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Tonsil stones

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
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Tonsil stones: Tonsil stone - tonsilloliths - collection of bacterial & cellular debris in tonsillar crypts,
Dr. Nicole Frommann
Urgent Care 23 years experience
Gargle: Initially you can try gargling with warm salt water and/or mouth wash. If that doesn't help then try taking a long moist swab and manually remove them... 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
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Trivial: They're actually mostly made of keratin. There's a lot of misinformation about them. They can be smelly and uncomfortable. They're easy... 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
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Bacteria: Tonsil stones are benign firm white "stones" that form in the tonsil crypts from bacteria... Much like plaque on your teeth. They are not dangerous, ... 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
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
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
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
None really: It is not a medical problem, more of a physical one. Medications, herbs, mouthwashes generally don't help. If the tonsils have the deep crypts whic... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
ICKY STUFF: Tonsil "stones" are comprised of dead mucosal cells from the lining of the oral cavity, from microscopic food particles, and from bacteria - usually i... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Highly variable: If you don't go in and force them out they may stay for a lengthy time period. Worry not.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
No need: It is unnecessary to treat tonsil stones as they generally are not related to any health consequences.
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