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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?

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

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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?

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

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I am suffering from cryptic tonsils.. Food particles get stuck in depressions on tonsils.. What can be done except undergoing tonsillectomy ?

I am suffering from cryptic tonsils.. Food particles get stuck in depressions on tonsils.. What can be done except undergoing tonsillectomy ?

Tonsil Problem: The white stuff in your tonsils is usually epithelial debris - not food. You can try to clean it with an irrigation system. Sometimes the deep crypts will close up if your ENT doc removes them and scrapes or lasers the crypts but tonsillecto=my is the only sure-cure. ...Read more

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Are there other infections responsable for cryptic tonsils(without pus) besides streptococcus ?

Are there other infections responsable for cryptic tonsils(without pus) besides streptococcus ?

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 more

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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?

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

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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

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 more

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Chronic stones cryptic tonsils 40yr obese female quit smoking less than one year mild hypertension Too high risk for tonsillectomy and laryngoscopy?

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

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Can a cancerous tonsil look cryptic?

Can a cancerous tonsil look cryptic?

What do you mean: By "cryptic". Cancer of the tonsil usually results in a mass or enlargement of the tonsil. ...Read more

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What do tonsils do?

What do tonsils do?

Immune system: Tonsils are lymph tissue that help your immune system. ...Read more