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Suffering from tonsillitis. Have mucous and foul odor particles causing bad breath. How to treat it?

Hi Doctor, I m 33 years old female and I have been suffering from tonsillitis due to allergy , however, I don t have sore throat . This has been going on for couple months now. I went to see a speciallist for allergy about 4 months ago. He prescribed me some steroid which helped with the itchy and runny nose and eyes. I told him about tonsillitis but he kept saying that I don t have it and it will go away. my throat however remains problematic. I still have a lot of mucous and the white foul odor particles in my throat. Please help me to get rid of this because it is causing very bad breath problems for me. Thank you
Asked On : Wed, 11 Jul 2012
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Thanks for using the HCM. I am happy to address your questions, tonsils are lymph nodes in the back of the mouth and top of the throat. They normally help to filter out bacteria and other germs to prevent infection in the body. Your health care provider may not give you antibiotics. If tests show you do have infection, your doctor will give you antibiotics. Tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous, can become trapped. When this occurs, the debris can become concentrated in white formations that occur in the pockets. Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed when this trapped debris hardens, or calcifies. This tends to occur most often in people who suffer from chronic inflammation in their tonsils or repeated bouts of tonsillitis. One of the prime indicators of a tonsil stone is exceedingly bad breath, or halitosis, that accompanies a tonsil infection. The presence of these foul-smelling compounds provides objective evidence of bad breath. The appropriate treatment for a tonsil stone depends on the size of the tonsillolith. Many tonsil stones, especially ones that have no symptoms, require no special treatment. Gargling with warm, salty water may help alleviate the discomfort of tonsillitis, which often accompanies tonsil stones. Various antibiotics can be used to treat tonsil stones. When tonsil stones are exceedingly large and symptomatic, it may be necessary for a surgeon to remove them. Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help. Thanks
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