A 32-year-old member asked:
Is removing tonsils worth it to get rid tonsil stones?
3 doctor answers • 13 doctors weighed in
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Depends: If the tonsil stones cause chronic pain and bad breath... Yes it's worth it. 7-10 days of post-operative pain to not have to deal with the chronic sore throat and bad breath... I usually recommend it to my patients with those types of symptoms.
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ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tonsil stones: I advise people to try irrigating their tonsils with a water pik first. If you get the food out of your tonsil crypts (craters), you can prevent further tonsil stones. Avoid tonsillectomy if you can. It is a miserable procedure for an adult. If you still cannot tolerate the tonsil stones, proceed with the surgery.
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Pathology 45 years experience
Last resort: If you've got a water pick, a mirror, a penlight, and good coordination, you can probably manage them. A half-unbent paper clip may be more likely to hurt you but can work well. The "stones" are actually masses of keratin. Nobody understands why some folks get them.
2.6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 45-year-old member asked:
Help docs, is getting rid of tonsil stones worth the removal of the tonsils?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Maybe: Tonsil stones are just particles of food and mucous that have been pushed into the crypts or infolds of the tonsils during the act of swallowing. They are harmless and common. If the problem is associated with chronic pain, halitosis or infection then it may be worth it to you to undergo tonsillectomy.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
What are the medical options to get rid of tonsil stones?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones can be removed manually or you can gargle with salt water. Medical procedures include Laser tonsil cryptolysis (laser removal of crypts in tonsils), Coblation cryptolysis- (reduces tonsil crypts using radio waves) & Tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils).
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Is there a natural way to get rid of tonsil stones?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Not completely: Tonsil stones are a misnomer for either food particles or bacterial colonies in the crypts (indentations) in the palatine (throat tonsils). Using a q-tip can help but often results in bleeding and more pain. If the tonsilloliths cause a bad odor that affects your quality of life, tonsillectomy will cure you.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
What can I do to permanently get rid of tonsil "stones"?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Laser cryptolysis: Although tonsilloliths (stones) can have a foul odor, they do not necessarily contribute to bad breath (rosenberg m, ed.
Bad breath: research perspectives. Tel aviv, israel: ramot publishing-tel aviv university;1995:137-48.) laser surgery or tonsillectomy for tonsil stones may have more risks than benefits. You may want to discuss your specific case with an ear-nose-throat doctor.
6.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 47-year-old member asked:
Not sure how to get rid of tonsil stones?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Automatic: Tonsil stones automatically dislodge themselves and are swollowed.
5.6k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
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