What are these sores on my tonsils?
I have 2 sores on my tonsils that look like whiteheads. I touched 1 and broke it but the other 1 vanished and became red and sort of scabby. For the last week or so I have been noticing that food gets caught "somewhere" in my throat and later I can move my tongue and spit out the food. What is this and is it serious? I fear the worst, cancer.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sounds like tonsilitis. I would venture to say you also get tonsil stones? If not look it up. they are very common for adults with tonsils. If the spots are soar though it sounds like tonsilitus very easily treated with antibiotics. You should go see your doctor. Don't stress over it. You'll make it worse. Gargle with warm salt water for the meantime and if you get a chance buy some throat spray and use it. Throat losenges in a hot shower also help (the steam does wonders). Just let the throat losenge melt in your mouth as you bathe. Good Luck. Hope you feel better. '-)
- 1 decade ago
I really don't think it's cancer. I had that and went to the doctor. He told me that the tonsils act as a sponge, basically. When your body is trying to fight an oncoming infection, it signals your tonsils to act as a barrier and "soak up" the bad stuff, which sometime includes food. On the other hand, if you feel bad and have a fever, then you probably have strep throat. Either way, it's best to have it checked out just in case, but if you don't have health insurance and you don't feel bad, it's probably just the "sponge" thing. I get it all the time and so does my sister
- 1 decade ago
Tonsillitis is an infection or inflammation of the tonsils. The tonsils are balls of lymphatic tissue on either side of the throat, above and behind the tongue, that are part of the immune system.
What causes tonsillitis?
Most often, tonsillitis is caused by a virus. Less frequently, it is caused by a bacterium, such as the one that also causes strep throat. In rare instances, tonsillitis can also be caused by fungi or parasites.
What are the symptoms?
The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat, which usually appears red and inflamed along with the tonsils. The tonsils may have spots on them or pus that covers them in patches or entirely. Fever is also common.
When sore throat from an infection of the tonsils is associated with coldlike symptoms, such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, and coughing, a virus is most likely the cause.
When the sore throat is accompanied by a sudden and severe fever and swollen lymph nodes, the infection is more likely bacterial. If you have these symptoms, you should see a health professional to be tested for strep throat. Abdominal pain and headache can also indicate a bacterial infection.
How is tonsillitis diagnosed?
Tonsillitis is diagnosed by a visual examination of the throat. Red and swollen tonsils with spots or sores can indicate tonsillitis.
A rapid strep test can be conducted in a doctor's office along with a throat culture to determine whether the tonsillitis is caused by streptococcus bacteria. If you have symptoms characteristic of strep throat (sore throat, fever, and swollen lymph nodes), you should be tested for strep.
An accurate history of throat infections is necessary to determine whether the tonsillitis is chronic, which affects the choice of appropriate treatment.
A test for mononucleosis may be done if the Epstein-Barr virus (which can cause mononucleosis) is suspected as a cause of the infection.
How is it treated?
Tonsillitis will usually go away on its own if left untreated.
If the infection is viral, treatment focuses on managing symptoms. Gargling with salt water, drinking warm tea, and using other home treatment measures can help relieve discomfort. Nonprescription pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) may also be used by adults and children 6 months and older. Aspirin should not be given to anyone age 20 years or younger because of its link to Reye's syndrome.
If tonsillitis is determined to be caused by the strep throat bacterium, your health professional will prescribe antibiotic medication.
Surgical removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) is generally only recommended as treatment for tonsillitis when a child has serious complications, recurrent infections, or chronic infections that do not respond to treatment and interfere with daily functioning. However, tonsillectomy should only be performed after careful consideration of your child's medical history and overall health by you and your child's doctor. 1Source(s): health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/ut1026
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- CynthiaLv 45 years ago
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UH OH......................... you have finally got it.. I got the same thing when I would get tonsillitis it would eventually go away but I think your gonna have to get a tonsillectomy I got the same spot and what do ya know I got NO more tonsils! I hope I am not scaring you!
- LIZALv 41 decade ago
Could be strep throat infection also phare the "frog kiss " And no...cancer don't look white in the outside. You either have strep or a STD.
- dbarnes3Lv 41 decade ago
It sounds like a strep throat infection to me. You should see a doctor and get on an antibiotic.
- 1 decade ago
i think that it is either an std, tonsilitus, broncitus, or strep thoat however i would recomend seeing a doctor bc it sounds serious.
- 1 decade ago
You definately need to go see a doctor. I had tosilitus, and nothing like that happened.
- 1 decade ago
In acute infections of the tonsils, you might find white stuff on the crypts of your tonsils. please visit your GP for further treatment.