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Hello Dr.

I'm 29 yo female. I used to smoke but quit and now only smoke occasionally (less than 1 cigarette per day).

I've been very ill with a flu and bad sore throat for almost a week now. I checked on my tonsils and that's when I noticed a small fleshy growth near my tonsils but not on them. It's about 3mm in size or so.

Here is a picture:

I also had a sore throat last November but didn't notice this.

I'm wondering if it looks like something serious like cancer or maybe something more benign? Perhaps related to the flu? Should I wait on it or see a doctor ASAP?

Thank you so much.

Delaney - the small growth is not cancer, but it looks like a small gland blockage.  Nothing serious and not related to the flu.  You can wait a while, but if the area remains after two weeks, have it checked.  Don't worry about it.  A good idea to reduce any inflammation in that area is to begin warm salt water rinses for about one minute, 4-5 times a day.  

So don't worry, but get it checked if still present after another two weeks with the warm salt water rinses.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

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