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A 38-year-old member asked:

Tonsil stones contagious?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
No: Tonsil stones are not contagious.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not contagious.: Tonsil stone - tonsilloliths - collection of bacterial & cellular debris in tonsillar crypts,
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No: They're mostly keratin. There's a lot of misinformation out there about them. They're easy to remove but they do come back. Get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. Don't hurt yourself. A water pick is even better. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils.

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