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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 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
I keep getting tonsil stones and I try to clean them out as much as I can but now I have 2 holes were I get stones on the same side and it hurts?
Tonsilar crypts: The holes you get in the tonsils are unfortunately common and will often capture food that gets stuck in there, turning into "tonsil stones" and causing bad breath and irritation. Salt water gargles or gargling with mouth wash may help, but ultimately, a referral with an ENT surgeon for tonsillectomy may be needed. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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