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Why does it bleed when I try to remove a tonsil stone using a Q-tip?


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Published At December 26, 2022
Reviewed AtApril 9, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 19-year-old male. I have had what I thought was persistent throat pain for over a month. Just recently, I narrowed it to just my tonsil, and a large tonsil stone came out, and it felt a little better. I tried to remove another deposit with a Q-tip, and it started to bleed. I have had no fever or other pain. I have not had sudden weight loss or a loss in appetite either. What is your opinion on this?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern. Please send a picture of the throat. 1. Do not use Q-tips as they are not sterile. You may squeeze out the stone if you get a sterile cotton swab. 2. Bleeding after stone removal is common but should be in fewer amounts. Take saline gargles, not warm. 3. We need to see if there is tonsillar enlargement. Do let us know if the stones are a recurrent problem for you. I hope this helps. Thank you and take care.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N
Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

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