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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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