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What are tonsil stones? are they dangerous?

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Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Not dangerous: Tonsils "stones" - tonsil liths - are a collection of bacteria, sloughed cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and microscopic particles of food, that accumulate in the pits of the tonsil surface. They often are irritating, and contribute to bad breath. They are not dangerous. Some people have luck with a "water pik" to regularly remove them.
Dr. Revathi Naadimuthu
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Not dangerous: They are little accumulations that develop within the tonsils. It may be from food or other proteinaceous material.
Dr. William Lewis
52 years experience
Generally not: Generally not , but best to see your otolaryngologist if recurrent and symptomatic.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: They're masses of keratin -- there's a propagated error on the internet giving a different composition. Get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. Water pick is even better. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils.

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A 42-year-old female asked:

What are tonsil stones?

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Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Tonsilliths: They are bacterial colonies that form in tonsillar crypts. A common bacteria is actinomyces. It can give you a foreign body sensation in throat and halitosis.

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