A 36-year-old member asked:
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are tonsil stones dangerous?

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Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Generally not: Generally not , but best to see your otolaryngologist if recurrent and symptomatic.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
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.
Answered on Jul 7, 2015

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Not really: They commonly cause bad breath, and can reflect chronic tonsillitis. Removal of the tonsils will solve the problem, but isn't warranted unless the pr ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Faust
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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, ... Read More
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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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Tonsil stones: Hello, tonsil stones are not in themselves dangerous. Manipulating your tonsils to remove stones can be done multiple ways. I recommend gargling with ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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Cryptic Tonsils: you get stones or particles in the tonsils because you have what are called cryptic tonsils. They have folds and holes in them that food particles ge ... Read More
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