Jump to content

has anyone had their tonsils out just because of
tonsil stones?


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 butterflies

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:57 PM

one tonsil of mine gets these stinky not so little things all the time.

and would that be a reason to get your tonsils removed??

the bad breathe is horrendous, the taste in your mouth is foul and I just can't stand having them anymore.

I have just extraced one huge one and made my tonsil so sore and red and I still think there is more in there.



#2 niggles

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:01 PM

I've never heard of tonsil stones. What does your doctor think?

#3 Holidayromp

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:02 PM

They are tonsil stones - little or large in your case white bits that are cheesy in texture, stink to high heaven and they are made up of food and bacteria.  They hide out around your tonsils and anywhere else they can well hide.

However removal of tonsils will not stop them.  I had my tonsils out at the age of 25 for recurring tonsillitis but every so often I will get these delightful things.

I would perhaps suggest using a good quality mouthwash, floss and teeth clean regularly to stop the build up of particles and bacteria.

I would also seek medical advice too but they are harmless.

#4 *cough*

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:04 PM

I doubt it. I can't even get my out from repeated tonsillitis.

#5 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

I've never heard of tonsil stones before.

#6 butterflies

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

niggles check out you tube.......so gross


oh don't tell me the removal of tonsils won't stop them!!

I have this one large pit in my right tonsil which is the worst.  my teeth are always clean and mouthwash used, doesn't help




#7 Peppery

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (Holidayromp @ 25/01/2013, 11:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They are tonsil stones - little or large in your case white bits that are cheesy in texture, stink to high heaven and they are made up of food and bacteria.  They hide out around your tonsils and anywhere else they can well hide.

However removal of tonsils will not stop them.  I had my tonsils out at the age of 25 for recurring tonsillitis but every so often I will get these delightful things.

I would perhaps suggest using a good quality mouthwash, floss and teeth clean regularly to stop the build up of particles and bacteria.

I would also seek medical advice too but they are harmless.


Thank you. I occasionally get these and now have a name for them.

#8 Peppery

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:10 PM

QUOTE (butterflies @ 25/01/2013, 11:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
niggles check out you tube.......so gross


And google sick.gif

#9 niggles

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:16 PM

No thanks. Your description was vivid enough. Sounds awful.

#10 melajoe

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:17 PM

Wow, I have always had these as well, usually after I have had some sort of sore throat or illness.  I never knew exactly what they were but assumed they were some sort of gunk (pus?) coming from the tonsils as they smell awful and always followed some sort of throat infection.  

I used to get them so often when I was a kid, but I had a lot of tonsillitis and at one stage mum was thinking of having my tonsils out.  I haven't had any for years but just today I have had a couple after having a really sore throat and mystery cough for the last couple of weeks.  

At least I know I am not some kind of freak, and other people get them too.

Edited by melajoe, 25 January 2013 - 10:18 PM.


#11 bjk76

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:18 PM

Yeah, they're gross, aren't they?! I've also wondered if not having tonsils would prevent them, but I wouldn't get my tonsils out purely for that reason. I get them occasionally and even asked the dentist once if he could suck one out with the saliva sucker thingy, but he wouldn't!

Apparently I have bad breath a lot of the time anyway, even when I don't have tonsil stones. My teeth are healthy, so I think it's post-nasal drip. sick.gif DH is honest enough to let me know, unlike a former boyfriend, who used to keep popping Tic Tacs into my mouth! - Now I know why!

#12 Soontobegran

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:24 PM

QUOTE (Holidayromp @ 25/01/2013, 11:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They are tonsil stones - little or large in your case white bits that are cheesy in texture, stink to high heaven and they are made up of food and bacteria.  They hide out around your tonsils and anywhere else they can well hide.

However removal of tonsils will not stop them.  I had my tonsils out at the age of 25 for recurring tonsillitis but every so often I will get these delightful things.

I would perhaps suggest using a good quality mouthwash, floss and teeth clean regularly to stop the build up of particles and bacteria.

I would also seek medical advice too but they are harmless.



Holidayromp a complete removal of tonsil tissue will mean there will be no more tonsil stones. The problem is that it seems that some Tonsillectomy patients get left with tonsil tissue and therefore are not cured of their stones. It sounds as though this is what happened with you sad.gif

They are usually harmless but they can be debilitating and embarrassing for people who have them all the time and there are some ENT surgeons who will recommend a tonsillectomy but I'd be really sure to find a reputable person who won't do a half a*sed job.

