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I've had I Lil red bump in my tonsil for months and now there is 3....what could this be. ..they don't look like tonsil stones and they don't hurt?

I've had I Lil red bump in my tonsil for months and now there is 3....what could this be. ..they don't look like tonsil stones and they don't hurt?

Tonsil "bumps": A low grade infection - maybe draining a gum or tooth, but painless sores are always a red flag and it would be best to consult an ENT specialist if they don't clear up soon. ...Read more

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Tonsil Stones (Definition)

Tonsil stones are white or yellow globs of foul-smelling mucus and bacteria that collect in the tonsils near the back of the throat. Tonsil stones are not dangerous, but ...Read more


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Years ago I had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy but I'm coughing up what look like tonsil stones? Can't see them, what is it/how to get rid of them?

Years ago I had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy but I'm coughing up what look like tonsil stones? Can't see them, what is it/how to get rid of them?

Tonsil stones : Sometimes when you have a tonsillectomy there is still a remnant remaining that could still cause tonsilloliths. Besides that, there is lymph tissue in the base of the tongue that might be a source of the problem. Brush your tongue in the back daily and gargle regularly. If no improvement in a month, see an ENT MD. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Be seen: A referral to an ear, nose and throat doctor would be a good plan. It may be a collection of blood vessels called an hemangioma. It needs to be seen before you have bleeding problems. All the best. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones be covered with mucosa membrane? Ent Dr says tonsil stone but this doesn't look like the pics I seen. Sm round bump on tonsil cover

Can tonsil stones be covered with mucosa membrane? Ent Dr says tonsil stone but this doesn't look like the pics I seen. Sm round bump on tonsil cover

Possibly: Tonsilloliths "stones" are prevalent in tonsils whether they can be seen or not. The tonsillar surface is irregular and bumpy with patches of lymphatic tissue. Any area that grows or bleeds, necessitates and otolaryngology (ENT) evaluation. ...Read more

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I would like to know if there is a solution for my tonsil stones...

I would like to know if there is a solution for my tonsil stones...

Tonsilloliths : Tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous can become trapped. When this occurs, the debris can become concentrated in white formations that occur in the pockets. Tonsilloliths are formed when this trapped debris hardens, or calcifies. No tx needed if no symptoms.Your doctor may give antibiotics, or surgery if very large tonsils. ...Read more

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Hello, i have had a cold lately, and since the last time my tonsils are stollen and seems like they are full of tonsil stones. Should i be worried?

Let your doctor know: You didn't describe any other symptoms to know if you have fever, chills, difficulty swallowing, pharyngitis, inability to talk, lethargy to know how much it's affecting your activities of daily living. Your doctor will know best if this is a common recurrence. It all depends on other variables. It should definitely be looked at by your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi. it looks like there is a deeper crater in the top of my left tonsil. they are inflamed with tonsil stones but my biggest concern is the asymmetry.

Hi. it looks like there is a deeper crater in the top of my left tonsil. they are inflamed with tonsil stones but my biggest concern is the asymmetry.

Tonsil problem: Tonsoliths (stones in your tonsils) are common among the young with swollen, irregular tonsil tissue. Asymmetry is not unusual, and perhaps due to the size of these stones. Gargling, Q-tip/finger manipulation, or irrigation can dislodge larger stones, but only time or tonsillectomy will ultimately resolve them in my experience. These are not usually infectious, but if painful should be checked. ...Read more

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If I have tonsil stones would it feel like I have a hair stuck in my throat?

If I have tonsil stones would it feel like I have a hair stuck in my throat?

IT CAN: The tonsilith, or tonsil stone can cause irritation and pressure. Best to see your otolaryngologist for evaluation. ...Read more