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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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I have pain in my left tonsil and weird discoloration spots that look somewhat like mucus but I'm not sure. What does this mean?

I have pain in my left tonsil and weird discoloration spots that look somewhat like mucus but I'm not sure. What does this mean?

Need to be examined: The tonsils are very irregular in texture and appearance, and even variations in mucosal color. So, sometimes what you think is abnormal is really not. I examine a lot of young people with concerns like yours and usually it is not anything to worry about. However, get checked. ...Read more

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I'm on day 8 of getting my tonsils removed and there they have mucus in the holes, is this common? And does that mean it's healing?

Yes: You usually have whitish / yellow patches where the tonsils were removed. This will eventually slough off and the tissue will appear normal. ...Read more

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I don't have my tonsils but I coughed up mucus that was hard and chunky and had some blood in it what is it?

I don't have my tonsils but I coughed up mucus that was hard and chunky and had some blood in it what is it?

Hemoptysis: Coughed up mucus or blood (hemoptysis) usually is from bronchial tubes or lungs, not tonsils. Most common cause is bronchitis, but could be a more serious infection, especially pneumonia; or TB if at risk. See a doctor if it continues, especially with blood. If much blood, fever, chest pain, or shortness of breath, get seen immediately regardless of the holiday, e.g. urgent care or emergency room. ...Read more

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I had my tonsils and agnoids removed about 4 days ago and have been coughing up brown mucus quite often. Is this normal?

Tonsil out last week: Totally normal. Gargle with warm salt water and the throats will feel better as well.
Keep drinking plenty of water and this will resolve. ...Read more

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Enlarged tonsils? There are permanently huge and food and mucus stick to them but no dr. Wants to remove them, what can I do?

Enlarged tonsils? There are permanently huge and food and mucus stick to them but no dr. Wants to remove them, what can I do?

Live: This is a common problem and you are not alone. But, what is also very common is death from anesthesia and bleeding after tonsillectomy in too many adults like you. Your surgeons are being appropriately cautious and this is not a punishment. They are not being 'mean' or bad doctors. You are in a predicament that may be one you can learn to live with and find what others do with same situation. ...Read more

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My tonsil crypts are filled with a gggreen like mucus, my throat isn't sore it just feels like somethins lodged. Its not like normal stones?

My tonsil crypts are filled with a gggreen like mucus, my throat isn't sore it just feels like somethins lodged. Its not like normal stones?

Tonsil stones: Hello, tonsils live in the back of your throat and with every swallow of food, some particles may become trapped within the crypts of your tonsils. You are already gargling with water after meals which is helping. The only cure is a tonsillectomy. If one side is significantly larger than the other, that is another reason for ENT evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a cut in my right tonsils, it also has a lot of mucus but unsure if there's any pus. It's hard to swallow but don't have insurance to get check?

I have a cut in my right tonsils, it also has a lot of mucus but unsure if there's any pus. It's hard to swallow but don't have insurance to get check?

Get checked anyway: While I understand you may not what to get it checked because of your lack of insurance, if you have had a painful sore throat for a couple of days, you really do need to have a strep throat test done. Lack of treatment could lead to life threatening complications if this is strep throat. ...Read more

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I have noticed a cut in my tonsil, it doesn't hurt, its not swollen and there are no wihte spots, I have a yellow mucus on my throught and a bad breath?

I have noticed a cut in my tonsil, it doesn't hurt, its not swollen and there are no wihte spots, I have a yellow mucus on my throught and a bad breath?

Check with your Dr.: You should consider having this evaluated. Could be a sign of candidiasis or some other disorder. You may have to have your throat swabbed and checked to rule out some types of bacterial infection. Don't hesitate. Go while you still have the problem. Don't wait for it to potentially come back. ...Read more

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I've been sick for a couple of days started with a cold, then got better except had too much mucus and congestion. Tried getting rid of the congestion by bavking it out, did it alot of times. Now my tonsils are swollen and I have white patches. Could I hav

I've been sick for a couple of days started with a cold, then got better except had too much mucus and congestion. Tried getting rid of the congestion by bavking it out, did it alot of times. Now my tonsils are swollen and I have white patches. Could I hav

ColdSeasonIsADrag!!!: You tried to get rid of the congestion by what-ing it out? Anyways, hard to say exactly what you should do but it sure sounds like you're miserable. So...if you have a fever and bad sore throat and maybe some tender spots on the front side of your neck, then get to a doctor but even if not, if you're feeling this bad tomorrow, go get seen. Meanwhile take Motrin or Tylenol (acetaminophen) and keep up with fluids. ...Read more

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I have little white spots on my tonsils. Is it mucus? I have a possible chest cold like my mom. I have been coughing for about two weeks.

I have little white spots on my tonsils. Is it mucus? I have a possible chest cold like my mom. I have been coughing for about two weeks.

Possibly...: It sounds like you have an upper respiratory infection which could either be bacterial or viral. You may also have acute bronchitis which accounts for the "chest cold". You may have tonsillitis or even strep throat. You need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You need a physical exam and possibly a throat culture. Good luck! ...Read more

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Swabbed my tonsils (trying to remove tonsil stones) with a q-tip and the q-tip turned out yellow, with a little red. What does this mean? Is it mucus?

