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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Sometimes-not always: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiot ... Read More

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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Niketu Patel
25 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsiliths : Tonsil stones aka tonsilths.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
White spots on tonsi: Commenest cause of white spots on the tonsills is streptocaccal infection.But it can be caused by infectious mono nucleosis, some time white food part ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Infection/mucous: Could be an infection, especiaaly if there is pain or discomfort, or it could be mucous in the tonsil crfypts. Best to see your otolaryngologist.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Efremov
42 years experience in Internal Medicine
Tonsillar concretion: Food debris can collect in the crypts of the tonsils. These pellets can really smell bad.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Strep throat or mono: It could be strep tonsillitis or mononucleosis.You need to see your doctor to find out what it is because if it is strep you need to be treated with a ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Peter Selz
30 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsils: The are likely tonsilliths, these are food particles that become lodged in the tonsil. Often times gargling after eating will keep this from happening ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience in General Practice
Infection: Could be viral or bacterial, she should see her doctor.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
White spots on tonsi: Commenest cause of white spots on the tonsills is streptocaccal infection.But it can be caused by infectious mono nucleosis, some time white food part ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other ... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Loury
38 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not sure: Some with darker complexions can have areas of pigmentation in the mouth particularly on the gums next to teeth. The old mercury dental amalgams could ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Dantin
36 years experience in Family Medicine
.: If painful could be thrush. I would see doc.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Sore throat or not?: If sore throat, go see your Family Doc to discuss testing for Strep. If not, this may be normal for you. If you engage in unprotected oral sex, then y ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
You need medicine: Nope. This surely sounds like an infection and most likely strep. This can kill if not treated. Please get to the doctor.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Could be: White spots on the tonsils could be food particles. The only way to be sure of strep throat is a throat culture. Tonsillitis is a specific diagnosis ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience in Pediatrics
Been there long?: If this sore on your tonsil had been there over a few days to a week, it is likely a viral process and will go away on its own. If not, consult your d ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Sore Throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have Strep Throat, anti ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
STD: Gonorrhea for one can produce this. Syphilis may look like this and there is a potential for others. My best advice would be that if you feel as if ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cindy Juster
35 years experience in Pediatrics
Please see Dr.: Anytime you have a sore throat for over 24 hours, it's best to see the doctor and get a strep test. If it's a virus, all that's needed is symptomatic ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ken Deck
Dr. Ken Deck answered
47 years experience in General Surgery
Usually infectious: If persistent see an ENT physician but usually a result of infection.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Lange
Specializes in Family Medicine
Tonsilar Exudate: Hi SDavidson White specks on the tonsils are normal. They are exudate or trash the the tonsils remove. You either cough them up or swallow them. Good ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsils: The white spots could be a sign of an infection, but you should be sick with sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever, etc. If you feel fine, but hav ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
Must be seen: Cannot be diagnosed online without a photo.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Devin Cunning
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Infection: Sounds viral but may be bacterial. If you use tobacco, a palatal biopsy may be in order. Salt water gargles and topical anesthetic will help. A thr ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Rule out fungus: The white patches could represent a fungal infection. If you have been on antibiotics, fungus infection may occur. The fact that the white patches a ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
36 years experience in Anesthesiology
See a doctor: It probably had foul smell and taste, too. Sounds like signs of purulent inflammation around tonsils ( tonsillitis), better have it checked.
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