Burns/burnt throat


Patience wrote at 2011-01-14 15:14:43
I've heard that the white/ yellowish stuff are dead white blood cells from fighting off whatever is wrong.

DoctorMom wrote at 2013-01-07 23:05:35
Hi Amanda,

These look like severe tonsil stones, also called tonsiliths.  If you can get to a mirror that is situated so that you are lit up from behind (so that you can see your tonsils when you open your mouth) you should be able to remove them.  Keep a piece of tissue handy.  Using your two index finers, gently squeeze the inflammed tonsil like you're popping a pimple.  The white inflammation should emerge, very much like a pimple.  Be forwarned, it smells awful.   Most people who get these also experience post nasal drip.  What likely occurred is that the excess cigarette smoke triggered an allergy-like reaction, and through the night mucous dripped down the back of your throat.  


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