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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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A 52-year-old member asked:

How are tonsil stones started?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Cryptic tonsils: The first thing that starts are tonsils that have deep pockets or crypts. Food, debris, and bacteria get trapped in the crypts and form the "tonsil stones.".
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can tonsil stones be recognized?

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Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Just look: With the right light and a goo mirror, tonsil "stones" can be seen by opening your mouth and looking in the mirror. They are usually whitish nodules that fill little pits - "crypts" - in the surface of the tonsil.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What can cause tonsil stones?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Eating: Tonsil stones (i.e. Tonsilliths) are collections of food and debris which get trapped in the tonsils. This material gets infected usually becomes foul smelling. Some tonsils have more nooks and crannies in which to collect this debris, which makes the stones larger and/or more numerous. If removed, tonsilliths usually will recur. If severe, tonsillectomy will cure the problem. Best wishes.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What herbs cure tonsil stones?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
None really: It is not a medical problem, more of a physical one. Medications, herbs, mouthwashes generally don't help. If the tonsils have the deep crypts which trap food debris, tonsil stones will form. They can be removed cleaned out, but usually recur. If tonsil stones are a severe and chronic problem, tonsillectomy will cure the issues. See your local ent. Best wishes.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
You may be able to remove them using a penlight, a mirror, and a half-unbent paper clip. They'll re-form. An ENT doctor may be able to resurface your tonsils using a laser.
Jul 7, 2015
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
A water pick works even better if you have one.
Jul 7, 2015
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A 20-year-old male asked:

I have a tonsil stones ..plz help me to cure this?

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Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Tips on care: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with Listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You will get tips like this when you see an ENT.

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