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A 43-year-old female asked:

why do people get tonsil stones and how can i stop it? im getting a lot

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Big tonsils: 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 for a patient's desires, the next option may be removing the tonsils.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the most common treatment to get rid of tonsil stones?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
4 common treatments: 4 common treatments: 1) gargle/water pick to wash the debris away - temporary 2) treat with long course of antibiotics (6 weeks) many times is effective (may recur) 3) treat for acid reflux as an underlying condition leading to chronic inflammation and tonsil enlargement 4) surgery (permanent).
A 39-year-old member asked:

When tonsil stones come up constantly, is that a good reason for having a tonsillectomy?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tonsil Stones: Recurrent tonsil stones or tonsiloliths are a reason for removal of tonsils. Consult with your ear nose and throat specialist to answer questions you may have about the procedure.
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A 27-year-old male asked:

What can I do to permanently get rid of tonsil "stones"?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Laser cryptolysis: Although tonsilloliths (stones) can have a foul odor, they do not necessarily contribute to bad breath (rosenberg m, ed. Bad breath: research perspectives. Tel aviv, israel: ramot publishing-tel aviv university;1995:137-48.) laser surgery or tonsillectomy for tonsil stones may have more risks than benefits. You may want to discuss your specific case with an ear-nose-throat doctor.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
The definitive treatment is tonsillectomy (chronic tonsillitis).
Sep 29, 2011
A 47-year-old member asked:

How do you effectively get rid of tonsilloliths?

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Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Orajel mouthwash: Orajel or any other peroxide containing mouthwash can help. The peroxide bubbles and cleans the tonsillar crypts preventing tonsillitis formation. If this doesn't help see an ent.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you reverse arterial disease ? I understand that you can stop it getting worse by giving up smoking etc. But can you reverse it and if so how ?

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Dr. Irv Loh
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Cardiology 49 years experience
Possibly: Atherosclerosis, at least in developed societies, is a progressive process that can be slowed with aggressive preventive strategies. There is evidence that it can be stabilized. Reversal, or regression, may be possible. Keeping ldl-cholesterol below 60 mg/dl may be a key, but control of all risk factors is critical. Note: there are no "magic" answers, despite all the infomercials asking for $!
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
While there is no magic answer for atherosclerosis, patients can decrease their risk factors by not smoking, and by controlling medical issues- diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension.
Jan 30, 2012

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