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Is removing tonsils worth it to get rid tonsil stones?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
8 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

.. 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.

In brief: Depends

.. 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.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. David Martin
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Martin
Dr. David Martin
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