I have been having trouble with my tonsils for a while. When I was small I would sometimes get tonsillitis but over the last 4 years or so I get it - or something like it - very frequently.
Sometimes I would get tonsil stones in the past due to my very crypty tonsils.
Now however, every time there is white stuff on my tonsils it is definitely not tonsil stones but is pus! Yuck, I know sorry
Antibiotics DO clear it up though - which suggests it's a bacterial infection. But it soon comes back in a couple of weeks. I can sometimes stave it off for a while by keeping my mouth very clean and gargling with antibacterial stuff such as diluted TCP and listerene at regular points through the day. Using new toothbrushes. Spraying the tonsil (its usually always my left tonsil) with a water filled oral syringe etc
I think its pretty normal (from what I've read from other sufferers during my research) that after almost every appearance of the pus, there is then left a missing piece of tonsil when it goes away... gaping holes and the like. Which of course, irritatingly makes for more crags. But on the other hand sometimes it does remove a troublesome section of tonsil also. It's a bit like having a slow and very crude tonsillectomy lol!
My friend did in fact have tonsillitis so many times and so severely that the doctor thought she'd had a tonsillectomy when he examined her throat!
Anyway all this I had been learning to handle well and keeping it clean like I mentioned before, and thought (hoped) I had it cracked and had learned how to keep my throat healthy.
I certainly don't want my tonsils removed for several reasons, such as:
A few members of my family used to get tonsillitis frequently but then it stopped when they were a little older than me. I'm hoping the same will happen with me... that I'll just "grow out of it" as it were.
Also I have read many cases of people getting tonsillitis type syptoms even after having them removed... and I think I'd rather have it eating away at actual tonsils rather than my throat. If that makes sense. Also I know that tonsils can sort of grow back to a degree.
My tonsils (well the left one) is a very persistant little... [insert rude word of your choice here] and I am pretty sure it would still find some way of being infected, even after it was removed!!!
Oh yeah and also I'm scared of surgery.
So those are the reasons I won't have them removed.
But now I have a new problem
When inspecting my tonsils last night I noticed that I can make my tonsil OPEN. Yes that's right, OPEN And this sort of valley thing appears and there are a couple of white bits inside oozing from somewhere deeper within.
Gah it's so frustrating! How can I make the white stuff go away (goo away? lol) when it's hidden in a secret chamber which is extremely hard to get to and seems to be PRODUCING the pus? BAH. EW.
Also... what if because there's that sort of opening bit.... it means that that entire chunk of tonsil is going to break off? IN MY MOUTH. In my throat??? That is so sick. So disgusting. And so worrying. What if I wake up with a chunk of actual tonsil in my mouth?
Probably pretty extreme but... they do seem very volatile and sort of.. rotting away perhaps.
Hmm maybe it's time I went to the ENT doctor about it.
Anyway, any tips or comments from people that can relate, would be greatly appreciated.
I hate having tonsil problems because it means I can't kiss anyone. Huh.
Hmm the title appears to have been changed on the forum display.
Could I at least have something that mentions the fact that the tonsil OPENS in the title? Because that is the part which is most concerning and unusual to me. Thank you.
Maybe something like "Opening tonsil! And regular pus" would be ok?
Heh heh ... gross but honest.
On second thoughts that's probably not short and medically enough. for the board's rules. Ok so how about "Regularly pus emitting tonsil which opens"
Lol ok I give up on the title!
It's just that "pus on tonsils" is probably quite a common thing and the part I'm mainly concerned about is the fact that it opens.
Ive just been attending the ENT and they dont seem that concerned about it, suggested cleaning it with a soft toothbrush eewwww. and use a moutwash like cordisol which seems to be helping. I used to suffer loads with this as a teen. ENT says as long as it doesnt smell its not infected and even though I dont have much of tonsil on the left that one give me most problems, the right one erupted when I was younger but they still wont remove them. good luck with ENT:-)
I had similar problems with my tonsils. It seems like I would only go a month and a half tops free of pus on my tonsils. Finally I got so sick of seeing a doctor and being prescribed so many antibiotics that I saw an ENT. I was told that since my tonsils were larger than most peopls they catch bacteria easier causing me so many tonsilitis reocurrences. Why not just get them removed??
If there is an excessive amount of tonsilloliths then removing the tonsils is a permanent solution.
Also, tonsilloliths and puss are completely different. tonsilloliths are calcifications that develop in your crypts because your crypts are not expelling the cells that naturally collect there. Tonsilloliths fill the crypts. They do not eat away the flesh of the tonsils. They simply fill the crypt and, upon building to the surface, keep the crypt open. When you pull it out it may look like there is a hole (and there is) but the crypt will go back to normal. Even when you get a lot of them they are still generally harmless though quite an annoyance and they can contribute to bad breath.
