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Purple Spots On Tonsil
Severe sore throat & fever for over 5 days now. Throat has white & purple spots where tonsils were. No strep/mono, but can barely swallow. Now what?
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
Cheek bite for one: One cause can be a cheek bite that caused bleeding below the tissue, but not enough of a bite to cause a laceration or tear so that the blood leaked out into your mouth. Another reason could be a blue nevus. You should see a dentist to have the spots evaluated and then see if any treatment is needed. ...Read more
Several posibilities: Get somebody professional (dentist, doctor) to look at these and give you their impression. Must be seen to be diagnosed. ...Read more
I have these deep purple veins in my mouth upper cheek on the left side and two red spots what can I do to calm the pain or what should I do?
See Your Dentist: If you are having pain in your cheek or mouth, and are uncertain of the cause, you should see your dentist for evaluation and treatment as indicated. It is difficult to provide you with a more definitive recommendation without more information or visualization of the affected area (s). ...Read more
Roof of mouth is pale and has tiny red spots, middle ridge is purple. Also have tonsillitis. What could be causing this?
I have a small purple/red spot under my tongue at the base of my mouth. It's at the end of the lingual frenulum. Is this a blood vessel or cancer?
Vein?: It's most likely a vein but it could be other things as well so it would need a one on one clinical evaluation to confirm that. ...Read more
Protected sex 4wk ago. Had bump on roof of mouth for 1 day.1 small purple spot on toe. Dull testicle ache. Temp 99.2.No fever/real rash. Likely HIV or no?
Many possibilities: There are several resaons that may cause this. From minor issues to severe medical issues. You need to see your physician asap to have this issue addressed. They can range from vitamin deficiencies all the way to certain cancers. ...Read more
Tonsils: Without being able to examine your tonsils, it is impossible to tell what it might be. Regardless, if you have symptoms or not, you should seek evaluation of an ear, nose and throat specialist so that you can be evaluated and treated properly. ...Read more
Probably nothing.: Definitely not a pta, especially if you aren't having any symptoms of fever or severe pain. Hard to say without looking at it, but they may be a collection of blood vessels that are often seen on the surface of the tonsil. If the swelling doesn't improve or one tonsil stays larger than the other, get it looked at by an ent. ...Read more
Sometimes-not always: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...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
White spots: Hello, the white spots in the back of your throat sound like tonsilliths. These are food particles that get stuck in the tonsil tissues. They harden and make your tonsils look like they are infected. Under these tonsil pimples is a cavity or crevice that may be inflamed and infected. Gargle with water after every meal. This helps to clear these white pimples. Also see your doctor. ...Read more
Strep throat or mono: It could be strep tonsillitis or mononucleosis. You need to see your doctor to find out what it is because if it is strep you need to be treated with antibiotics. You need direct examination and culture or spot strep test and if negative may need blood test to rule out mononucleosis. There is a possibility it may be nothing serious. ...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
Depends on cause: You need to see your doctor to find out what caused the white spots, if it is due to strep infection you need 10 days of antibiotics, but if it is due to some other cause than thereis different treatment. ...Read more
Why would I have one or two white spots that appear on my tonsils, dissapear for days and then return?
Answered already: See your family doctor or ENT specialist. ...Read more
I have pain in my left tonsil and weird discoloration spots that look somewhat like mucus but I'm not sure. What does this mean?
Need to be examined: The tonsils are very irregular in texture and appearance, and even variations in mucosal color. So, sometimes what you think is abnormal is really not. I examine a lot of young people with concerns like yours and usually it is not anything to worry about. However, get checked. ...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
I have Spots on both tonsils but only one is swollen. Then it goes away but comes back every month like clockwork since January '16. What is going on?
Crypts: Tonsils are pitted cryptic organs with irregular surfaces. They often swell due to inflammation/infection. Additionally, debris or tonsilloliths may be filling the interior of the tonsil. Progressive persistent asymmetry or enlargement however should be evaluated by an Otolaryngologist to rule out a neoplasm/growth. ...Read more