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What is the cure for tonsil stones?

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Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
None that I know of,: ... But, taking a daily probiotic preparation has been demonstrated to benefit the immune system, and to reduce upper respiratory infections (uri's) - reduced frequency, duration, and severity - in randomized prospective clinical trials. Probiotics have also been found to reduce ear infections in children. I recommend them for my patients with tonsil stones, and tonsillitis, with great benefit.
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Can also consider: Tonsillolithectomy (larger, solid stone removal) or tonsillectomy if recurrent severe case with associated tonsillitis. Se an ENT to more closely assess.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Remove them: Get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. Don't hurt yourself. A water pick is even better. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils.
Dr. Anna Lerner Angeles
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Tonsil stones: There is no cure for tonsil stones except to have your tonsils removed. Some people do gargle with salt water, take antibiotics, remove them surgically if they are really large but again no cure without true tonsillectomy.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Learn to remove them: Get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. They come back. You probably won't hurt yourself. Water pick is even better. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils.

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Is there a cure for tonsil stones other than surgery?

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Dr. Sunil Ummat
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 35 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes gargling with peroxide and salt water helps. Sometimes rinsing your mouth out and gargling after meals helps.

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