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I usually cough something like this up every month or two and it's usually when i'm sick, although sometimes when i'm not. Sometimes i'll cough and a big white chunk of something will come flying out of the back of my throat. It has like the consistency of something like the cross between a pea and a nut (it feels a little hard but you can squish it with you fingernails), and smells like vomit, it's slightly smaller than a pea. Anybody have any idea what I coughed up and why I coughed it up? I don't smoke, i'm not on any medication, and last doctor's appointment said I was fairly healthy and I know I don't get sick a lot (except last winter, but I think that was temporary allergies).

Anybody know what's up? I'm curious but don't feel like spending 10 bucks and a trip to the health center on it.
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replied November 12th, 2003
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Ok im gonna give a shot on this one. Its when your cauging? Well it could be a buidup in the back of your mouth. Ive had something like that when caughing too. What you should do is wash your mouth more often with mouthwash and tilt your head back and gargle. It washes it out so it doesnt just fly out when you cough. I know how you feel about the 10 bucks and the trip. I hate it too. But try that. It might be something a dentist would like at. Maybe. If it still happens and its not working with the mouthwash and stuff, then go to a doc if your really concerned. But I think its just a buildup back there.
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replied November 12th, 2003
Throat
Jared, all

thank you for emailing back a reply. I have tried the mouthwash etc... I am glad to hear that other people have this problem. By any means jared do you still have your tonsils? Because I do... Embarassedi guess I am going to have to call a doctor... Or go see one...Thanks
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replied November 13th, 2003
Tonsils
I still have my tonsils, but I don't really have the free time or energy to get them removed. Full time student with a part time job. I'm not exactly up to my knees in surgery time. Maybe in the summer if a dentist says anything.


I just wanted to make sure it wasn't dangerous and that I didn't have any kind of yucky worrisome germs back there (well, more than anybody else)

thanks for replying and saving me some money.
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replied November 13th, 2003
Sounds Like a Tonsilith
Tonsils are frequently covered with small openings called crypts. A combination of food particles, bacteria, and body secretions form small hard nuggets called tonsiliths, or tonsil stones. If you take a look back there you can sometimes see them as little cream colored dots on your tonsils. They are very common.

They will work themselves out eventually and you will either cough them up or swallow them. They have a nasty taste/odor.

You can also remove them yourself with a qtip. I have also heard of people using a waterpick to clean their tonsils, but the thought of that just makes me gag. Shocked
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replied November 18th, 2003
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Snot
It is snot. Embarassed because of allergies.
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replied October 4th, 2004
These are called tonsil stones or "tonsilioth (sp) they are very common, its basically a nasty buildup in the crevices of your tonsils.Many people are able to see them and remove them with their fingers, others just expel them when they cough or sneeze. They will go away on their own.
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replied October 4th, 2004
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I used to get those. Man, I learn something new every day Laughing
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replied October 6th, 2007
May I Join the Club...
I have had a persistent cough for about 6 months...since spring and have periodically coughed these things up when I cough hard. I've wondered what they were. Can they be eliminated by having your tonsils removed? Drastic, but I am tired of coughing. Thanks for listening and posting. You've been helpful.
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replied October 8th, 2007
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i get those all the time --let me guess--white and sometimes a little yellowish---tonsil cheese, stones etc. you can get your tonsils removed and you wont have them any more but they (tonsils) are part of your lymphatic system and they help you fight illness. just because tonsil stones are annoying is not a really good reason to get them removed.
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replied October 8th, 2007
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Gargle with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water...I use a capful from the bottle to an 8 oz of h2o. This will kill the bacteria, which has caused the "tonsil stones". Then afterward, gargle with a mouthwash to get the taste out of your mouth!
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replied October 8th, 2007
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yeah they dont taste too good lol--i hate it when you can feel one forming and you go to bed and its not there in the morning lol
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replied December 9th, 2007
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Rather than use a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water, I suggest Peroxyl (sp), which is a cleansing mouthwash made by clorox. It is made with hydrogen peroxide but it tastes great. My ENT specialist told me to try it for a few months and if it fixes the tonsolith problem then I do not need to get my tonsils removed. If it does not then obviously it is indicated to have the tonsils removed, and the earlier the better. The older you are when your tonsils are removed, the more difficult the recovery.
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replied December 9th, 2007
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Oh wow, as disgusting as it is, I admit, I have it too and I always wondered what that was.....and sometimes it's worse than at others, and I will could up loads of them in one day, but I'm not really sick either.

Thanks for the info.

And Dyan, you're gross!! lol Wink
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replied December 16th, 2007
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heehee---you know me--I cant help it. Razz
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replied August 2nd, 2010
I had my tonsils removed when I was 5, now I'm 41 and I'm just now getting them. So even if you have had your tonsils taken out you can still get tonsil stones. Thank you for the helpful hints to remove them.
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replied August 25th, 2010
nefertiti29, you can only get tonsil stones if you have tonsils, it looks like your tonsils grew back if you still get tonsil stones.
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replied January 30th, 2011
@xdunlapx Not true. They can grow on the back of your tongue. They're just more likely to be found on the tonsils. It is not recommended that you have your tonsils removed to remove tonsiliths. It is really an unnecessary procedure. All you really need is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your tongue and gargle with salt water daily to keep the crevices free of build up.
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