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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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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Tonsil Stones (Definition)

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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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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How are tonsil stones started?

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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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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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 are tonsil stones?

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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 contagious?

Are tonsil stones contagious?

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. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...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 can tonsil stones be recognized?

Just look: With the right light and a goo mirror, tonsil "stones" can be seen by opening your mouth and looking in the mirror. They are usually whitish nodules that fill little pits - "crypts" - in the surface of the tonsil. ...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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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. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...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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How do they remove gall blader stones?

How do they remove gall blader stones?

Whole GB removed: When done laparoscopic, the gallbladder is taken out with a small basket after cutting across the base, with a goal of keeping all of the stones in the bag. ...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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37y healthy female never smoked tonsil stones x 10yr Removed lots stones when pushed on tonsil Tonsils appear swollen w/ large pockets. Tonsil cancer?

37y healthy female never smoked tonsil stones x 10yr Removed lots stones when pushed on tonsil Tonsils appear swollen w/ large pockets. Tonsil cancer?

Not likely: but only an exam by a qualified doctor can tell the difference. You need to show your tonsils to a doctor. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones be harmful?

Take them out: 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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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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What are other tonsil stones cure besides a tonsilectomy?

What are other tonsil stones cure besides a tonsilectomy?

Tonsilloliths: Many people have success by using a water flosser. By using a water pik, you can knock them loose. If they persist, have it checked by your doctor to make sure that it isn't something more serious. ...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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