Ulcer On Tonsil: Symptoms, Causes and Prevention


Ulcer on tonsil also known as throat ulcer, aphthous ulcer or canker sore is a small round oral sore that is either whitish, greyish or yellowish in the middle and reddish on the outside found in the throat or on the tonsils. This can be really painful and might cause a side throat on one side. You may also feel some tingling and burning in that area a day or two before the ulcer develops.

When the ulcer develops, you might feel a tingling sensation anytime you eat or drink something acidic. They can also make it difficult for you to eat and talk. This tonsil ulcer are no contagious but are very unpleasant. In this article, you will learn about the symptoms of ulcer on tonsil, what causes ulcer on tonsil and lot more.

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Symptoms of Ulcer on Tonsil

The symptoms are so noticeable and it is important to see your Doctor if you experience the following;

  • Trouble moving your jaw
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Pain in your mouth or throat
  • White or red patches in your throat
  • Mouth sores
  • Lump in your neck
  • Fever

Causes Of Ulcer On Tonsil

Ulcer on tonsil can be caused by;

1. Nutrient deficiencies including; iron, folic acid or vitamin B-12 deficiency.

2. Sensitivity to acid or spicy food, drinks, snacks, fruits etc.

3. Mouth injuries such as biting your cheek or from dental work.

4. Stomach problems such as acid reflux.

5. Bacteria in the mouth

6. Mouth wash and toothpaste that contains sodium sulfate.

7. Emotional stress

8. Allergies

9. Oral trauma

10. Inflammation of the skin

11. Hormonal fluctuations during menstruation.

12. Weak immune system

13. Gastric reflux

14. Infections with yeast or a virus

15. Orapharyngeal cancer, i.e cancer in the part of your throat that is right behind your mouth

Some Medical Conditions that may cause Ulcer on Tonsil

  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • HIV and AIDs
  • Betchet’s disease

How Long Does Ulcer On Tonsil Last

Ulcer on tonsil can range from mild to severe and might last for a few days or some weeks. Most of them heal on their own within a couple of weeks. However, the pains and discomfort can make your day so frustrating and miserable. You can actually get rid of ulcer on tonsil.

How to Get Rid of Ulcer On Tonsil

You will know 10 ways to get of an ulcer on your tonsil.

1. Mouth Wash

The tonsil can be so difficult to reach so a mouth wash is the essential option. Mouth wash helps to eliminate all bacteria and cleans your whole mouth.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda is used to restore Phone balance and reduce inflammation. Using baking soda can help heal the ulcer on your tonsil.

3. Salt Water Rinse

Rinsing your mouth with salt when you have an ulcer on your tonsil could be painful but it is a good home remedy which helps dry out the ulcer.

All you need to do is mix a little quantity of salt in warm water, goggle the solution in your mouth then spit out.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar Mouth Wash

This is use as a cure for almost everything. The acid in apple cider vinegar helps kill bacteria. When use in the mouth, it helps kill bacteria that irritates the ulcer on your tonsil.

Remember that acid substances can cause or worse the ulcer on your tonsil so, it is adviced to be taken with caution.

5. Honey

Honey has some crib inflammatory and antibacterial abilities. It will help to reduce the pain, size and redness of the ulcer and also prevents secondary infections.

All you need to do is apply original honey to affected area daily.

6. Yoghurt

Study has shown that live probiotic culture such as lactobacillus may help eradicate H. Pylori and treat some types  of inflammatory bowl diseases.

Drinking yoghurt which contains  probiotic cultures may help in treating the ulcer in your tonsil.

7. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has antimicrobial abilities. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory. It helps to cure ulcer on tonsil by preventing the spread of bacteria and reducing redness and pain.

8. Alum Powder

Alum powder is often used to preserve food and vegetables. It is made from potassium aluminum sulfate and it has astringent properties that helps to shrink tissues and drug out the ulcer on your tonsil.

9. Milk of Magnesia

This is an acid neutralizer and a  laxative. When use, it may change the pH in your mouth so that the ulcer sore would not increase.

It also covers the sore to prevent irritating or infections and relief the pains.

10. Vitamin B Complex Supplement

This contains all 8 B vitamins including B-12. It helps prevent ulcer on tonsil from occurring but it is not really known to cure the ulcer.

So, it is important to consult your Doctor before use.


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Other ways to avoid Ulcer on Tonsil includes;

  • Eat more food rich in vitamin B, folic acid and iron.
  • Avoid eating acidic food and fruits like pineapples, oranges etc.
  • Avoiding worsening by not eating crunchy food like nuts
  • Use toothbrushes with soft bristles.

Ulcer On Tonsil Can Be Prevented Through The Following

  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy
  • Do not smoke
  • Reduce your risk of infection by getting vaccinated.
  • Change medications if necessary

When To Visit Your Doctor

An ulcer on tonsil should disappear fully between 7 to 10 days of appearance.

However, it is good and necessary to see your Doctor or dentist if you experience the following regarding to ulcer on tonsil;

1. The ulcer keeps increasing in size

2. Last longer than expected

3. The sore is making it difficult for you to eat and drink

4. You get high fever from it

5. It extends to your lips

6. If the sore causes extreme pains

7. You should also contact your Doctor or dentist if a dental hygiene tool is the reason for the ulcer sore.


Ulcer on tonsil are so unpleasant but they do not last forever. If you already have an ulcer on your tonsil, it is important to follow the remedies to get rid of it or visit your dentist.

Your Dentist might prescribe some antibiotics or antifungals to treat bacteria. A pair reliever might also be prescribed.

It is important to take your Doctor prescription seriously.