It's interesting to note that most people who have written in on this topic have suffered with this issue for such a short time. I've had this problem since I was a child and am now 34. Recently, I've been trying to see if what I eat plays a part. I notice when I eat chips, cookies or anything coarse that these chunks form. They smell horrible & show up maybe every 2-3 days. Once I cough them up, an empty hole remains in its place. I wonder if this is an indication of some sort of condition. I used to suffer with strep throat, but have not had that in a year. Most times I can cough them up, but there have been times when it popped off & I didn't cough it up in time & swallowed them. Is that dangerous to my system? Other than removing my tonsils, is there a permanent cure?