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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 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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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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What is the cause of tonsil stones? is it associated with a runny nose

What is the cause of tonsil stones? is it associated with a runny nose

Calcified debris: Tonsilloliths form when bacteria & debris get caught in the pockets of your tonsils. It hardens and becomes calcified. You see them more frequently if there is chronic inflammation of the tonsils. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can tonsil stones cause swelling of glands under the chin?

Hello docs. I was wondering can tonsil stones cause swelling of glands under the chin?

Not usually: Lymph node's in the neck are associated with various parts of the mouth. The tonsils drain into the lymph nodes in the upper part of the neck on the sides not under the chin. Most often the lymph nodes under the chin enlarge because infections around the front of the mouth both inside and outside or the front teeth. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones cause a swollen lymph node? I have a swollen node in my neck on the side that has tonsil stones. It stays full of stones!

Can tonsil stones cause a swollen lymph node? I have a swollen node in my neck on the side that has tonsil stones. It stays full of stones!

Yes, Notify your MD: See your ENT physician, can be related or coincidence. Enlarged lymph nodes can be sign of infection or lymphoma or malignancy. You need evaluation. ...Read more

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Do candida albicans (thrush) cause tonsil stones?

Do candida albicans (thrush) cause tonsil stones?

No: Tonsil stones are usually an amalgamation of trapped food, discarded cells and debris from the tonsil, and the bacteria that live naturally in our mouth. They are not indicative of an infection and don't have a relationship with candida. ...Read more

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What can cause bad breath from the throat , other then tonsil stones?

What can cause bad breath from the throat , other then tonsil stones?

Sinus, teeth, strep: Bacterial or viral throat infections, dental problems, sinus infection can cause bad breath. Dietary aromatics, like onions, garlic get exhaled through lungs, lung infections, occasional gut issues too. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones cause a feeling of obstruction in the throat and can it make it hard to eat solid foods?

Can tonsil stones cause a feeling of obstruction in the throat and can it make it hard to eat solid foods?

No: The presence of bacterial colonies or food particles in the crypts of the tonsillar surface erroneously called tonsil stones should not by themselves cause obstruction in the throat. However, if the tonsils are very large, then with or without these above stated problems on the surface of the tonsils, you would be obstructed and have difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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