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How do I get rid of tonsil stones without gagging?

How do I get rid of tonsil stones without gagging?

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

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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I have 'tonsil stones' & can feel them but can't get to them to pop them out. Can't gargle... I gag too easily. What can I do to get rid of them?!

I have 'tonsil stones' & can feel them but can't get to them to pop them out. Can't gargle... I gag too easily. What can I do to get rid of them?!

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 more

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Possible way to get rid of tonsil stones without a medical precedure?

Possible way to get rid of tonsil stones without a medical precedure?

See an ENT: These can be removed with a surgical probe. Some people try to do this with a toothpick, but this is a dangerous practice and should be discouraged. If these become extremely large and recurrent it is sometimes an indication for tonsillectomy. But the best person to make that decision would be an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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How do u get rid of tonsil stones?

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

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How can I get rid of tonsil stones?

How can I get rid of tonsil stones?

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

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How can you get rid of tonsil stones?

How can you get rid of tonsil stones?

Two ways: You can try to irrigate tonsils (for example with a water pik device) to clean out the crypts. The other option is to just remove the tonsils surgically. ...Read more

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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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Not sure how to get rid of tonsil stones?

Not sure how to get rid of tonsil stones?

Remove them: They eventually dislodge. A water pick is your best device for removing them. If you're in a hurry, get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it; there's a small injury / infection risk. If it's truly a nuisance, an otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to get rid of tonsil stones?

Not completely: Tonsil stones are a misnomer for either food particles or bacterial colonies in the crypts (indentations) in the palatine (throat tonsils). Using a q-tip can help but often results in bleeding and more pain. If the tonsilloliths cause a bad odor that affects your quality of life, tonsillectomy will cure you. ...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 can I do to permanently get rid of tonsil "stones"?

What can I do to permanently get rid of tonsil "stones"?

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 more

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Looking for answer to how do I get rid of tonsil stones?

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

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Looking for answer to how can I get rid of tonsil stones?

Looking for answer to how can I get rid of tonsil stones?

A health professiona: They can be usually removed by a professional by teasing them out with an appropriate instrument. Since they're caused by debris one way to try to prevent them would be to gargle with warm salt water after each meal and clean your teeth and tongue. Nasal rinses may help. Rarely these stones can become very large and recurrent. Then the only solution would be to remove the tonsils. ...Read more

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How to get rid of tonsil stones with surgery?

How to get rid of tonsil stones with surgery?

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

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How to get rid of tonsil stones 100% without surgery?

How to get rid of tonsil stones 100% without surgery?

Tonsillar stones: You can try using a medicine dropper to suck up the stones. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to get rid of tonsil stones other than getting my tonsils removed?

What is the most effective way to get rid of tonsil stones other than getting my tonsils removed?

Rid of Tonsil Stones: I do not recommend physically dislodging tonsil stones.
Warm salt water gargles or hydrogen peroxide gargles can be beneficial in removing tonsil stones.

Tonsillectomy remains the most effective way to prevent tonsilloliths and definitively treat patients with chronic bad breath (halitosis), chronic tonsillitis, persistent tonsillar swelling and chronic sore throat as a result of tonsil stones. ...Read more

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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

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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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What causes tonsil stones and how do I get rid of them?

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

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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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