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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been getting tonsil stones for years- but now I have this clear "grit" coming out of my tonsils. What could this be?
Tonsilliths: Much the same stuff. Stiff food and material that gets stuck in the deep crypts do your best to wash it out with a water pik. Most of the time the only way to get rid of these is to get the tonsils removed. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with chronic cryptic tonsils and tonsils stones and made an appt to get my tonsils out. I just started coughing a lot. What's wrong?
May be unrelated: Cryptic tonsils and tonsil stones by themselves are not dangerous but they can cause some very annoying symptoms. Coughing is not necessarily a sign of tonsil stones. If the particles come out and tickle the throat it can sometimes cause a cough at that time. Otherwise, it might be a good idea to get checked for other causes of a cough - certainly do this before the surgery. ...Read more
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 oral rinse for at least a couple of months before entertaining the possibility. ...Read more
I have(ABNORMAL-SIZE-TONSILS) I also have (TONSIL STONES)What can I use 2get them out with,And what can I use 2stop from them reoccurring?
Tonsil stones: The best is use a gargle - (salt water, listerine) - the only total treatment is to have them removed. Are they cryptic? ...Read more
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