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Why does my tonsil keep shrinking when I remove a tonsil stone? The tonsil is almost gone!

Why does my tonsil keep shrinking when I remove a tonsil stone? The tonsil is almost gone!

Filled with stones: I don't know that it is shrinking or just returning to its normal size. Sounds like filled with stones. You should see your doctor ...Read more

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A month ago I had kidney stones and now I have recently had tonsillitis and tonsil stones. Are the kidney stones and tonsil stones related in any way?

A month ago I had kidney stones and now I have recently had tonsillitis and tonsil stones. Are the kidney stones and tonsil stones related in any way?

Here are some. ..: Stones of kidneys and tonsils are not related and should be dealt separately. More? Ask Doc for detail timely. Most of times, just ask Doc about such question to gain answers easier and faster than from online chat which may inadvertently further confuse and terrify the inquirers. So, work closely with Doc timely. ...Read more

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Chronic stones cryptic tonsils 40yr obese female quit smoking less than one year mild hypertension Too high risk for tonsillectomy and laryngoscopy?

Chronic stones cryptic tonsils 40yr obese female quit smoking less than one year mild hypertension Too high risk for tonsillectomy and laryngoscopy?

More info would help: Definitely not too risky. Would need to know your other health problems, if any. If there's any concern, you could always get preoperatively clearance from your PCP or a clinic that specializes in clearance. ...Read more

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Symptoms: Sore throat (and tonsil stones), swollen tonsils, ear pain, sneezing, and runny nose. Also trouble sleeping and general weakness. Ideas?

Symptoms: Sore throat (and tonsil stones), swollen tonsils, ear pain, sneezing, and runny nose. Also trouble sleeping and general weakness. Ideas?

I wonder: Are you using antihistamines for allergy symptoms? A side effect can be mouth dryness, which could worsen tonsil stones. These are mineralized deposits in the tonsillar crevices exacerbated by chronic nasal/throat inflammation. Warm salt water gargle may help. It may be more helpful to determine what is causing the inflammation to begin with and a virtual consult or with Allergist can help. ...Read more

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Why and how do tonsil stones sink into tonsil?

Why and how do tonsil stones sink into tonsil?

Not really stones: This will probably gross you out, but tonsil stones are not stones. They are clumps of broken down bacteria that get trapped in the crypts and caverns of the tonsil. They can cause irritation and the sensation of something being stuck, but are not dangerous. ...Read more

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Can you get tonsil stones without having tonsils?

Tonsil stones: No. Tonsils form in the crypts of the tonsils. No crypts, no tonsil stones. You can, however, get food stuck in scar tissue from tonsillectomy, which can lead to debris like a tonsil stone. ...Read more

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Should I worry if I was getting a tonsil stone out my tonsil and it started bleeding?

Should I worry if I was getting a tonsil stone out my tonsil and it started bleeding?

Worry won't help...: Nor will it change the outcome. If you damaged your tonsil trying to treat yourself, you could likely end up with an acute infection: tonsillitis. At the very least, you could have pain, swelling and difficulty swallowing. Too dangerous to try to remove stones that don't loosen with gargle. See your dentist. S/he will treat you or refer you to oral sturgeon or ent. ...Read more

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Can you get tonsil stones under your tonsils beside the back of the tounge? As well as the tonsils themselves, and how do know if they arnt visible

Can you get tonsil stones under your tonsils beside the back of the tounge? As well as the tonsils themselves, and how do know if they arnt visible

Rule out tonsillitis: LINGULAR TONSILS under the tongue can become inflamed =tonsillitis and can cause halitosis. You need exam and have a throat culture. If that is negative then blood work needs to be done to evaluate for other issues, especially H. pylori. It is the ulcer causing bacteria that can cause halitosis as well. Make sure to brush and floss teeth 3x/dy. Also use a specially designed tongue scraper ...Read more

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What is an abnormal number of tonsil stones? I just extracted at least 5 good sized stones from one tonsil crypt. Should I consider a tonsillectomy?

What is an abnormal number of tonsil stones? I just extracted at least 5 good sized stones from one tonsil crypt. Should I consider a tonsillectomy?

