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How do you effectively get rid of tonsilloliths?

How do you effectively get rid of tonsilloliths?

Orajel mouthwash: Orajel or any other peroxide containing mouthwash can help. The peroxide bubbles and cleans the tonsillar crypts preventing tonsillitis formation. If this doesn't help see an ent. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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What is the best way to get rid of chronic tonsil stones/Tonsilloliths?(No tonsillectomy/No Antibiotics)

What is the best way to get rid of chronic tonsil stones/Tonsilloliths?(No tonsillectomy/No Antibiotics)

Gargle: Start with a salt water gargle and then proceed to using some numbing materials such as Cepastat or Chloraseptic and then utilizing a cotton swab type stick such as Q-tip to try and dislodge the tonsilith. ...Read more

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What is the most common treatment to get rid of tonsil stones?

What is the most common treatment to get rid of tonsil stones?

4 common treatments: 4 common treatments: 1) gargle/water pick to wash the debris away - temporary 2) treat with long course of antibiotics (6 weeks) many times is effective (may recur) 3) treat for acid reflux as an underlying condition leading to chronic inflammation and tonsil enlargement 4) surgery (permanent). ...Read more

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Help docs, is getting rid of tonsil stones worth the removal of the tonsils?

Maybe: Tonsil stones are just particles of food and mucous that have been pushed into the crypts or infolds of the tonsils during the act of swallowing. They are harmless and common. If the problem is associated with chronic pain, halitosis or infection then it may be worth it to you to undergo tonsillectomy. ...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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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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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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Are there any midicines to get rid of tonsil stones?

No medication works: 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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What causes tonsil stones and how to get rid of them?

Tonsilar stones: First, they are not bad. Some people tend to make more of those than others, but i don't recommend any particular treatment. There's really none available except for tonsillectomy, but i would not do it for this very reason. ...Read more

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