Swollen Tonsils With White Spots and No Pain – Should I Worry?
A sore throat whether caused by strep or the common cold is always inconvenient. The pains from throat that is swollen inhibit eating, drinking, and sometimes even talking. Swollen tonsils with white spots are frequently a sign on strep or tonsillitis, but not always, and the absence of associated pain may be a warning sign that your tonsils have turned into picnic baskets. Never fear though, worrying is not necessary. Whether your white spots are caused by a treatable infection, or tonsil stones, the conditions are very rarely serious.
Cryptic tonsils create white patches or beads on your tonsils and can also leave patches of pus. Since this is also very common in normal throat conditions, the visual cues are often dismissed and the condition can be wrongly labeled as an infection. Swollen tonsils with white spots very well can have a legitimate cause resulting from tonsil infection from bacteria or a virus, but they also could just be coming from wrinkly tonsils. Yes, wrinkly tonsils. If you have white spots on your tonsils, and they are wrinkly, you might be accumulating debris or “tonsil stones” in your throat. Tonsils where pockets or pits have formed act as catch alls for food, pus, bacteria and other debris which is why you may visually see signs of infection but feel fine.
Since you can’t diagnose yourself with picnic throat, you will need to see a doctor if you have white patches on your tonsils because you still need to be sure that you don’t aren’t just in the strep throat incubation period and missing out on treatment that you need. Swollen tonsils with white spots are a regular occurrence in the doctor’s office, and your doctor will do quick and painless tests to determine if you have a bacteria party in your throat or you are rocking your wrinkles on the inside.
Tonsil stones are often a nuisance and some people use water picks or other objects to remove them. As the objects are imbedded in your tissues, special care should be taken and this is not recommended. If you see a physician about your tonsil stones, he or she may decide to use a laser treatment in the office to remove your throat pockets. If you have severe swollen tonsils with white spots and they are not bacterial or viral in nature, your physician may elect to do a tonsillectomy. This treatment is of course always effective because you have removed the tonsil but there are associated risks that must be discussed with your health care provider.
Seeing your doctor at the first sign of infection can help reduce the recovery time if you do have an illness. Since bad breath (halitosis) is common in people with tonsil stones, seeing a doctor and discussing treatment options will expedite the treatment and reduction of these unpleasant symptoms.