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I had a very bad sinusitis with conjuctivitis. I tested

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I had a very bad sinusitis with conjuctivitis. I tested negative for Strep so I lived through it and out of it, and then noticed these large red bumps in the back of my tongue with a yellow mid line from post nasal drainage. I'm frustrated because it's
taking so long for them to go down... I do remember using a lot of lozenges because my throat was so sore... Anyhow, I take Culterelle and also a probiotic for oral health and am still wondering why it's taking so long for them to go away. My ENT says they
are enlarged and I also have an enlarged tonsil, but no pain... Please advise...
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dental
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It's disconcerting that there is so little information on this problem... I'm going into 7 weeks now and they have gotten smaller and are the color of my tongue. I take vitamins, supplements, have good oral care, am not a smoker or drinker, and am at a loss... some are looking more like melted pancakes, but will my tongue ever get back to normal?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Circumvallate papillae topic seems like there's not a lot known or out there about it.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
When do you get a biopsy for a tonsil? Mine is not red or sore, just large...
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
An e-mail will suffice if more convenient... thanks so much!
Expert:  Dr. Behere replied 2 years ago.


Thanks for putting up your question on Just Answer.

Circumvalate papillae are normal. Everyone has them. The problem is that since they are not usually seen, patients are not used to their appearance. And when they are spotted, they look weird and scary.

They do not contain lymphoid tissue, unlike tonsils, so their enlargement is nothing to do with any infection. Even iff circumavalate papillae are enlarged, they do not need a biopsy or any other treatment or medications.

Your tongue IS normal right now !

The tonsils though are another matter. They contain lymphoid tissue and their enlargement can be directly due to an infection. If they are enlarged and they dont subside, AND if they are painful, they may need surgery (Tonsillectomy).

Hope this answers your question. Feel free to contact me again for more information. Please leave a positive rating for me if this answer has helped you. I do not get credit for it otherwise.

Good Luck !

Dr. Behere

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