You might think that “cryptic tonsils” are a type of tonsils. But they’re not. Rather, they’re a condition that occurs when your tonsils happen to have an unusual amount of folds.
Purpose of Tonsils
The purpose of your tonsils is to protect your body from bacterial and viral invasions by filtering things that pass through the nose and mouth before they may enter the body. When things function well, your tonsils capture foreign invading infections and prevent them from entering your body. When things don’t work well, your tonsils may instead capture food, dead bacteria, and accumulated mucous deposits.
The problems with this might not seem obvious initially; however, the problems only become significant when the trapped debris inflame your tonsils. This can cause them to become enlarged, restricting your breathing and making swallowing painful.
The Problem with Cryptic Tonsils
It should now be clear why cryptic tonsils can be a problem. Since they contain so many folds, they trap much, much more debris than normal tonsils; and this debris has the potentially inflame the tonsils. If this inflammation is persistent, the tonsils may even need to be removed.
The primary problem is that your tonsils contain too many folds. This means that applying an antibiotic to reduce inflammation is only a temporary solution. In the future, your tonsils are likely to become inflamed once again, since they are likely to capture more food.
Other temporary solutions involve cleaning the tonsil crypts to prevent frequent inflammation. This may require you to take a q-tip or a spoon to brush the crypts clean and remove any food or debris.
If you constantly find that your tonsils are becoming inflamed, that’s a clear sign that your tonsils have too many folds; however, this, in itself, is not sufficient evidence to proceed with a tonsillectomy. Instead, you will want to consult with your ENT physician to determine whether or not the folds are truly the problem. If they are, then it may be time to consider getting your cryptic tonsils removed.