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I have little white yellowish smelly things that come from pockets in back of my throat.What is this caused from?

I have little white yellowish smelly things that come from pockets in back of my throat.What is this caused from?

Tonsilloliths.: The surface of the tonsils in the throat have indentations called crypts. It is not uncommon for food particles to be caught in these crypts. They appear as yellow, white smelly things just as you have described. Although you may not like my recommendation, I have operated on a number of patients (tonsillectomy) and have cured all of them. Otherwise live with it. ...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 get these yellowish white smelly things sometimes in the back of my throat and I can push them out with my finger what are they?

I get these yellowish white smelly things sometimes in the back of my throat and I can push them out with my finger what are they?

Tonsil stones: These are called tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones. They are not really stones, but are collections of dead cells, mucous, and calcium. They are not dangerous, but can cause discomfort and bad breath. Wikepedia has a pretty good entry on this: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/tonsillolith. You can remove them yourself or have them washed out, or you can have laser surgery to keep them from returning. ...Read more

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
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Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
Once
Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
Once
Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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I get white smelly stuff comes up from the back of my throat. Comes straight up and I have to spit it out. What is it?

I get white smelly stuff comes up from the back of my throat. Comes straight up and I have to spit it out. What is it?

Other Symptoms?: How do you feel otherwise? Smoke? This could be coming from your sinuses, or your stomach, or even your lungs. How long has this been going on for? Just when you wake up, or throughout the day? If it persists, if you can cleanly catch some of "the stuff" (without mixing it with your saliva) save it and get it examined. ...Read more

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Am 37 weeks pregnant and suffering from sinusitis have very sore face and smelly yellow mucas in nose snd back of throat?

Am 37 weeks pregnant and suffering from sinusitis have very sore face and smelly yellow mucas in nose snd back of throat?

Don't hold on treat: Amoxicillin 500 mg 3-4 times per day and even, if no comtraindications, low dose oral steroid; Prednisone 10 mg 1 3x per day, then 1 2x per day, then 1 per day for 2 days. It doesnt cross placenta and will decrease inflammation. Facial soreness, may be pressure or infection, depending on duration may be viral but i'm biased to treat aggressively, steroid is low dose, need 2 b better 4 babe.Gd luc. ...Read more

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
Daily
Gargle with salt water
Daily
See your doctor if you have a fever over 101.5F or can't swallow
Once
See your doc if you can't open your mouth well or turn your neck well
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Have had a fever over 100 for 5 days and now my throat is starting to hurt.. Now I have white spots on my tonsils and blister things back of throat ?

Have had a fever over 100 for 5 days and now my throat is starting to hurt.. Now I have white spots on my tonsils and blister things back of throat ?

See a doctor ASAP!: Your symptoms suggest a few possibilities. It's possible you have a simple viral infection (like a cold), you should be checked for streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) and infectious mononucleosis (mono). Strep can lead to scarlet fever or rheumatic fever (very dangerous) if not treated soon. Mono can lead to liver problems, spleen enlargement and even spleen rupture. Please get checked asap! ...Read more

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Gargle with salt water
Daily
Take ibuprofen
3x day
Drink cool fluids
5x day
See your doctor
Once
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Since i was 12 I have experienced these little white things that come from the back of my throat into my mouth, gross oder and make me gag.What r they?

Since i was 12 I have experienced these little white things that come from the back of my throat into my mouth, gross oder and make me gag.What r they?

Tonsiliths: This is usually due to tonsils that have lots of grooves in them (cryptic tonsils) that have secretions build up and become hardened. They can be associated with bad breath. Using a waterpik or gargling to dislodge them can help. They are not dangerous. ...Read more

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