What causes blisters on the tonsils?

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Blisters on the tonsils are caused by infections, according to Net Doctor. Kids Health explains that the coxsackievirus causes small blisters to develop not only on the tonsils, but also on the roof of the mouth. After several days, the blisters erupt, and the area scabs over.

Coxsackievirus is the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease. Not only does this viral infection cause painful red blisters to develop on the tongue, throat and hard palate, it can also cause blisters to form on the insides of the cheek, soles of the feet and palms of the hands, according to Kids Health. Herpangina, a viral throat infection, is also caused by the coxsackievirus, and causes ulcers and red-ringed blisters to form on the tonsils, roof of the mouth and the soft palate. While bacterial infections are usually treated with antibiotics, coxsackievirus is a viral infection and does not respond to antibiotic therapy. While the coxsackievirus can occur anytime, it is most common in the late summer and early fall, according to the New York Times. Coxsackieviruses are part of the enterovirus family, other members of which are responsible for causing hepatitis A and polio. Coxsackieviruses are easily spread from person to person, and typically go away without any treatment.

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Small blisters developing on the tonsils is a symptom of Tonsilitis. The
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Chances are it's a tonsil stone. They are harmless. If it bothers you, try gargling with warm salt water. Source(s) Had tonsil stones for many years.
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Not Medical Advice: Blister near or anywhere the throat could be a sign of sore throat, herpes, or tonsillitis. Consult your doctor.
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Sounds like maybe strep throat. You'll want some antibiotics from the doc. Gargle with salt water, or Listerine in a pinch. Suck ice cubes for the pain. My gran had me swallow two
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Herpangina
Herpangina is a common childhood illness that causes fever and is characterized by small, blister-like ulcers on the roof of the mouth and in the back of the throat. This is a very common childhood infection. Herpangina is similar to the viral infection hand-foot-mouth disease (HFM). Both are caused by ... More »
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