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A small chunk of my tonsil is missing, is this concerning?

A small chunk of my tonsil is missing, is this concerning?

Tonsil Asymmetry: Greetings. Most everyone has subtle asymmetries of their lymphatic tissues. As we age, these tissues in the throat and in the back of the nose will shrink and atrophy. This is probably not anything to worry about but it's wise to see your ENT doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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I had a whit chunk of crusty stuff in a hole of my tonsil. I think it may be tonsil stones. It's in comfortable, and I am going to a doctor tomorrow.

I had a whit chunk of crusty stuff in a hole of my tonsil. I think it may be tonsil stones. It's in comfortable, and I am going to a doctor tomorrow.

You are probably: Right. If no pain or swelling it is likely a food particle or tonsillar concretion (stone). If so no need to see your doctor. It is benign. ...Read more

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I constantly get big hard yellowish chunks getting stuck in my tonsils. I tend to cough it out but lately they are so large and its hard to swallow.

I constantly get big hard yellowish chunks getting stuck in my tonsils. I tend to cough it out but lately they are so large and its hard to swallow.

Tonsillolith: Tonsillolith is a calcification occuring in the tonsil as a result of chronic inflammation. Most commonly tonsilloliths are intratonsillar and are asymptomatic. They have been identified incidentally. Commonly patients with tonsillolith complain of foul breath and throat pain. Consult your ENT dr for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've always had enlarged tonsils ever since I was a kid, im 17 now. I used to have tonsillitis a few times when I was young. I have chunks out of my to?

I've always had enlarged tonsils ever since I was a kid, im 17 now. I used to have tonsillitis a few times when I was young. I have chunks out of my to?

Using this site: To get the most from this site you need to provide background information as you have done & then ask a question related to that information. Placing a question mark after a statement does not make it an understandable question. You are welcome to start over. Your questions are never linked & go out on the site at random. ...Read more

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What is the brown mucus I spit up with brown chunks? Not tonsil stones, no smell and not yellow it only has happened when I first wake up lately.

What is the brown mucus I spit up with brown chunks? Not tonsil stones, no smell and not yellow it only has happened when I first wake up lately.

Gum disease: Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. Bleeding may be a sign of a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. ...Read more

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I have strep throat and I have coughed up two chunks that look like my tonsils. Could this be?

I have strep throat and I have coughed up two chunks that look like my tonsils. Could this be?

Coughing up Tonsills: U can't cough up your tonsills! What many people end up coughing with strep infection are debris which collects over their enlarged tonsills and collects in between the tonsillar crypts, called exudates. Since they reside on tonsills, they may take its shape. Those are gen small specks of 2-3 mm, but can be occasionally larger. Make sure u complete your treatment for strep and use oral hygeine. ...Read more

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I have a very bad smell in mouth everyday even if I brush my teeth and do mouth wash I been having this problem for years and also white chunks comes?

I have a very bad smell in mouth everyday even if I brush my teeth and do mouth wash I been having this problem for years and also white chunks comes?

Halitosis: Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with your dentist and physician, and I'm confident that your problem will at least be minimized, and hopefully eradicated. ...Read more

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Took a deep breathe with cookie in mouth. Small chunk went in my lung I think. Barely coughed. No fever or infection yet. Will it dissolve on own?

Took a deep breathe with cookie in mouth. Small chunk went in my lung I think. Barely coughed. No fever or infection yet. Will it dissolve on own?

Most likely: Healthy young patients such as yourself will cough it out.
There is a small chance of pneumonia, so should you develop fever, worsening cough, or chest pain you should go to your doctor earlier rather than later. ...Read more

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I have an infection in my lower jaw that originated in my lower mouth my dentures tore out a chunk of my gums I have three different antibiotics I don t know which one would be the best choice and the most effective amoxicillin 500mg amox clav 875mg and c

I have an infection in my lower jaw that originated in my lower mouth my dentures tore out a chunk of my gums I have three different antibiotics I don t know which one would be the best choice and the most effective amoxicillin 500mg amox clav 875mg and c

See a dentist: I am not sure when you say I have these antibiotics if they were prescribed to you by a supervising dentist or you are medicating yourself? If you have not seen a dentist to evaluate that please do so. There are other things that can be done besides taking antibiotics. Please have it evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What do tonsils do?

What do tonsils do?

Immune system: Tonsils are lymph tissue that help your immune system. ...Read more

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Can tonsils re-grow?

Can tonsils re-grow?

Adenoids regrow: Tonsils usually do not regrow but adenoids have propensity to reappear. It is more difficult to remove entire adenoid tissue. ...Read more

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Dark spot on tonsil?

Dark spot on tonsil?

Not sure: Some with darker complexions can have areas of pigmentation in the mouth particularly on the gums next to teeth. The old mercury dental amalgams could leave a gray area on the tissue next to the tooth. Melanoma can occur in the mouth but rarely. I suggest you see ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes tonsil cysts?

