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What causes tonsil stones and how to get rid of them?

What causes tonsil stones and how to get rid of them?

Tonsilar stones: First, they are not bad. Some people tend to make more of those than others, but i don't recommend any particular treatment. There's really none available except for tonsillectomy, but i would not do it for this very reason. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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What causes tonsil stones and how do I get rid of them?

What causes tonsil stones and how do I get rid of them?

Irrigate or surgery: Tonsil stones are actually lining of the crypts in the tonsil that build up. Larger crypts tend to predispose to this problem. Irrigation with a water pick, at a low pressure, may keep these areas free of the buildup, or tonsillectomy wi permanently resolve the problem if severe. ...Read more

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Is removing tonsils worth it to get rid tonsil stones?

Depends: If the tonsil stones cause chronic pain and bad breath... Yes it's worth it. 7-10 days of post-operative pain to not have to deal with the chronic sore throat and bad breath... I usually recommend it to my patients with those types of symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to get rid of tonsil stones other than getting my tonsils removed?

What is the most effective way to get rid of tonsil stones other than getting my tonsils removed?

Rid of Tonsil Stones: I do not recommend physically dislodging tonsil stones. Warm salt water gargles or hydrogen peroxide gargles can be beneficial in removing tonsil stones. Tonsillectomy remains the most effective way to prevent tonsilloliths and definitively treat patients with chronic bad breath (halitosis), chronic tonsillitis, persistent tonsillar swelling and chronic sore throat as a result of tonsil stones. ...Read more

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Are there any midicines to get rid of tonsil stones?

No medication works: If you've got a water pick, a mirror, a penlight, and good coordination, you can probably manage them. A half-unbent paper clip may be more likely to hurt you but can work well. The "stones" are actually masses of keratin. Nobody understands why some folks get them. A ENT doctor can resurface your tonsils with a laser, or remove them -- the latter's probably not worth it. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my constant tonsil stones?

Two ways: One way it so squeeze out the tonsils on a periodic basis. The other is a tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of tonsil stones?

How can you get rid of tonsil stones?

Two ways: You can try to irrigate tonsils (for example with a water pik device) to clean out the crypts. The other option is to just remove the tonsils surgically. ...Read more

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So how do you get rid of tonsil stones?

Water pick: In a hurry? If you've got a water pick, a mirror, a penlight, and good coordination, you can probably manage them. A half-unbent paper clip may be more likely to hurt you but can work well. The "stones" are actually masses of keratin. Nobody understands why some folks get them. A ENT doctor can resurface your tonsils with a laser, or remove them -- the latter's probably not worth it. ...Read more

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Not sure how to get rid of tonsil stones?

Not sure how to get rid of tonsil stones?

Remove them: They eventually dislodge. If you're in a hurry, get a penlight and a mirror and half-unbend a paper clip. You'll get good at it. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of tonsil stones?

How can I get rid of tonsil stones?

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 the device 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