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Purple Spots On My Tonsils
My son has extremely swollen tonsils, no spots, no discoloration (no red or purple), no pain, just a cough. What could it be?
Dark purple vein and white spot on the back of my throat does not look like or feel like tonsil stones the white spot size of quarter veins thick?
White spots on tonsi: Commenest cause of white spots on the tonsills is streptocaccal infection.But it can be caused by infectious mono nucleosis, some time white food particles may be stuck in the tonsillar crypts, sometimes thrush infection in immunocomprised patients may show as white, greyish and purplish spots on tonsils. ...Read more
Tonsils: The white spots could be a sign of an infection, but you should be sick with sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever, etc. If you feel fine, but have white spots, this is usually tonsilloliths-white concretions that form in the crypts or crevices of the tonsils. It is a harmless condition, but can be annoying due to some discomfort and sometimes halitosis. Good oral hygiene can sometimes help. ...Read more
Tonsillolithiasis: If your throat doesn't hurt or if you don't otherwise feel infected, these could be tonsillar stones, a condition called tonsillolithiasis - completely benign and of no real concern. ...Read more
Infection: Pus spots on the back of the throat or tonsils usually means an infection is going on. Often they're caused by viruses and go away in a few days. They can also be caused by bacterial germs like strep. Talk to your doctor. They may want to do a strep test to see if treatment is needed. You can help throat pain by drinking cold (non-acid, non-carbonated) liquids. Throat lozenges can help. ...Read more
Probably tonsilliths: While you can get an exudate on your tonsils when there is an infection, more likely what you have are tonsilliths, or tonsil stones. There are the excretory product of the tonsils that form in the crypts ("pockets"). There are more common in younger people, and often will occur more after an inflammatory process, like a cold or upper respiratory infection. ...Read more
I've suffered with white spots on my tonsils for over a year, holes are starting to appear when the spots come out, what's best to do?
Tonsil calculus: From what you describe, it sounds like you might be having tonsil stones or tonsil calculus. It is also possible that you might be having tonsillitis with active pus, but when there are "holes" left behind, it sure sounds like a tonsil stone. They occur in the crypts or pits in the tonsils. Try gargling frequently. If associated sore throat or pain, you should have an ENT doctor look and help. ...Read more
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