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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

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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Past 2 weeks my breath has been horrible; same smell as when I used to have tonsil stones but I had a tonsillectomy. My mom said it smells like sewer.

Past 2 weeks my breath has been horrible; same smell as when I used to have tonsil stones but I had a tonsillectomy. My mom said it smells like sewer.

Dental exam/ cleanin: G.Sinus infection possible, reflux possible. Discus with treating physician (tonsillectomy, Dentist, or Family doc).Floss teeth gently. Good luck. ...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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4 huge tonsil stones just came out, they were stuck behind the flap that covers my tonsil. My tonsil now hurts very bad. Is this normal?

4 huge tonsil stones just came out, they were stuck behind the flap that covers my tonsil. My tonsil now hurts very bad. Is this normal?

Not nrmal: See oralfascial surgeon to see significance, can block ducts and cause pain, swelling, suck on lemon drops to keep saliva flowing ...Read more

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4 huge tonsil stones just came out, they were stuck behind the flap that covers my tonsil. My tonsil now hurts very bad. Is this normal?

No: Having tonsillar stones is not normal, nor is pain in the tonsils. It would be prudent to consult an ENT specialist. ...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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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?

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 more

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I have had really bad tonsil stones for a while, I need to remove them daily and my tonsils bleed, is this serious or am I doing something wrong?

I have had really bad tonsil stones for a while, I need to remove them daily and my tonsils bleed, is this serious or am I doing something wrong?

Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones are the result of chronic changes in the crypts of the tonsil. Actually food gets stuck and hardens in the crypts and causes a local infection and thus bleeds. The food putrifies and is smelly when it is expressed from the tonsil. You need to get your tonsils out. You can try a water pic jet spray to help clean out the crypts.
But at the end of the day, they need to be out. ...Read more

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I have tonsil stones, bad breath and choking, what to do?

I have tonsil stones, bad breath and choking, what to do?

ENT: You need and ear, nose and throat doctor. They can remove the stones, it is easy and should be painless. ...Read more

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Should I go to the doctor and if so what will they tell me. Tonsil stones are worse and hurt so bad?

Need more details: How long have you had this? How often? Have you been seen before? Do you have a fever? ...Read more

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I cannot see white round collections in my tonsil but I do have bad breath. Is is possible that I have tonsil stones even I cannot see them?

I cannot see white round collections in my tonsil but I do have bad breath. Is is possible that I have tonsil stones even I cannot see them?

Not likely: There is probably another cause of your bad breath. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, sugar, processed foods. Eat fresh vegetables, fruit, try raw apple cider vinegar mixed with olive oil as a salad dressing, or use other fermented food, or take a good probiotics. Diluted unsweetened crenberry juice can lift the bio-film in the mouth that could be causing white tongue and bad breath. ...Read more

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Please please help me! I have very painful tonsil stones and they hurt so bad! What are ways to get rid of them without surgery? Please help me!

Please please help me! I have very painful tonsil stones and they hurt so bad! What are ways to get rid of them without surgery? Please help me!

Pain: You must have your Primary doctor refer you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist to evaluate the tonsils.
Yes, there is pain but the doctors can control this without too much concern.

Please let me know how things went. ...Read more

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Three months back I had surgery to remove my tonsil stones to cure bad breath issue which I'm suffering from past 8 yrs, bad breath is still there.

Other causes?: Seen dentist, cleared sinuses, stomach, lungs, excluded foods, tobacco, meds, dry mouth, as causes? Floss, brush, teeth, tongue? Follow up with doc. ...Read more

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I think my tonsils might be infected I've bad bad pain in the right side only after attempting to get tonsil stones out where mild bleeding occurred.

Sounds like it: Woukd recommend that you see an ENT to discuss options and see if medical treatment or tonsillectomy would be best. ...Read more

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Is it safe to keep removing tonsil stones with a q-tip? Sometimes when I do, the q-tip is stained red with blood. Is this a bad sign? Leave'm alone?

Leave alone: With bleeding, your attempts at removing the tonsil stones may introduce more problems, like a tonsillitis for example. The stones themselves are not harmful, except that they are one of the causes of halitosis (bad breath). Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Tonsil stones, white stuff on tonsils, my tonsils are swollen, but they don't hurt very much and bad breath I haven't been with anyone in 5 months hlp?

Tonsil stones: The stones may dislodge by themselves, or by rinsing/gargling with salt water. However, stones are common with people who have chronic tonsillitis, so you should check with an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Can I have chronic tonsillitis in one tonsil if I have deep crypts but no tonsil stones but have really bad breath and only 1 swollen tonsil?

Yes, it is possible.: It is possible to have only one swollen tonsil, but it should not be so bug that it is blocking tour throat or airway. Just because there are no tonsil stones doesn't mean there is nothing wrong. If you haven't already, please go see an ENT to make sure there is nothing wrong. ...Read more

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Can your tonsils Bleed bad after trying to get tonsil Stones out. I pushed tonsils with q-stick hard and I vomit and there was much blood on vomit?

Can your tonsils Bleed bad after trying to get tonsil Stones out. I pushed tonsils with q-stick hard and I vomit and there was much blood on vomit?

Tonsil can bleed: If you manipulate a tonsil stone within the crypt of a tonsil which may be inflamed you can get some bleeding after probing in the area. Try ice water rinses to stop and oozing and have it checked if you continue to see blood in your sputum. ...Read more

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18 y/o bad breath; have GERD and tonsil stones, doctors say tonsils are too small to remove, what are some ways to reduce halitosis?

Bad breath: Maintain regular dental visits. Brush and floss thoroughly at least twice a day. Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or toothbrush...See your dentist or dental hygienist for proper technique.
Control your gerd with diet.
Gargle with mouthwash to try and flush debris from the tonsil areas. ...Read more

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I need to know if eating dairy when you have a tonsillitis infection will cause tonsil stones - hard bumps in tonsil crypts that cause bad breath?

Tonsil stones: Tonsil stones can cause bad breath. But they are not typically caused by dairy products. The white spots may be from a strep infection. If you have not seen a doctor yet, you should. Rinsing with war salt water will help a sore throat and reduce tonsil stones ...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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Is benzethonium chloride a safe mouthwash to use to kill chronic bad breath caused by tonsil stones?

Probably not: That compound usually isn't used as a mouthwash, and if the bad breath is indeed caused by tonsil stones (tonsilliths), it probably won't work. See your local ent. If your bad breath is due to chronic tonsilliths, tonsillectomy may be the best answer. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has bad breath and little white things in back of his throat. Could these be the tonsil stones, and what do we do about it?

My boyfriend has bad breath and little white things in back of his throat. Could these be the tonsil stones, and what do we do about it?

See the doctor: There are many things that can cause halitosis, and since this appears to be a change in the way his breath usually smells, and because of the whiteness that you see in the back of the throat, he should see his doctor to be evaluated. Although these are not likely to be tonsil stones, they do need to be evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more