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What is the best way to get tonsil stones out of your throat?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Surgery: The best way is surgery. Another option is a long course (up to six weeks of antibiotics) to decrease the size of the tonsils and the pockets that allow tonsil stones to form.
Dr. Vandana Kumra
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Gargle: The mechanical action of gargling can dislodge stones. I recommend gargling 2-3x/day. Do not pick at the stones with q-tips etc, as that can cause bleeding and scarring.

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A 41-year-old female asked:

Can you get tonsil stones deep in your throat? I have a white spot deep in throat no other symptoms

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Might not be a stone: Haven't seen that. Probably some people have big tonsils, and there are bacteria and inflammatory responses by one's own white blood cells in the holes (crypts) on the tonsils' surfaces... thus leading to lumps of stuff we know as tonsil stones. An ENT doctor can help, but if medical treatment doesn't make things well enough, the next option may be removing tonsils.

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Last updated Oct 12, 2016

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