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Tonsil Stones Good Reason Tonsillectomy
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
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
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.
Tonsil stones s/p T: Sometimes not all the tissue was removed so stones develop in residual crypts. F/u with ENT ...Read more
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
Are large tonsular crypts normal? Never had tonsil stones. Tonsils & throat have been red for a few years. Dr said no cure, no treatement, no reason.
No problem: If you have no discomfort with your throat, just leave it alone. ...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
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
I have a really sharp pain in my right tonsil and I have bad tonsil stones all the time. My tonsils tend to swell often but my regular doctor says it's just caused by allergies. Is it a good idea to get my tonsils removed because I'm really tired of havin
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
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
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