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McKinney, TX
A 19-year-old female asked:

how can you tell the difference between tonsillitis and tonsil stones?

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Dr. Glenn Messina
Aesthetic Medicine 35 years experience
Infection: Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsil you feel ill have a sore throat, fever, swollen tonsils often with a white exudate or film on them. The stone is a different process you may experience mouth odor and bad taste but no fever or infection. Tonsillitis requires antibiotics stones can be removes with a stone extractor.

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A 24-year-old male asked:

I have tonsilitis. Since 5 years I have been picking my tonsil stones using toothpicks. What can I do to permanently cure them?

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Tonsillitis: You cannot "cure" these. They form as a natural consequence of tonsillar inflammation. If you feel you are getting too many episodes of infection, see an ENT doctor about whether they feel your tonsils should be removed (or not).
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A 19-year-old female asked:

I have my first bout of tonsilitis... I'd like to know if eating dairy is okay or if this could potentially provoke tonsilloliths (tonsil stones) ?

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Dr. John Munshower
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Ok: Dairy should be fine and not truly increase your risk of tonsillitis.
Miami, FL
A 18-year-old male asked:

Is tonsillitis a possiblilty because i have found tonsil stones too?

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Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
Internal Medicine 54 years experience
Yes: See a doctor to be treated.

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