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Is It True That Gargling With Salt Water Helps With Tonsil Stones
Yes: Tonsil "stones" are concretions of microscopic food particles, sloughing mucosa cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and bacteria (usually in the form of "biofilm"). Anything that causes them to be dislodged will help keep those pits in the tonsil clear. I have even known some patients who use a "water pik" to keep their tonsils clear of stones. ...Read more
If you eat dairy while you have tonsillitis does this put you at risk for developing tonsil stones? Does gargling salt water prevent this?
Probably not: 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 should see an otolaryngologist and discuss. ...Read more
Hiya. Tonsil stones. Tried manual pus removal and salt water/mouthwash gargles but my tonsil is still very swollen and producing pus. What can I do?
Pressure wash: Try a water pik ("water flosser") to pressure wash out the tonsils. It generally helps. If not, you may need to see your doctor. ...Read more
Hi, I have removed tonsil stones using gargling salt water and a q tip and swelling has already reduced, how long for the throat discomforts to leave?
I've had a sore tonsil that goes away with salt water it looks different then the other tonsil and I keep getting tonsil stones? Any idea why?
Tonsil stones: Hello, tonsils live in the back of your throat and with every swallow of food, some particles may become trapped within the crypts of your tonsils. You are already gargling with water after meals which is helping. The only cure is a tonsillectomy. If one side is significantly larger than the other, that is another reason for ENT evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more
I have my tonsil stone removed but still bad breath persist, what's the best thing for gargling beside salt water?
I get tonsil stones. Started gargling w H2O2/water mixture a few days ago. Today I noticed a dark red lump on my tonsil. Almost looked like blood.?
Tonsil Stones: Hello, I do recommend gargling with water to help eliminate the debris which builds within the tonsil crypts. Since there is a change with possible blood present, I would recommend being examined by your doctor or mid level care provider. Good Luck. ...Read more
Help I have what apears to be tonsils stones but im not a big fan of surgery the qtip trick hurts what should I do, I also gargle salt water daily now?
Tonsiliths: There are a few simple things you can do. Salt water gargle will help to prevent them. You can use a Water-Pic which can be very helpful to irrigate them out. You can use a plastic ear curette (designed for removing wax from ear) which is less uncomfortable than cotton swab. I would try to avoid surgery unless they frequently get infected. ...Read more
I have a tonsil stone I can't remove (and it's only here due to a cold), will it fall off on its own? I started mouth washing with salt water.
Store or online: You can find a water irrigator/water pick at the pharmacy or online. Good luck! ...Read more
How long does 'tonsil stones' stones and if I rinse my mouth with water how long will it be till it's gone?
How do I get rid of huge cancker sores on my tonsils? They are getting bigger and hurt very bad. I am gargling with salt water and etc* but no results
See an oral surgeon: Seek help from an oral surgeon to make sure you are dealing with a canker sore and not something more serious. He or she will be able to help you. ...Read more
Right side tonsil sore with sore throat, now the pain is gone but I feel like a lot of mucus is stuck on bottom of throat that I can't swallow. White stuff stuck on back of throat and I have been gargling with salt water, what else can I do?
Still some white stuff on tonsils. Gave oral 3 weeks ago, gargled salt water for 1week. Partner tested negative for everything. STD? STI? No other symp
Could the sore in my mouth be dangerous? I've had this sore in my mouth for 7 days and its just gotten bigger. Its between where my tonsils used to be and my uveula. I gargle listerine and salt water 2-3 times a day, but its almost tripeled in size since
I have a really sore inflamed throat and tonsils that started yesterday. Tried green tea and salt water gargle but not helping. Any idea or advice?
You may need exam: Sore throats are generally caused by viruses or bacteria. The former will resolve in time and with the help of supportive measures like rest, fluids, green tea, etc. The latter (bacteria) may require antibiotics which would nee to be determined by a doctor and prescribed by them, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more
I scratched my tonsil & now there's a white spot (blister) & my throat and ear hurts. No fever. What should I do. I've been gargling salt water?
Sore throat: Most throat infections are viral harmless and resolve on their own Viral infections tend to ulcer as shown in this pic. Strep infections need to b treated to prevent heart and kidney damage. These infections generally cause pain when u swallow and are associated with headaches and upset stomach. Note fever is not a reliable symptom. If u have the strep symptoms u need to see a doc. ...Read more
I scratched my tonsil & now I have a canker sore?? w/sore throat & ear. No fever. I've been gargling salt water. Do I need to see a doctor.
No: Not unless it persists more than a few days. Should rapidly heal on its own. ...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?!
Tomsiliths: No only on the tonsils. Bit you can get stones from the salivary glands. ...Read more
The tonsil stones are all on one side and someone told me that could possibly be dangerous is this true. What shall I do?
Not dangerous: Tonsil stones can be uncomfortable and can cause bad breath but they are not dangerous. You can removed them with a qtip or water pick. They form in small crypts in your tonsils when food gets packed in. The fact that they are only on one side just means the crypts are only on one side. ...Read more
What causes a coated tongue? I can't get rid of it. I have tried a tongue scraper, brushing my tongue, mouth wash, gargling with salt water. No luck.
Symptons are sore throat, sore glands and neck is sore and aching. I also have sore in roof of mouth. Been gargling with salt water & also peroxide?
See your doctor: Sore glands could be due to an infection in your mouth, sore neck don't know could be anything. You can not treat yourself gargling, you need to get proper diagnosis and treatment, call your dentist or your doctor or both. Please don't wait ...Read more
Probably not: Have the area in question evaluated by a professional in your area. ...Read more
Why hot water?: I've never heard the "hot" part, but gargling with salt water does draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less. It also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat. It's a temporary fix, since it does nothing to remove the cause (whatever that is), but it will make you feel better for a while. ...Read more
It helps and there are no side effects.
Like why does cleaning help? ...Read more
Mouth Sore: Yes. It provides some sort of relief.. ...Read more
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