Pus, on the other hand, is something you should see your doctor about. It is a sign of inflammation and infection. It can be a symptom of Tonsillitis. Pus is generally an indicator of something worth going to the doctor for. Tonsilloliths are not likely to cause any damage but infection can and will.
As for being able to make your tonsils open that is normal. Those crypts are always there and they are large. You can indeed open them yourself. Generally you shouldn't mess around back there without a need to. That tissue is easily irritated.
Hi sorry I'd forgotten I posted on this board. Whooops. Sorry for my late reply.
Jayden's mommy - hello thanks very much for your answer. Sorry to hear you had horrible tonsil trouble too Hope it's sorted now/soon.
I did actually say in my original post quite a few reasons why I don't want them removed. The main being that I am afraid of surgery (anaesthetic, argh).
Mwoodj - Thank you for your reply. Yes I'm aware of how pus and tonsilliths are 2 different things. That's what I was referring to when I said "there was a time when I got them... but now it is definitely pus".
Thank you for explaining that only pus permanently eats away at the tonsil, that double confirms yes it is pus.
I have been seeing my doctor about it and having antibiotics which always clear it up. But because it's such a recurring thing I now have an appointment with ENT for October.
Bizarrely enough I haven't had the tonsillitis for a while now-probably over a month!! (Which I am SO grateful for!!) Just the occasional cold-like sore throat where I could feel my tonsils aching and could feel the sensation right through my ears (all linked of course) haha, and a slightly odd feeling in the troublesome tonsil. But no actual tonsillitis.
Thank you for the reassurance of it being normal to have opening parts of tonsils.
I have come to learn that tonsils are very curious (and kind of ever-changing) things. There was a bit a while ago that sort of ended up flapping down due to a new massive hole.. and it never stuck back together... just re-healed flapped down.
Ok I won't poke around there if I don't need to. Unfortunately I sometimes need to to keep them clean. But that's usually just with the water spray thing (oral syringe). I wasn't poking around when I discovered the opening valley... I could just see that when I opened my mouth/throat in a certain way.
I know this post is a bit late but maybe it might help someone who runs across it:
For the past 8 years I have had either strep throat or some type of tonsil infection about 5-10 every year. This last year I was diagnosed with Neutropenia - it is a blood disorder that means you are missing an adequate amount of neutrophils (a kind of white blood cell). These neutrophils are very important bc they fight infection. If you have a low number of them you become more prone to infections which explains why I kept having strep or tonsillitis. I also had other sores like canker-type oral ulcers ver frequently. It would be a good idea to get a CBC with the differential to see your neutrophil count. I had always had lots of infections and no ever thought to test me. It was only found out while doing blood work bc of another problem I was having something else.
This may not be what your problem is, but if you are having lots of infections you should try to find out why.
I am 38 and having the same trouble...My ENT has recommended having mine removed. I have suffered bouts of tonsillitis since about 10 years old tapering off into occasionally flare ups and tonsil stones. I have purchased a water pik to irrigate my tonsils as the Dr. recommended and I was unpleasantly surprised at how many more of those wicked things were lurking in the shadows of those crypts. It is gross, no doubt! I suffered a bad sinus infection last summer and still feel tired, distracted mentally, and the constant clearing of my throat from post nasal drip.
I guess I need to know of which is the cause and effect. Is it my sinus' or my tonsils that are reeking havoc or vice verse...or neither.
I wish they had removed them when I was younger as they had discussed it back then. Unfortunately, that is when the tides turned on the rudimentary procedure of removing them from children. My youngest son now has been getting the stones.
What to do? I am giving it a month or trying home remedies and maintenance. The exhaustion I think it is causing is not worth it. The procedure will cost $1000 of my portion.
Any feedback and updates on previous posts is appreciated.
I am 38 as well and have the same problem with tonsil stones and post nasal drip. I agree with you in that the exhaustion of having to deal with continuous tonsil stones and bad breath (which I think I can smell) is enough to have my tonsils removed, but I am scared of the surgery. What did you decide to do ?? Thanks, Carole
Stanley_Mr.PiBB, I'm having the same problem and I did a google search for gaping hole in my tonsil and found your question. I know it's been nearly 2 1/2 years and now you're probably away at college or something not thinking about your tonsils, but I wanted you to know your writing made me laugh! It's great! Thanks for that and for all the people that replied saying that pus holes in my tonsils is not all that uncommon and I'll probably live. -Julie