Health Advice For Pus Bump on Tonsil

Someone please help me!! Before this I have never had any trouble with my throat! Back in mid Sept. I was brushing my teeth and saw a small pus spot in my left tonsil. I popped it several times but it kept coming back. I gargled with salt water and it disappeared. A few days later my throat on the left side (side the pus spot was on) was throbbing! My lymph node swelled for about a week then my left ear starting hurting! I have been to the E.R. numerous times, the regular doctor and an entomologist had strep tests, mono tests, an x-ray, ct scan, the entomologist scoped my throat. None of these doctors can tell me anything! I was even put on penicillin and azithromycin BEFORE I was tested for strep which obviously was negative! Now I'm on amoxicillin because I found a pus bump in my gums, went to the dentist and found out I had an abscess tooth, had a root canal. I even asked the dentist if this all could be connected, but he said no. So here I am 3 months later still having this throat pain, just on the left side, sometimes I even have a gagging sensation when I swallow, and my ear is hurting so bad and here recently been having headaches. The only thing doctors can say is maybe you need your tonsils taken out, but I don't think that is the problem. One pus spot EVER, and I need surgery? Not what I want to do. If anyone has had these symptoms or has them please let me know if you found out what was going on or what you did. Thanks.

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Ammie from Louisville, KY

December 8, 20070 found this helpful

You can still have strep and test negative, I did and my husband did. Even though you were on antibiotics, maybe you need something a little stronger to get rid of the bug. When I have strep, the doctor puts me on a really high dose of strong antibiotics. My advice would be to tell your family doctor what you want. Sometimes you have to.

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December 8, 20070 found this helpful

You need to see a doctor for this, dont fool around with it. It is a infection and they need to give you medicine for it

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December 8, 20070 found this helpful

I've had these symptoms on and off most of my life(55 years). A few years ago I was finally diagnosed as having a sinus infection. The dentist said sinus infections don't respond well to antibiotics. He called the white spots "tonsil stones" and said they don't respond to antibiotics either. Then he gave me zithromax, an antibiotic! The infection was gone for about a week then came right back. I went to a health food store and the clerk recommended nasal irrigation 3 to 4 times a day(there are many sites that tell you how to do this). Then after each irrigation take a long q-tip like they use in doctor's offices, dip it in hydrogen peroxide and swab it directly on the tonsils. It worked beautifully! After having this problem most of my life it was gone in a week. After the infection clears up you can do 1 irrigation a day and 1 swabbing for prevention. The problem tends to come back periodically but you can start all over again. Faster and cheaper than anything I ever got from a doctor. But I agree with the other posters, you should give another try at seeing a doctor.

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December 9, 20070 found this helpful

Perfumed fan mentioned hydrogen peroxide. I use it 2 or 3 times a week as a mouth wash. That might not be a bad idea to keep those pesky things from getting inside your mouth again.

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December 9, 20070 found this helpful

Have you tried going to an ear, nose, throat specialist. It seems to me that you have done everything else. If it were just your tonsils, I would think you would only have a spot on the tonsils not on the gum. If this is a virus and it sounds like it might be, I don't think any antibiotics will help. You might try yogurt. Yes, yogurt. When I had sores in

my mouth and throat the Dr. told me to eat yogurt and take vitamin B. It worked!!

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December 10, 20070 found this helpful

I would get what you describe as "pus bumps" occasionally, and I when I would get a sore throat it was horrible. I had my tonils removed using laser surgery when I was in my early 40s and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made!

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December 11, 20070 found this helpful

Ammie

You didn't say how old you are but my 16 y/o DD has tonsils that collect food particles, which as they decompose cause white spots and a sore throat. She's also been treated with antibiotics and DR says if it keeps reoccurring...she'll have to have the tonsils removed

We live in Prospect (right out side Louisville in Oldham county) Maybe it is a "Louisville Thing"

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December 11, 20070 found this helpful

My daughter struggled with her tonsils for her entire life. She is now 39. Last year she finally had her tonsils removed and it is one of the best things she has ever done.

But I agree with the person who recommended an ear, nose, and throat MD. They are the only type of doctor who can really help you with your problem. (Emergency rooms are often staffed with interns... )

I wouldnt stick anything up inside my nose, but I recommend using salt water solution sprayed into the sinuses. Usually these things come from the sinus and dripping down. You will be surprised at the healing effect salt water can have. You can buy it under the store brand name in the grocery store or discount center. It is money well spent. Use it daily after you bruch your teeth as part of your normal health regimine. Dont wait until you are sick to do it. (smile) It works when you are sick, but usually can nip that in the bud before it gets full blown illness. I too believe you might have a virus. We all know they hide near the nerves and come out from time to time. They never go away to my understanding, but are always there and flare up when you are tired, have allergies, or a cold. (sigh)

Good luck

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December 11, 20070 found this helpful

I had this same thing on one tonsil and started feeling ill and went to the doc..they gave me antibiotics but it kept coming back. I finally went to an ENT, and was diagnosed with cryptic tonsillitis..it was so bad the infection had got into my blood stream and I had to have an emergency tonsillectomy. All from just seeing the 1 "pus pocket". Doc said when they took out the tonsil, "pus" flew everywhere! So I would not put if off; I would get to an ENT right away. Good Luck!

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December 11, 20070 found this helpful

I had this same thing happen when I was younger. I went to a ENT and my regular doctor, they both told me numerous things it could be but nothing worked. It kept coming back and then started bleeding. It turns out that my tonsils needed to be removed. What had happened was that there were "pockets" in my tonsils and food would get impacted in them causing an infection or pus in the area. I would get it cleared up but when food got in there again, it would happen again. Finally when blood clots started coming out of the pockets the doctor did an emergency tonsilectomy. I have not had a problem since. I recall it being painful and having trouble with it a lot. I hope this helps.

