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Marion, IN
A 19-year-old female asked:

will it hurt me if i swallow tonsil stones? do they ever go away

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
No and yes: Tonsilliths or tonsil stones are an accumulation of debris in the crypts of the tonsils. They cause discomfort and foul breath. They can be expelled with blunt end of a toothbrush or like object. If swallowed, they are readily inactivated by the acid in the stomach. This should not be harmful. Good oral hygiene, gargles with most gargle solutions will help. You may end up with tonsils out.

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Idaho Falls, ID
A 19-year-old female asked:

Should I go to the doctor and if so what will they tell me. Tonsil stones are worse and hurt so bad?

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Dr. Heather Pickett
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Need more details: How long have you had this? How often? Have you been seen before? Do you have a fever?

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