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Will it hurt me if I swallow tonsil stones? Do they ever go away

Will it hurt me if I swallow tonsil stones? Do they ever go away

No and yes: Tonsilliths or tonsil stones are an accumulation of debris in the crypts of the tonsils. They cause discomfort and foul breath. They can be expelled with blunt end of a toothbrush or like object. If swallowed, they are readily inactivated by the acid in the stomach. This should not be harmful. Good oral hygiene, gargles with most gargle solutions will help. You may end up with tonsils out. ...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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I have one swollen, painful tonsil w tonsil stones. It hurts to swallow. Should I see a doctor?

I have one swollen, painful tonsil w tonsil stones. It hurts to swallow. Should I see a doctor?

Yes: Yes, it is infected and you need an antibiotic. Although it might be viral, the likelyhood of bacterial infection is so high i treat cases like yours with either Clindamycin or penicillin. ...Read more

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My right tonsils bigger then the other there's no pain and i can swallow fine but i can't see my left tonsil I have had tonsil stones b4 nd postnasal?

Asymmetric tonsils: What you are describing is asymmetric tonsils. This really needs to be evaluated. At your age, it is likely a result of infection or tonsil stones. It could also possibly be due to simply the perception of asymmetry. More concerning is the rare possibility of a mass within the tonsil that is enlarged. Evaluation is necessary and oftentimes, tonsillectomy is required to rule out a mass. ...Read more

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Can tonsil stones cause a dirt-type taste in the back of your throat more so when swallowing for 1+ years constantly? (just about every day)

Can tonsil stones cause a dirt-type taste in the back of your throat more so when swallowing for 1+ years constantly? (just about every day)

Yes: Yes they can. You need to consult with an ENT doctor about your tonsils. Sometimes a course of an antibiotic like Clindamycin can be helpful in changing the bacteria of your tonsils and decreasing the odor and taste. Sometimes we have to remove the tonsils. ...Read more

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At what point do you consider tonsillectomy? I've been having tonsil stones the last month and difficulties swallowing. Post nasal drip associated?

At what point do you consider tonsillectomy? I've been having tonsil stones the last month and difficulties swallowing. Post nasal drip associated?

Insurance won't pay: Ent surgeons simply don't do tonsillectomies at the rate they did 30-40 years ago. In my non-surgical physician opinion..Your symptoms are not any where severe enough to have this done either. Tonsilar calculi (singular: calculus) are basically deposits of calcium and phosphorus in the tonsillar mkatrix. Laser, curetting and several other methods including tonsillectomy are options. ...Read more

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Strep throat and wanted 2 know how long it'll take to swallow comfortably again & are dairy products ok 2 eat? How to remove tonsil stones as well?

Strep throat and wanted 2 know how long it'll take to swallow comfortably again & are dairy products ok 2 eat? How to remove tonsil stones as well?

Strep throat: 19 year old lady with strep throat. Please see your physician ASAP for a rapid strep and antibiotics. 90% of sore throat is caused by a virus but if you have a lot of pain with swallowing you should be evaluated. If strep throat is not treated with the appropriate antibiotics, it can lead to serious sequelae like Scarlet Fever and Rheumatic Fever. Please see your MD &ENT specialist. Thank you. ...Read more