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What is the function of the tonsils.What causes pastules on the tonsils?

What is the function of the tonsils.What causes pastules on the tonsils?

Infection resisters: Part of the lymph system and trapping mechanism. If infected can form pustules and slough tissue can be pock marked. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my tonsils swell up out of no where?

What does it mean when my tonsils swell up out of no where?

Tonsil hypertrophy: The tonsils are a first line of defense against incoming pathogens (germs) into the throat. As such they may swell in response to viral, bacterial and fungal or allergic entities. The swelling indicates the lymphocytes (white blood cells) in the tonsil are dividing and therefore the tonsil enlarges. If you are not having pus or pain, this may be a normal immune response. ...Read more

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Hi , I have a friend that has a big piece missing out of his tonsils and he can put his pointer finger through it can that be harmful or cancer.

Hi , I have a friend that has a big piece missing out of his tonsils and he can put his pointer finger through it can that be harmful or cancer.

Not cancer: The tonsil is a lymphl structure used to help control infection of the in young children. With repeated inflammation it enlarges and may impair swallowing The tonsils as such are removed by a snaring procedure. When removed the residual bed of the pharynx remains. One cant put their finger thru the area. Just behind the tonsillar bed is the internal carotid artery which can be injured easily ...Read more

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I have extremely large tonsils--should i get treated?

I have extremely large tonsils--should i get treated?

Depends: Large tonsils are not on their own a problem. The question becomes whether there are any problems related to the tonsils. If there is any history of sleep disturbed breathing, sleep apnea, or chronic tonsil infections then they should be evaluated by a specialist. They may also send you for a sleep study if sleep is the main issue. ...Read more

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What causes inflamed tonsils, what are the symptoms and treatment ?

What causes inflamed tonsils, what are the symptoms and treatment ?

Bacteria vs virus: There are a few ways your tonsils could get inflamed. Usually it would start with a viral infection. If the body can't fight it appropriately, then it can become bacterial. This may take 5-7 days . At this point you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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What herbs cure tonsil stones?

What herbs cure tonsil stones?

None really: It is not a medical problem, more of a physical one. Medications, herbs, mouthwashes generally don't help. If the tonsils have the deep crypts which trap food debris, tonsil stones will form. They can be removed cleaned out, but usually recur. If tonsil stones are a severe and chronic problem, tonsillectomy will cure the issues. See your local ent. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have white balls on my tonsils, what are they and how to get rid of them?

I have white balls on my tonsils, what are they and how to get rid of them?

Depends: On what they are. If they are "pus pockets" you may need medication. If they are food particles that got stuck in your tonsilar crypts, then you may need to see ENT to have them removed or try gargling with mouth wash frequently in an attempt to dislodge them etc. Get eval to fond out what they are first. Good luck. ...Read more