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How To 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
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?!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tonsillar stones: You can try using a medicine dropper to suck up the stones. ...Read more
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
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
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
Control them: 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. If you use good hygiene, you may be able to control them adequately. ...Read more
How can I get rid of my tonsil stones? I've been having them for years and doctors don't seem to understand my problem! Any home remedies?
See an ENT doctor: Tonsil stones are quite common in the setting of chronic tonsillitis. Conservative measures include drinking plenty of fluids, and using salt water gargles to cleanse the throat. Sometimes a course of oral antibiotics may help. Even acid reflux into the throat (lpr) can exacerbate the problem. Treatment of reflux can help in this instance. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Please help me! I have very painful tonsil stones and they hurt so bad! What are ways to get rid of them without surgery? Please help me!
You must have your Primary doctor refer you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist to evaluate the tonsils.
Yes, there is pain but the doctors can control this without too much concern.
Please let me know how things went. ...Read more
I had my tonsils removed in 2012, lately i have been feelingthere something lodged in there, like when I had tonsil stones. How do I get rid of this?
Visual inspection by a Specialist would answer the issue you describe. Most tonsils are not removed with suture, but if there was bleeding, maybe there was use. Most likely, this is an infection of the tonsillar base, even though the tonsil itself is gone.
See an ENT Specialist. ...Read more
Years ago I had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy but I'm coughing up what look like tonsil stones? Can't see them, what is it/how to get rid of them?
Tonsil stones : Sometimes when you have a tonsillectomy there is still a remnant remaining that could still cause tonsilloliths. Besides that, there is lymph tissue in the base of the tongue that might be a source of the problem. Brush your tongue in the back daily and gargle regularly. If no improvement in a month, see an ENT MD. ...Read more
So if my tonsils are removed and I'm still having tonsil stones coming from my throat where are they coming from and what can I do to get rid of them?
Tonsil stones: They may be coming from residual tonsil tissue that was not removed, or possibly from the lingual (tongue) component of tonsillar tissue that is not removed in a standard tonsillectomy. I would recommend you see an ENT who can evaluate you for residual tonsillar tissue and perform endoscopy to look at the base of the tongue. ...Read more
Every now n then tonsil stones gets stuck to d left side of my throat. I hate the metallic taste n it is hard to get out. How cn I get rid of this 4gud?
See ENT: Tonsil stone is very common condition. Many small tonsil stones do not cause any noticeable symptoms. The larger stones can have a major symptoms like a bad breath, sore throat and earache. No symptoms no special treatment is required. If concerned see ENT for evaluation and treatment if needed. Hope it helps. ...Read more
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
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