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Gross White Lumps Coming from Tonsils

Posted In: Allergies 6 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 17, 2007
  • 09:34 PM

Ok, ok. My GP once said that these "salty" tasting little white lumps were bits of food that had been trapped in throat tissue and then coated and released.

BUT I now wonder.

I recently learned that I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.

I had a period of about three years (15-18) when these lumps were more prevalent than at other times. Once, a lump about the size of a dime, which had a distinct wave pattern to it, came out of my throat.

The lumps hide behind my tonsils and are very annoying until they are released. I should also mention that as a child, I was in the hospital so often for Strept and Ear infections that they knew me on a first-name basis.

Is there a chance that this is a connection of which the medical community is largely unaware? Have others experienced this?

Thanks...

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  • Yes - I have them too and so does my brother (all our lives and we are both 40-something). I think they are called tonsil stones. They smell quite horrible. Seem to get them when I have a sore throat, will pop out one of these nasty smelling "stones" then my throat feels better. I seem to get them in cycles...
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  • My GP once said that these "salty" tasting little white lumps were bits of food that had been trapped in throat tissue and then coated and released.Your GP should not have said that. These are tonsilloliths (or tonsil stones) and the truth is that we don't know what causes them.You can read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonsilloliths
    Notadoc 2 Replies
    • September 6, 2007
    • 04:30 PM
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  • Wow tonsil stones :eek: I've never heard such a thing. You learn alot on these forums :)Samanthahttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
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  • I don't know if related to thyroid but these are usually called tonsil stones, tonsilloths or cavernous tonsil. If you lightly spray a water pik back there GENTLY and not on high, perhaps it will help remove them. I have read that it does in fact do that. Also when you rinse with mouthwash, lean head back and really shake it in the back of your throat. Try gargling with some warm salt water as well. Apparently Hashimotos and thyroid disorders can make allergies more troublesome - probably sinuses too. Have you tried taking Zyrtec or some other allergy med or seeing an allergist to inquire about this? Maybe worth doing. good luckHere is a link from another site where someone has these with the same disorder. Her ENT recommended getting a CT of her thyroid, maybe not a bad idea..Ok, ok. My GP once said that these "salty" tasting little white lumps were bits of food that had been trapped in throat tissue and then coated and released.BUT I now wonder.I recently learned that I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.I had a period of about three years (15-18) when these lumps were more prevalent than at other times. Once, a lump about the size of a dime, which had a distinct wave pattern to it, came out of my throat.The lumps hide behind my tonsils and are very annoying until they are released. I should also mention that as a child, I was in the hospital so often for Strept and Ear infections that they knew me on a first-name basis.Is there a chance that this is a connection of which the medical community is largely unaware? Have others experienced this?Thanks...
    rainsky 28 Replies
    • November 24, 2009
    • 08:13 PM
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  • Oops I missed putting the link in http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-653408.html:D
    rainsky 28 Replies
    • November 24, 2009
    • 09:08 PM
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  • Tonsil Stones are lumps of calcified material that form in the fleshy pad at the back of the throat(tonsils). They mainly affect the palatine tonsils but can also occur in the lingual tonsils. Tonsil stones weigh between 0.3g and 42g. They are mainly composed of calcium. Other minerals such as ammonia, phosphorus, magnesium and carbonate may also present but in very small deposits.

    They are created when the trapped debris in the tonsils calcifies. The tonsils are filled with crannies and nooks where bacteria, dead cells and mucus become clogged to. The trapped materials then form a debris, which accumulates in white formations in the pockets. The debris may be big enough to protrude and get clogged in the tonsil crypt. Tonsil stones are among the major causes of bad breath. They are more common in people who have suffered chronic inflammation in their tonsil or have had repeated bouts of tonsil stones.
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