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A 25-year-old female asked:

Hiya. tonsil stones. tried manual pus removal and salt water/mouthwash gargles but my tonsil is still very swollen and producing pus. what can i do?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Get to a doctor: You have an infection that is producing pus. This ned's to be treated by a doctor.
Dr. Dale Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric 20 years experience
Pressure wash: Try a water pik ("water flosser") to pressure wash out the tonsils. It generally helps. If not, you may need to see your doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Levine
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Oral irrigators (eg, Waterpik) have worked best for my patients with tonsil stones (tonsiloliths)
Aug 7, 2014
Last updated Aug 13, 2018


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