Management of cryptic tonsils

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Tonsils are pairs of lymphoid tissues that is found on either side of the throat and they are part of the immune system and function in protecting the body from bacteria and viruses which enters via the mouth or the nose. When particles of food, bacteria and debris are deeply embedded in the crypts of the tonsils, the condition is called as cryptic tonsils.

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There are white-colored debris present in the folds of the tonsils. Cryptic tonsils commonly occur among individuals with recurrent attacks of tonsillitis.

Cryptic tonsils is not considered dangerous, but it will cause bad odor in the mouth. The tonsils are made up of tiny folds and wrinkles. Cryptic tonsils are wrinkly and more likely to trap food particles while dead cells, bacteria and pus cells can also accumulate. Some bacteria that produce sulfur compounds causes bad odor from the mouth which is also known as halitosis. If the individual suffers from recurrent tonsillitis, it will cause the enlargement of the tonsils and the crypts becomes prominent.

Cryptic tonsils
Cryptic tonsils can become distended and eventually lead to difficulty in breathing and talking.


Cryptic tonsils looks similar to white beads on the tonsils and these are formed from tiny food particles, trapped bacteria and dead cells. The condition are somewhat similar to streptococcal throat infections.

A common symptom of cryptic tonsils is bad breath coming from the mouth and it is caused by the impacted materials present in the folds of the tonsils. Viruses and bacteria that are trapped can cause a sore throat and other forms of infection. In most case, there is pain when swallowing food and liquid.

Cryptic tonsils can become distended and eventually lead to difficulty in breathing and talking. In most circumstances, the infection will lead to a fever and there is a yellow or white colored discharge that coats the tonsils.

Due to the discomfort caused by this condition, it is best that you are familiar with measures to ease the individual. All you have to do is register for first aid training in your area today.

Treatment and home remedies

  • The tonsil is treated with an antibiotic in order to reduce the size of the swelling and help in minimizing the foul smelling breath.
  • Treat bad breath by mixing a pinch of salt in a glass of lukewarm water and then gargle the solution at least three times a day to help in relieve sore throat and minimizes bad breath in the mouth. Salt possesses antibacterial properties that helps in killing bacteria that are trapped in the crevices of the tonsils and cleans debris that are found in the crypts.
  • Gargle using vinegar solution by mixing one or two teaspoon of vinegar to a glass of lukewarm water and gargle the solution. This works by helping eliminate the white spots found in the crypt and minimizes the throat pain experienced by the individual.

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