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Cause Of Tonsil Stones

Written By: admin - Oct• 03•11

Have you ever wondered what the basic cause for tonsil stones might be?

It is very surprising that more folks simply do not have any idea about what might be causing them to end up with tonsilloliths. It's a pretty regular problem and generally not that big of a deal, but some oddball conditions can also pop up as a result - including post nasal drip and throat infections.

One problem that seems to coincide with tonsil stones quite often is strep. Though the reasons for this aren't entirely clear, the additional bacteria housed in your mouth when you have tonsilloliths may very well contribute to the onset of infection.

But that doesn't answer the basic question of: what is the cause of tonsil stones?

Frequently Asked Questions

    Can or does smoking cause tonsil stones?
    I've been smoking newports over the past year and YES I know smoking in general is bad but now I feel a little bit sore in the throat, esp./ on the right side of my throat. I just checked and I see this tiny white speck like balll on my tonsil. I just garggled salt water, should I go see a doc right away? I this serious?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be throat cancer..

    Does smoking cause tonsil stones?
    I quit smoking in march of 08 but recently started again a few months ago during a stressful time. Now I am getting tonsil stones. Just got rid of one last week and now there is a small one right where that one was. Is this connected to me starting smoking again?

    • ANSWER:
      yes it is.stop smoking for ever

    Does tonsil stones cause problem in relationships?
    It gives off a bad breath, I use mouthwash but the smell go away after a couple of hours, I'm scared to start dating because tis crap is giving me bad breath, any advice to get rid of it permantely without surgery

    • ANSWER:
      Why not just trying to live with them?

      If you make gargling (with pretty much whatever you'd like- i use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water), a regular habit you can then clean out the holes before a stone can actually build up.

      I've also learned how to just push the little stinkers out! i do it just about every other day or so and it's become just like flossing my teeth, it's a habit something i just HAVE to do.

    can tonsil stones cause major sinus pressure?
    i have tonsil stones and i'm actually getting my tonsils out on friday.

    when i went to the ENT i said i have tonsil stones and i always get bad sinus pressure. he did x-rays of my sinuses and said i have an extremely deviated septum and "air sacs" in my sinuses which is rare and only found in 5% of the population and so my sinus pressure is caused by that and the tonsil stones would not cause it.

    well i still can't believe that cuz it seems like when ever i have a lot or a pretty big tonsil stone that doesn't want to come out i get bad sinus pressure so i still feel like the problems are related.

    right now i have a giant tonsil stone that i can't seem to get at and i just started getting terrible sinus pressure.

    so in your opinion or experience do you think tonsil stones cause sinus pressure?

    i guess i'll have my answer for sure after i get my tonsils out and heal but i just wanted opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Generally tonsil stones by themselves won't cause sinus pressure.

    Do Tonsil Stones Really Cause Bad Breath?
    Please help! Today I just discovered that I have Tonsil Stones for sure. I've been reading on the internet and apparently they've been known to cause bad breath in 75% of patients. I don't have bad breath now and I never have. Will I eventually get it and how do I prevent bad breath due to tonsil stones from happening?? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is YES. if you have a chance to get one out, crush it - it smells like death and decay. Try pressing them out with the end of a toothbrush or a spoon - just don't hurt yourself. It may bleed a bit when removed but that is normal. be sure to gargle with salt water daily to keep them away.

    Do Tonsil Stones cause throat infections?
    My throat starting feeling sore the other day and my voice changed like I was getting sick. Then this morning I woke up feeling like my throat was closing shut. I took a look and found out I had a Gigantor white spot which I found out was a Tonsil Stone thanks to wiki. I removed it with a wet q-tip. It has been about an hour but my throat is still red and sore, is it time to go to the doctor? Or should I wait and see what happens tomorrow?

    And I was reading about how to prevent tonsil stones in the future, but I noticed I have a decent hole/pocket in one of my tonsils where it had formed. Will most methods still work with this scenario?

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    Other things that come with tonsil stones?
    About 2-3 weeks ago I had a tonsil stone and I noticed that the back of my tongue had all these little red bumps on them. The bumps don't hurt, they haven't spread, they don't itch or anything. The tonsil stone went away but I still have these bumps. I don't have any other symptoms of any kind at all, just the bumps. Could a tonsil stone cause that? Or should I be really worried?

