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Can A Tonsil Stone Enlarge Your Tonsil
I have had globus sensation for about a week now and a coworker noticed that my Lt tonsil is enlarged. I do have a history of tonsil stones.
Asymmetric tonsils: We do not know your age or social history regarding tobacco and alcohol use. You are reporting no dysphagia but globus with asymmetric enlargement of tonsil which may be gradual. I strongly recommend consulting an ENT, as this finding to me is suspicious for neoplasm until proven otherwise. ...Read more
When press one tonsils feel hard bone inside.No pain not enlarged.dont have other discomfort.What is that?Is it tonsils stone?
Possible stone: Best to see an ears nose throat ENT doctor. If it is a stone frequently you will have foul breath. It is best to have a physician examine the tonsil ...Read more
Recurring tonsil stones and enlarged tonsil for over a year Now I've noticed a red lump, bleeds when touched, and today has turned blackish. Worried!
I have one enlarged tonsil with craters and tonsil stones in it; and the other tonsil has one red bump sticking out and tonsil stones as well.
Cryptic tonsils: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You should see an otolaryngologist and discuss. ...Read more
Can a tonsil cyst be hard? ENT said nothing to worry about just by observation. Formed from tonsil stone that skin grew over. Not to worry? No symptom
It is probably a: TonsilAr crypt and yea it can be hard and that is normal. Not to worry !!! ...Read more
Right side of my throat feels numb, I have had an enlarged lymph node for years, doc said it's nothing. Tonsil stones too. Help. ?
No Tonsil stones.:
If you have unchanged Enlarged LN for many years and have been under surveillance by a doctor; good that it is nothing. Could be realed to Acne &cancer sore. Was it ever biopsied?
I don't know the reason for Throat numbness: Try Gargle with salt and warm water. Vit C and Advil (ibuprofen). If you have increased size of the LN, Pain, Fever, Cough and/or persistent numbness- you will have to be examined by MD ...Read more
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
Eating: Tonsil stones (i.e. Tonsilliths) are collections of food and debris which get trapped in the tonsils. This material gets infected usually becomes foul smelling. Some tonsils have more nooks and crannies in which to collect this debris, which makes the stones larger and/or more numerous. If removed, tonsilliths usually will recur. If severe, tonsillectomy will cure the problem. Best wishes. ...Read more
Take them out: If you don't have a water pick, get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. Injury / infection risk is minor. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more
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
None really: It is not a medical problem, more of a physical one. Medications, herbs, mouthwashes generally don't help. If the tonsils have the deep crypts which trap food debris, tonsil stones will form. They can be removed cleaned out, but usually recur. If tonsil stones are a severe and chronic problem, tonsillectomy will cure the issues. See your local ent. Best wishes. ...Read more
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 more
Nothing: They are uncomfortable and smell bad, which can be a significant social liability. The best way to get rid of them is with a water pick, assisted by a mirror and a penlight. If you try something like a half-unbent paper clip, be careful not to hurt yourself. ...Read more
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 it 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
Cryptic tonsils: As some people get older, their tonsils lose their smooth surface and become pitted or cryptic. The purpose of the tonsils is to sample debris (food as well as cellular debris) to help determine if is dangerous or not to the body. It then compacts the debris and gets rid of it. This happens in every person with tonsils. However, if the tonsils are cryptic, the debris is larger and noticeable. ...Read more
Often you do not need anything for tonsil stones
an easy and simple way i recommend is to use an oral irrigator.Only the irrigators that connect directly to sink tap via a threaded attachment to be used for this purpose.Most electric irrigatoer are too powerful and can cause discomfort or rupture of the tonsils
large stones need to be removed by doctor by curettage. Very large need excision. ...Read more
Gargle: Initially you can try gargling with warm salt water and/or mouth wash. If that doesn't help then try taking a long moist swab and manually remove them (like a long q-tip). If you still can't remove them then a doctor can do it for you. ...Read more
Look in the mirror: Tonsilloliths or so called stones in the tonsils are usually collections of food particles in the crypts (grooves) on the surface of the tonsil. You can see them in the mirror as small white round collections. They may represent bacterial colonies, food particles or small retention cysts. They often produce a foul odor to the breath and may be a minor indication for tonsil removal. ...Read more
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 water after meals. If a stone persists, patients will attempt removal with a moistened q-tip. Any means of removal can lead to bleeding. The more aggressive, the higher risk for bleeding. Also an infection can occur below the stones. ...Read more
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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