Swabbed my tonsils (trying to remove tonsil stones) with a q-tip and the q-tip turned out yellow, with a little red. What does this mean? Is it mucus?

Tonsils: What you think are tonsil stones can be food residue stuck in the tonsils and these can be discolored. If you do not have a fever, difficulty swallowing or aches and pain, no worries. ...Read more

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What is the black and white soft thing in the back of my throat in my tonsil? Its black and white, soft and moves like mucus

What is the black and white soft thing in the back of my throat in my tonsil? Its black and white, soft and moves like mucus

Not sure: I don't know of anything that is "black and white" tha twould be normal in the back of your throat. Are you sure your didn't chole on a zebra?! just kidding, but I really can't come up with anything normal that has those colors back there. ...Read more

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Six year old nine had tonsils and adenoids out 9 days ago. Last night coughed about a tsp of mucus tinged with bright blood. Scab coming off?

Yes, likely scab: At 9 days, there should be adequate healing that one would not expect significant bleeding, but mucous with tinge of blood sounds does not sound worrisome. If this continues to recur, do a follow up exam with his surgeon. ...Read more

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My tonsils are really swollen and covered in dents, it hurts when is sallow and I have a lot of mucus and my neck is sore and it's hard to sleep.

My tonsils are really swollen and covered in dents, it hurts when is sallow and I have a lot of mucus and my neck is sore and it's hard to sleep.

CRYPT TRAPPING: Tonsilar crypt trapping can cause chronic tonsillitis you need to have throat cultured and a full panel of blood work. Also ENT CONSULT re tonsillectomy Vs prolonged course of antibiotics ...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.

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 white streaks on my tonsils, and mucus running down my throat. Is this tonsillitis? Or something else

I have white streaks on my tonsils, and mucus running down my throat. Is this tonsillitis? Or something else

Post nasal drip: You do not have pain in your throat. You can have post nasal drip from various causes such as allergies, sinus troubles, cold, flu. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have one tonsil that is a lot larger than the other. Sore throat for 1 wk, mucus at back of throat, sore on side of big tonsil?

I have one tonsil that is a lot larger than the other. Sore throat for 1 wk, mucus at back of throat, sore on side of big tonsil?

See doctor: See doctor for evaluation, tonsil swab for culture and treatment recommendations. Hydrogen peroxide gargles can be helpful to clean tonsils ...Read more

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Cause of large, pale lingual tonsils touching epiglottis with yellow sticky mucus? Have follicular non-hodgkin's lymphoma -what else can cause this?

Cause of large, pale lingual tonsils touching epiglottis with yellow sticky mucus? Have follicular non-hodgkin's lymphoma -what else can cause this?

Tonsils: I suspect you mean the "regular" tonsils which are also called the pharyngeal tonsils. The lingual tonsils are at the base of the tongue and you wouldn't be able to see these yourself. They are both part of the Waldeyer's ring in the oropharynx. Lymphoma & carcinoma can certainly affect this area. Chronic tonsillitis and Mono are other infectious causes of tonsillar enlargement ...Read more

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Swollen right tonsil constant mucus lump from swollen lymph node. 500 mg naproxen for 2+ weeks did nothing at all?

Swollen right tonsil constant mucus lump from swollen lymph node. 500 mg naproxen for 2+ weeks did nothing at all?

Swollen tonsil: See an ear, nose and throat soecialist asap you may have an abscessed tonsil which needs surgery. ...Read more

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Does post nasal drip make it feel like there is something stuck in throat? Not near tonsils but further down my throat doesn't feel like mucus

Does post nasal drip make it feel like there is something stuck in throat? Not near tonsils but further down my throat doesn't feel like mucus

Yes: You can keep doing those nasal washes to clear your nasal passages and drain your congested sinuses, but if that doesn't work you need to see your doctor as you might an antibiotic for sinus infection ...Read more

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I had been treated for strep throat 4wks ago but still have pain and headaches and have coughed up bloody mucus and noticed tonsil stones. HELP?

Strep: You may have a sinus problem that is causing bloody mucus, headaches and formation of tonsillar stones. Consult your doctor or an ear nose and throat specialist for help ...Read more

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Very sore throat hurts to swallow worst at night. Bumps on back wall w/ lots of mucus. 1 tonsil inflamed, both red. Snowed in&cant see dr what do I do?

Very sore throat hurts to swallow worst at night. Bumps on back wall w/ lots of mucus. 1 tonsil inflamed, both red. Snowed in&cant see dr what do I do?

Needs evaluation: I'm sorry to say but you need to get this seen by a doctor -since you don't want to neglect something like Strep throat. There might be clues -such as if anyone else in the household was diagnosed with Strep? Certainly a virus is possible, but without a throat culture and proper evaluation, you're guessing. For now, hot drinks, rest, tylenol (acetaminophen) for symptoms. I make a hot honey-lemon drink with ginger ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

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