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I have developed a small hole at the back of my throat next ...

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I have developed a small hole at the back of my throat next to the uvula. Semi hard objects are able to be removed with some prodding. These objects have a very nasty odor. What could it be? Could it be a Staph infection?


The semi-hard objects you are removing are likely tonsil stones (tonsilloliths) within cryptic tonsils (appear as a hole or cavity in the back of the throat). The mal-odorous off-white collections of bacteria and food particles are a frequent cause of halitosis ("bad breath") and are best treated with regular (at least three times a day) gargling of salt-water or a non-alcohol non-sugar based mouthwash. You should have the spots examined by a physician as well, especially if they don't resolve with the gargling. Manual extraction with a cotton swab is an option but should first be done with a physician to ensure good technique and decrease the risk of introducing infection/trauma.

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