What are the Different Types of Tonsil Stone Treatments?

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Tonsil stones, also called tonsilloliths, are typically harmless calcifications that may develop in one or both tonsils. There are several different types of tonsil stone treatments available, and choosing the appropriate treatment method or combination of treatments depends on the symptoms present as well as finding the type of remedy that works best on an individual basis. Some common tonsil stone treatments include periodic monitoring, gargling with salt water, and home removal. In some instances, antibiotics can be helpful in treating tonsilloliths. Surgical intervention may become necessary, especially if the stones become large or cause a lot of uncomfortable symptoms.

Tonsil stone treatments are not always necessary. If there are no bothersome symptoms present, there is no need to treat the stone. Periodic monitoring for an increase in size or the development of symptoms is generally the only recommended course of action in this situation.

Gargling with salt water is considered to be one of the most successful tonsil stone treatments available, especially when this condition causes the throat to become sore. Tonsillitis, an inflammation of the tonsils, often accompanies tonsil stones. This method of treatment may help to ease some of the pain and discomfort associated with this condition.


Home removal is one of the possible tonsil stone treatments available, although extreme caution should be used when employing this technique. Cotton swabs are probably the safest utensils to use in an effort to remove these stones. It is important to avoid damaging any of the delicate tissues within the mouth. For this reason, it is usually wise to consult a doctor before attempting this type of procedure at home.

Tonsil stone treatments may sometimes involve the use of prescription antibiotics. While some patients do report symptom improvement when taking antibiotics, it is important to know that antibiotics will not cure the underlying cause of the tonsil stones. As this type of treatment method is a bit unpredictable, it is often recommended that the patient attempt other treatment methods while taking the antibiotics.

In some cases, surgical intervention may become necessary in order to remove the tonsil stones. This is particularly true if symptoms are severe or if the stones grow large. Surgery may also be considered if other tonsil stone treatments have not been successful. The surgical removal of tonsil stones is typically a simple outpatient procedure. General anesthesia may be necessary in some cases, although a local numbing medication is often used instead.


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Post 3

@simrin-- Why don't you just have your tonsils removed?

I think this is the best treatment and it's permanent. I know some people say that the tonsils are important for immunity but I haven't had any problems since I had my tonsillectomy.

Tonsil stones are common in those who have recurrent tonsillitis. If you remove the tonsils, they can't get infected and they can't form stones either.

You should ask your doctor about surgery.

Post 2

@simrin-- May I ask what you use to remove them at home?

Cotton swabs used to work for me but my tonsil stones are now forming farther back and they're not dislodging as easily.

Post 1

I've been getting tonsil stones in my throat regularly for years now. I'm so tired of them. I remove them regularly but they always come back in just a few weeks. They make my throat scratchy and I hate the odor that comes from them. They give me bad breath.

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