth and are collections of lymphoid tissue. Irritation from electronic cigarettes has been known to cause tonsils to become enlarged and inflamed. I would suggest you stop using the electronic cigarettes and see an ENT if the problem does not go away.

GO See an ENT doctor.
Don Ha