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Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stone, also called tonsillolith, is a hard white formation within or on the tonsil. Tonsil stones are small as rice to large as a grapefruit. So the person will not even know they have it. When they grow into larger formations, the tonsil swells up and creates an unpleasant odor.

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Why is there a swollen tonsil after tonsil stones removal?

Query: Hello doctor, Two days ago, I removed my tonsil stones with a cotton swab at home. How long after the removal of the stones does the tonsil remain swollen?  Read Full »

Dr. Mukherjee Koushik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tonsil stone removal by self is often accompanied by tonsillitis or inflammation of tonsil. Swelling of the tonsils is occurring probably due to that. I suggest you gargle with lukewarm water with a pinch of salt twice daily. That will help you to reduce the swelling...  Read Full »

I have tonsil stones and an altered sense of smell. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I currently have tonsil stones that do not occur every day but at a rate of three to four a week. Also, I notice it does not take much for me to get hoarse and my voice cracks for no reason when talking. I have also noticed that my sense of smell is off.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tonsil stones are a sign of chronic tonsillitis. They occur due to the accumulation of food debris in the tonsil crevices. This may be due to a tonsil infection or due to an infection from the nose. As you have mentioned that your voice cracks and there is a smell dist...  Read Full »

Is there any antibiotic or treatment available to remove smell from mouth and bad breath?

Query: Hi doctor, I always have bad breath and a smelling mouth. Recently, I found stinky tonsil stones. Is there any antibiotic or treatment available to cure it?  Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Bad breath or halitosis is a problem where the breath is smelly. It has some causes from food to some disorders. As you have tonsil stones, you can have infections in it. It can be treated by using antibiotics. If you have a recurrent infection in the tonsil, then I sug...  Read Full »

How can the formation of tonsil stones be prevented?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from tonsil stones and I am very much irritated by them. Can you please tell me how to cure them and how to prevent them? I have not taken any medicines until now. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Wilfred

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tonsilloliths or tonsil stones are formed due to the deposition of lime salts in tonsils after the blockage of crypts in the tonsils. Treatment involves the removal of stones by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Recurrent stones are treated by tonsillectomy. M...  Read Full »

How do I get rid of my tonsil stone?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with a tonsil stone. I have typical symptoms due to tonsil stone along with slight ear pain since the last four to five days. I got checked yesterday and was given an antibiotic and betadine to gargle. It is small in size as said by the doctor. Will it go away or do I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. You have chronic tonsillitis with tonsillolith (stone in tonsil). The curative treatment for this problem is surgery (tonsillectomy). Other conservative treatments may give you a temporary relief, but the condition usually recurs after conserva...  Read Full »

Can you explain what the hole present in the back wall of my son's mouth is?

Query: Hello doctor, My 8 year old son has a small hole in the back wall of his mouth. He has seen a number of GPs and consultants. None of them know what it is or can explain it. They are not going to continue to review it as they say it is not a problem. I would like to know how what it is and if anythin...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, the hole seems to release tonsil stones. In that case, it must be a tonsillar crypt. The hole is in the anterior pillar. Usually, tonsillar crypts open into the oropharynx area behind the pillar and not through the pillar. And, I can see enlarged...  Read Full »

How is cobblestone appearance in throat treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had one sided throat pain for a week now when swallowing, usually have cobblestone appearance on the back of the throat, now my throat pain is slight and maybe more on to the side of where this lump above my tonsil appeared. What does this look like? Could this be a tonsil ston...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It appears more like a cyst within the tonsillar tissue. If no symptoms then we can leave it as it is. But since you have pain with congestion and cobblestone appearance of the posterior pharyngeal wall, I suggest you take some decongestants and Tylenol. Try for a few day...  Read Full »

Are my tonsils swollen due to throat cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 16 year old female. My height is 160 centimetres and I weigh 165 lbs. I woke up this morning to my tonsils swollen and covered in white pus I am guessing because this has happened to me before and they said it was mono. But I have been smoking recently for about a month and around ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your throat seems infected. It is not cancer. The tonsils are congested with pus pointing from the crypts. Crypts are small canals inside the tonsillar tissue that can get infected. When infected they produce pain, fever, and soreness. They may cause a change of voice and...  Read Full »

I am suffering from bad breath due to tonsil stones. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have constant bad breath, especially due to tonsil stones. I brush well and floss. I appreciate any help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you get full mouth deep scaling done and use fluoridated mouthwash for 15 days. Kindly stop using mouthwash after 15 days. Get clove oil from the nearby grocery store and habitually massage teeth and gums for three to four minutes with clove oil just before...  Read Full »

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