(Closed) tonsil stones

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

These are also known as “tonsilloliths”, and are actually pretty common! They form from epithelial cells, bacteria and food debris in your mouth, and lodge in your tonsillar crypts, or hollow spaces in the tonsils.  Exactly why they form is not known, as some people get them and some do not. You can use a waterpic to help dislodge/remove, sometimes salt water gargle helps, or gentle pressure on the areas. Rarely, drs will do a tonsillectomy, but this is usually for people who have frequent tonsillitis due to them. They are not in themselves harmful, more of a nuisance really.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

And don’t go poking around back there with anything solid like a toothbrush or anything, your carotid artery runs really close to there and you don’t want to poke THAT! If you’re concerned, see an ear nose and throat specialist. 🙂 

Post # 5
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Worker bee

@skipper2010: I have had them. For a long time I didn’t know what they were. I was totally guilty of picking at them until I figured out what was going on (also from google). I considered getting a waterpic to help with them, but instead chose to see a doctor about a tonsillectomy. He immediately told me they had to come out and I had my tonsils removed about 5 months later during a break in law school. It made such a difference so I highly encourage you to see a doctor about the problem. At least in my experience, they became more frequent and more of a nuisance over time. They can also contribute to making you have “bad breath” because of the bacteria involved in creating them. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I get them all the time, only had tonsillitis once in my life, but was a chronic strep case for several years.  They don’t bother me much, unless it’s a big one, then it’s uncomfortable.  Never knew what they were!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I get them all the time, only had tonsillitis once in my life, but was a chronic strep case for several years.  They don’t bother me much, unless it’s a big one, then it’s uncomfortable.  Never knew what they were!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I get them all the time, only had tonsillitis once in my life, but was a chronic strep case for several years.  They don’t bother me much, unless it’s a big one, then it’s uncomfortable.  Never knew what they were!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I get them all the time, only had tonsillitis once in my life, but was a chronic strep case for several years.  They don’t bother me much, unless it’s a big one, then it’s uncomfortable.  Never knew what they were!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I get them all the time, only had tonsillitis once in my life, but was a chronic strep case for several years.  They don’t bother me much, unless it’s a big one, then it’s uncomfortable.  Never knew what they were!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I get them occasionally.  If you sneeze, it’ll probably fly out which is what usually happens to me.  They can cause bad breath and get inflamed sometimes.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Whaaat? I’ve never heard of this. Hopefully you can get rid of them soon.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@thehoneybear: Google them, they’re kinda icky :0/ I had strep 4 or 5 times a year for 2 years in elementary, so mine are long gone and I’ve never had to deal with them.

I agree with the PPs, though. Check out a waterpic or visit the doc, don’t try to wiggle those little suckers out yourself.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Goll darn double post!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yes, I get them. There are a pain. I’m thinking about going to see a ENT doctor after the wedding.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@alh5051:  What was the reason your Dr gave for the immediate tonsilectimiy (sp?)?

I get them also!  Not terrible often but they flare up sometimes.  I never knew what they actually were.  I had a Dr tell me they were allergies once.  I usually get the out with a qtip.

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