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Are antibiotics used for tonsil stones?

Are antibiotics used for tonsil stones?

Not typically: Tonsil stones, or tonsilliths, are concretions of saliva, food debris, and often actinomycetes which are sulfur-producing organisms. These bacteria are not invasive, but do cause nuisance symptoms such as halitosis, and chronic throat irritation. Treatment is based on oral hygiene methods. Antibiotics have been tried, but do not yield sustained effects. The deep crypts only invite more stones. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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What antibiotics are usaly priscribed for tonsil stones?

What antibiotics are usaly priscribed for tonsil stones?

None: Most tonsils have irregular surfaces with holes and channels. Debris from the mouth, food etc., can collect in these areas and become lodged. At times, depending on the make-up of your body they can calcify and become hardened. Infrequently they can become very large and have a foul odor. Thye are usually removed mechanically by a health professional. ...Read more

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Why does strep throat cause feeling something is stuck in throat? How long does it take to go away on antibiotics? And does it cause tonsil stones?

Why does strep throat cause feeling something is stuck in throat? How long does it take to go away on antibiotics? And does it cause tonsil stones?

See below: Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes fever and throat pain and discomfort and sometimes sensation of something stuck in throat. It should improve quickly in few days if you are taking the right dose of the right antibiotic. It does not cause tonsil stones (never heard of it). ...Read more

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Are tonsil stones serious?

Are tonsil stones serious?

Tonsil stones: The tonsils have multiple holes that can can get filled with bacteria, mucus and food debris. Overtime the debris can harden and form the so called tonsil stones. They are not serious but they can cause throat discomfort and bad breath. ...Read more

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Are tonsil stones dangerous?

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. ...Read more

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How are tonsil stones removed?

How are tonsil stones removed?

Various ways: I have known patients who were bothered by their "tonsil stones" who used a tooth-pick to clean out the tonsil stones; others reported that they used a "water pik" with great success. Try also daily gargling with salt water (saline) containing manuka honey - "nature's antibiotic". ...Read more

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How are tonsil stones started?

How are tonsil stones started?

Cryptic tonsils: The first thing that starts are tonsils that have deep pockets or crypts. Food, debris, and bacteria get trapped in the crypts and form the "tonsil stones.". ...Read more

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How can tonsil stones be recognized?

Just look: With the right light and a goo mirror, tonsil "stones" can be seen by opening your mouth and looking in the mirror. They are usually whitish nodules that fill little pits - "crypts" - in the surface of the tonsil. ...Read more

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What disintegrates tonsil stones quickly?

Just remove them: Nothing disintegrates them. Just a little dexterity is all that's required to get rid of them once they're big enough, though they will form again. 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. ...Read more

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How an I determine whether I have tonsil stones or not?

White spots: Look for white spots on your tonsils. These can be present even if you don't have a sore throat and may represent curd-like debris (tonsil stones) that gets caught in the tiny crypts of your tonsils. Bad breath and chronic low-grade soreness can also be caused by the this debris. You can gently touch your tonsils with a long q-tip: sometimes debris will come out. ...Read more

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Are tonsil stones contagious?

Are tonsil stones contagious?

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. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for tonsil stones?

Learn to remove them: Get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. They come back. You probably won't hurt yourself. Water pick is even better. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more

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What is the cure for tonsil stones?

What is the cure for tonsil stones?

None that I know of,: ... But, taking a daily probiotic preparation has been demonstrated to benefit the immune system, and to reduce upper respiratory infections (uri's) - reduced frequency, duration, and severity - in randomized prospective clinical trials. Probiotics have also been found to reduce ear infections in children. I recommend them for my patients with tonsil stones, and tonsillitis, with great benefit. ...Read more

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How do u get rid of tonsil stones?

ENT doc: An ENT specialist can help you get rid of this problem. If you have no symptoms, no need to treat. If you have symptoms, you may need your tonsils removed. Sometimes the stones themselves can be removed. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of tonsil stones?

