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How do I remove a tonsillolith?

How do I remove a tonsillolith?

Doctor can evaluate: A tonsil "stone" in a "tonsillar crypt" can fall out on its own. A doctor at the clinic may also use a long cotton swab to try to get it out, if desired. ...Read more

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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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My right tonsil felt irritated so i looked at it and it has a white spot right in the center of it, it seems like it's tonsillolith, what to do ?

My right tonsil felt irritated so i looked at it and it has a white spot right in the center of it, it seems like it's tonsillolith, what to do ?

If you get frequent: Tonsillitis, you might need a tonsillectomy, because antibiotics might not be effective with this condition. Consult an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Are tonsilloliths distantly related to bezoar?

Are tonsilloliths distantly related to bezoar?

Not really: The two disorders are not related, the tonsoliths are not harmful and the bezoars may be. ...Read more

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How do you effectively get rid of tonsilloliths?

How do you effectively get rid of tonsilloliths?

Orajel mouthwash: Orajel or any other peroxide containing mouthwash can help. The peroxide bubbles and cleans the tonsillar crypts preventing tonsillitis formation. If this doesn't help see an ent. ...Read more

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Do tonsilloliths always pop out, or do some just slowly shrink? I've been gargling with salt water and every morning they look a little smaller.

Do tonsilloliths always pop out, or do some just slowly shrink? I've been gargling with salt water and every morning they look a little smaller.

Mine pop out...: Usually after they get to a certain size of with a big sneeze. I haven't had then for a while, but mine never "shrunk." If it works for you, keep going with it. ...Read more

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Are tonsilloliths the reason or reaction of tonsillitis?

Not usually: They are food particles caught in the creases in the tonsil that cause local inflammation. ...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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The back of my throat is a yellowish color. This is actually the back of my throat and not my tonsils, but i also have tonsilloliths. Benign?

The back of my throat is a yellowish color. This is actually the back of my throat and not my tonsils, but i also have tonsilloliths. Benign?

Yellow for a Fellow: Discoloration in the back of the throat may be due to several reasons. Most commonly its due to mucous mixed with food particles and bacteria that coat the mucosa. These substances can also become trapped in the tonsillar folds or crypts and produce foul smelling sebum-like collections called tonsillar stones or tonsilloliths. A water-pik can wash them away. Candida infection is another cause. ...Read more

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