Is removing tonsils worth it to get rid tonsil stones?

Depends. If the tonsil stones cause chronic pain and bad breath... Yes it's worth it. 7-10 days of post-operative pain to not have to deal with the chronic sore throat and bad breath... I usually recommend it to my patients with those types of symptoms.
Last resort. If you've got a water pick, a mirror, a penlight, and good coordination, you can probably manage them. A half-unbent paper clip may be more likely to hurt you but can work well. The "stones" are actually masses of keratin. Nobody understands why some folks get them.
Tonsil stones. I advise people to try irrigating their tonsils with a water pik first. If you get the food out of your tonsil crypts (craters), you can prevent further tonsil stones. Avoid tonsillectomy if you can. It is a miserable procedure for an adult. If you still cannot tolerate the tonsil stones, proceed with the surgery.

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How do I get rid of tonsil stones without gagging?

Tonsil stones. Have somebody other than yourself try to pick these out of the tonsillar crypts or folds. Many tonsil stones, especially ones that have no symptoms, do not need treatment. Some people choose to dislodge tonsil stones at home with the use of picks or swabs, but if gagging is a problem an ENT doctor may be of help. Read more...

Possible way to get rid of tonsil stones without a medical precedure?

See an ENT. These can be removed with a surgical probe. Some people try to do this with a toothpick, but this is a dangerous practice and should be discouraged. If these become extremely large and recurrent it is sometimes an indication for tonsillectomy. But the best person to make that decision would be an ENT doctor. Read more...

How to get rid of tonsil stones with surgery?

Tonsilloliths. These are pockets of material composed mostly of calcium and other minerals/compounds such as phosphorus and magnesium, ammonia and carbonate, that form in tonsil crevices. They are of no consequence and are not considered infections. However, they can be quite malodorous, causing halitosis (bad breath) that can be considered quite offensive- hence surgery as an option to remove these things. Read more...

How might you get rid of your tonsil stones without getting your tonsils removed?

Control them. This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. If you use good hygiene, you may be able to control them adequately. Read more...

What is the most effective way to get rid of tonsil stones other than getting my tonsils removed?

Rid of Tonsil Stones. I do not recommend physically dislodging tonsil stones. Warm salt water gargles or hydrogen peroxide gargles can be beneficial in removing tonsil stones. Tonsillectomy remains the most effective way to prevent tonsilloliths and definitively treat patients with chronic bad breath (halitosis), chronic tonsillitis, persistent tonsillar swelling and chronic sore throat as a result of tonsil stones. Read more...
Tonsilliths - yuck. The best way i know of, 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...
Suggestions. Tonsiloliths are formed predominantly by an anaerobic bacteria, actinomyces, normally present in the oral cavity. Some people can be cured therefore by antibiotics effective against these organisms such as Clindamycin or augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). If these don't work then manually removing them with qtips, waterpik, etc is what some do. Tonsillectomy is curative if these measures don't work. Read more...

How can I get rid of my tonsil stones? I've been having them for years and doctors don't seem to understand my problem! Any home remedies?

See an ENT doctor. Tonsil stones are quite common in the setting of chronic tonsillitis. Conservative measures include drinking plenty of fluids, and using salt water gargles to cleanse the throat. Sometimes a course of oral antibiotics may help. Even acid reflux into the throat (lpr) can exacerbate the problem. Treatment of reflux can help in this instance. See an ENT doctor. Read more...
Tonsilliths. The best way i know of, 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. Read more...

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...

I had my tonsils removed in 2012, lately I have been feelingthere something lodged in there, like when I had tonsil stones. How do I get rid of this?

Visual inspection. Visual inspection by a Specialist would answer the issue you describe. Most tonsils are not removed with suture, but if there was bleeding, maybe there was use. Most likely, this is an infection of the tonsillar base, even though the tonsil itself is gone. See an ENT Specialist. Read more...