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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. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tonsilloliths: Many people have success by using a water flosser. By using a water pik, you can knock them loose. If they persist, have it checked by your doctor to make sure that it isn't something more serious. ...Read more
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, that accumulate in the pits of the tonsil surface. They often are irritating, and contribute to bad breath. They are not dangerous. Some people have luck with a "water pik" to regularly remove them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can tonsil stones cause tonsillitis? I have a tonsil stone that cannot be removed & tonsils are producing green tonsil stones. Should I worry?
ICKY STUFF: Tonsil "stones" are comprised of dead mucosal cells from the lining of the oral cavity, from microscopic food particles, and from bacteria - usually in the form of "biofilm". Based on dna sequencing studies, we found more than 100 separate species of bacteria in tonsil stones in a group of 50 children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
37y healthy female never smoked tonsil stones x 10yr Removed lots stones when pushed on tonsil Tonsils appear swollen w/ large pockets. Tonsil cancer?
Not likely: but only an exam by a qualified doctor can tell the difference. You need to show your tonsils to a doctor. ...Read more
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
All your own: Most kidney infections arise from our own flora that's migrated from the environment up into the wrong place: the urinary tract. Post-coitus uti's are common but they are w/our own flora. Persons can have alterations in their microbial flora if they have a change in environment (i.e.:a hospital stay) ; then become infected with those organisms if present in the wrong place at the right time. ...Read more
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