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Tonsil Stones (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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)

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)

Yes: Yes they can. You need to consult with an ENT doctor about your tonsils. Sometimes a course of an antibiotic like Clindamycin can be helpful in changing the bacteria of your tonsils and decreasing the odor and taste. Sometimes we have to remove the tonsils. ...Read more

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What causes tonsil stones? I get up to 4 or 5 very small ones sometimes per tonsil every week or two.

Tonsiliths: The mechanism by which these calculi form is debatable. They appear to result from accumulation of material retained within the tonsillar crypts, along with the growth of bacteria and fungi – sometimes in association with persistent chronic purulent tonsillitis. ...Read more

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How to stop tonsil stones from coming back every month?

How to stop tonsil stones from coming back every month?

Biofilm: 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

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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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Could be: A 16 year old male waking up with sore throat and tonsil stones. These symptoms could be due to mouth breathing, especially in dry air, at night. Or could be due to pollen allergy. If allergy is the problem, taking an antihistamine or steroid nasal spray should help. ...Read more

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What are tonsil stones?

Tonsilliths: They are bacterial colonies that form in tonsillar crypts. A common bacteria is actinomyces. It can give you a foreign body sensation in throat and halitosis. ...Read more

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Are tonsil stones serious?

Are tonsil stones serious?

Tonsil stones: The tonsils have multiple holes that can can get filled with bacteria, mucus and food debris. Overtime the debris can harden and form the so called tonsil stones. They are not serious but they can cause throat discomfort and bad breath. ...Read more

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Why do I get tonsil stones?

Tonsil stones: Tonsils have superficial cavities which fill up with epithelial debris, secretions and possibly small bits of food ...Read more

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Are tonsil stones dangerous?

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

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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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Can tonsil stones be harmful?

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

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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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How are tonsil stones started?

Cryptic tonsils: The first thing that starts are tonsils that have deep pockets or crypts. Food, debris, and bacteria get trapped in the crypts and form the "tonsil stones.". ...Read more

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What herbs cure tonsil stones?

What herbs cure tonsil stones?

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