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Tonsil Stones Every Day
How do I prevent myself from/stop getting tonsil stones? I have small ones almost every day and I push them out with a qtip.
Tonsillectomy: Only solution is to remove tonsils. Discuss this with an ENT doc. ...Read more
Can tonsil stones cause a dirt-type taste in the back of your throat more so when swallowing for 1+ years constantly? (just about every day)
What causes tonsil stones? I get up to 4 or 5 very small ones sometimes per tonsil every week or two.
So, these stones are a part of a chronic tonsillitis. The 'perfect' way to get rid of them is to have the tonsils out. Most people don't want to do that so, why not try to brush the tonsils or use a waterpik (or other type of jet) to blast them? Then, you can try mouthwash with Chlorhexidine in it to kill the bacteria.
Good luck! ...Read more
I'm 16 and constantly getting large tonsil stones. Every time I remove them my crypts seem to get larger. What should I do beside removing tonsils?
Not much: If you have a bad taste in the mouth and a bad odor to your breath, tonsillectomy will cure the problem. I do not think you can do anything to make the crypts of the tonsils smaller. This problem is certainly an indication for tonsillectomy. Consult an ENT surgeon for an opinion. ...Read more
Will I get my tonsils removed. I have had strep every year and tonsil stones which are symptomatic. They are the size of huge pea.
You could: Speak to an Ear Nose Throat doctor about all the risks and benefits. Sounds like you may not qualify if the strep is only once a year. Some prefer 3-4 per year. Nonetheless if it is obstructing your airway they may consider and clear you surgically. Please see an Ear Nose Throat Doctor. ...Read more
Every now n then tonsil stones gets stuck to d left side of my throat. I hate the metallic taste n it is hard to get out. How cn I get rid of this 4gud?
See ENT: Tonsil stone is very common condition. Many small tonsil stones do not cause any noticeable symptoms. The larger stones can have a major symptoms like a bad breath, sore throat and earache. No symptoms no special treatment is required. If concerned see ENT for evaluation and treatment if needed. Hope it helps. ...Read more
Every morning I wake up with sore throat if I sleep under fast cieling fan and after 2 weeks I get tonsil stones. Is it beacause of pollen allergy?
I picked at my tonsils earlier the following day with strep and tonsil stones came out. Now, my tonsil has a gigantic black mark on it that's surrounded by an influx of even more white pus. Should I be concerned? What is this??
See doctor: You need to see your doctor sounds like you know have an infection ...Read more
My tonsils are swelling slightly day by day. I daily clean out tonsil stones gently with a toothpick. I now have a canker sore there. Tonsillitis?
Cancker sore: You could of picked up a viral infection in the form of a canker sore by using the toothpick ...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 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
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
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