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A member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
No problem: If you have no discomfort with your throat, just leave it alone.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Filled with stones: I don't know that it is shrinking or just returning to its normal size. Sounds like filled with stones. You should see your doctor
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones are white objects within tonsillar crypts and don't ulcerate,change in size and don't cause symptoms. If there's any doubt an examinatio... Read More
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Stones come out: Good question! Tonsil stones are hard and lodge in the tonsils but can be dislodged - they are not attached to the tonsil tissue. Usually light yellow... Read More
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Try removing it: Use a water pick or some other tool. A tonsillolith shells out free.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Probably not: Kidney stones are usually calcium oxalate stones, whereas "tonsil stones" are usually composed of various food matter, bacteria, cells and if they are... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Nason
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
More info would help: Definitely not too risky. Would need to know your other health problems, if any. If there's any concern, you could always get preoperatively clearance... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Magalie Nelson
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric 22 years experience
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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Eating: Tonsil stones (i.e. Tonsilliths) are collections of food and debris which get trapped in the tonsils. This material gets infected usually becomes fou... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
No! Offensive? Yes!: Tonsil stones are offensive due to odor. They may cause discomfort and possibly and infection could result from them. Mostly it is odor and cosmetic... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
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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