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Should I be worried about the white stuff on my tonsils?

Should I be worried about the white stuff on my tonsils?

Usually not: If no pain, fevers, or trouble swallowing, "white stuff on tonsils" is usually just sebaceous secretions or cellular debris that your tonsils are collecting, filtering, in doing their job. Nothing wrong, nothing to treat. ...Read more

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If I have strep would the white stuff on my tonsils be coming off. Like it comes off into my mouth and kinda has a bad smell. It's just uncomfortable.

If I have strep would the white stuff on my tonsils be coming off. Like it comes off into my mouth and kinda has a bad smell. It's just uncomfortable.

Strep: As you take your antibiotics for strep and gargle the "white stuff" will come off. Your breathe will smell better and your should watch who you kiss the next time ...Read more

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White stuff on my tonsils from strep throat after taking antibiotic. What to do?

Normal finding: The tonsil tissue sheds over time like your regular skin. During and after infection there is more superficial tissue that needs to shed, and requires you that resume eating well. The mechanical action of swallowing will strip some of this heaped up debris. The more roughage you ingest the more tonsil cleaning it will do. Minimal appetite during an illness allows it to heap up. ...Read more

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Having white stuff on my tonsils, gums swollen, painful throat and rash, help!?

Having white stuff on my tonsils, gums swollen, painful throat and rash, help!?

Hard to tell: Without seeing you it is hard to tell what is going on. I would suggest seeing a dentist with experience in diagnosing oral pathology.. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and when I looked to chck it out I seen white stuff near my tonsils. Should I be worried and visit the doctor?

I have a sore throat and when I looked to chck it out I seen white stuff near my tonsils. Should I be worried and visit the doctor?

Yes, if persists: If the sore throat persists for more than several weeks and you have the "white stuff" you might want to see a doctor. Especially if you still have your tonsils. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what you think I might have. I have a sore throat, white stuff on my tonsils, a cough, my nose is stopped up, headache, and it'?

Can you please tell me what you think I might have. I have a sore throat, white stuff on my tonsils, a cough, my nose is stopped up, headache, and it'?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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I have a cold and lots of phlegm and mucous. And I noticed I have white stuff on my tonsils. No sore throat just a headache and drainage. What is it?

I have a cold and lots of phlegm and mucous. And I noticed I have white stuff on my tonsils. No sore throat just a headache and drainage. What is it?

Viral: Gretchen, this sounds like a viral upper respiratory infection. It will likely go away on its own in 3-5 days. If it doesn't, see your doctor, as you may need antibiotics if it turns out to be a bacterial infection. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Tonsil stones, white stuff on tonsils, my tonsils are swollen, but they don't hurt very much and bad breath I haven't been with anyone in 5 months hlp?

Tonsil stones, white stuff on tonsils, my tonsils are swollen, but they don't hurt very much and bad breath I haven't been with anyone in 5 months hlp?

Tonsil stones: The stones may dislodge by themselves, or by rinsing/gargling with salt water. However, stones are common with people who have chronic tonsillitis, so you should check with an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Stuff keep getting stuck in my tonsils, what is it?

Stuff keep getting stuck in my tonsils, what is it?

Normal: It may be normal to have some discharge or tonsillar exudate, that resides in crypts within the tonsils. They can be related to retained food particles that are degraded by saliva and bacteria, which can cause the foul odor. Other causes can be infection so when in doubt, check it out. ...Read more

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What do I have if my tonsils have white stuff on them?

What do I have if my tonsils have white stuff on them?

Few thoughts.: It could be post nasal drip (mucus that drains from the back of the nose). It could be saliva. If you're having pain, fever, or feeling otherwise sick, it could be exudate from a bacteria or virus. Sometimes people get little white stones that are embedded in the tonsils too. ...Read more

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What's the white stuff that I sometimes get in my tonsils?

Debris: The material is a combination of old food, shed cells from the tonsils, and bacteria. It is sometimes called tonsil stones but I prefer to call it tonsil cheese. Sometimes antibiotics can help but if it's a problem often the only cure is to remove the tonsils. ...Read more

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Is it normal to squeeze white/green stuff out of holes/crevices in tonsils?

