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Byline: Craig Lennox

Q WHAT are the cottage cheese-like lumps I sometimes find at the back of my mouth?

A IT sounds like tonsil stones.

These form from food debris and saliva and harden and whiten over time.

When they get bigger they usually fall out to be swallowed or coughed up. For most people, they are harmless and should just be left alone. If they are causing irritation, try gargling with an antiseptic mouthwash first before seeing your GP.

Q I AM still constipated, despite using lactulose and movicol.

A YOUR medicine works better if you drink plenty water.

Check you are not taking tablets like painkillers with codeine that would make it worse.

Make sure your diet has plenty of roughage and consider supplementing with natural bran from the health food shop or isphagula husk drinks or different laxatives, or perhaps some tests from your GP.

Sitting on the loo every morning after breakfast will help restore your bowel habit.
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