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How can I get rid of my constant tonsil stones?

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

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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


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Frequent sinus infections and nearly constant tonsil stones. Does that mean anything?

Frequent sinus infections and nearly constant tonsil stones. Does that mean anything?

Not related: Frequent sinus infections and constant tonsil stones are not related. One does not lead to the other. See an ENT for examination and discussion of treatment options. ...Read more

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Could constant tonsil stones cause a general sick feeling (achy, headache, flu like symptoms) and chronic cough?

Could constant tonsil stones cause a general sick feeling (achy, headache, flu like symptoms) and chronic cough?

Depends size: I could imagine. It really depends the size. I wonder how crowded your pharynx is. There also may be postnasal drip causing cough.

Have it checked by your doc. ...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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Had tonsils removed this year in may, b/c constantly getting sick. Had tonsil stones and pharyngitis. Still I am getting sick. What is the problem?

Had tonsils removed this year in may, b/c constantly getting sick. Had tonsil stones and pharyngitis. Still I am getting sick. What is the problem?

Simple: You got the trap/filter (tonsil) removed.......but the other factors which are responsible for recurrent respiratory infection remained intact.....need to modify them. ...Read more

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Severely swollen tonsils and lymph nodes In neck, tonsil stones, constant cough, pain, red bumps in back of throat; been going on for 6-7 months?

Severely swollen tonsils and lymph nodes In neck, tonsil stones, constant cough, pain, red bumps in back of throat; been going on for 6-7 months?

Tonsillitis: If this is going on for 7 months, you have chronic tonsillitis. Your glands in the neck are trying to fight the infection. Please see ENT, likely you may benefit from tonsillectomy. You may also have a Post nasal discharge and allergies which may be adding to the throat irritation and cough. Please get it evaluated. ...Read more

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When tonsil stones come up constantly, is that a good reason for having a tonsillectomy?

When tonsil stones come up constantly, is that a good reason for having a tonsillectomy?

Tonsil Stones: Recurrent tonsil stones or tonsiloliths are a reason for removal of tonsils. Consult with your ear nose and throat specialist to answer questions you may have about the procedure. ...Read more

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Can singulair help my post nasal drip & tonsil stones? I take Claritin and and still have constant drainage.

Can singulair help my post nasal drip & tonsil stones? I take Claritin and and still have constant drainage.

No: singulair won't, and claritin would partially help, you may very well have chronic sinusitis and may need an antibiotic, / more medicines to control your symptoms. See your doctor first, who may refer you to an ENT or an Allergist for further management, good luck ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones cause a dirt-type taste in the back of your throat more so when swallowing for 1+ years constantly? (just about every day)

Can tonsil stones cause a dirt-type taste in the back of your throat more so when swallowing for 1+ years constantly? (just about every day)

Yes: Yes they can. You need to consult with an ENT doctor about your tonsils. Sometimes a course of an antibiotic like Clindamycin can be helpful in changing the bacteria of your tonsils and decreasing the odor and taste. Sometimes we have to remove the tonsils. ...Read more

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I get hoarse voice and need to clear my voice constantly. This has been bothering me for years (also mucus in the throat, tonsil stones. Treatment?

I get hoarse voice and need to clear my voice constantly. This has been bothering me for years (also mucus in the throat, tonsil stones. Treatment?

Depends on cause: Chronic vocal cord irritation can be caused from mucus dripping down from above (allergies, sinus issues: treated with nasal steroid, avoidance of allergens), from stomach acid coming up from below (reflux: treated with antacid i.e. ranitidine), or from the vocal cord itself which may have a nodule or polyp (Only an otolaryngologist can investigate and treat this cause with a minor procedure). ...Read more

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What are tonsil stones?

Tonsilliths: They are bacterial colonies that form in tonsillar crypts. A common bacteria is actinomyces. It can give you a foreign body sensation in throat and halitosis. ...Read more

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Are tonsil stones serious?

Are tonsil stones serious?

Tonsil stones: The tonsils have multiple holes that can can get filled with bacteria, mucus and food debris. Overtime the debris can harden and form the so called tonsil stones. They are not serious but they can cause throat discomfort and bad breath. ...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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Are tonsil stones dangerous?

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

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What can cause tonsil stones?

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

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Can tonsil stones be harmful?

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

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How are tonsil stones removed?

How are tonsil stones removed?

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

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How are tonsil stones started?

Cryptic tonsils: The first thing that starts are tonsils that have deep pockets or crypts. Food, debris, and bacteria get trapped in the crypts and form the "tonsil stones.". ...Read more

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What herbs cure tonsil stones?

What herbs cure tonsil stones?

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

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What are tonsil stones made of?

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

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How long do tonsil stones last?

Highly variable: If you don't go in and force them out they may stay for a lengthy time period. Worry not. ...Read more

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What can dissolve tonsil stones?

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

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What can I do for tonsil stones?

Remove them: Get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. A water pick is even better. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more

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What causes tonsil stones please?

What causes tonsil stones please?

Bacteria and debris: Tonsil stones are a very common condition caused bacterial colonization (thought to be biofilms) and debris in the crypts of your tonsils. ...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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Why do I get tonsil stones often?

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

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How can tonsil stones be reduced?

Oral Irrigater: 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

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How can tonsil stones be removed?

How can tonsil stones be removed?

? stone: Never heard that. It may be the cheesy material loking like stone.....Clarify. ...Read more

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What can I do about tonsil stones?

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

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How do I know I have tonsil stones?

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