How can I get rid of tonsil stones?

Try a Water Pik.: An oral irrigator or dental water jet device such as a Water Pik can be used to rinse out stones without traumatizing the tonsil tissues. Use the device in its gentlest setting to prevent gagging. In difficult cases, see an ENT doctor. Avoid using objects such as Q-tips or your finger to manually express stones from the tonsil, as this can cause more serious pain and predispose to infection. ...Read more

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Are tonsil stones a symptom of hiv?

Are tonsil stones a symptom of hiv?

No: They are simply debris that gets trapped in tonsil crypts. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of tonsil stones?

How can you get rid of tonsil stones?

Two ways: You can try to irrigate tonsils (for example with a water pik device) to clean out the crypts. The other option is to just remove the tonsils surgically. ...Read more

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So how do you get rid of tonsil stones?

Water pick: In a hurry? If you've got a water pick, a mirror, a penlight, and good coordination, you can probably manage them. A half-unbent paper clip may be more likely to hurt you but can work well. The "stones" are actually masses of keratin. Nobody understands why some folks get them. A ENT doctor can resurface your tonsils with a laser, or remove them -- the latter's probably not worth it. ...Read more

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Not sure how to get rid of tonsil stones?

Not sure how to get rid of tonsil stones?

Remove them: They eventually dislodge. A water pick is your best device for removing them. If you're in a hurry, get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it; there's a small injury / infection risk. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more

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Can you feel tonsil stones with your tongue?

Can you feel tonsil stones with your tongue?

Possible, not likely: You would need a pretty dextrous tongue to feel tonsiliths (tonsil stones). Typically the stones are whitish to yellowish in color with a foul odor. If this is a recurrent problem, tonsillectomy will prevent it from recurring.
If you have some other lump or growth in the mouth, get it check out, especially if it is changing, . ...Read more

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Can I use hydrogen peroxide for tonsil stones?

Can I use hydrogen peroxide for tonsil stones?

I wouldn't: I'd use other methods. Tonsil stones are plaques that form in the tonsillar crypts. They can be brushed out with a toothbrush or picked out with many different types of long thin instruments. They can cause halitosis (bad breath). To permanently get rid of them, the tonsils can be removed so they do not form. ...Read more

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Is my dentist supposed to notice tonsil stones?

Is my dentist supposed to notice tonsil stones?

Sure: A dentist performing an oral cancer screening is trained to look into the throat and oral tissues. It is very possible that he/she could potentially see problems in the tonsil area. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my constant tonsil stones?

Two ways: One way it so squeeze out the tonsils on a periodic basis. The other is a tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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If you have tonsil stones, can you still speak?

Tonsil Stones: Tonsil stones, calculi (tonsilloliths) are clusters of small calcified debris, made up of dead cells, food material, bacteria and mucus that become trapped in the nook and crannies of the tonsils. They do not affect the vocal cords, so you should be able to speak normally with tonsilloliths. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of tonsil stones without gagging?

How do I get rid of tonsil stones without gagging?

Tonsil stones: Have somebody other than yourself try to pick these out of the tonsillar crypts or folds. Many tonsil stones, especially ones that have no symptoms, do not need treatment. Some people choose to dislodge tonsil stones at home with the use of picks or swabs, but if gagging is a problem an ENT doctor may be of help. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones keep making ur tonsils infected?

Stones: These benign hardened remnants of debris which are inert, don't, in of themselves, cause infection, are harmless and require no treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to get rid of tonsil stones?

Not completely: Tonsil stones are a misnomer for either food particles or bacterial colonies in the crypts (indentations) in the palatine (throat tonsils). Using a q-tip can help but often results in bleeding and more pain. If the tonsilloliths cause a bad odor that affects your quality of life, tonsillectomy will cure you. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Tonsil Stones (Definition)

Tonsil stones are white or yellow globs of foul-smelling mucus and bacteria that collect in the tonsils near the back of the throat. Tonsil stones are not dangerous, but ...Read more