A 19-year-old member asked:
i frequently have tonsil stones and remove them. i also have acid reflux. could my acid reflux have anything to do with the stones?
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Dr. David Rosenanswered
Medical Oncology 30 years experience
6.1k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Tonsil Stones: Tonsil stones are actually not "stones", but instead are clusters of bacteria and often fungus. The surface of each tonsil is lined by hole or tonsillar crypts. Sometimes, bacteria clog these crypts, and come to the surface of the tonsils as "stones". They stink and may contribute to sore throat, but mostly cause bad breath. Gargle with warm salt water. Tonsillectomy cures cryptic tonsillitis.
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Last updated Jul 10, 2018
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