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OT-gross! pus on tonsils

So I have been finding white pus on one of my tonsils repeatedly for about a month. I don't have a sore throat, swollen glands, a fever etc. No other symptoms (I discovered the pus while flossing one night). I've removed the pus a couple of times and it seems to come back after a week or so. I know, I should probably go get it checked out, but I figure if it was strep or some serious infection I would have pain, right? Anyone have any idea what could be going on? Thanks for any imput you folks can give me.

Sat. Feb 24, 10:37pm

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It's probably strep through, the bacterial kind if you don't have cold-like symptons. I have the same thing now and I get it every once in a while. Go to the doctor and he will probably prescribe antibiotics.

Sunday, February 25, 2007, 12:34 AM

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*Oops strep throat i meant

Sunday, February 25, 2007, 12:35 AM

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yep thats what it is..i used to get it all the time and could actually stick my finger back and dig it out TMI sorry and i was never sick..

Sunday, February 25, 2007, 12:59 AM

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The white stuff on your tonsils is a plaque, not pus. Anything that causes even minor tonsillitis can make your tonsils form one -- from strep throat to a cold to mono.

Sunday, February 25, 2007, 9:40 PM

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They're called tonsillar stones. They're not an infection.

Tonsiloliths (tonsil stones)

People with chronic sinusitis and post nasal drip may develop tonsiloliths, which are tiny, white, foul smelling stones which lodge in the tonsilar crypts. Sometimes a tonsolith can be pried out of the surface of the tonsil with a pencil or other small pointed instrument leaving what appears to be a little "hole" but is, in actuality, the tonsilar crypt in which it originally formed. Tonsiloliths sometimes give the feeling of something lodged in the throat. They can also contribute to bad breath. Some people have chronic problems with tonsiloliths. The only sure treatment for chronic tonsiloliths is removal of the tonsils. The operation is performed by an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) and is fairly simple and safe. As noted above, in adults the operation causes a very serious sore throat for two weeks post-op. Short of removing the tonsils, the bad breath can be treated with mouth rinses, and the condition itself may be lessened by gargling with Peridex® mouth wash which is available by prescription from your dentist or physician, and possibly by the use of decongestants to lessen the post nasal drip which is part of the cause of tonsiloliths.

Sunday, February 25, 2007, 10:48 PM

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whoa, above poster, thanks, I have been wondering about this problem for several years! it's not serious, maybe once every couple months, but I always thought... what the heck is this thing?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 10:12 PM

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10:48 is correct

I had a very bad problem with this and finally talked an ENT into removing my tonsils when I was 20.

There is no infection there is nothing wrong, but you can feel it and it smells and it's gross...

If it doesn't happen regularly just handle as it happens.. if it's driving you nuts you can get the tonsils removed but it's not a surgery they like to do on adults.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 8:14 AM

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I'm not alone!

I have had this problem since I was a kid, I am so glad I found this forum, I've always felt I was the only one with this problem. I went to an ENT and he said it was just food or something, shows how much he knows. Today I was trying to get one of those tonsiloliths out and it started to bleed and a bunch kept coming out, so I searched for answers and found this site, pphheeww I'm glad it's not cancer or something. I'm glad I finally know what it is, it doesn't make the problem any easier, but at least I know I'm not alone.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007, 9:06 PM

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Me too!!!

So I cant believe I have these too---Tonsiloliths (tonsil stones)
I have found that I get them on the right tonsil mostly. The best way to remove them is to WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP & HOT WATER then push on the tonsil directly below the stone and it will come out, along with more gunk. Be sure to keep on until everything comes out. I wouldnt recommend just scratching at the surface because that only removes the "scab" on the outside. And yes, they are SMELLY! Its super gross, but I was going to the dentist thinking I had gingivitis b/c my breath was reaking, when it was these stones the whole time. Anyway, thanks everyone for the advice and glad to know Im not alone.

Sunday, September 09, 2007, 10:25 PM

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My husband gets that every now and then and it has nothing to do with strep or sore throats. His dentist looked and I can't remember what exactly it is but it forms in these little holes or crevices and its almost like a white chunky thing but not pus maybe plaque is closer but if you gently press around it it will pop out. He gave him some stuff to rise with and it goes away but every now and again it will come back. Pretty odd stuff, lol. Oh I just read 10:48 and that is exactly what it is.

Sunday, September 09, 2007, 11:15 PM

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