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I believe I have what is known as cryptic tonsils. Food gets stuck in my tonsils all the time. Should i look into getting them removed?
Not unless you must.: Tonsillectomy is a last resort. The best way i know of to pop out stones, that helps some but not all, is to get a water pik water flosser from the toothbrush aisle or online and use it to "pressure wash" your throat up to 2x a day as needed. That can sometimes pop out existing tonsilliths (tonsil stones) and prevent new ones from forming, and help bad breath and sore throat. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with chronic cryptic tonsils and tonsils stones and made an appt to get my tonsils out. I just started coughing a lot. What's wrong?
May be unrelated: Cryptic tonsils and tonsil stones by themselves are not dangerous but they can cause some very annoying symptoms. Coughing is not necessarily a sign of tonsil stones. If the particles come out and tickle the throat it can sometimes cause a cough at that time. Otherwise, it might be a good idea to get checked for other causes of a cough - certainly do this before the surgery. ...Read more
Not infections: It is really just like craters or divots in the tonsils that collect particles , it is not infectious. They are harmless but can be bothersome if you feel them. Sometimes you can pick them out our your dentist or doctor can. Be careful not to hurt yourself. It does not cause strep throat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My right tonsill looks bigger then the left i don't see the left one I have had cryptic tonsils before, postnasal drip? Should i go to the er?
Asymmetric tonsils: Unless your throat is very sore or there is pus on your tonsils or you are having very significant difficulty swallowing or breathing, you are probably fine seeing your regular doctor. If any of the above is happening, yes, you should. Even if you feel great, though, it is a very good idea to get this checked out soon. ...Read more
Can I have unilateral cryptic tonsil?My left one is always bigger than right.Frequent sore throats, and hole like appearance on leftone, no tobacco use
Tonsils: On each side of mouth at it's posterior end are masses of lymphoid tissue, the palatine tonsils.The tonsils in common with other lymphoid tissues, are part of body;s defense system. Crypts , and one bigger than other on a chronic basis does not mean any thing. Acutely inflammed , one or both tonsils, accompanied by severe sore throat, and swallowing difficulties needs to be addressed by a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic stones cryptic tonsils 40yr obese female quit smoking less than one year mild hypertension Too high risk for tonsillectomy and laryngoscopy?
More info would help: Definitely not too risky. Would need to know your other health problems, if any. If there's any concern, you could always get preoperatively clearance from your PCP or a clinic that specializes in clearance. ...Read more
Few thoughts.: It could be post nasal drip (mucus that drains from the back of the nose). It could be saliva. If you're having pain, fever, or feeling otherwise sick, it could be exudate from a bacteria or virus. Sometimes people get little white stones that are embedded in the tonsils too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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