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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can crypts in the tonsils be created by reoccurring strep/inflammation? I continuously develop tonsiliths and not sure why bc I take care of hygiene.

Can crypts in the tonsils be created by reoccurring strep/inflammation? I continuously develop tonsiliths and not sure why bc I take care of hygiene.

Tonsil stones: Crypts don't need infections to be present. Here is a good article: http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention#1 ...Read more

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Is one or two white spots on my tonsils that come and go prob crypts/tonsil stones? Is thrush usually more spots and spread out?

Is one or two white spots on my tonsils that come and go prob crypts/tonsil stones? Is thrush usually more spots and spread out?

Tonsilliths: What is recurring on the tonsils are tonsilliths. They occur when food gets stuck in a cyprus and then it gets broken down then it hardens which cause it to get very stinky. Thrush is white patches on the mucosa that have red spots under them when they are wiped with a tongue blade for us it is very characteristic. You need not worry about that. Good luck. Feel better! ...Read more

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Can I have chronic tonsillitis in one tonsil if I have deep crypts but no tonsil stones but have really bad breath and only 1 swollen tonsil?

Can I have chronic tonsillitis in one tonsil if I have deep crypts but no tonsil stones but have really bad breath and only 1 swollen tonsil?

Yes, it is possible.: It is possible to have only one swollen tonsil, but it should not be so bug that it is blocking tour throat or airway. Just because there are no tonsil stones doesn't mean there is nothing wrong. If you haven't already, please go see an ENT to make sure there is nothing wrong. ...Read more

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Can tonsil crypts (holes) from having tonsil stones cause you to bleed to death? Seeing how it is a hole in your throat. Mine hurt now and then.

Can tonsil crypts (holes) from having tonsil stones cause you to bleed to death? Seeing how it is a hole in your throat. Mine hurt now and then.

Just a nuisance: It would be extremely unlikely to have any significant bleeding from tonsil stones. This is a common problem with irritation, discomfort, and mild bleeding at times. See an ENT for guidance on management of tonsil stones and consider tonsillectomy in some cases. ...Read more

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Can I bleed to death from what I think are tonsil crypts?

Can I bleed to death from what I think are tonsil crypts?

No: But these can be annoying, especially when they are the sites for formation of tonsilloliths. If you have any concerns about an oral lesion, a visit to your dentist often resolves the question. Best wishes. ...Read more

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All say its tonsil stone but note this thing that this yellow material come from my tonsil, not form in crypts. As in case of tonsil stone.2months?

All say its tonsil stone but note this thing that this yellow material come from my tonsil, not form in crypts. As in case of tonsil stone.2months?

Several reasons: The term tonsillolith is a misnomer. It is not a stone. The material on the surface of the tonsil could be a benign cyst, a micro-abscess or food particles. It there is no pain or odor, no treatment except, perhaps, gargles with salt water may be helpful. Yellow material could also be pus. Best to have an ENT doctor evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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Does cortisone help shrink hypertrophic tonsils? Are tonsil crypts located on the top part of tonsils? My tonsil looks like a crater just on the top.

Does cortisone help shrink hypertrophic tonsils? Are tonsil crypts located on the top part of tonsils? My tonsil looks like a crater just on the top.

Possible: If the tonsil is not inflamed or causing pain, it is unlikely that steroids will reduce the size of hypertrophic tonsils.
Tonsillar crypts are all over the surface of the tonsils. The large one on the upper pole just happens to be more noticeable and could be a receptacle for food particles. If the tonsils are not infected frequently and you do not have sleep disorder, no treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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What is an abnormal number of tonsil stones? I just extracted at least 5 good sized stones from one tonsil crypt. Should I consider a tonsillectomy?

What is an abnormal number of tonsil stones? I just extracted at least 5 good sized stones from one tonsil crypt. Should I consider a tonsillectomy?

