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are tonsil stones dangerous

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Generally not: Generally not , but best to see your otolaryngologist if recurrent and symptomatic.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: They're masses of keratin -- there's a propagated error on the internet giving a different composition. Get a penlight and a mirror and half ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not really: They commonly cause bad breath, and can reflect chronic tonsillitis. Removal of the tonsils will solve the problem, but isn't warranted unless the pr ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Nordstrom
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil Stones: They are not dangerous and pose no health risk. They are completely benign but may give rise to bad breath and/or a foreign body sensation.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Faust
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not dangerous: Tonsils "stones" - tonsil liths - are a collection of bacteria, sloughed cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and microscopic particles of food, ... Read More
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Dr. Revathi Naadimuthu
16 years experience Ophthalmology
Not dangerous: They are little accumulations that develop within the tonsils. It may be from food or other proteinaceous material.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Cryptic Tonsils: you get stones or particles in the tonsils because you have what are called cryptic tonsils. They have folds and holes in them that food particles ge ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Tonsiloliths: Tonsillitis are not harmful. If you do not have pain or sore throat along with the tonsilolith everything is fine. They sometimes appear more on one ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Loury
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Possible: Inhaling them is possible but if cough reflex intact it will be coughed out. Only if it were to stay in lungs is, there any concern.
A female asked:
Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Tonsil stones/dizzy: In and of itself not dangerous but are from recurrent infections and may be nidas for infection. Would seek medical attention today may have strep and ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
35 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsilliths: They are bacterial colonies that form in tonsillar crypts. A common bacteria is actinomyces. It can give you a foreign body sensation in throat and h ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Magalie Nelson
20 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 female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil stones: Tonsils have superficial cavities which fill up with epithelial debris, secretions and possibly small bits of food

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