Good Luck!

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December 11, 20070 found this helpful

i went to an ent about this but i dont see why i need my tonsils taken out. this is the first problem i have had with my tonsils ever. no pus has returned since, my throat just keeps bothering me. if you havent noticed im looking for any other way besides surgery.even thinking about surgery is making me have panic attacks!

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December 11, 20070 found this helpful

You can get a second opinion from another ENT. Pus is an infection, and there's a medical reason for a sore throat. (Also, the laser surgery was a breeze. I have hardly had a sore throat since having my tonsils removed and when I do have one it's mild compared to how bad they used to get.)

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February 7, 20080 found this helpful

Last night I was brushing my teeth & I have a huge pus pocket on my right tonsil.Im going to the doctor tomorrow so i will let you know if i find out anything.

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May 7, 20080 found this helpful

I keep getting them. I am 15 and I have no clue what to do. I have read all of the comments and I am thinking go to a doctor to see whats up. I don't know they come back every so often and this time it is on the right in left side or the back of my throat. Any suggestions?

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June 4, 20080 found this helpful

I found a large pus pocket on my left tonsil. I was told by a friend to take a paper clip, open it up and tape it to the end of a pencil. I sanitized it and then, in front of a mirror, I scraped at the pus. First time, I got enough off that I was not getting that gagging feeling all the time. The second time, after sucking on a throat drop, the whole pus thing came off in one shot. What a great feeling to not have that on my tonsil anymore. I thew it away, it was about the size of a pencil eraser and texture like a dumpling. I still have a red throat, but I can swallow easier. I wonder if the throat drop lubed my throat so that it slipped off my tonsil.

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July 1, 20080 found this helpful

I had my left ear drum rupture and my tonsils are also worse than ever. I've always had pus pockets, but never like this. I'm supposed to have my tonsils removed this summer. :(

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July 16, 20080 found this helpful

I also get the pus on my tonsils. The first time it was on the left one and right now it's on the right one. The first time it was so big I couldn't even open my mouth to talk and it was very painful. I went to a doctor, she gave me antibiotics shots and it worked after 3 days it started going away. Then I made another treatment also with antibiotics and than it went away completely.

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September 27, 20080 found this helpful

I don't know how long I've had it for now, but I continue to get the pus pockets, and reading the other comments I really believe it's caused from food fragments getting caught in pockets in my tonsils. I always get a sore throat, and sometimes I get really bad breath from it and a foul taste in my mouth. I'm definitely going to an ENT to get it checked out asap.

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October 16, 20080 found this helpful

I had the pus bumps on my tonsils for years. Had one doctor tell me that it was food getting caught on my tonsils. Please! I knew better than that. Went to a different doctor and finally had my tonsils out. No more pus bumps. The surgeon said that my tonsils were rotten to the core. I was in my 20's when I had this done. It is not bad and well worth having done.

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October 16, 20080 found this helpful

I have had them so many times - for many, many years. When I get them, I don't have any sickness symptoms - only a feeling of something in my throat and maybe even a bad taste in my mouth. All I do is take a Q-tip and swipe it out very carefully. Never have seen a doctor about it.

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February 7, 20090 found this helpful

It might be worth it to have your tonsils removed. You may think its just one problem but I can't think of a better way to fix it then to get your tonsils out. I think about it this way. You won't have to worry about it getting worse, strep throat, or other problems in the future.

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February 10, 20090 found this helpful

I have the same symptoms, ear is killing me, hardly can swallow. I went to the doc today, said there is a pus pocket at the very back of my mouth, beyond the ridge. It hurts like hell. Hot foods, cold foods, it doesn't matter, hurts to talk even. So the doc put me on arithrmycin and a Magic Mouthwash. We'll see.

Oh yeah, 5 days prior to me finally giving in and going to the doctors, I had really bad chills, couldn't stay warm. What's up with this?

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March 2, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Ammie, The fact is that you have tonsilitis and it is never going to go away permanenetly. The tonsils are the first port of call for bugs and your tonsils are now invected to the point that they are actually going to make you ill. The attacks will get more frequent and more severe. Once you have the pus bumps accompanied by the fever and feeling generally awful then you have reached the point where things can only get worse. Save your self years of misery and get those tonsils out. Its the best thing I ever did except I hung on and suffered 13 years of abject misery with attacks every few months in the last two years. You wont regret it and you wont miss them. Kindest Regards Susan

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March 3, 20090 found this helpful

Every single thing you said was me this past week. I went from having a sore throat to not being able to eat and swallow. I had lock jaw and could barely open my mouth and the pain in my ear from all the swelling was overwhelming!

Ive been doing a lot of research on this because i never want to get it again and wanted to find out how to prevent it. What i did find out is its something called tonsil stones.

Tonsil stones look like white pus bumps on your tonsils (or in pockets on your tonsils) that make it extremly painful to swallow and talk. Some people say by poking at them they can get it out and apparently they stay intact and are about the size of a coin.

My experience was a little different. I was prescribed the z-pack and steroids to reduce the inflammation, on the 4th day of my prescription i had a considerable amount of pain still. Barely managing to eat anything tried to push down a star burst, I don't know if that's what did it or not but immediately after i got a disgusting flavor in my mouth and ran to the bathroom. I spit out what looked like a glass worth of phlegm, but it wasn't phlegm. It was more like poison, or bacteria build up. It took me a good 5 minutes spitting all this out, contracting my throat to squeeze it all out.

As soon as it was out i felt a 100% better. It was weird because I went from feeling absolutely horrible, to like I wasn't even sick. Even though mine came out in liquid form and not a blob the size of a coin i believe the problem that both you and myself have is called tonsil stones.

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