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What are tonsil stones? Are they dangerous?

What are tonsil stones? Are they dangerous?

Not dangerous: Tonsils "stones" - tonsil liths - are a collection of bacteria, sloughed cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and microscopic particles of food, that accumulate in the pits of the tonsil surface. They often are irritating, and contribute to bad breath. They are not dangerous. Some people have luck with a "water pik" to regularly remove them. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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Are tonsil stones dangerous?

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 more

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Are tonsil stones dangerous? Is there any health risk associated with tonsil stones?

Are tonsil stones dangerous? Is there any health risk associated with tonsil stones?

Not really: They commonly cause bad breath, and can reflect chronic tonsillitis. Removal of the tonsils will solve the problem, but isn't warranted unless the problems are severe. They can be removed manually, but they almost always recur. ...Read more

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How dangerous are tonsil stones? What can be the underlying problem? What is the solution?

How dangerous are tonsil stones? What can be the underlying problem? What is the solution?

Cryptic Tonsils: you get stones or particles in the tonsils because you have what are called cryptic tonsils. They have folds and holes in them that food particles get stuck in. You can gargle deeply or use a water pick to help get the particles out, but ultimately the treatment is to remove the tonsils. This is done if they are constantly or recurrently inflamed or infected, if one has severe bad breath ...Read more

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The tonsil stones are all on one side and someone told me that could possibly be dangerous is this true. What shall I do?

Not dangerous: Tonsil stones can be uncomfortable and can cause bad breath but they are not dangerous. You can removed them with a qtip or water pick. They form in small crypts in your tonsils when food gets packed in. The fact that they are only on one side just means the crypts are only on one side. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones be inhaled while breathing? If so, is this dangerous?

Can tonsil stones be inhaled while breathing? If so, is this dangerous?

Possible: Inhaling them is possible but if cough reflex intact it will be coughed out. Only if it were to stay in lungs is, there any concern. ...Read more

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At the minute I'm suffering from tonsil stones , dizziness, tiredness change of voice. Is this dangerous? My tonsil stones are all on the same side...

At the minute I'm suffering from tonsil stones , dizziness, tiredness change of voice. Is this dangerous? My tonsil stones are all on the same side...

Tonsil stones/dizzy: In and of itself not dangerous but are from recurrent infections and may be nidas for infection. Would seek medical attention today may have strep and need antibiotics , also f/u with ENT may wish to remove tonsils. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention?page=3 ...Read more

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What are tonsil stones?

Tonsilliths: They are bacterial colonies that form in tonsillar crypts. A common bacteria is actinomyces. It can give you a foreign body sensation in throat and halitosis. ...Read more

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Are tonsil stones serious?

Are tonsil stones serious?

tonsil stones: The tonsils have multiple holes that can can get filled with bacteria, mucus and food debris. Overtime the debris can harden and form the so called tonsil stones. They are not serious but they can cause throat discomfort and bad breath. ...Read more

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What can cause tonsil stones?

Eating: Tonsil stones (i.e. Tonsilliths) are collections of food and debris which get trapped in the tonsils. This material gets infected usually becomes foul smelling. Some tonsils have more nooks and crannies in which to collect this debris, which makes the stones larger and/or more numerous. If removed, tonsilliths usually will recur. If severe, tonsillectomy will cure the problem. Best wishes. ...Read more

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