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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes tonsil stones? I get up to 4 or 5 very small ones sometimes per tonsil every week or two.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones are common. The most frequent complaints from people with them are sore throat, scratchy throat, halitosis or bad breath and recurrent throat infections. Although it is certainly possible to cause cough, your cough is probably not necessarily related. Evaluation of a cough should include listening to the lungs with a stethoscope, chest x-ray, lung function tests and larynx exam. ...Read more
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