Top
10
Doctor insights on: What Can Cause Tonsil Stones

Share
1

1
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

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Chad Levitt
256 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
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

4

4
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

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
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

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
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

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
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

9

9
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

10

10
Could tonsil stones cause a chronic cough for over a year?

Could tonsil stones cause a chronic cough for over a year?

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