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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Tonsil Stones (Overview)

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 do cause bad breath.


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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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Dr. Andrew Berry
275 doctors shared insights

Tonsil Stones (Overview)

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 do cause bad breath.


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Are tonsil stones a symptom of hiv?

Are tonsil stones a symptom of hiv?

No: They are simply debris that gets trapped in tonsil crypts. ...Read more

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Treating Kidney Stones (Checklist)

Drink two to three quarts of water every day
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Use over-the-counter naproxen or ibuprofen for pain relief
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Let your doctor know if you have a fever or can't hold down food
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What are the obvious symptoms of having tonsil stones?

What are the obvious symptoms of having tonsil stones?

Bad breath and crud : The major symptoms of tonsil stones are bad breath and crud that comes out of your tonsils. These stones can be very uncomfortable to patients. The only sure cure is to take your tonsils out. ...Read more

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If you have tonsil stones, can you still speak?

Tonsil Stones: Tonsil stones, calculi (tonsilloliths) are clusters of small calcified debris, made up of dead cells, food material, bacteria and mucus that become trapped in the nook and crannies of the tonsils. They do not affect the vocal cords, so you should be able to speak normally with tonsilloliths. ...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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I have been having white smelly stone looking things coming out from my tonsils. Could this mean I have tonsil stones?

Yes: These can usually be extruded with the blunt end of a tooth brush or with a tongue depresor. A water pik may be useful. ...Read more

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Does azithromycin treat tonsil stones?

Easy to manage: A mirror, a water pick, a penlight, and steady hands are all you need to manage tonsil stones. If you try to use a half-unbent paper clip instead, don't hurt yourself. An ENT physician can laser the tonsils and help prevent stones. They are actually masses of keratin and can be uncomfortable and smelly, but they pose zero danger. An antibiotic isn't indicated. ...Read more

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Should I get a tonsillectomy to treat tonsilloliths (tonsil stones)?

Probably not: This problem usually doesn't bother people enough to go through a painful procedure. Occassional oral antibiotics can get the problem to settle down. If severe, I have been known to remove the tonsils, but likely do less than one tonsillectomy per year for this indication. ...Read more

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I had been treated for strep throat 4wks ago but still have pain and headaches and have coughed up bloody mucus and noticed tonsil stones. HELP?

I had been treated for strep throat 4wks ago but still have pain and headaches and have coughed up bloody mucus and noticed tonsil stones. HELP?

Strep: You may have a sinus problem that is causing bloody mucus, headaches and formation of tonsillar stones.Consult your doctor or an ear nose and throat specialist for help ...Read more

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