Tonsillar Crypt

Tonsillar crypts are pockets that are formed naturally on the tonsils. Bacteria and other microorganisms affecting tonsillar crypts harden to form tonsil stones. Tonsillar crypts serve as a protective immune system agent by providing early exposure of the immune cells against pathogens introduced into the body through food or other ingested materials.

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Why is there a small pea-sized lump at the back of the right tonsil?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a swelling on the left side of my neck at the base of the jaw. It is sometimes more significant and other times smaller. I have a small pea size lump at the back of the right tonsil. It is the same color as the surrounding skin. For about six months, a strange tube-like sound is he...  Read Full »


Dr. Radhika Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems like you have small salivary gland obstruction. Multiple salivary glands all over your mouth, secrete saliva. Sometimes they get obstructed, and saliva collects in them, leading to swelling. This is usually painless but can be felt like something different i...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have food stuck in the retromolar region?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old male. I have noticed that small pieces of food (meat) would get stuck in the retromolar region in the mouth. I did not see this before in my life. Is this normal? What can I do to prevent food from getting stuck there?  Read Full »


Dr. Blake Louscher

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for taking the time to figure out why that is happening to you. Given your age, my first inclination is that you may have your third molars (wisdom teeth) starting to erupt behind your second molars. Have you ever been told that you have third molars developi...  Read Full »

My left tonsil is enlarged and irregular with pus production. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old female. For about a month, my tonsil (left side) has looked enlarged and irregular. If I press on it I will sometimes see a little pus (or white fluid) coming out from behind it. It occasionally feels just a tiny bit scratchy. I did see our urgent care and they pre...  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Tonsillar surfaces are irregular normally due to the presence of crypts. The tonsil does not appear to be grossly enlarged, however, a better picture showing both tonsils would be of help. ...  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.  Read Full »


Dr. Manu Wilfred

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tonsilloliths or tonsil stones are formed due to deposition of lime salts in tonsils after blockage of crypts in tonsils. Treatment involves removal of stones by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Recurrent stones are treated by tonsillectomy. In the meanw...  Read Full »

Can a torn cartilage in the throat trap food and cause bad breath?

Query: Hello doctor, Can a torn cartilage in the throat trap food and cause bad breath?  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is no cartilage in the oral cavity and oropharynx. A cartilage is present in the larynx (lower throat) and below the larynx. Any injury can cause a tear in the cartilage. But, it will not cause bad breath. Generally, food particles get ...  Read Full »

What could be the white spot on my tonsil?

Query: Hi doctor, I observed a single white spot on my tonsil yesterday, and it is painful. What could it be? How to cure it?  Read Full »


Dr. Kumar Ashutosh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In a tonsil, there are many crypts. Those white spots are food particles that get trapped inside the crypts and are usually foul smelling. I suggest you take painkillers and use Betadine (Povidone-iodine) gargle, four times a day. If there is no relief, take a course of...  Read Full »

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