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Doctor insights on: White Deposits On Tonsils

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What are the hardened mucous-like deposits that expel from our tonsils?

What are the hardened mucous-like deposits that expel from our tonsils?

Tonsil stones: These are masses of keratin. They can be annoying and smell nasty. You can cough them up, or learn to remove them with a penlight and small forces. If they are troublesome, you can have your tonsils resurfaced with a laser by an ENT specialist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...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 from 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. 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

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Docs, what's a tonsil removal like?

Docs, what's a tonsil removal like?

Sore throat: During removal no pain you are under anesthesia after there is swelling in the back of the throat and a sore throat for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. There occasionally os some bleeding about a week after removal so be aware of this and let your surgeon know if this bleeding happens ...Read more

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Can a cancerous tonsil look cryptic?

Can a cancerous tonsil look cryptic?

What do you mean: By "cryptic". Cancer of the tonsil usually results in a mass or enlargement of the tonsil. ...Read more

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Can tonsils grow back after 5 weeks?

Unlikely that quick: Tonsils are lymphoid tissue that make antibodies for immune response. If not removed completely, they can rehypertrophy. For 2000 years, the tonsil was completely removed. Over the last decade, some ENT surgeons perform a near total tonsillectomy to not violate the tissue next to the tonsil to decrease pain and bleeding. Small amounts of tonsil tissue can regrow or rehypertrophy when left. ...Read more

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For what reasons do we have tonsils?

For what reasons do we have tonsils?

Tonsils: Tonsils are part of the immune system. They help us fight off infections and take care of infection when such occurs. The are often considered specialized lymph nodes. Interestingly, we have four major tonsils in the mouth and throat, the adenoid or nasopharyngeal tonsil, the two palatine tonsils and the lingual tonsil. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have holes in my tonsils?

Yes: Absolutely, most tonsils are not smooth and have deep crevices. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What is the size of inflamed tonsils?

Any size: Size doesn't play a role in tonsil inflammation but inflammation can definitely make the tonsils swell up. If the tonsil swells up due to inflammation, you might have new onset of snoring or a sense of choking. When the inflammation decreases, the swelling may decrease as well. ...Read more

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When should I get my tonsils removed?

When should I get my tonsils removed?

You shouldn't unless: You meet surgical criteria. There was a time when tonsillectomies were done routinely without a specific indication. If you are having problems — see your ear/nose/throat doctor. ...Read more