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pixiegirl2426 posted:
Hi there,

I have noticed a white spot on my tonsil for the past 3 days. It doesn't appear to be getting any worse and my throat isn't sore, though it feels scratchy on that side from time to time. Also my tonsils are not swollen and I don't have fever.

I had a sinus infection about 2 weeks ago and a bad head cold about 3 weeks ago. I did not have to take antibiotics for either.

Any ideas what this could be? I don't want to go to the doctor without reason.
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
If you don't know what it is....or if you are having problems associated with any condition, that is the reason to see your doctor.

A picture is NOT the same as a hands-on examination, accompanied by a good medical history (I do not know anything about you, your habits, etc.), but one (of many) possibilities would be a tonsillith (tonsil stone). Tonsil stones are caused by an accumulation of debris trapped in the little holes (crypts) in your tonsils; often called cryptic tonsils.

Check the "Helpful Tips" on the right......


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