Tonsil stone, also called tonsillolith, is a hard white formation within or on the tonsil. Tonsil stones are small as rice to large as a grapefruit. So the person will not even know they have it. When they grow into larger formations, the tonsil swells up and creates an unpleasant odor.
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I have had pain in my left tonsil for four months despite removing the tonsil stones and taking medications. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor, I have pain on the lower side of my left tonsil. There is no fever or visible infection. The pain began four months back after I tried to hold back a sneeze while eating and failed. I felt like the tissues in the left tonsil area were flapping violently. After a few days, I noticed pai... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I went through the picture and video (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is just a simple inflammation because of the stones and the previous common cold. I suggest you follow a few instructions mentioned below. Have ho... Read Full »
I have recurrent tonsillitis and a bump on my tonsil. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, I have become concerned lately because I have recurring tonsilitis. I have had it at least six times in the past year, two or three times within three months. I also have a bump on my tonsil, which has started to concern me too. I noticed it for the first time when I got tonsilitis abo... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Please send a picture of an open mouth, paying attention to the tonsils and posterior pharyngeal wall. Then, let us have a look at the tonsils and the oropharynx. Having recurrent tonsillitis is a common problem. Tonsillar stone, however, i... Read Full »
A yellow lesion appeared on the tonsil and capillaries have widened. What is this?
Query: Hello doctor, I had a cold starting with a sore throat, followed by nasal congestion and post nasal drip/coughing. In the past few days, a yellow lesion appeared on my left tonsil. I have attached a picture. As you can see, capillaries have widened on this tonsil and it appears red. What is this? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is acute inflammation of your pharynx. That is the reason for widened capillaries. The yellow spot could be pus pointing or a tonsil stone. You need a course of antibiotics, decongestant, n... 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 »
A large tonsil stone came out, and I felt better. But later, when I tried to remove another deposit with a Q-tip, it started to bleed. Why?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 19-year-old male. I have had what I thought was persistent throat pain for over a month. Just recently, I narrowed it to just my tonsil, and a large tonsil stone came out, and it felt a little better. I tried to remove another deposit with a Q-tip, and it started to bleed. I have... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Please send a picture of the throat. Do not use Q-tips as they are not sterile. You may squeeze out the stone if you get a sterile cotton swab. Bleeding after stone removal is common but should be in fewer amount... Read Full »
I am suffering from a dull pain in my throat with reddish-brown sputum discharge. Please help me.
Query: Hello doctor, I used to smoke and drink in the past. I am having a dull pain in my throat region that is extending to the ear. However, I do not face any difficulty in eating or swallowing food. When I tried to clear my throat, a reddish-brown sputum was secreted along with a few tiny, tonsils-like... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. However, I have a few questions. 1. Do you have a picture of the stones that came out while you spat? 2. Do you have any pictures of the phlegm that came out? I suggest the following instructions mentioned be... 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 husband has had whitish yellow spots in his throat near his tonsils for the past three months and is hurting now. What to do?
Query: Hello doctor, My husband has had white-yellowish spots in his throat near his tonsils for the past three months. It never caused pain earlier, but it has been hurting for the past two weeks. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. In the image provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), the tonsils appear studded with pus and slightly congested tonsil stones. So I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below... Read Full »
How can the formation of tonsil stones be prevented?
Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from tonsil stones and I am very much irritated by them. Can you please tell me how to cure them and how to prevent them? I have not taken any medicines until now. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tonsilloliths or tonsil stones are formed due to the deposition of lime salts in tonsils after the blockage of crypts in the tonsils. Treatment involves the removal of stones by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Recurrent stones are treated by tonsillectomy.... Read Full »
I have viral tonsillitis with a history of vaping. Will it progress to cancer?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been vaping for six months on and off, and I recently noticed that I have viral tonsillitis. I got a strep test and culture swab because of the symptoms. It is negative for both tests. So the doctor said that it might be viral tonsillitis. I had tonsil stones all over but had a rea... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your history and photographs, it does not seem to be cancerous (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I suggest not to remove tonsil stone on your own, as it may cause traumatic bleeding. I recommend gargling after every meal with warm sa... Read Full »