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What are these white spots on my tonsils?

Hi everyone,

I'm a 23 year old female. Within the past day or two I've noticed a few small white spots on my tonsils while also experiencing a sore throat. My tonsils are slightly swollen as well. I've tried picking at them with my finger but they don't seem to come off - they're sort of mucus-like (not hard). Also it hurts to swallow. On my right tonsil there are a couple dots of white and on my left tonsil it looks a little stringy (which is why I thought it was just mucus). Any idea what this could be?
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It sounds like a typical tonsillitis - an inflammation of the tonsils. Usually this will go away on its own, though in particularly bad cases (and a suspected bacterial infection), the doctor may prescribe antibiotics. If you get this regularly, removing the tonsils may be considered an option.

For now, I'd recommend popsicles - I had a very severe case of tonsillitis recently and the popsicles helped reduce the swelling and numbed the area a bit.
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Yes, it sounds like an infection of the tonsils. Stop scraping it off! This won't help and can make matters worse and spread the infection around. You probably need antibiotics. Go see your doctor so they can prescribe you some :)
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