What causes tonsil cysts?

Not to worry: The tonsils in the throat are lined with squamous epithelium (skin). Sometimes the normal growth of this lining can invaginate and grow inwards causing a benign cyst. If there is no redness around the cyst and if does not cause pain or enlarge, I would not worry about it. The question is, is this really a cyst? See an ENT doctor for reassurance. ...Read more

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Bulges on tonsils? Normal?

Bulges on tonsils? Normal?

Tonsil anatomy: Normal tonsils have an irregular look to them and there can be bulges surrounding pits or crypts within the tonsils. Sometimes we'll see that a normal tonsil will actually have what looks like another lobe. If you are concerned about what you see, best to have your doctor examine to make sure it isn't something different than a normal tonsil. ...Read more

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Can you have extra tonsils?

Can you have extra tonsils?

4 sets of tonsils: Most people are unaware that there 4 sets of tonsils in the upper respiratory tract. 1.) palatine (throat) tonsils; 2.) adenoids (nasopharyngeal tonsils) 3.) lingual tonsils (tonsils at the base of the tongue) and tonsils at the entrance to the
eustachian tube (auditory tube). Together, these are known as waldeyer's ring. ...Read more

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Are holes in tonsils normal?

Are holes in tonsils normal?

Crypts are normal: It may be normal to have some discharge or tonsillar exudate, that resides in crypts within the tonsils. These deep ridges are just a characteristic of tonsils. ...Read more

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What causes bumps on tonsil?

What causes bumps on tonsil?

Tonsil bumps: Bumps on tonsils may be normal. Tonsils are typically not smooth. If your tonsils look particularly bumpy and this is not their usual state, you should have your doctor or an otolaryngologist (ENT) have a look at them, especially if you are also experiencing throat pain, difficulty or pain swallowing or fever. ...Read more

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Can your tonsils to grow back?

Can your tonsils to grow back?

No: When a complete tonsillectomy is performed, the gland does not grow back. Some techniques are partial tonsillectomies, leaving remnant glandular elements in the tonsillar fossae or inferior poles. These elements can become enalrged with chronic inflammation, but this is not true regrowth. ...Read more

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How to shrink 3+ size tonsils?

How to shrink 3+ size tonsils?

By seeing the doctor: If a strep infection had increased the size of the tonsils, the doctor may treat with antibiotics. If a viral infection (such as mono) had enlarged the tonsils, the doctor may use a few days of prednisone. If the tonsils are always big, and the person is a child with no problems, it may be ok to just wait. If tonsils cause breathing, swallowing, sleeping issues, an ENT doctor might remove them. ...Read more

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Are tonsils ment to be smooth?

Usually not: Palatine tonsils tend to be irregular with ridges or crypts. ...Read more

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Do tonsil cysts cause any pain?

Do tonsil cysts cause any pain?

Tonsil cysts: They never cause pain, and rarely cause any symptoms whatsoever. ...Read more

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Can you be born without tonsils?

Can you be born without tonsils?

Probably not: If you are referring to the palatine tonsils, that is, the tonsils in the back of the throat, probably not. The tonsils that you have may be so small, that within the tonsillar fossa, you simply cannot see them. ...Read more

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Is laryngitis and tonsil the same?

Is laryngitis and tonsil the same?

No: Laryngitis refers to an infection of the larynx or the voice box. Usually patients are hoarse with it. The larynx closes when we speak, swallow and cough. Tonsils are like specialized lymph nodes and are part of your immune system. In the mouth, you actually have four tonsils...The palatine tonsils (on both sides), the adenoid (in the nasopharynx) and the lingual tonsil (back of the tongue). ...Read more

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Why do my tonsils look riped open?

Why do my tonsils look riped open?

Tonsils: This can be the normal tonsillar appearance in adults. If there are no other throat issues, don't worry. ...Read more

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Does getting your tonsils out hurt?

Like bad sore throat: Having your tonsils out is uncomfortable - the pain is like a bad sore throat. For the first several days following surgery, pain in the throat is to be expected. This can usually be controlled with liquid tylenol (acetaminophen) or tylenol with Codeine (prescription will be given at time of surgery). Pain is often worse at night. This will lessen over time and resolve by 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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When do the tonsils usually shrink?

When do the tonsils usually shrink?

By preteen/teenager: At birth, your tonsils and adenoids (t&a) are small and your immune system is immature. Your t&a are immunological structures and make antibodies to pathogens, like bacteria and viruses; so as you grow, they grow and enlarge, doing their job. Our immune system is relatively mature at 5 to 7 years of age, when the t&a peak in size. They then usually shrink to become small again by preteen/teenager. ...Read more

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Could having your tonsils out hurt?

You may have: Some pain after surgery but normally you are prescribed effective pain medications. ...Read more