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Removal of tonsil stones from vallecula?

Removal of tonsil stones from vallecula?

Not from vallecula: The vallecula is a gutter between the epiglottis and base of tongue that is covered with the lingual tonsils. The palatine tonsils sit just lateral to, the vallecula. Tonsil stones are usually from actinomyces bacteria from the mouth that get into crypts in the tonsils and could spill into the vallecula. Normal swallowing should be able to clear the vallecula.

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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Help docs, is getting rid of tonsil stones worth the removal of the tonsils?

Maybe: Tonsil stones are just particles of food and mucous that have been pushed into the crypts or infolds of the tonsils during the act of swallowing. They are harmless and common. If the problem is associated with chronic pain, halitosis or infection then it may be worth it to you to undergo tonsillectomy.

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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?

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.

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What are tonsil stones?

Tonsilliths: They are bacterial colonies that form in tonsillar crypts. A common bacteria is actinomyces. It can give you a foreign body sensation in throat and halitosis.

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Are tonsil stones serious?

Are tonsil stones serious?

Tonsil stones: The tonsils have multiple holes that can can get filled with bacteria, mucus and food debris. Overtime the debris can harden and form the so called tonsil stones. They are not serious but they can cause throat discomfort and bad breath.

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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

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Are tonsil stones dangerous?

No: They're masses of keratin -- there's a propagated error on the internet giving a different composition. 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.

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What can cause tonsil stones?

Eating: Tonsil stones (i.e. Tonsilliths) are collections of food and debris which get trapped in the tonsils. This material gets infected usually becomes foul smelling. Some tonsils have more nooks and crannies in which to collect this debris, which makes the stones larger and/or more numerous. If removed, tonsilliths usually will recur. If severe, tonsillectomy will cure the problem. Best wishes.

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Can tonsil stones be harmful?

Take them out: 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.

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How are tonsil stones removed?

How are tonsil stones removed?

Various ways: I have known patients who were bothered by their "tonsil stones" who used a tooth-pick to clean out the tonsil stones; others reported that they used a "water pik" with great success. Try also daily gargling with salt water (saline) containing manuka honey - "nature's antibiotic".

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How are tonsil stones started?

Cryptic tonsils: The first thing that starts are tonsils that have deep pockets or crypts. Food, debris, and bacteria get trapped in the crypts and form the "tonsil stones.".

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What herbs cure tonsil stones?

What herbs cure tonsil stones?

None really: It is not a medical problem, more of a physical one. Medications, herbs, mouthwashes generally don't help. If the tonsils have the deep crypts which trap food debris, tonsil stones will form. They can be removed cleaned out, but usually recur. If tonsil stones are a severe and chronic problem, tonsillectomy will cure the issues. See your local ent. Best wishes.

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What are tonsil stones made of?

ICKY STUFF: Tonsil "stones" are comprised of dead mucosal cells from the lining of the oral cavity, from microscopic food particles, and from bacteria - usually in the form of "biofilm". Based on dna sequencing studies, we found more than 100 separate species of bacteria in tonsil stones in a group of 50 children.

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How long do tonsil stones last?

Highly variable: If you don't go in and force them out they may stay for a lengthy time period. Worry not.

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What can dissolve tonsil stones?

Nothing: They are uncomfortable and smell bad, which can be a significant social liability. The best way to get rid of them is with a water pick, assisted by a mirror and a penlight. If you try something like a half-unbent paper clip, be careful not to hurt yourself.

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What can I do for tonsil stones?

Remove them: 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.

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What causes tonsil stones please?

What causes tonsil stones please?

Bacteria and debris: Tonsil stones are a very common condition caused bacterial colonization (thought to be biofilms) and debris in the crypts of your tonsils.

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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.

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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.