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Can you get tonsil stones in your lateral pharyngeal bands?

Probably: With a little ingenuity you can probably figure out a way to remove them. A penlight, a mirror, and a half-unbent paper clip may be all you need. If they're not tonsil stones, get them seen. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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I'm a 21 years old male; I've been with soar throat for a week. Have white patches on my pharynx, not on my tonsils. Had mild fever last night. ?

I'm a 21 years old male; I've been with soar throat for a week. Have  white patches on my pharynx, not on my tonsils. Had mild fever last night. ?

See a doctor: You need to see a doctor. If you're still symptomatic after a week you need to be examined and possibly tested for strep throat. If it's strep & you wait any longer, you're increasing the chances of streptococcal complications which include rheumatic heart disease. It may be as simple as a Rx for penicillin to treat your illness, but w/o being seen by a Dr. there's no way to know. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have holes in my tonsils?

Yes: Absolutely, most tonsils are not smooth and have deep crevices. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Please describe what tonsils fare or?

Please describe what tonsils fare or?

Immune surveillance : The tonsils are focal areas where the immune system monitors the world and "learns" about the environment you are exposed to. The good news is that the "tonsil tissues" are located all over the back of the throat and down into the gut. If you are asking whether to get them taken out, removing the tonsils does not remove the immune function, since there are other similar tissues elsewhere. ...Read more

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I have these holes on my tonsils what could that be?

Cryptic tonsils: They are called cryptic tonsils. It just means that they have reacted to prior sore throats by enlarging repeatedly. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Dark spot on tonsil?

Dark spot on tonsil?

Not sure: Some with darker complexions can have areas of pigmentation in the mouth particularly on the gums next to teeth. The old mercury dental amalgams could leave a gray area on the tissue next to the tooth. Melanoma can occur in the mouth but rarely. I suggest you see ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes tonsil cysts?

What causes tonsil cysts?

Not to worry: The tonsils in the throat are lined with squamous epithelium (skin). Sometimes the normal growth of this lining can invaginate and grow inwards causing a benign cyst. If there is no redness around the cyst and if does not cause pain or enlarge, i would not worry about it. The question is, is this really a cyst? See an ENT doctor for reassurance. ...Read more

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What causes bumps on tonsil?

What causes bumps on tonsil?

Tonsil bumps: Bumps on tonsils may be normal. Tonsils are typically not smooth. If your tonsils look particularly bumpy and this is not their usual state, you should have your doctor or an otolaryngologist (ENT) have a look at them, especially if you are also experiencing throat pain, difficulty or pain swallowing or fever. ...Read more