Is it normal to squeeze white/green stuff out of holes/crevices in tonsils?

R/O CRYPT TRAPPING: Tonsilar crypt trapping can cause chronic tonsillitis you need to have throat cultured and a full panel of blood work. Empiric antibiotics Also ENT CONSULT re tonsillectomy if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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White stuff in tonsil crease, what's wrong?

White stuff in tonsil crease, what's wrong?

Tonsilloliths: These are likely tonsilloliths (tonsil stones). The tonsils have crevices where bacteria and sloughed cells collect. By using a water pik, you can knock them loose. If they persist, have it checked by your doctor to make sure that it isn't something more serious. ...Read more

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Left tonsil is swollen with white stuff on it is that something serious?

Left tonsil is swollen with white stuff on it is that something serious?

Probably not serious: A swollen tonsil with "white stuff" is consistent with acute tonsillitis. Usually both tonsils are involved. I strongly suggest you consult an ENT doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My tonsils are bleeding an they hurt so bad. I see white stuff on them what could this be.

My tonsils are bleeding an they hurt so bad. I see white stuff on them what could this be.

Possible infection: If the tonsils are bleeding with white discharge then you have an infection. See your primary care doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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Swollen left tonsil for a while. No symptoms, no pain, no white stuff on it either. What could this be?

Swollen left tonsil for a while. No symptoms, no pain, no white stuff on it either. What could this be?

Some possibilities.: Certainly a mild cold could do this (and there is a cold going around that has made the front page sections!)
Other mild viruses such as mononucleiosis, or tumor, or other infection would be expected to do much more than mild increase in shize of one tonsil. ...Read more

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Tonsil have weird white stuff I can squeeze out of it. Along with some yellow white liquid. Should I be worried?

Weird white stuff: The weird white stuff can be remnants of foos stuff caught within crypts or crevices present in your tonsils this can be a normal occurence. ...Read more

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I just got my tonsils out on the 12th of june. Its been 6 days since my surgery. When can Ieat normal food? Like pizza, n hot stuff

I just got my tonsils out on the 12th of june. Its been 6 days since my surgery. When can Ieat normal food? Like pizza, n hot stuff

Post tonsilectomy: You can return to a normal diet when it doesn't hurt to swallow it. Usually by 7-10 days you can tolerate just about anything. Hot stuff is not a problem at all (except for those of us who it was a problem for before surgery!!) Enjoy as tolerated at this point! ...Read more

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If my tonsils where producing white stuff as a result of infection does the absence of the white stuff mean that the infection is healed?

If my tonsils where producing white stuff as a result of infection does the absence of the white stuff mean that the infection is healed?

Tonsillitis.: This may suggest that al least the infection is coming under control. Regardless, maintenance of cute mandates the completion of a full course of antibiotic. Don't stop antibiotic early or the infection may just ramp up again. ...Read more

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I had my tonsil removed and today is recovery 9 and ive been bleeding heavy to the point where I was coughing up some gooey stuff help plz!?

I had my tonsil removed and today is recovery 9 and ive been bleeding heavy to the point where I was coughing up some gooey stuff help plz!?

Post tonsillectomy b: Bleeding after a tonsillectomy is quite common especially with the new techniques of using laser to control bleeding from the tonsillar bed. If you are concerned then see the surgeon. ...Read more

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My right tonsil is two to three times the size of my left and every so often there is some hard yellowish/whitish stuff that I take out with a q-tip?

My right tonsil is two to three times the size of my left and every so often there is some hard yellowish/whitish stuff that I take out with a q-tip?

Tonsil: The white stuff sounds like a tonsil stone which is common. Generally if one tonsil is much bigger than another we recommend tonsillectomy to look for an explanation of the assymetry ...Read more

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I have this white stuff in my tongue that comes off when I scrape it and it bleeds when I do and also my tonsils have holes on them could it be trush?

I have this white stuff in my tongue that comes off when I scrape it and it bleeds when I do and also my tonsils have holes on them could it be trush?

Needs to be seen: These types of issues cannot be diagnosed over the internet. I think you want to know if you have it, and not could you have thrush. You will need to see a physician or an oral surgeon for a one on one clinical evaluation an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more