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A 18-year-old female asked:

i have white spots on my tonsils..what could it be?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Tonsillolithiasis: If your throat doesn't hurt or if you don't otherwise feel infected, these could be tonsillar stones, a condition called tonsillolithiasis - completely benign and of no real concern.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Is getting white spots on your tonsils normal?

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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 out.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I don't have strep but I have white spots on my tonsils, what are they?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Normal: It may be normal to have some discharge or tonsillar exudate, that resides in crypts within the tonsils. They can be related to retained food particles that are degraded by saliva and bacteria, which can cause the foul odor. Viruses are the main causes of white discharge on tonsils.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What do white spots on your tonsils mean?

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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 and make your tonsils look like they are infected. Under these tonsil pimples is a cavity or crevice that may be inflamed and infected. Gargle with water after every meal. This helps to clear these white pimples. Also see your doctor.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you explain what are these white spots on my tonsils?

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Dr. Edward Rhee
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Probably tonsilliths: While you can get an exudate on your tonsils when there is an infection, more likely what you have are tonsilliths, or tonsil stones. There are the excretory product of the tonsils that form in the crypts ("pockets"). There are more common in younger people, and often will occur more after an inflammatory process, like a cold or upper respiratory infection.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Help! there's white spots on my tonsils that fill the 'holes/cracks'?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Crypts are normal: It may be normal to have some discharge or tonsillar exudate, that resides in crypts within the tonsils. These deep ridges are just a characteristic of tonsils.

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