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Are large tonsular crypts normal? Never had tonsil stones. Tonsils & throat have been red for a few years. Dr said no cure, no treatement, no reason.
No problem: If you have no discomfort with your throat, just leave it alone. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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