13 answers

What Is This Thing in My Daughter's Throat/mouth?

My daughter is 4 years old and her right tonsil is very swollen. The doctor tested for strep which came back negative so now they are testing her for mono. They are also testing her blood for several other things, but we will not get those results back until Friday or Monday. Anyway, tonight when I was looking in her mouth to see if her tonsil has gotten any bigger I noticed something at the very back of her throat. It is really hard to explain, but it is white/light yellow, thin, and it curves up to a half circle. Is this something that is normal to be at the back of your throat/tongue? I personally have never seen anything like it before in my other two girls. It is the wierdest thing I have ever seen in my life! Any ideas as to what this can be? I'm really worried about my baby!

It is not drainage or any other kind of fluid. It actually looks like you could grab the end of it an pull it out. It is actually laying on her tongue in the very back.

What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

Thank you AngieOPlasty!!!! I looked up images of what you said it might be and that is exactly it!!!! One less thing I need to worry about! I feel a little better now. You are awesome AngieOPlasty!!!!!!

Featured Answers

It's probably a tonsil stone. It's nothing to be worried about. It's just food, cells, etc that accumulates in the pits of the tonsils. Kids have large tonsils and get them more often. You are probably seeing just the edge of it- the rest is lodged in the tonsil. They generally come out on their own, but they can be annoying if they get too large. However, the worse thing about them is they can cause stinky breath.

2 moms found this helpful

More Answers

It's probably a tonsil stone. It's nothing to be worried about. It's just food, cells, etc that accumulates in the pits of the tonsils. Kids have large tonsils and get them more often. You are probably seeing just the edge of it- the rest is lodged in the tonsil. They generally come out on their own, but they can be annoying if they get too large. However, the worse thing about them is they can cause stinky breath.

2 moms found this helpful

Was her mouth open very wide when you were looking? How big was the thing you're describing?

It sounds to me like youre seeing the epiglottis, which is part of her normal anatomy. That's the flap that covers the trachea when you swallow. In some people, it rises higher than others.

Of course if it was a tiny thing you saw, then I'd agree - tonsil stone.

2 moms found this helpful

Google a medical condition called "Quincy." Not to alarm, but mono is often the cause of the lymphatic system going haywire. Often, when very severe, the tonsils become so enlarged they need to be removed to prevent suffocation or choking.

Besides stones as some have mentioned, the thing that is curving into a half circle could possibly be her very infected tonsils. If you notice there is little to no space for the passage of air, get her to urgent care. This is something you should monitor very closely. If it gets worse, or she has difficulty breathing or apnea while sleeping you should bring her to the ER.

In the interim of getting further word from your doctor, do all you can to help boost her immune system. Foods rich in vitamins, lots of rest, and avoiding sick people and crowds are a must to prevent any complications such as another illness on top of this one.

I'm not a doc, but this happend to one of my little ones, and it was very serious. The doctor you saw may be like the first doctor we had, and not recommend laying low and avoiding others. Our child got a second illness on top of mono and his throat nearly swelled shut. He had to have a rush surgery. So be very watchful. Hopefully this will resolve soon. There are cases where surgery isn't needed because the condition resolves itself. But if her system is very taxed or she catches something else, that really does complicate things.

See:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_Quincy_throat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peritonsillar_abscess
http://chestofbooks.com/health/children/Herbert-Shelton/T...

For pictures of severe cases of Quincy and more information see:
http://www.entusa.com/tonsils_adenoid_surgery.htm
http://www.ghorayeb.com/AcuteTonsillitis.html

1 mom found this helpful

Sounds like puss. Yuck, I hate that word.

1 mom found this helpful

I've never heard it called a tonsil stone, but it sounds the same as what I have known to be called Tonsililiths. I get them all the time & it seems as though if I don't remove them (push on the sides with my finger to push them out---gross!!) but if I don't get them out I get some sort if infection! Also it seems I get them more when I am sick. Weird! It'll probably just come out on it's own. No worries. Hope she is better soon!
ETA: I just Googled it: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonsillolith

1 mom found this helpful

Tonsil stem. My 16 year old gets them all the time, especially allergy season.

They stink, make breath bad but are normal

1 mom found this helpful

A tonsil stone stuck in a slit in her tonsil? I removed one that was a little larger than a pea from her tonsil when she was about 8. And there was a ton of goo in behind that.

Some doctors don't seem to know about tonsil stones. In my daughter's case, she had cryptic tonsils, so there was actually a slit in the tonsil that got filled up with goo. Google it and you can see videos of the stuff being removed.

Maybe that's what your daughter has in her tonsil.

1 mom found this helpful

Has she been checked for tonsilitis? I get it all the time and its very painful! Strep test always comes back negative. They say out just had to run it's course and will usually give pain meds. The back of your throat and tonsils can get huge and crazy looking! Hope she feels better soon!

1 / 3
Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.