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Tonsil Stones After Tonsillectomy
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
Tonsil stones s/p T: Sometimes not all the tissue was removed so stones develop in residual crypts. F/u with ENT ...Read more
Hello, I'm debating if a tonsillectomy would be a good option for me. I've been suffering with a bout of tonsil stones for about a year now.
Options: Several options for treating tonsil stones exist and surgery is certainly one of them. Best to discuss with a Surgeon who would perform the procedure. For further discussion and other options, visit http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention? Page=3#1 ...Read more
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
I have had tonsil stones on and off for about five years and my tonsils have huge craters. Do I need to get a tonsillectomy.
I've had tonsil stones for the past few weeks, and tonsillitis at least 3 times a year for awhile now. Should I consider a tonsillectomy?
Yes: You should consider it along with an ENT specialist to determine the risks and benefits.. ...Read more
Tonsils were bleeding while trying to remove deep tonsil stones. The most they've ever bled. Getting a tonsillectomy in 2 mo. Should I be worried?
Tonsil stone: No reason to worry. The tonsil tissue was traumatized with the extraction of the tonsillith. Consume cool-cold beverages and gargle with cold water to slow down bleeding. Spit it out, try not to swallow the blood to avoid vomiting. Keep physical activity and BP low. If blleding is significant you may need cautery. Tonsillectomy will be the definitive tx for recurrent stones. ...Read more
I've had continuous hard to remove tonsil stones for a year. My ENT says he doesn't suggest a tonsillectomy. Second opinion?
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
Years ago I had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy but I'm coughing up what look like tonsil stones? Can't see them, what is it/how to get rid of them?
Tonsil stones: Sometimes when you have a tonsillectomy there is still a remnant remaining that could still cause tonsilloliths. Besides that, there is lymph tissue in the base of the tongue that might be a source of the problem. Brush your tongue in the back daily and gargle regularly. If no improvement in a month, see an ENT MD. ...Read more
At what point do you consider tonsillectomy? I've been having tonsil stones the last month and difficulties swallowing. Post nasal drip associated?
Insurance won't pay: Ent surgeons simply don't do tonsillectomies at the rate they did 30-40 years ago. In my non-surgical physician opinion. Your symptoms are not any where severe enough to have this done either. Tonsilar calculi (singular: calculus) are basically deposits of calcium and phosphorus in the tonsillar mkatrix. Laser, curetting and several other methods including tonsillectomy are options. ...Read more
I've read that many Doctors won't perform tonsillectomies anymore. I have tonsil stones, and often get strep throat. Can I ask for a tonsillectomy?
Doctor's evaluation: Tonsillectomies are still performed but much less indicated than before, especially after childhood period, having malignancy in a tonsil for example, or more than 6 or seven documented tonsillitis per year are good indications for surgery among other rare indications, having tonsillar stones alone might not be an absolute indication, check with your doctor/ENT surgeon, ...Read more
I had a tonsillectomy 2 months ago b/c of painful tonsil stones. Today my throat is really sore and I see another tonsil stone! What are my options?
See doctor: You need to see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist doctor) for an evaluation. Usually, removal of the tonsil will stop further tonsillolith (stone) formation. Salt water gargling may dislodge the stone. ...Read more
I've had my adenoids removed and a partial tonsillectomy yet I still have tonsil stones gathering down deep in my throat. I can taste and smell them.?
Hi. I got my tonsils removed over a year ago due to chronic strep throat and frequent tonsil stones. Since my tonsillectomy, I often develop a sore throat, white patches, and pain in the areas where my tonsils used to be. Could there possibly be residual
Tonsillectomy: Taking the tonsils out doesn't mean you won't develop sore throat any more, on the contrary, an important organ which helps contain infection now is removed, main reason is that tonsils become useless and themselves are harmful if left where they are, there are other tonsils at a lower level called lingual tonsils, smaller in size, can get infected too, but to a lesser degree, see ur doctor ...Read more
Tonsilloliths: Many people have success by using a water flosser. By using a water pik, you can knock them loose. If they persist, have it checked by your doctor to make sure that it isn't something more serious. ...Read more
What is the best way to get rid of chronic tonsil stones/Tonsilloliths? (No tonsillectomy/No Antibiotics)
Gargle: Start with a salt water gargle and then proceed to using some numbing materials such as Cepastat or Chloraseptic and then utilizing a cotton swab type stick such as Q-tip to try and dislodge the tonsilith. ...Read more
Some doctors say I need a tonsillectomy, some say no. I've had tonsil stones for over a year with bad breath and many sore throats. Surgery? Pros/cons
2 treatments: There are 2 main schools of thoughts of treatments. Conservative treatment; salt water gargles, extraction of stones manually, and treatment of infections. Surgical; gets rid of the conservative treatments but has the added risk of bleeding. At some point you will need to make the choice. ...Read more
Tonsil crypts dev. Over a year. Constant stones. Constant irritation of tonsils for 2 years. 2 ENTs won't do tonsillectomy. Say tonsils fine?!
Second opinion: If a patient has tonsil symptoms, and actually has enlarged tonsils, painful tonsils, repeated tonsil stones, or other symptoms such as snoring, recurrent strep throat infections, etc..., and she feels her ENT doctor is not helping enough, she can see another ENT doctor for a second opinion. Insurance usually covers first and second opinions the same way, but one can also self-pay in some cases. ...Read more
Small hard bump covered with flesh but looks white underneath with light. Perfectly round on tonsil. 1 ENT says tonsillectomy the other says stone.?
Time: For a stone you have time and it will probably work its way out. Of not then you can consider tonsillectomy. 3 mo this will be enough to know ...Read more
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
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
Take them out: If you don't have a water pick, get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. Injury / infection risk is minor. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
Often you do not need anything for tonsil stones
an easy and simple way I recommend is to use an oral irrigator. Only the irrigators that connect directly to sink tap via a threaded attachment to be used for this purpose. Most electric irrigatoer are too powerful and can cause discomfort or rupture of the tonsils
large stones need to be removed by doctor by curettage. Very large need excision. ...Read more
Look in the mirror: Tonsilloliths or so called stones in the tonsils are usually collections of food particles in the crypts (grooves) on the surface of the tonsil. You can see them in the mirror as small white round collections. They may represent bacterial colonies, food particles or small retention cysts. They often produce a foul odor to the breath and may be a minor indication for tonsil removal. ...Read more
Not dangerous: Tonsils "stones" - tonsil liths - are a collection of bacteria, sloughed cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and microscopic particles of food, that accumulate in the pits of the tonsil surface. They often are irritating, and contribute to bad breath. They are not dangerous. Some people have luck with a "water pik" to regularly remove them. ...Read more
Tips on care: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with Listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You will get tips like this when you see an ENT. ...Read more
Tonsil stone: Tonsil stone - tonsilloliths - collection of bacterial & cellular debris in tonsillar crypts, ...Read more
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