Can I have multiple tonsil stones at once or are they forming one at a time every few days?

by Brian
(Rochester, NY, US)





Hello Dr Katz and everyone else,

Here's my tonsil stone story and then I have a question at the end.

Finally, after all these years, I now know what those nasty little nugget things are (I searched WebMD first to identify what they are and then Google Searched and found your website (thankfully!)-I also never knew that I had tonsil ducts and where they are (I like your diagram that shows the parts of the mouth). I always just thought it was some old piece of peanut or food that was caught somewhere under the side of my tongue. I don't seem to get them too often so I never paid much attention to them but recently I was thinking that something was stuck under the side of my tongue, way in the back, and for over a week I could feel something, but it was really in the tonsil duct!

As one other person wrote, it was DRIVING ME CRAZY, too, so I started poking around with my finger in the area where I thought the debris was, and then I saw this white nugget thing pop out of the backside of my throat, so I dislodged it with my finger. That night I dislodged about 3 "bb" size pieces (smaller than a pea)and I was a bit frightened but figured the material is now out of me, so that's good. That was 4 days ago and now tonight I could feel something in that area again! So I started to gently message that area again and got more tonsil stones out.

Here's some other information about me: I am a snorer and breathe through my mouth at night. I generally brush, floss, and use mouthwash before bedtime.

Here's my question: Do you think that it is just really backed up in there so it's taking a few days to get it all out or do you think that it is forming NEW every few days?

Thanks for your comments. I love your website and this forum.

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Mar 14, 2009
Thanks, Brian (and a clarification)
by: Gary

First of all, Brian, thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you've found this site to be helpful.

Next, I should point out that this site is not operated by, nor does it belong to, Dr. Katz. I operate this site as an independent affiliate because I've used, benefited greatly from, and strongly believe in Dr. Katz' products.

I've written most of the material on this site, but I do feature several of the good doctor's articles because he's truly the expert. You can read more of what Dr. Katz has to say at therabreath.com.

Now, let's get back to you. For some reason, not completely understood as of yet, some people reach a point in life where tonsil stones begin to form. Unfortunately, it's not a simple matter of getting rid of them one time, and then you're good for life.

Now that they've started forming, you'll need to find the best way to deal with them. I'm talking about the way that's best for Brian, not necessarily for everyone else.

What are your options?

1. You can keep popping them out using a variety of mechanical means, but be aware that your breath will suffer much of the time.

2. You can try some of Dr. Katz' products. Now I can't speak from personal experience here since my tonsils were removed when I was 5. But from what I know of his products and based on my own research, I think there's a good chance they'll work for you, and in addition to fresh breath they may provide you with a permanent solution.

3. Surgical and laser treatments. Obviously, a complete tonsillectomy will guarantee an end to the tonsil stone problem. However, there are definite risks involved. An ENT specialist is the place to start for this kind of information.

Regarding various laser treatments - I haven't done any research yet... I just know they're out there, but again, an ENT could advise you properly.

I hope this information is helpful, Brian. If I've managed not to answer your questions, please post back and let me know.

Best wishes,
Gary

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