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When tonsil stones come up constantly, is that a good reason for having a tonsillectomy?

When tonsil stones come up constantly, is that a good reason for having a tonsillectomy?

Tonsil Stones: Recurrent tonsil stones or tonsiloliths are a reason for removal of tonsils. Consult with your ear nose and throat specialist to answer questions you may have about the procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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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.

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

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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?

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

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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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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?

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

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I've had continuous hard to remove tonsil stones for a year. My ENT says he doesn't suggest a tonsillectomy. Second opinion?

I've had continuous hard to remove tonsil stones for a year. My ENT says he doesn't suggest a tonsillectomy. Second opinion?

What are your signs: What are your symptoms, if the only problems is the stones, I have to agree with your surgeon, you do need surgery.
But if you have other symptoms, then it depends on the seriousness of your symptoms and signs a decision will be made. ...Read more

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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

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Past 2 weeks my breath has been horrible; same smell as when I used to have tonsil stones but I had a tonsillectomy. My mom said it smells like sewer.

Dental exam/ cleanin: G.Sinus infection possible, reflux possible. Discus with treating physician (tonsillectomy, Dentist, or Family doc).Floss teeth gently. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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At what point do you consider tonsillectomy? I've been having tonsil stones the last month and difficulties swallowing. Post nasal drip associated?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.?

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.?

Tonsil stones?: Without tonsils do not know how you think you have tonsil stones "deep in throat". This sounds as if you may have an esophageal diverticulum or other collection of decaying tissue in a pocket or outpouching of tissue. See an ENT doctor and have this examined. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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

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What are other tonsil stones cure besides a tonsilectomy?

What are other tonsil stones cure besides a tonsilectomy?

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

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What is the best way to get rid of chronic tonsil stones/Tonsilloliths? (No tonsillectomy/No Antibiotics)

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

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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

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

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How do iget rid of tonsil stones for good?

No easy way...: The only way to get rid of the stones for sure is to get rid of the tonsils. This is rarely necessary though. These stones often come from post-nasal mucus dripping down and getting caught in the litte holes (crypts). As it dries it gets hard (and smelly!). Nasal saline washes often help break up the mucus, helping it to flow down and not get caught. ...Read more

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Tonsil crypts dev. Over a year. Constant stones. Constant irritation of tonsils for 2 years. 2 ENTs won't do tonsillectomy. Say tonsils fine?!

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

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Chronic stones cryptic tonsils 40yr obese female quit smoking less than one year mild hypertension Too high risk for tonsillectomy and laryngoscopy?

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

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How do you get tonsil stones out?

How do you get tonsil stones out?

Try a Water Pik.: An oral irrigator or dental water jet device such as a Water Pik can be used to rinse out stones without traumatizing the tonsil tissues. Use it in its gentlest setting to prevent gagging. In difficult cases, see an ENT doctor. Avoid using objects such as Q-tips or your finger to manually express stones from the tonsil, as this can cause more serious pain and predispose to infection. ...Read more

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Why do I get tonsil stones often?

Cryptic tonsils: As some people get older, their tonsils lose their smooth surface and become pitted or cryptic. The purpose of the tonsils is to sample debris (food as well as cellular debris) to help determine if is dangerous or not to the body. It then compacts the debris and gets rid of it. This happens in every person with tonsils. However, if the tonsils are cryptic, the debris is larger and noticeable. ...Read more

Dr. Dale Tylor
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Removal Of Tonsils (Definition)

A tonsillectomy is the surgical ...Read more