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Why do tonsils have like holes on them?

Holes in tonsils: The holes or pockets, sometimes called crypts, are naturally occuring folds in the tissue that makes up the tonsil themselves. ...Read more

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Why do tonsils grow back after being removed?

Why do tonsils grow back after being removed?

Incomplete removal: Tonsil tissue has the ability to regenerate if it is not completely removed during surgery. Even a very tiny amount of tissue can cause them to grow back. However, this isn't a common occurrence. ...Read more

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Why do tonsil stones smell so bad?

Why do tonsil stones smell so bad?

Bacteria: Tonsil stones - tonsilliths - are concretions of impacted food/saliva and bacteria that get traped in the crypts of the tonsils. The bacteria and the decaying food create the bad smell. ...Read more

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Why do tonsil stones cause feeling of something stuck deep in throat/throat tightness?

Why do tonsil stones cause feeling of something stuck deep in throat/throat tightness?

Stuck: Because something is stuck deep in the throat. See ENT doc to consider tonsillectormy. ...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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Could you explain why do my tonsils have holes on it?

Could you explain why do my tonsils have holes on it?

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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Why do/can tonsils stay larger after infection than before? Can they remain larger indefinitely (btw Grade 1 & 2). Must they return to original size?

Enlarged tonsils: Your tonsils are essentially specialized lymph tissue and some times after and infection your tonsils or lymph glands elsewhere will enlarge and not go quite back to normal size. I have some on the back of my neck that have not gone down. Your tonsils can also remain enlarged when exposed to chronic allergies. For example people with chronic nasal drainage. ...Read more

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Why do my tonsils look so different and mangled after strep throat? Is that normal? Also, will it make me more vulnerable to other strep infection?

Why do my tonsils look so different and mangled after strep throat? Is that normal? Also, will it make me more vulnerable to other strep infection?

Post infection: Your tonsils were infected with a powerful bacterium. They have recovered and are now repairing themselves. If they become scarred in the healing process, you may be more vulnerable to reinfection. Most of the time they heal and life goes on. ...Read more

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Why do I get tonsil stones?

Why do I get tonsil stones?

Tonsil stones: Tonsils have superficial cavities which fill up with epithelial debris, secretions and possibly small bits of food ...Read more

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Why do I get tonsil stones often?

Cryptic tonsils: As some people get older, their tonsils lose their smooth surface and become pitted or cryptic. The purpose of the tonsils is to sample debris (food as well as cellular debris) to help determine if is dangerous or not to the body. It then compacts the debris and gets rid of it. This happens in every person with tonsils. However, if the tonsils are cryptic, the debris is larger and noticeable. ...Read more

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Why and how do tonsil stones sink into tonsil?

Not really stones: This will probably gross you out, but tonsil stones are not stones. They are clumps of broken down bacteria that get trapped in the crypts and caverns of the tonsil. They can cause irritation and the sensation of something being stuck, but are not dangerous. ...Read more

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Why do people get tonsil stones and how can I stop it? I'm getting a lot

Why do people get tonsil stones and how can I stop it? I'm getting a lot

Big tonsils: Probably some people have big tonsils, and there are bacteria and inflammatory responses by one's own white blood cells in the holes (crypts) on the tonsils' surfaces... thus leading to lumps of stuff we know as tonsil stones. An ENT doctor can help, but if medical treatment doesn't make things well enough for a patient's desires, the next option may be removing the tonsils. ...Read more

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Why do I get tonsil stones/what can I do to prevent them?

Cryptic Tonsils: You get stones or particles in the tonsils because you have what are called cryptic tonsils. They have folds and holes in them that food particles get stuck in. You can gargle deeply or use a water pick to help get the particles out, but ultimately the treatment is to remove the tonsils. This is done if they are constantly or recurrently inflamed or infected, if one has severe bad breath ...Read more

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Normal to have only one tonsil?

Normal to have only one tonsil?

Not usually: An adult with one tonsil or asymmetric tonsils without a good explanation may require a biopsy to rule out malignancy. Do see your local ENT for a good examination. ...Read more

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What causes one tonsil to swell?

What causes one tonsil to swell?

Pharyngitis: It sounds as if you may be suffering from acute pharyngitis (infection of the back of the throat). The majority of the infections are caused by viruses but they can also be caused by bacteria, such as streptococcus. ...Read more

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I have a tonsil what will I do.

I have a tonsil what will I do.

Tonsillitis?: Everyone has tonsils. Do you mean you have infected tonsils? Tonsillitis?
For best results with tonsillitis, see ENT doc. ...Read more

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How common is tonsil re growth?

How common is tonsil re growth?

Tonsil Regrowth: This is not seen very often and actually would indicate that the tonsil was not completely removed to start with. Most likely the residual tonsillar tissue has enlarged. It would be beneficial to have an ENT doctor take a look to confirm this is all that it is however. ...Read more

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Having pain on right side tonsil?

Having pain on right side tonsil?

Doctor can evaluate: Tonsillitis can be viral or bacterial. Viral infections just get symptomatic treatment such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for pain. Sometimes sore throat lozenges can help. Bacterial infections need antibiotics, so a doctor should evaluate. Strep throat is a common throat infection and is easily treated. One should always tell the doctor if a throat STD could be happening (due to oral sex). ...Read more

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When can you request tonsil removal?

When can you request tonsil removal?

When indicated: Less and less tonsillectomies are done now a days, due to better antibiotics, improved oral hygiene, etc. See your doctor will refer you to a ENT specialist, if indicated will remove, not based on your desire to get them removed. ...Read more

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What can cause a growth on my tonsil?

What can cause a growth on my tonsil?

Tonsillar growth: Greetings. Changes to the tonsils can come from lymph tissue changes/asymmetries, viral lesions, cancerous lesions. Or actually a shrinking or atrophy of 1 tonsil causing the opposite to look differently. See your ENT doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Will a cold cause one tonsil to swell?

Will a cold cause one tonsil to swell?

That can occur.: For significant tonsil swelling, difficulty swallowing, large and painful lymph nodes - please see a doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tonsil size grading?

Can you tell me about tonsil size grading?

1+ is small, 4+...: Touch in the midline, 2+ and 3+ in between. Useful to give a visual picture for documentation purposes. 4+ tonsils can elevate the concern for obstructive breathing disorders. ...Read more

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Is adult tonsil removal a safe procedure?

Is adult tonsil removal a safe procedure?

Adult tonsillectomy: Generally. Always have risk of excessive bleeding, anesthesia mishaps, post-op and delayed bleeding (7-10 days after). Risk should be minimal in properly selected patients. Performed for recurring infecting, peritonsillar abscesses, sleep apnea, cancer diagnosis. ...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