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What can cause tonsil stones?

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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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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What causes tonsil stones please?

What causes tonsil stones please?

Bacteria and debris: Tonsil stones are a very common condition caused bacterial colonization (thought to be biofilms) and debris in the crypts of your tonsils. ...Read more

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What causes tonsil stones? I get up to 4 or 5 very small ones sometimes per tonsil every week or two.

Tonsiliths: The mechanism by which these calculi form is debatable. They appear to result from accumulation of material retained within the tonsillar crypts, along with the growth of bacteria and fungi – sometimes in association with persistent chronic purulent tonsillitis. ...Read more

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Can i cause harm by pushing really hard on my tonsil and squeezing bc of tonsil stones?

Tonsilliths: Hello. I would first recommend gargling with water on a regular basis to keep the food from impacting within the tonsillar crevices. Many patients will use q-tips to remove the stones. I have seen a patient who developed an abscess after he repeatedly used dental tools to remove the impaction. It may be worth a trip to your ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can dislodging tonsil stones cause bleeding?

Can dislodging tonsil stones cause bleeding?

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 more

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My daughter is 13 and she has tonsil stones and they are cause bad oder and pain in her right tonsil she dug 11 out what should she do?

My daughter is 13 and she has tonsil stones and they are cause bad oder and pain in her right tonsil she dug 11 out what should she do?

Tonsilliths - yuck: The best way i know of to get rid of them, that helps some but not all, is to get a water pik water flosser from the toothbrush aisle or online and use it to "pressure wash" your throat up to 2x a day as needed. That can sometimes pop out existing tonsilliths (tonsil stones) and prevent new ones from forming, and help bad breath and sore throat. Having your tonsils out should be a last resort. ...Read more

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What causes tonsil stones and how to get rid of them?

Tonsilar stones: First, they are not bad. Some people tend to make more of those than others, but i don't recommend any particular treatment. There's really none available except for tonsillectomy, but i would not do it for this very reason. ...Read more

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Enlarged turbinates, tonsils enlarged with daily tonsil stones over 1+ years cont. What's some of the common causes for both to occur at same time?

Unrelated: Likely not related. Tonsil stones are a very common condition caused by bacterial colonization (biofilms) on your tonsils. Turbinate hypertrophy can have several causes including any condition that causes rhinitis (e.g. Allergies). ...Read more

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What causes tonsil stones and how do I get rid of them?

Irrigate or surgery: Tonsil stones are actually lining of the crypts in the tonsil that build up. Larger crypts tend to predispose to this problem. Irrigation with a water pick, at a low pressure, may keep these areas free of the buildup, or tonsillectomy wi permanently resolve the problem if severe. ...Read more

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