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Why do tonsil stones smell so bad?

Why do tonsil stones smell so bad?

Bacteria: Tonsil stones - tonsilliths - are concretions of impacted food/saliva and bacteria that get traped in the crypts of the tonsils. The bacteria and the decaying food create the bad smell. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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I was born without tonsils but occasionally I spit out these things that I can describe as tonsil stones, they also smell bad. Please help.

I was born without tonsils but occasionally I spit out these things that I can describe as tonsil stones, they also smell bad. Please help.

You may be right: Tonsil stones exist and range from smelly, cheesy to actual stones. You may have small tonsils, but almost everyone has some tonsillar tissue. These so called concretions are not really worrisome, but can be annoying. The pic is from: http://www.therabreath.com/tonsil-stones-treatment.html One theory for treatment is a clean oral cavity with brushing often and maybe mild whiteners with peroxide. ...Read more

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When I blow my nose I have a foul smell like bad breath.. I've had tonsil stones is this what it is? Plus very congested...

When I blow my nose I have a foul smell like bad breath.. I've had tonsil stones is this what it is? Plus very congested...

Acute sinusitis: A sinus infection may also have a cough, sore throat, toothache, fever and bad breath. Neti-pot Saline irrigation, plenty of water, expectorants and NSAIDs for pain are good home remedies to drain the sinuses and alleviate the condition. ...Read more

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New to tonsil stones first time it hurt I had 2 small one now I noticed there is more cming out but no pain or smell I do not understand?

New to tonsil stones first time it hurt I had 2 small one now I noticed there is more cming out but no pain or smell I do not understand?

Tonsillolith: Tonsillar stones are formed from debris that get into the tonsillar crypts such as dead cells bacteria and mucus which then harden.It may or may not cause symptoms. Warm salt water gargle works well for this condition but if symptomatic a visit to your dental or ENT specialist may be waranted ...Read more

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What is the brown mucus i spit up with brown chunks? Not tonsil stones, no smell and not yellow it only has happened when i first wake up lately.

What is the brown mucus i spit up with brown chunks? Not tonsil stones, no smell and not yellow it only has happened when i first wake up lately.

Gum disease: Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. Bleeding may be a sign of a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. ...Read more

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I've had my adenoids removed and a partial tonsillectomy yet i still have tonsil stones gathering down deep in my throat. I can taste and smell them. ?

I've had my adenoids removed and a partial tonsillectomy yet i still have tonsil stones gathering down deep in my throat. I can taste and smell them. ?

Tonsil stones?: Without tonsils do not know how you think you have tonsil stones "deep in throat". This sounds as if you may have an esophageal diverticulum or other collection of decaying tissue in a pocket or outpouching of tissue. See an ENT doctor and have this examined. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a bad breath and get stinky tonsil stones all the time .Should i get my tonsil removed to be free from this problem.

I have a bad breath and get  stinky tonsil stones all the time .Should i get my tonsil removed to be free from this problem.

Maybe cause: But see a dentist if you have not had your teeth thoroughly cleaned in the past 4-6 months. Periodontal disease (gum disease) does cause bad breath. Also you need to be on a meticulous oral hygiene program: oral b electric toothbrush, floss, interdental stimulator (rotapoints or stimudents) and tongue scraper as the back of the tongue holds some "stinky" debris. ...Read more

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