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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not from vallecula: The vallecula is a gutter between the epiglottis and base of tongue that is covered with the lingual tonsils. The palatine tonsils sit just lateral to, the vallecula. Tonsil stones are usually from actinomyces bacteria from the mouth that get into crypts in the tonsils and could spill into the vallecula. Normal swallowing should be able to clear the vallecula. ...Read more
37y healthy female never smoked tonsil stones x 10yr Removed lots stones when pushed on tonsil Tonsils appear swollen w/ large pockets. Tonsil cancer?
Not likely: but only an exam by a qualified doctor can tell the difference. You need to show your tonsils to a doctor. ...Read more
No: They're mostly keratin. There's a lot of misinformation out there about them. They're easy to remove but they do come back. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can tonsil stones cause tonsillitis? I have a tonsil stone that cannot be removed & tonsils are producing green tonsil stones. Should I worry?
Nephrolithotomy: While smaller kidneys stones can often be passed, staghorn stones often form in the calyces or conduit between the kidney and the ureters. These are considered complicated stones and often will require percutaneous (through the skin) nephrolithotomy by a urologist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Just remove them: Nothing disintegrates them. Just a little dexterity is all that's required to get rid of them once they're big enough, though they will form again. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. If it's truly a nuisance, a otolaryngologist can laser-resurface your tonsils. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Well : Sometimes saline gargles can help along with staying well hydrated drink 4 Liters fluid per day. Consult primary care doctor or an ear nose and throat doctor for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more
Tonsil stones: Hello, it depends on how you are dislodging the tonsilliths. I recommend a forceful gargle after every meal. This should be the most atraumatic way to remove these stones. If you manipulate the tonsil tissue with a tool of some type, then bleeding commonly occurs. Be careful because scar tissue could occur that will lead to a serious infection, maybe even an abscess. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Studies have been done to try to 'dissolve'gallstones. Limited success seen can be seen with certain small stones while on the medication, but the stones recur off the medicine. No long term success naturally. ...Read more
Right tonsil about 30% larger than left tonsil. Just had tonsil stones on right tonsil. Non smoker, Occasional Drinker. Could this be tonsil cancer?
Cancer unlikely: If the unilateral enlargement persists for more than a month, it would be prudent to see an ENT doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Had pcnl a month ago for staghorn kidney stone, all stones removed now passing small red "stones" unlike any i've passed before, are they stones?
Possibly. : After a major kidney procedure such as a pcnl for such a large stone. Stone fragments, sediment, and blood clots may pass for weeks. This should clear with time, but if you are concerned you could strain your urine (urinary stone strainers exist), and collect some of the debris. This can be examined by the physician in a followup visit. ...Read more
Stones: These benign hardened remnants of debris which are inert, don't, in of themselves, cause infection,are harmless and require no treatment. ...Read more
Component imbalance: The principal components of bile are water, bile salts, cholesterol and lecithin. Imbalance in these components causes precipitation and stone formation. Most stones are pure cholesterol or cholesterol with calcium mixed in. Pigment (black) stones occasionally form in the gallbladder and are associated with hemolytic conditions such as sickle cell anemia and others. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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