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three holes on my left tonsil?

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I have three holes on my left tonsil, and one hole on my right tonsil. There is no pus, or white tonsil stones, but I was wondering what these holes are, how to get rid of them and if I need surgery. I am only a teenager too, I wan't born with these holes, they only appeared recently. Could these holes be tonsil crypts?


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replied March 16th, 2011
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A20925
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by three holes on your left tonsil and one hole on the right one.
Actually, these are not really holes but crypts within the tonsils. These are part of the normal anatomy of the tonsils and can sometimes become fairly deep. When that happens, it is not unusual for food particles and debris to accumulate within these pits. It does not represent anything serious. Sometimes it can be associated with a foul odor or slight discomfort.
If you notice any white globules on the surface, you must consult your ENT specialist to rule out the formation of tonsilloliths.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.



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