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Treat Tonsil Stones
Easy to manage: A mirror, a water pick, a penlight, and steady hands are all you need to manage tonsil stones. If you try to use a half-unbent paper clip instead, don't hurt yourself. An ENT physician can laser the tonsils and help prevent stones. They are actually masses of keratin and can be uncomfortable and smelly, but they pose zero danger. An antibiotic isn't indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How are tonsil stones diagnosed and treated? Went to an after hour clinic and dr didn't see any (tucked up in my tonsil.) Only tested for strep.
I have a yellow discharge in my tonsils, it's not tonsil stones, just like an ooze and there's some swelling. What could it be? How do I treat it?
I have recurring tonsil stones and recurring tonsillitis. Currently breastfeeding a 7 week old. Will I need to wait till I wean my baby to be treated?
Not necessarily: Most treatments involving medications can be designed with breastfeeding in mind. Anesthesia required for surgical intervention could temporarily interfere with breastfeeding but storing enough breast milk for a few days while you recover is a viable solution. Hope you are feeling better soon! ...Read more
I had been treated for strep throat 4wks ago but still have pain and headaches and have coughed up bloody mucus and noticed tonsil stones. HELP?
I always get tonsil stones on my throat, sometimes big sometimes small. How to treat this? Dentist or ENT?
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
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