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How Do You Get Rid Of Tonsil Stones
Water pick: In a hurry? 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ENT doc: An ENT specialist can help you get rid of this problem. If you have no symptoms, no need to treat. If you have symptoms, you may need your tonsils removed. Sometimes the stones themselves can be removed. ...Read more
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 the device 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tonsil stones: Have somebody other than yourself try to pick these out of the tonsillar crypts or folds. Many tonsil stones, especially ones that have no symptoms, do not need treatment. Some people choose to dislodge tonsil stones at home with the use of picks or swabs, but if gagging is a problem an ENT doctor may be of help. ...Read more
Only one way out: There is only one natural way out. You have to pass it or have a procedure to help. Lots of fluids will help increase your urine flow rate and possibly increase the chance of passing the stone. The bigger the stone the less likely that you will be able to pass it on your own. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Irrigate or surgery: Tonsil stones are actually lining of the crypts in the tonsil that build up. Larger crypts tend to predispose to this problem. Irrigation with a water pick, at a low pressure, may keep these areas free of the buildup, or tonsillectomy wi permanently resolve the problem if severe. ...Read more
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
Gargles, waterpik: Tonsil stones are irritating and cause local inflammation and pain to the affected tonsils. Typically a conservative treatment of salt water gargles, waterpik to the affected area can dramatically improve the situation. For those who tonsil stones are unrelenting, removal of the tonsils is a curative but last resort. ...Read more
Removed by your DDS: Tarter may not be removable by you. The formation of tarter begins when the bacteria settles on your teeth. This process organizes into plaque over a 24hr period. You can remove the plaque with a toothbrush. When not removed it mineralizes into a harder material called calculus "tarter". Your dds needs special instruments "scalers" to remove the calculus. Brushing and flossing prevents calculus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: For most gallstones, surgery is the only solution. Since the early 1990's, gallbladder removal has become the standard of care for symptomatic gallstones. It is a very common and low risk outpatient procedure for which most people resume all activity within 1-2 weeks. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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
Depends: Fibroids that don't cause symptoms need no treatment. If symptomatic (exs. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency) diet/exercise (lose body fat) easiest. Medicine next (exs. Anti-inflammatory tranexamic acid, birth control pill). If symptoms persist uterine fibroid embolization (consult interventional radiologist) or surgery (exs.Myomectomy, hysterectomy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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