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Can You Have Tonsil Stones Without Tonsils
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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How can you tell if you have tonsil stones? I have little white spots on my tonsils. But throat doesn't hurt but I have been coughing like my mom.
Tonsilolith: Tonsil stones are little white particles - about size of grain of rice which are found in cryptic tonsils. They are expressed from time to time and can be "coughed" up or you may see them when gargling. They are not on the surface and do not generally cause anything other than a single cough if that.... 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Tips on care: 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 will get tips like this when you see an ENT. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tonsil stone: Tonsil stone - tonsilloliths - collection of bacterial & cellular debris in tonsillar crypts, Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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