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What do normal, healthy tonsils look like? Are they bright red?

What do normal, healthy tonsils look like? Are they bright red?

Tonsils: Tonsils are normally pink, and they can resemble the surface of the moon (with craters). If they are bright red, you might have an infection. Feel better! ...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


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What should normal tonsils look like? I feel like mine may be inflamed? Is it normal to be inflamed after 5 months ago of being sick. As well as pic?

What should normal tonsils look like? I feel like mine may be inflamed? Is it normal to be inflamed after 5 months ago of being sick. As well as pic?

Tonsils: Tonsils will enlarge, get reddened and be sore when you have viral or bacterial infection, and shrink when you are well. You can have enlargement of tonsils with airborne allergens as well. The more congestion, sore throats, and allergies you have, the more often your tonsils will enlarge, get inflamed etc. (They work hard to make immune cells to fight off your infection), and shrink down after. ...Read more

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Bulges on tonsils? Normal?

Bulges on tonsils? Normal?

Tonsil anatomy: Normal tonsils have an irregular look to them and there can be bulges surrounding pits or crypts within the tonsils. Sometimes we'll see that a normal tonsil will actually have what looks like another lobe. If you are concerned about what you see, best to have your doctor examine to make sure it isn't something different than a normal tonsil. ...Read more

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Are holes in tonsils normal?

Are holes in tonsils normal?

Crypts are normal: It may be normal to have some discharge or tonsillar exudate, that resides in crypts within the tonsils. These deep ridges are just a characteristic of tonsils. ...Read more

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I have a cyst on my tonsil, is this normal?

I have a cyst on my tonsil, is this normal?

No: How do you know it is a cyst. If there is a swelling in one of the tonsils, it would be prudent to see your doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What do people normally get a tonsil cyst from?

What do people normally get a tonsil cyst from?

Not sure: "tonsil cyst" isn't a medical term, so it is hard to know exactly what you are talking about. Tonsil stones or "tonsilliths" are collections of food and infection which are whitish and are common. They cause bad breath, and sometimes reflect chronic tonsillitis. ...Read more

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It is just one white spot on my tonsil. Is that normal?

It is just one white spot on my tonsil. Is that normal?

See a physician: Besides making an appointment with your physician, you should immediately begin a regimen of warm salt water gargling. Do it for 1-2 minutes 4-5 times a day and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal for tonsils not to have a smooth appearance?

Is it normal for tonsils not to have a smooth appearance?

Yes: The lining is usually not smooth and has many crypts. Need to see your otolaryngologist if appearance changes or if one side looks different than the other. ...Read more

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I'm on day 6 of getting my tonsils out and there green? Is that normal?

I'm on day 6 of getting my tonsils out and there green? Is that normal?

Tonsils: Some coating (coagulated blood and secretions) is possible. I would not just rely upon the looks of the coating but rather upon the presence of other symptoms - painful swallowing, fever, etc. The coating will clear eventually if that's the only thing bothering you. ...Read more

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Is it normal to squeeze white/green stuff out of holes/crevices in tonsils?

Is it normal to squeeze white/green stuff out of holes/crevices in tonsils?

R/O CRYPT TRAPPING: Tonsilar crypt trapping can cause chronic tonsillitis you need to have throat cultured and a full panel of blood work. Empiric antibiotics Also ENT CONSULT re tonsillectomy if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Both tonsils looks like its shrinking and have holes in it, is this normal?

Both tonsils looks like its shrinking and have holes in it, is this normal?

In childhood: At birth, your tonsils and adenoids (t&a) are small and your immune system is immature. Your t&a are immunological structures and make antibodies to pathogens, like bacteria and viruses; so as you grow, they grow and enlarge, doing their job. Our immune system is relatively mature at 5 to 7 years of age, when the t&a peak in size. They then usually shrink to become small again by preteen/teenager. ...Read more

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I feel like one tonsils sticks out a bit more like a few mm. Is this normal?

I feel like one tonsils sticks out a bit more like a few mm. Is this normal?

Yes: Minor asymmetries from side to side are totally normal. As long as it doesn't hurt, and doesn't change over time, you probably have nothing to worry about. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My tonsils are always big, one is also bigger than the other, is that normal??

My tonsils are always big, one is also bigger than the other, is that normal??

Common: See ENT.
May be a normal variant, or post infection hyper trophy
BUT there are tumors that can happen that need to be investigated ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal for just one of your tonsils to swell out of no where?

Please advise if it's normal for just one of your tonsils to swell out of no where?

Could be normal: At age 40, a unilateral swelling of the tonsils should be seen by a head and neck surgeon to rule out the rare possibility of a serious problem. Although the unilateral swelling of a tonsil could be a viral infection, the rare possibility of lymphoma has to be ruled out. ...Read more

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My tonsils have never returned to their normal state ever since I was a kid, they are still big, is this dangerous?

My tonsils have never returned to their normal state ever since I was a kid, they are still big, is this dangerous?

Big tonsils: They are only dangerous if -
You have lots of sore throats
You have difficulty swallowing because of them
You snore or choke and gag in your sleep because of them, and/or wake up tired both which may indicate obstructive sleep apnea.

If none of these are the case, I'd leave them alone as you don't really want to put yourself through surgery if you don't need to! ...Read more

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 I have the discomfort and now I can see what look like little HOLES all over my right tonsil. Not my left. What can cause holes? Is it normal?

 I have the discomfort and now I can see what look like little HOLES all over my right tonsil. Not my left. What can cause holes? Is it normal?

May be physiologic: And maybe physiologic was the other thing one would consider is whether it is infected since it is tender. This is something discuss with your physician and maybe get a culture ...Read more

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I have noticed my tonsils change shape regularly, new pockets are forming and they are changing constantly over the last 6 months. Is that' normal?

I have noticed my tonsils change shape regularly, new pockets are forming and they are changing constantly over the last 6 months. Is that' normal?

Tonsil stones: You might be describing tonsil stones. It is somewhat unclear based on the history of the problem.
Check out this link: http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention
Also check out the image and see if this fits your description. ...Read more

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