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A 21-year-old female asked:

Yellow spots behind tonsils at back of throat. they don't hurt but make me have very bad breath! what are they and how can i get rid of them?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Tonsoliths: The etiology of these is bacteria becoming trapping in the tonsils themselves. Sometimes they harder and other times they just sit there. If they do not go away, they can be removed in the doctor's office or even at some dentists office.
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.

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Last updated Aug 25, 2015

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