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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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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