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Should I be worried if I can't see my tonsils?

Should I be worried if I can't see my tonsils?

Small tonsils: Don't worry. The tonsils are supposed to atrophy and get smaller over time. If you can't see them, they must be small. They make antibodies early in life but gradually lose this function, after the age of three. You are lucky not to have any problems with your tonsils.

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How can a dr. Test you to see if you need your tonsils out?

How can a dr. Test you to see if you need your tonsils out?

Options: Most surgeons (ENT) would check the tonsils for evidence of infection or enlargement. This would involve an examination or scope in the office in most people.

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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

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I have a hole in my tonsil. Not a tiny one either. Looks like it has been slit open. When I look at it I can see it open and close. It's not bleeding.

I have a hole in my tonsil. Not a tiny one either. Looks like it has been slit open. When I look at it I can see it open and close. It's not bleeding.

Tonsils: This can be a very normal appearance for tonsils when someone is an adult. The tonsils are smooth in young children, but can become quite cryptic (cratered) in adults. Only a problem if catches food excessively.

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I have a small black hole behind my tonsils should I be worried? It's really small, like the size of a pen point. I'm just wondering if I should really be worried I was able to see it without anything special, just a flashlight and a mirror. Even my teach

I have a small black hole behind my tonsils should I be worried? It's really small, like the size of a pen point. I'm just wondering if I should really be worried I was able to see it without anything special, just a flashlight and a mirror. Even my teach

It: It is very difficult to say what exactly you are seeing without examining you. If the area in question is still present see your doctor for an evaluation. If your doctor is unsure of what he/she is seeing, then a specialist (ent- ear, nose, and throat doctor) can be consulted. All the best.

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I have one of those white hard thing stuck in my tonsil for 7 months now I can see it but I can't get it out it?

I have one of those white hard thing stuck in my tonsil for 7 months now I can see it but I can't get it out it?

Tonsillith: The tonsils have crypts in them. Debris accumulates in them and form "stones" or "tonsil-liths". They can be the cause of bad breath and have some associated discomfort. If you cannot take the end of a blunt tooth brush and express it out, and it is a source of problems. For you, see your pcp or ENT and have them examine the area. Gargle alot with salt water.

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Is it possible for you to see you lingual tonsils?

Is it possible for you to see you lingual tonsils?

Yes: Mirror laryngoscopy of flexible fiber optic endoscopy are the easiest methods to visualize the lingual tonsils. Pulling the tongue as forward as possible probably will allow you to see the upper edge of the lingual tonsils.

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My tonsils are bleeding an they hurt so bad. I see white stuff on them what could this be.

Possible infection: If the tonsils are bleeding with white discharge then you have an infection. See your primary care doctor for treatment.

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I'm 18 and I can see my Epiglottis. I've never seen it before. I had my tonsils removed when I was younger. Is this normal?

I'm 18 and I can see my Epiglottis. I've never seen it before. I had my tonsils removed when I was younger. Is this normal?

Epiglottis: It is possible if you were relaxed enough that you could see your epiglottis - a normal structure at the base of the tongue see http://www. Patienthelp. Org/human-anatomy/epiglottis. Html I wouldn't worry Good luck

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Hi I have a very small white spot on my tonsils with no pain and lil coughing... It has been 2-3 weeks now. I can see a very light small white spot?

Hi I have a very small white spot on my tonsils with no pain and lil coughing... It has been 2-3 weeks now. I can see a very light small white spot?

Need examination: Impossible to offer you a precise diagnosis, or for that matter appropriate treatment, without a physical examination and a complete medical history from you to identify risks, exposures, pre-existing issues, duration of symptoms, etc. Go see your doctor please.

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I have a huge tonsil stone I can't push out. I can taste it and smell it and see it. How can I remove it?

I have a huge tonsil stone I can't push out. I can taste it and smell it and see it. How can I remove it?

Use finger: Use finger to dial your Physician or go to Urgent Care. A medical specialist will be able to visualize the area and will have the knowledge and instruments required to help you.

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Can a doctor see the lingual tonsils?

Can a doctor see the lingual tonsils?

Yes: They can usually be seen just by openning the mouth, but can also be seen better with a mirror.

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What kind of specialist would I see for my tonsils and adenoids?

What kind of specialist would I see for my tonsils and adenoids?

ENT: An otolaryngology - head and neck surgeon (aka ENT for ear, nose, and throat) would be more than capable to take care of your tonsils and adenoid problem.

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Hi I have a large thick purple vein showing on my right tonsil, I have no other symptoms but whenever I've looked before I could never see a vein?

Hi I have a large thick purple vein showing on my right tonsil, I have no other symptoms but whenever I've looked before I could never see a vein?

Probably normal: Tonsils are reactive tissues that swell in response to infection so their shape can change depending on your exposure to infections, to minor trauma or just normal ageing and development. This sounds like a normal physical finding but of course its impossible to say without seeing it. If you have no symptoms then there is no rush to get it checked. Ask your GP or dentist when you next visit.

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Went to see doc - large right tonsil and left tonsil nlt visible. She sent me away and didn't even seem to acknowledge it. I think it's serious?

Went to see doc - large right tonsil and left tonsil nlt visible. She sent me away and didn't even seem to acknowledge it. I think it's serious?

Probably not serious: If you had a ct scan it was probably to look and see if there was infection behind that tonsil. I would imagine your doctor would tell you that but if not and you are worried go see an ENT doctor to be sure this is okay.

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Had my tonsils and adenoids removed 2 months ago. I see what looks like a growth right where tonsils used to be. Is it possible they are growing back?

Had my tonsils and adenoids removed 2 months ago. I see what looks like a growth right where tonsils used to be. Is it possible they are growing back?

Unlikely: Unlikely but possible. Most likely what you're seeing is some scar tissue or at the side of the surgery. If concern, please see your ENT surgeon for evaluation. Hope this answer was helpful. Best of luck. Dr. R

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Can you always see tonsil stones? Or can they be hiding? My right tonsil is just a bit smaller got many stones out the left bit larger but see no stone

Can you always see tonsil stones? Or can they be hiding? My right tonsil is just a bit smaller got many stones out the left bit larger but see no stone

Tonsil stones: No you don't always see tonsillar stones. Sometimes they are buried deep in the crypts of the tonsils and cannot be seen. You may suspect them if you have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.