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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

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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So how do you get rid of tonsil stones?

So 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 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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Can you get tonsil stones under your tonsils beside the back of the tounge? As well as the tonsils themselves, and how do know if they arnt visible

Can you get tonsil stones under your tonsils beside the back of the tounge? As well as the tonsils themselves, and how do know if they arnt visible

Rule out tonsillitis: LINGULAR TONSILS under the tongue can become inflamed =tonsillitis and can cause halitosis. You need exam and have a throat culture. If that is negative then blood work needs to be done to evaluate for other issues, especially H. pylori. It is the ulcer causing bacteria that can cause halitosis as well . Make sure to brush and floss teeth 3x/dy. Also use a specially designed tongue scraper ...Read more

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Can you get tonsil stones in your lateral pharyngeal bands?

Probably: With a little ingenuity you can probably figure out a way to remove them. A penlight, a mirror, and a half-unbent paper clip may be all you need. If they're not tonsil stones, get them seen. ...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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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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What to do if i get tonsil stones often, why?

What to do if i get tonsil stones often, why?

Crypts: You probably have large tonsil crypts (or pockets) where debris accumulates. Consider using salt water gargles or an alcohol free mouth wash. There are some office procedures that a very few ent's can perform to help such as radiofrequency cryptolysis. If you are interested in this you will definitely have to ask around. ...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 people get tonsil stones and how can i stop it? Im getting a lot

Why do people get tonsil stones and how can i stop it? Im getting a lot

Big tonsils: Probably some people have big tonsils, and there are bacteria and inflammatory responses by one's own white blood cells in the holes (crypts) on the tonsils' surfaces... thus leading to lumps of stuff we know as tonsil stones. An ENT doctor can help, but if medical treatment doesn't make things well enough for a patient's desires, the next option may be removing the tonsils. ...Read more

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What causes tonsil stones? I get up to 4 or 5 very small ones sometimes per tonsil every week or two.

Tonsiliths: The mechanism by which these calculi form is debatable. They appear to result from accumulation of material retained within the tonsillar crypts, along with the growth of bacteria and fungi – sometimes in association with persistent chronic purulent tonsillitis. ...Read more

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I keep getting tonsil stones and I try to clean them out as much as I can but now I have 2 holes were I get stones on the same side and it hurts?

Tonsilar crypts: The holes you get in the tonsils are unfortunately common and will often capture food that gets stuck in there, turning into "tonsil stones" and causing bad breath and irritation. Salt water gargles or gargling with mouth wash may help, but ultimately, a referral with an ENT surgeon for tonsillectomy may be needed. Best wishes. ...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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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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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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