The presence of bumps and lumps on the tonsils is characteristic of cobblestone throat. These bumps result from the enlargement of lymphatic tissue present at the back of the tonsils. The common causes include postnasal drip, allergies, airway infection, and acid reflux.
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I have a lump behind my left tonsil and a sore throat, which is not responding to the prescribed medicine. What could it be?
Query: Hello doctor, I have had a sore throat on and off for weeks and a lump behind my left tonsil. It is about the same size as my tonsil and similar in color. I went to the doctor and was given Prednisone to reduce the swelling. However, it did not help at all. What could it be? Currently, I am also tak... Read Full »
Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had a look at the picture you sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The structure mentioned as swelling is, in fact, a normal structure called the tonsil, which has slightly increased in size than normal and is not exactly pathological. Stero... Read Full »
I have been experiencing a sore throat after removing the tonsil stones in the back of my throat. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I have two little bumps on my palatoglossal arch near my tongue where it connects. I just noticed it, so I am unsure of how long it has been there. I noticed it when I thought something was in the back of my throat and noticed a tonsil stone, so I removed it. My throat was sore after. Ple... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. I saw your clinical photographs (attachments are hidden to protect the patient's identity). I must comment that it is not unusual to have mucosal tags or irregular surfaced mucosa in that region. There could ... Read Full »
I have a yellowish pus sac on my tonsil. What could it be?
Query: Hello doctor,I have a yellowish pus sac on my tonsils left side which I noticed a few days ago. A doctor says he thinks it is ectopic, I do not know what that is, but I can submit to you a picture of the spot on my tonsils. I have a good picture of it. I was sick about a month ago with a fever for a... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to iciniq.com. I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The yellowish pus sac is a tonsil stone, known as tonsillolith. It occurs due to the accumulation of tonsillar secretions and some minerals inside the tonsillar crypt and obstruction to its free f... Read Full »
My left side throat is swollen and sore with red dots. What to do?
Query: Hello doctor, I recently stopped smoking cigarettes and weed. I have had tonsil stones, since then, I have been using saltwater to wash my mouth. I can feel something stuck in the back of my throat constantly when I swallow. When I check it in the mirror, it looks like the left side seems to have bu... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Smoking for long-duration causes specific changes in our throat and our airway. Sometimes it can have a profound impact on our upper digestive system also. Most of these changes adapt our throat and food pipe to prevent injury from nicotine and other components in cig... Read Full »
Can lingual tonsil hypertrophy occur suddenly with no presence of pain?
Query: Hello doctor, Can lingual tonsil hypertrophy occur suddenly within two to three days, only on one side? I observed something similar in the right half of the back of the tongue in the tonsil region. I have no pain, but I feel the mass has been there for a long time. I had no cough, but I had acidity... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lingual tonsil hypertrophy does not usually happen suddenly unless it is infected. But in your case, if you do not experience any pain or difficulty in breathing, you need not worry. Do you have any history of smoking or tobacco chewing? Is there any history of bleed... Read Full »
Can you explain what the hole present in the back wall of my son's mouth is?
Query: Hello doctor, My 8 year old son has a small hole in the back wall of his mouth. He has seen a number of GPs and consultants. None of them know what it is or can explain it. They are not going to continue to review it as they say it is not a problem. I would like to know how what it is and if anythi... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, the hole seems to release tonsil stones. In that case, it must be a tonsillar crypt. The hole is in the anterior pillar. Usually, tonsillar crypts open into the oropharynx area behind the pillar and not through the pillar. And, I can see enlarged... Read Full »
What is the reason for stone-like balls under my left tonsil?
Query: Hi doctor,I had viral tonsilitis a month ago. I never really noticed this ball under my left tonsil, and it looks as if there is a stone there. I am terrified if it is cancer. Please let me know if this is cancer or looks like cancer. I do not have insurance or money to get it looked at, but I have ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I recommend surgical removal for tonsils then a histological examination for the removed tissues. The tonsil does not look dangerous, but it is not normal also. The cancer signs such as ulceration and discoloration are not present yet. Read Full »
Does the swelling in my throat look cancerous?
Query: Hi doctor, I had a tonsil stone in my left tonsil last week, and it got worse. The next day, I went to get swabbed for strep and culture swab. Both the test results were negative. They said I had viral tonsilitis, and I am taking Amoxicillin now. I noticed a small bubble-like bump under the left to... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You sure have tonsillitis. Now considering the test results are negative, it is most likely a viral infection. But we cannot be sure, and so you should take an entire course of antibiotics. You have said you are taking Amoxicillin. Good. Next, the bump and the enlar... Read Full »
Why do I have bumps on the back of my throat near the tonsils for more than two months?
Query: Hello doctor,I have had bumps at the back of my throat next to my tonsils for more than two months. I am worried.Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In the pictures sent by you, your back of the throat is congested with few bumps, which are the feature of pharyngitis (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). It will resolve after your inflammation subsides. If it does not improve or wo... Read Full »
Are the painless bumps on the back of my throat cancerous?
Query: Hi doctor, What are these white painless bumps inside the back of my throat? There is no irritation or pain. Are they cancerous? I can see only two of these for now. I have no history of illness. Please help me. Read Full »
Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. The painless bumps at the back of your throat suggest chronic pharyngeal inflammation. These painless structures are lymphoid follicles that have slightly increased in size, and it represents the first line of d... Read Full »