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So if my tonsils are removed and I'm still having tonsil stones coming from my throat where are they coming from and what can I do to get rid of them?

So if my tonsils are removed and I'm still having tonsil stones coming from my throat where are they coming from and what can I do to get rid of them?

Tonsil stones: They may be coming from residual tonsil tissue that was not removed, or possibly from the lingual (tongue) component of tonsillar tissue that is not removed in a standard tonsillectomy. I would recommend you see an ENT who can evaluate you for residual tonsillar tissue and perform endoscopy to look at the base of the tongue. ...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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I used to get big tonsil stones and now I don't anymore. Why is that?

Tonsilloliths or: tonsil stones can form in the nooks of the tonsils, esp. When these r exaggerated w/ tonsillitis. These nooks can then become attractive homes to bacteria, dead cells, and mucous, which when trapped in a pocket, calcify. While some folks need tonsillectomy to resolve repeated infxns & stones, others may have their infxn/inflammation resolve spontaneously & not recur or lead 2 further stones. ...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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Why are my tonsil stone symptoms still present after the tonsil stones are gone?

Irritation: The tonsils are likely still irritated after the stone (s) come (s) out and there may be some symptoms like discomfort, swelling, and pain. It should go away in a few days. If the problem seems to persist, you may need to see an otolaryngologist for treatment. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has tonsil stones he will get some out but then in the same spot more will come so what should we do? Thanks

My boyfriend has tonsil stones he will get some out but then in the same spot more will come so what should we do? Thanks

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 the ENT md. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and constantly getting large tonsil stones. Every time I remove them my crypts seem to get larger. What should I do beside removing tonsils?

Not much: If you have a bad taste in the mouth and a bad odor to your breath, tonsillectomy will cure the problem. I do not think you can do anything to make the crypts of the tonsils smaller. This problem is certainly an indication for tonsillectomy. Consult an ENT surgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my constant tonsil stones?

Two ways: One way it so squeeze out the tonsils on a periodic basis. The other is a tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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What can I do to permanently get rid of tonsil "stones"?

What can I do to permanently get rid of tonsil "stones"?

Tonsillectomy: Tonsil stones are a very common condition caused bacterial colonization (thought to be biofilms) and debris in the crypts of your tonsils. Tonsillectomy (laser cryptolysis, subcapsular tonsillectomy, traditional tonsillectomy) is the only permanent effective treatment. ...Read more

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Looking for answer to how do I get rid of tonsil stones?

A health professiona: Tonsil stones are calcified debris that lodges in the nooks and crannies of some tonsils. They can be usually removed by teasing them out with an appropriate instrument. Tey tend to run in families. One way to try to prevent them would be to gargle with warm salt water after each meal. Rarely these stones can become very large and recurrent. Then the only solution would be to remove the tonsils. ...Read more

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Looking for answer to how can I get rid of tonsil stones?

Looking for answer to how can I get rid of tonsil stones?

A health professiona: They can be usually removed by a professional by teasing them out with an appropriate instrument. Since they're caused by debris one way to try to prevent them would be to gargle with warm salt water after each meal and clean your teeth and tongue. Nasal rinses may help. Rarely these stones can become very large and recurrent. Then the only solution would be to remove the tonsils. ...Read more

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How to get rid of tonsil stones with surgery?

How to get rid of tonsil stones with surgery?

Tonsilloliths: These are pockets of material composed mostly of calcium and other minerals/compounds such as phosphorus and magnesium, ammonia and carbonate, that form in tonsil crevices. They are of no consequence and are not considered infections. However, they can be quite malodorous, causing halitosis (bad breath) that can be considered quite offensive- hence surgery as an option to remove these things. ...Read more

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How to get rid of tonsil stones 100% without surgery?

How to get rid of tonsil stones 100% without surgery?

Tonsillar stones: You can try using a medicine dropper to suck up the stones. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get tonsil stones out of your throat?

Surgery: The best way is surgery. Another option is a long course (up to six weeks of antibiotics) to decrease the size of the tonsils and the pockets that allow tonsil stones to form. ...Read more

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Why do I get tonsil stones?

Tonsil stones: Tonsils have superficial cavities which fill up with epithelial debris, secretions and possibly small bits of food ...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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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