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are tonsil stones contagious

A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
17 years experience Pain Management
Tonsiloliths: They are not.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: They're mostly keratin. There's a lot of misinformation out there about them. They're easy to remove but they do come back. Get a penli ... Read More

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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
No: Tonsoliths (tonsil stones) are not contagious.
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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Tonsil: Not contagious. The crevices are called crypts and trap food in them Make sure you drink a lot of water and gargle often. Some people with silent acid ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Not at all: f you've got a water pick, a mirror, a penlight, and good coordination, you can probably manage them. A half-unbent paper clip may be more likely to h ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julan Crane
25 years experience Pediatrics
Tonsil stones : They are not contagious
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
18 years experience Family Medicine
No: Tonsil stones are not contagious.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil stones: No. Should be treated if halitosis, recurring infections, or foreign body sensation. Can try to curette or remove them with q-tip. File salt water gar ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Magalie Nelson
21 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
tonsil stones: The tonsils have multiple holes that can can get filled with bacteria, mucus and food debris. Overtime the debris can harden and form the so called t ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
51 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Generally not: Generally not , but best to see your otolaryngologist if recurrent and symptomatic.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Faust
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Various ways: I have known patients who were bothered by their "tonsil stones" who used a tooth-pick to clean out the tonsil stones; others reported that they used ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cryptic tonsils: The first thing that starts are tonsils that have deep pockets or crypts. Food, debris, and bacteria get trapped in the crypts and form the "tonsil st ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Faust
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Just look: With the right light and a goo mirror, tonsil "stones" can be seen by opening your mouth and looking in the mirror. They are usually whitish nodules t ... Read More
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