#13 Cherish

Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:03 PM

I love you tubing for tonsil stones. Or even better boils/abscess or pus.
So awesome.

#14 Paddlepop

Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:30 PM

My DH had his tonsils out in November last year, primarily because of tonsil stones. He was also having chronic tonsillitis and his snoring was getting really bad but it was mainly the disgusting tonsil stones that made him want them out. They smelt so bad, and I could smell when he had them because his breath would be gross.

We went to a private ENT, and he was quite happy to remove them provided we understood the risks and could pay. DH had them out a week later. With PHI we are out of pocket about $1000 I think. It was a painful recovery but it has definitely worth it for him. He hasn't had any tonsil stones since he had his tonsils removed and his breath has been so much better.

Some tonsil tissue will be left behind, maybe 5%, because there are some large blood vessels right near adult tonsils so it is much safer to leave a bit behind than risk bleeding. DH was in hospital overnight, and sent home with a nice bottle of oxycodone. He definitely needed it. He had two weeks off work. He also had to be readmitted via ambulance for uncontrollable bleeding in his throat at about day 10 of recovery, and was vomitting up blood. He had further surgery immediately (surgeon was already on his way to hospital to fix someone else with the same thing) and was home within 12 hours.

An alternative to surgery is to have laser resurfacing done on the tonsils. Basically it removes the pitting and holes that the food and bacteria collect in, and should give a nice smooth surface to the tonsil so that nothing can catch in it. The main problem will be finding a surgeon who does it.

Some surgeons will say that tonsil stones don't exist. The first ENT that we went to said that he had never heard of them. The second ENT (that did the operation) knew immediately what we were talking about. The fancy name for them is tonsilloliths.

OP, if your tonsil stones are causing you pain and embarrassment, and you can afford the operation and two weeks off work for recovery, then go for it. Even when DH was in a lot of pain recovering, he had no regrets. The only time he did have regrets was when he was vomitting and coughing up blood and I had to call an ambulance. As long as you understand the surgical risks like bleeding and further surgery to stop the bleeding, then go for it.

I started a thread on recovery hints in November last year, and EB had some great hints that really helped DH.

YouTube has some truly disgusting tonsil stone videos. And pus/abcess/boil drainage. And ear wax. Really disgusting ear wax and other stuff in ears. And bot fly larvae.  sick.gif

#15 roses99

Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:36 PM

Ahhh, they have a proper name!

My little brother got those when we were growing up. We called them 'pus wads'.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

There's no need to eclipse a babymoon

As long as pregnant women do their research, travelling during pregnancy can be done safely.

Mum and daughter have babies on same day

"It's not really something you ever want or think could happen. To have my mum going through it with me is probably the most special, amazing thing ever.”

Our baby's reflux caused the longest endurance test of our lives

I'm glad she wasn't my first child, or I would have thought that this was normal.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

The podcast that reminds mums they are not alone

A mum's complicated, gruelling labour gave birth to two lovely beings: her daughter and her delightful podcast, The Longest Shortest Time.

Is it too late to change my midwife?

My wife is nine months pregnant and we are planning a home birth - but we've had late problems with our midwife team.

The Very Hungover Caterpillar: a parody many can relate to

A new book released this month will be sure to have parents nodding and giggling in recognition the world over.

Babywearers unite against misinformation

Everyone has heard of people power, but what about passionate babywearing power?

Reliving the birth experience

When people ask about how my labour went, I usually respond: "Good, I think? Four hours long, and yeah it hurt, but I dunno, it's labour, it's giving birth, it's painful... but I guess it was good? As good as good gets?"

Literary baby name inspiration

From Harry Potter to Shakespeare and everything in between, we've scoured the library shelves for literary baby name inspiration.

Preparing your child to attend a sibling's birth

Thinking about having your kids at the birth of your baby? Here are some things to consider.

Counselling helps mum deal with triplets' early birth

When Kimberlee King's waters broke nine weeks before her triplets were due, she went into autopilot as she packed her hospital bag.

The women balancing babies with new businesses

Motherhood teaches us that we can be more tolerant, patient, and loving than we ever thought possible - and can also show us that we're innovative, creative and entrepreneurial, too.

It's true, kids grow up overnight

A dad ponders how his toddler daughter can change so much in just one 24 hour period.

Father sings to dying son days after losing wife

A heartbreaking video shows a new dad singing 'Blackbird' to his dying son just days after losing his wife.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Dad breastfeeds his babies

Trevor Macdonald has now been pregnant twice, and is successfully breastfeeding his newest family member.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.