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Dr. Bernstein Joel
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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

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Dr. Warren Strudwick
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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


Dr. Lonna Larsh
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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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Dr. Elton Behner
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Dr. TED FEDER
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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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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Dr. Chevies Newman
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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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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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My boyfriend has bad breath and little white things in back of his throat. Could these be the tonsil stones, and what do we do about it?

My boyfriend has bad breath and little white things in back of his throat. Could these be the tonsil stones, and what do we do about it?

See the doctor: there are many things that can cause halitosis, and since this appears to be a change in the way his breath usually smells, and because of the whiteness that you see in the back of the throat, he should see his doctor to be evaluated. Although these are not likely to be tonsil stones, they do need to be evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Anna Meyer
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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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