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Doctor insights on: Tonsel Stones

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Is having tonsils stones dangerous?

Is having tonsils stones dangerous?

Tonsil stones: Hello, tonsil stones are not in themselves dangerous. Manipulating your tonsils to remove stones can be done multiple ways. I recommend gargling with water after meals. If a stone persists, patients will attempt removal with a moistened q-tip. Any means of removal can lead to bleeding. The more aggressive, the higher risk for bleeding. Also an infection can occur below the stones. ...Read more

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Can you get tonsil stones without having tonsils?

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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How can I get tonsil stones after having my tonsils removed?

It's not the tonsil: The tonsils create tonsil stones or tonsilths because of the crypts in them that trap bacteria and food (see my other taps). If you continue to get tonsil stones you may have residual tonsil tissue (possible but unlikely) but you can also get tonsil stones or tonsilths in the lingual tonsil which is at the very back part of your tongue. Debris also collects in the vallecula - above voice box. ...Read more

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If you can regular tonsil stones, could you have your tonsils removed?

Yes, If you can...: Find a surgeon who'll do it. Most surgeons i know do not like to remove tonsils on adult males unless there is a clear indication because the risks of bleeding are higher. I would start you on Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) oral rinse for at least a couple of months before entertaining the possibility. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have holes in your tonsils with out having Tonsil stone?

Crypts: Yes. Those are called crypts and are a normal tonsil finding. Stones sometimes get stuck in the crypts ...Read more

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Will removing my tonsils cure tonsil stones? And will insurance help pay?

Will removing my tonsils cure tonsil stones? And will insurance help pay?

Likely: Removing the tonsils will cure tonsil stones because the tonsils will have been removed. Big surgery for this problem. Insurance benefits should be verified to answer that question. ...Read more

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What can I use other then taking my tonsils out , if I have tonsil stones?

What can I use other then taking my tonsils out , if I have tonsil stones?

Different methods: My patients have found success with using a water pick to remove them or removing them with a qtip. Some have even changed their diet (eliminate dairy). But the only way to truly get rid if them is to remove your tonsils. ...Read more