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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. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. Water pick is even better. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones be harmful?

Take them out: If you don't have a water pick, get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. Injury / infection risk is minor. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more

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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". ...Read more

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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.". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. A water pick is even better. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How can tonsil stones be reduced?

Oral Irrigater: Often you do not need anything for tonsil stones
an easy and simple way I recommend is to use an oral irrigator. Only the irrigators that connect directly to sink tap via a threaded attachment to be used for this purpose. Most electric irrigatoer are too powerful and can cause discomfort or rupture of the tonsils
large stones need to be removed by doctor by curettage. Very large need excision. ...Read more

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How can tonsil stones be removed?

How can tonsil stones be removed?

? stone: Never heard that. It may be the cheesy material loking like stone.....Clarify. ...Read more

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What can I do about tonsil stones?

Gargle: Initially you can try gargling with warm salt water and/or mouth wash. If that doesn't help then try taking a long moist swab and manually remove them (like a long q-tip). If you still can't remove them then a doctor can do it for you. ...Read more

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How do I know I have tonsil stones?

Look in the mirror: Tonsilloliths or so called stones in the tonsils are usually collections of food particles in the crypts (grooves) on the surface of the tonsil. You can see them in the mirror as small white round collections. They may represent bacterial colonies, food particles or small retention cysts. They often produce a foul odor to the breath and may be a minor indication for tonsil removal. ...Read more

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How can tonsil stones be recognized?

Just look: With the right light and a goo mirror, tonsil "stones" can be seen by opening your mouth and looking in the mirror. They are usually whitish nodules that fill little pits - "crypts" - in the surface of the tonsil. ...Read more

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Should you remove tonsil stones yourself?

No: Always allow trained professional to manage your health for optimal outcome. ...Read more

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What disintegrates tonsil stones quickly?

Just remove them: Nothing disintegrates them. Just a little dexterity is all that's required to get rid of them once they're big enough, though they will form again. Get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. Don't hurt yourself. A water pick is even better. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones turn from white to black?

Yes: They'll darken on exposure even to dry air after a few minutes. The black color is related to the high sulfur content; despite what you may have heard elsewhere, they're made primarily of sulfur-rich keratin imparting the nasty smell. A water-pick is underapprediated as a way to remove them. ...Read more

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What are tonsil stones? Are they dangerous?

What are tonsil stones? Are they dangerous?

Not dangerous: Tonsils "stones" - tonsil liths - are a collection of bacteria, sloughed cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and microscopic particles of food, that accumulate in the pits of the tonsil surface. They often are irritating, and contribute to bad breath. They are not dangerous. Some people have luck with a "water pik" to regularly remove them. ...Read more

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What to do if I get tonsil stones often, why?

What to do if I get tonsil stones often, why?

Crypts: You probably have large tonsil crypts (or pockets) where debris accumulates. Consider using salt water gargles or an alcohol free mouth wash. There are some office procedures that a very few ent's can perform to help such as radiofrequency cryptolysis. If you are interested in this you will definitely have to ask around. ...Read more