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Is removing tonsils worth it to get rid tonsil stones?

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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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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. 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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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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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

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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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