Everyone has tonsils but not everybody has holes in them, these are called tonsil crypts. They work with the tonsils to help the immune system by fighting off infectious organisms that pass through the mouth with food.
Now even though they are trying to fight off infection, they often get infected themselves.
There are many solutions to these issues. One of the easiest ways is to make sure you're gargling with a detoxifying mouthwash every day, either commercial or homemade. This will help clean out your mouth and tonsils of bacteria therefore making it less likely to get an infection.
You should also be brushing and flossing everyday as well to ensure there are no sneaky bits of bacteria hiding between your teeth and gums to cause infection.
The Different Infections
Because the tonsils are part of the immune system, they have to deal with a number of different disease-causing particles. Unfortunately, some of them don't go away quickly enough. They can also infect at different times during a person's life.
Some of them happen during childhood, while others occur more often in adults.
When to See a Doctor
If you get an infection within the hole in tonsil then it isn’t always necessary for you to go see a doctor immediately. Often times the problem can be dealt with by gargling with a cleanse of some type or by taking some prescription medication/ medicine.
However, if your infection never seems to go away, or your symptoms are becoming unbearable, then a trip to the doctors could be well worth it. They’ll likely suggest a few remedies before urging you to get surgery. As you probably know, the recovery period for a tonsillectomy is pretty intense and is not really worth going through unless completely necessary.
That’s why you should have a serious conversation with your doctor before making a decision so they can make you aware of all the risks involved.
Do Not Try To Diagnose Yourself
While it's true that gargling with a strong mouthwash can often take care of throat infections, that doesn't mean you can diagnose the infection. If you’re not seeing a difference after using mouthwash regularly for a week or two then you should go see a medical professional.
You may be tempted to head to the internet and try to diagnose yourself, but avoid the temptation (I do see how ironic this is). You’ll likely be told the wrong information which could lead to disaster.
If you notice white or yellow patches of pus around your tonsils then your crypts have been infected. This is not a serious condition and won’t pose any threat to your overall health, however it does cause a number of annoying symptoms.
This includes; swollen tonsils; tonsil pain; pain when swallowing; pain when swallowing; and sometimes even ear pain. If you start noticing some of these symptoms then I recommend you go see your doctor.
The internet may be a treasure trove of information, but that doesn't mean you've trained for years to learn and understand how medical diagnostics work. Don't suffer if it's a serious issue. Get the medical care you need.
Try the simple solution first, absolutely. But the most important thing is to keep yourself safe and healthy. The last thing you want is to lose part of your jaw because you didn't get something checked out in time.