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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Missing Tonsils (Overview)

A tonsil is a mass composed of lymphoid tissue at the back and on either side of the throat. It may be so small as to not be obvious or it may have been surgically removed.


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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

Dr. Steven Griggs
5 Doctors shared insights

Missing Tonsils (Overview)

A tonsil is a mass composed of lymphoid tissue at the back and on either side of the throat. It may be so small as to not be obvious or it may have been surgically removed.


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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

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Can getting your tonsils removed help prevent sickness?

Can getting your tonsils removed help prevent sickness?

Yes: As a dentist I have seen patients suffer all their life in the dental chair, by gagging easily and not being able to tolerate a dental impression. A bad experience in the dental office leads to longer time between visits and more dental problems.

Tonsils use to be routinely removed 40 years ago and now doctors will wait for recurring problems due to
the possible complications. ...Read more

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What's the white stuff that I sometimes get in my tonsils?

What's the white stuff that I sometimes get in my tonsils?

Debris: The material is a combination of old food, shed cells from the tonsils, and bacteria. It is sometimes called tonsil stones but I prefer to call it tonsil cheese. Sometimes antibiotics can help but if it's a problem often the only cure is to remove the tonsils. ...Read more

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What happens when some genetic material is missing?

What happens when some genetic material is missing?

Abnormalities: Loss of genetic material is called a deletion, if less than a whole chromosome or oartial or complete monosomy if it is a sizeable part or a complete loss of a chromosome. It often results in loss of the fetus (miscarriage) but smaller losses/deletions can result in poor growth before and after birth, congenital birth defects, delays in development, and recognizeable syndromes with anomalies. ...Read more

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Can tonsil and adenoid problems be heriditary?

Can tonsil and adenoid problems be heriditary?

Maybe: Etiology of big tonsils and adenoids not known. Probably agenetic component because siblings tend to have big tonsils and adenoids and runs in families.Children exposed to bad viruses such as RSV, that young children getscan cause a pretty bad upper respiratory infection— are more likely later on to have bigger tonsils and adenoids. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Missing tonsils?

What is the definition or description of: Missing tonsils?

Missing tonsils: A tonsil is a mass composed of lymphoid tissue at the back and on either side of the throat. It may be so small as to not be obvious or it may have been surgically removed. ...Read more

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Pieces of my tonsil are missing, what should I do?

Pieces of my tonsil are missing, what should I do?

See an ENT: If your tonsils is breaking off or eroding, then maybe there is a medical process and you should see an ent. If your tonsil is just shrinking over time, that is normal. When born, the tonsils are small. They grow over the next 5 to 7 years while immune system maturing. Once mature, the tonsils usually shrink, so they are small again be preteen or teenage years. ...Read more

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A small chunk of my tonsil is missing, is this concerning?

A small chunk of my tonsil is missing, is this concerning?

Tonsil Asymmetry: Greetings. Most everyone has subtle asymmetries of their lymphatic tissues. As we age, these tissues in the throat and in the back of the nose will shrink and atrophy. This is probably not anything to worry about but it's wise to see your ENT doctor for confirmation. ...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.

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 strep troat, white spots on my tonsils, and I'm missing pacthes on my tongue, what's wrong with me? Do I have an STD the doctor said I'm ok.

I have strep troat, white spots on my tonsils, and I'm missing pacthes on my tongue, what's wrong with me? Do I have an STD the doctor said I'm ok.

Don't panic: The white spots on your tonsils are consistent with you strep throat which is a bacterial infection of your throat. The patches on your tongue are most likely benign unless they are ulcerated and bleeding. If you fear an std or have reason to believe you have contracted one, you can always get tested. Trust you doctor and recover from the strep. ...Read more

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I am 46. Some theets are missing in my mouth (3). Should I replace them? Can I live without 3 theets without the ridk of missing others?

I am 46. Some theets are missing in my mouth (3). Should I replace them? Can I live without 3 theets without the ridk of missing others?

Yes: Anyone can live without teeth but it is the quality of life that disappears with the teeth. Speech difficulties, poor digestion, changes in diet, postural changes (descending support issues), less facial support, and maybe most important poorer airway support. The more teeth missing the more the tendency towards these problems. It's a slippery slope when you begin loosing your teeth. ...Read more

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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