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Can you get tonsil stones without having tonsils?

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 might you get rid of your tonsil stones without getting your tonsils removed?

How might you get rid of your tonsil stones without getting your tonsils removed?

Control them: 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. If you use good hygiene, you may be able to control them adequately. ...Read more

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Can i get strep even without tonsils?

Can i get strep even without tonsils?

Yes you can.: For significant sore throat with swollen lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...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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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 tonsil stones cause tonsillitis? I have a tonsil stone that cannot be removed & tonsils are producing green tonsil stones. Should I worry?

Yes and no: Tonsillitis is an inflammation of tonsils and certainly can be triggered by tonsil stones. If they cause discomfort, pl see an ENT for proper advice on ongoing preventive care and regular assessment. Feel better. ...Read more

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Can i get strep throat without tonsils?

Can i get strep throat without tonsils?

Absolutely: Streptococcal pharyngitis is not dependent on the presence or absence of tonsils, so the answer is yes! a simple swab will confirm your diagnosis in a few minutes, and you can immediately start appropriate therapy. Good luck. ...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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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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How do you get tonsil stones out?

How do you get tonsil stones out?

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

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Do I need to get my tonsils removed to prevent tonsil stones from forming?

Do I need to get my tonsils removed to prevent tonsil stones from forming?

Technically....: Yes. However, that seems quite severe- your question implies either you have had tonsil stones that have been somehow removed, or you are concerned about having them form without initially having them. Discuss it thoroughly with your pcp or surgeon, to weigh the benefits vs the risks. ...Read more

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Should I get a tonsillectomy to treat tonsilloliths (tonsil stones)?

Probably not: This problem usually doesn't bother people enough to go through a painful procedure. Occassional oral antibiotics can get the problem to settle down. If severe, I have been known to remove the tonsils, but likely do less than one tonsillectomy per year for this indication. ...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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How to get rid of tonsils stones if strong gag reflex? Best way to prevent tonsils stones?

How to get rid of tonsils stones if strong gag reflex? Best way to prevent tonsils stones?

They are normal: And really don't need to vibe removed do they bother you because you know they are there ? Your tonsils have craters called crypts and the collects debris if you really want it out see anEnT. There is no Prevention. Due to your anatomy ...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. If you're in a hurry, 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 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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Is removing tonsils worth it to get rid tonsil stones?

Depends: If the tonsil stones cause chronic pain and bad breath... Yes it's worth it. 7-10 days of post-operative pain to not have to deal with the chronic sore throat and bad breath... I usually recommend it to my patients with those types of symptoms. ...Read more

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Has anyone had their tonsils out to cure tonsil stones or tonsiloliths? What can I expect?

Has anyone had their tonsils out to cure tonsil stones or tonsiloliths? What can I expect?

Tonsil stones: There is a lot of info about tonsil stones and tonsillectomy at this link below: http://www.Healthguidehq.Com/know-before-removing-tonsil-stones.Html. ...Read more

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I need to know if eating dairy when you have a tonsillitis infection will cause tonsil stones - hard bumps in tonsil crypts that cause bad breath?

I need to know if eating dairy when you have a tonsillitis infection will cause tonsil stones - hard bumps in tonsil crypts that cause bad breath?

Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones can cause bad breath. But they are not typically caused by dairy products. The white spots may be from a strep infection. If you have not seen a doctor yet, you should. Rinsing with war salt water will help a sore throat and reduce tonsil stones ...Read more

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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