Not sure: There isn't a defined number of abnormal stones. What is important are the symptoms. If they cause pain, bad breath, or are associated with infection, especially 6-7 infections in one year, or 3-5 yearly for>3-5 years then removal is indicated. Stones are from actinomyces, a normal mouth anaerobic resident. Sometimes augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) penicillin, or Cleocin can resolve it. ...Read more

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Food keeps getting stuck in my tonsil crypts, and I have acid reflux for which I am taking PPI. What should I do?

Food keeps getting stuck in my tonsil crypts, and I have acid reflux for which I am taking PPI. What should I do?

2 different problems: The acid reflux is not related to food particles getting caught in the crypts of the tonsils. The acid reflux is a GI problem and needs the advice of that specialty. The food particles can be a source of a bad odor to the mouth noted not only by you but by people near to you. If the problem with the tonsil alters your quality of life significantly, tonsillectomy is curative. ...Read more

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Tonsil crypts dev. Over a year. Constant stones. Constant irritation of tonsils for 2 years. 2 ENTs won't do tonsillectomy. Say tonsils fine?!

Tonsil crypts dev. Over a year. Constant stones. Constant irritation of tonsils for 2 years. 2 ENTs won't do tonsillectomy. Say tonsils fine?!

Second opinion: If a patient has tonsil symptoms, and actually has enlarged tonsils, painful tonsils, repeated tonsil stones, or other symptoms such as snoring, recurrent strep throat infections, etc..., and she feels her ENT doctor is not helping enough, she can see another ENT doctor for a second opinion. Insurance usually covers first and second opinions the same way, but one can also self-pay in some cases. ...Read more

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Redness of the smal. 2 mms tonsil crypt, is almost blood red. The rest of tonsil is normal with slight irritation. Bad post nasal drip. Never smoked?

Redness of the smal. 2 mms tonsil crypt, is almost blood red. The rest of tonsil is normal with slight irritation. Bad post nasal drip. Never smoked?

Can't be certain: One can think of infection, are you in bleeding from a blood vessel. You don't describe blood. The redness suggest a lot of vascular congestion. This could be a large vein. You need to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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What can I do 4tonsil stones so big they have torn my tonsil crypts open, they bleed & smell & I can't remove them thy r 2 deep. Gp says no treatment?

What can I do 4tonsil stones so big they have torn my tonsil crypts open, they bleed & smell & I can't remove them thy r 2 deep. Gp says no treatment?

Surgery?: You can try something that is called a waterpik in the usa. It's a small hand-held device that shoots a stream of water. You can try this to flush out the crypts. Beyond that, surgery could be done (tonsillectomy versus cryptolysis). Tonsil stones usually don't lead to any further medical complications so any treatment will need to take side effects & complications into account. ...Read more

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Do most ent's do the laser co2 thing to ablate tonsil crypts without surgery?

Do most ent's do the laser co2 thing to ablate tonsil crypts without surgery?

Laser CO2 tonsil: Laser co2 tonsillectomy is by definition surgery. What may differ, depending on the surgeon is whether they perform laser tonsillectomy under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia with sedation. Most ent's use electrocautery, bipolar, harmonic scalpel or radiofrequency (coblation) for tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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I need to know if eating dairy when you have a tonsillitis infection will cause tonsil stones - hard bumps in tonsil crypts that cause bad breath?

I need to know if eating dairy when you have a tonsillitis infection will cause tonsil stones - hard bumps in tonsil crypts that cause bad breath?

Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones can cause bad breath. But they are not typically caused by dairy products. The white spots may be from a strep infection. If you have not seen a doctor yet, you should. Rinsing with war salt water will help a sore throat and reduce tonsil stones ...Read more

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My tonsil crypts are filled with a gggreen like mucus, my throat isn't sore it just feels like somethins lodged. Its not like normal stones?

My tonsil crypts are filled with a gggreen like mucus, my throat isn't sore it just feels like somethins lodged. Its not like normal stones?

Tonsil stones: Hello, tonsils live in the back of your throat and with every swallow of food, some particles may become trapped within the crypts of your tonsils. You are already gargling with water after meals which is helping. The only cure is a tonsillectomy. If one side is significantly larger than the other, that is another reason for ENT evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more