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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

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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


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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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Why do tonsil stones smell so bad?

Why do tonsil stones smell so bad?

Bacteria: Tonsil stones - tonsilliths - are concretions of impacted food/saliva and bacteria that get traped in the crypts of the tonsils. The bacteria and the decaying food create the bad smell. ...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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Will penicillin stop tonsil stones?

NO: Tonsil stones are a mechanical problem which has to do with accumulation of debris in the pits (crypts) of tonsils. Antibiotics may temporarily reduce surrounding irritation or any odor associated with the stones but will not cure the problem. Usually, there is no role for antibiotics in the treatment of stones. ...Read more

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Removal of tonsil stones from vallecula?

Not from vallecula: The vallecula is a gutter between the epiglottis and base of tongue that is covered with the lingual tonsils. The palatine tonsils sit just lateral to, the vallecula. Tonsil stones are usually from actinomyces bacteria from the mouth that get into crypts in the tonsils and could spill into the vallecula. Normal swallowing should be able to clear the vallecula. ...Read more

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How do iget rid of tonsil stones for good?

No easy way...: The only way to get rid of the stones for sure is to get rid of the tonsils. This is rarely necessary though. These stones often come from post-nasal mucus dripping down and getting caught in the litte holes (crypts). As it dries it gets hard (and smelly!). Nasal saline washes often help break up the mucus, helping it to flow down and not get caught. ...Read more

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Can dislodging tonsil stones cause bleeding?

Can dislodging tonsil stones cause bleeding?

Tonsil stones: Hello, it depends on how you are dislodging the tonsilliths. I recommend a forceful gargle after every meal. This should be the most atraumatic way to remove these stones. If you manipulate the tonsil tissue with a tool of some type, then bleeding commonly occurs. Be careful because scar tissue could occur that will lead to a serious infection, maybe even an abscess. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you get tonsil stones without having tonsils?

Tonsil stones: No. Tonsils form in the crypts of the tonsils. No crypts, no tonsil stones. You can, however, get food stuck in scar tissue from tonsillectomy, which can lead to debris like a tonsil stone. ...Read more

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How to stop tonsil stones from coming back every month?

How to stop tonsil stones from coming back every month?

Biofilm: So, these stones are a part of a chronic tonsillitis. The 'perfect' way to get rid of them is to have the tonsils out. Most people don't want to do that so, why not try to brush the tonsils or use a waterpik (or other type of jet) to blast them? Then, you can try mouthwash with Chlorhexidine in it to kill the bacteria.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Does the skin grow back after you remove tonsil stones?

Lining regrows: The epithelial lining will regrow after tonsil stones are removed as the lining may be abraided. ...Read more

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Why do I get tonsil stones/what can I do to prevent them?

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 get stuck in. You can gargle deeply or use a water pick to help get the particles out, but ultimately the treatment is to remove the tonsils. This is done if they are constantly or recurrently inflamed or infected, if one has severe bad breath ...Read more

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How can I get tonsil stones after having my tonsils removed?

It's not the tonsil: The tonsils create tonsil stones or tonsilths because of the crypts in them that trap bacteria and food (see my other taps). If you continue to get tonsil stones you may have residual tonsil tissue (possible but unlikely) but you can also get tonsil stones or tonsilths in the lingual tonsil which is at the very back part of your tongue. Debris also collects in the vallecula - above voice box. ...Read more

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I have tonsil stones. How do I get them out without using a q-tip?

I have tonsil stones. How do I get them out without using a q-tip?

Waterpick: Some people find that using an oral irrigator like a waterpick is easier than using a q-tip. Also gargling with a mouthwash after meals can help prevent future stones as they form by accumulations of food that packs in the crypts in tonsils after a meal. Good luck. ...Read more

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If you can regular tonsil stones, could you have your tonsils removed?

Yes, If you can...: Find a surgeon who'll do it. Most surgeons I know do not like to remove tonsils on adult males unless there is a clear indication because the risks of bleeding are higher. I would start you on Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) oral rinse for at least a couple of months before entertaining the possibility. ...Read more

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Is it true that tonsil stones form in other places other then tonsils?

Tomsiliths: No only on the tonsils. Bit you can get stones from the salivary glands. ...Read more

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Will removing my tonsils cure tonsil stones? And will insurance help pay?

Will removing my tonsils cure tonsil stones? And will insurance help pay?

Likely: Removing the tonsils will cure tonsil stones because the tonsils will have been removed. Big surgery for this problem. Insurance benefits should be verified to answer that question. ...Read more

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