Not sure: There isn't a defined number of abnormal stones. What is important are the symptoms. If they cause pain, bad breath, or are associated with infection, especially 6-7 infections in one year, or 3-5 yearly for>3-5 years then removal is indicated. Stones are from actinomyces, a normal mouth anaerobic resident. Sometimes augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) penicillin, or Cleocin can resolve it. ...Read more

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Tonsil stone inside of tonsil arch, what should I do?

Tonsilloliths: Can often be dislodged with use of a waterpick. ...Read more

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Recurring tonsil stones and enlarged tonsil for over a year Now I've noticed a red lump, bleeds when touched, and today has turned blackish. Worried!

Recurring tonsil stones and enlarged tonsil for over a year Now I've noticed a red lump, bleeds when touched, and today has turned blackish. Worried!

Remove tonsils: Risk benefit analysis of leaving diseased tonsils in place versus surgically removing them is in favor of tonsillectomy. It is a common, effective, safe surgery. Pathology report after surgery will be helpful. Be well. ...Read more

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Right tonsil about 30% larger than left tonsil. Just had tonsil stones on right tonsil. Non smoker, Occasional Drinker. Could this be tonsil cancer?

Right tonsil about 30% larger than left tonsil. Just had tonsil stones on right tonsil. Non smoker, Occasional Drinker. Could this be tonsil cancer?

Cancer unlikely: If the unilateral enlargement persists for more than a month, it would be prudent to see an ENT doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I get white stones in my tonsils every few days and they result in tonsillitis every few months. Do I need my tonsils out? How do I get rid of stones?

I get white stones in my tonsils every few days and they result in tonsillitis every few months. Do I need my tonsils out? How do I get rid of stones?

Prpbably: You are probably a chronic carrier of infection. Antibiotic therapy never completely eliminates the infection. Get a culture (not just strep). Treat with meds, reculture for test of cure. May need significanty longer treatment, or take tonsils out! ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones irritate my tonsil to the point of bleeding? I have no pains or other symptoms I wake up sometimes and spit blood out

Can tonsil stones irritate my tonsil to the point of bleeding? I have no pains or other symptoms I wake up sometimes and spit blood out

Talk with your doc: It's possible for this to happen but it's also possible something else may be causing enough blood to collect in your mouth that you have to spit up. It could be something mild like a bloody nose or something more concerning in your mouth or chest. Please talk with your doc. Be well. ...Read more

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Recently had several tonsil stones and swollen tonsils. Is tonsillectomy recommended for 29 y/o with these symptoms, or is that not necessary?

Keep your tonsils: Tonsils exist for a purpose. They are huge lymph nodes stationed where they are as this is one way bacteria get into the body, through the mouth. Makes sense. It was fashionable to take them out for sore throat not so long ago. Doesn't work. The throat that remains gets sore. There are very few indications for tonsillectomy. Only consider it if recommended by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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18 y/o bad breath; have GERD and tonsil stones, doctors say tonsils are too small to remove, what are some ways to reduce halitosis?

18 y/o bad breath; have GERD and tonsil stones, doctors say tonsils are too small to remove, what are some ways to reduce halitosis?

Bad breath: Maintain regular dental visits. Brush and floss thoroughly at least twice a day. Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or toothbrush...See your dentist or dental hygienist for proper technique. Control your gerd with diet. Gargle with mouthwash to try and flush debris from the tonsil areas. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones form after tonsils and adenoids are removed? Wife has severe halitosis, great dental hygiene, non smoker, non drinker...

Can tonsil stones form after tonsils and adenoids are removed? Wife has severe halitosis, great dental hygiene, non smoker, non drinker...

No: But anything is possible. Could be from GERD, gum infection, pet nasal drip, infected sinus, abscessed tooth, change in Meds or supplements, impacted food debris, etc. Start with a dental examination. Ask Dentist about tongue scraper. Let him/her do oral hygiene evaluation. If cause is not a Dental her Dentist will refer her to appropriate Physician to continue investigation. ...Read more

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