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What does white spots on your tonsils mean

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
White spots: Hello, the white spots in the back of your throat sound like tonsilliths. These are food particles that get stuck in the tonsil tissues. They harden a... Read More

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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peri Suzan Gunay
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Tonsils: Tonsils may develop small white patches that are simply dried surface secretions and have no medical concern. If there is no abnormal asymmetry of ton... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 51 years experience
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.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Russell Chin
Dentistry 45 years experience
Food debris: If they are really enlarged it could be food debris that collects on surface. Try rinsing with non alcohol rinse and see if it goes away. You can al... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: 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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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Its possible: Whiteness on a baby's tongue is likely to be due to milk or thrush. If you can wipe it off then it was likely milk residue. If you can't, it may be ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
No: White spots on the tonsils is not normal. There is either bacterial or yeast infection or tonsil stones, among others. You should get this checked o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Several causes: Blisters on the tonsils usually means a viral illness. White spots can mean viral, bacterial or fungal (yeast). If you are having a problem get seen... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hylton Lightman
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Yes: During early infection have white exudate on tonsils which get enlarged.

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