    • ANSWER:
      your best interest is to go see your doctor, he will know you medical history and know the solution to your problem, goodluck!

    I get tonsil stones at a varying rate, sometimes I won't have one for weeks sometimes i will have 2 in the space of 4 days? What food will cause them?

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsil stones - tonsilloliths - are caused when food particles lodges in the creases in your tonsils. Trapping of food, bacteria, dead cell, mucous from post nasal dripping can result in calcification/hardening of these ingredients to create tonsil stones. The stones can cause pain especially referred ear pain, sore throat, bad breath, difficulty swallowing and tonsil inflammation.

      You can see them as whitish or yellowish lumps on your tonsils.

      Although some people use picks or cotton swabs to remove them, gargling with salt water or salt & baking soda may help. You could also try gargling with vinegar because it is an antibacterial.

      Since you get them often, antibiotics are not the best answer as you can quickly build up a tolerance/resistance. You already know that they can be surgically removed but that may not be cost effective if you can address them yourself.

      The way to avoid them is surgical. Have your tonsils removed. When the tonsillectomy is performed, the tissue folds causing the the entrapment are also removed and....should be about 99.9% relieved of having them again. Just remember that the tonsils do have a function in your body besides causing you the misery of tonsilloliths.

      I am including a link about eliminating them yourself using AktivOxigen tablets, nasal sinus drops and sometimes using an Oxygenating Spray. You also want to do periodic tongue scraping as it is the interaction of the VSCs (volital sulfur compounds) produced by the anerobic bacteria on you tongue which cause halitosis.

      As to Which Foods will cause them, I did read that avoiding DAIRY might reduce or eliminate the calcification.
      Scoll down the page here:

      Here's a Health Board discussion link with questions, practical advice:

      Best Wishes

    tonsil stones can cause a sore throat?
    hi, i had a tonsil stone about a week ago and it got swallowed during a day in the mrning . the 2 days after i keep feeling there was another 1 but i didnt get it out with a q tip until 3 days. i drank ALOT of water but still now i feel like i have a sore throat when the tonsil stone got removed... did it cause a sore throat? or theres more i there i dont see?

    • ANSWER:
      I feel your pain. I too have/get tonsil stones.
      The sore throat is most likely from you manipulating your tonsils to get the previous stones out. Because the stones themselves are not would not have a sore throat from an infection. if your tonsils do in fact become infected...they would be oozing pus and not just stones. many people have tonsil stones...get used to getting them out yourself...why? Because a tonsillectomy at an adult age is one of the worst surguries to endure.
      And yes, there may be more stones that you do not see...but until they come near the top, they are not ready to come out.
      Don't dig too deep or your throat will definitely be sore.
      If you are new to removing not worry.
      The first few times of removal are slightly painstaking...after that it will simply become something you do once a month like it is nothing unique and the pain will go away when you stop messing with them constantly.

    What is the cause of tonsil stones?

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    Does smoking cause tonsilloliths (tonsil stones)?
    I've been smoking Newports for about 3 years now, Marbs and Camels before that for 2 years. Recently I've been smoking more than usual, almost a pack a day and I have been starting to cough up tonsil stones (little white/yellow balls about the size of a food crumb), I hear this as well as yellow phlem is due to an infection. Are these caused by my increased smoking?
    Thank you for the info, your old man sounds wise, maybe that is why I am sneezing a lot lately....or maybe its just the spring, is a doctor's visit necessary you think?

    • ANSWER:
      your little balls of phlegm, are being brought up form the small air waves, in the broncill, this will come up, everyday from the steam in your morning shower, no big deal. if you have an infection in the throat, or in the lung, your phlegm will be dark brown, with a red hue to it, or a red color in the phlegm. you may just have the starting of a sinus infection, some antibiotic, ampacillian, 500 mill. grams 3xs a day for 15 days and your have in perfect health again.

    Tonsil stones and bad breath: Do you have them? and how much would you pay to get rid of them pain free?
    Do you have chronic bad breath caused from tonsil stones? If so how much would you be willing to pay to get rid of them naturally and pain free?
    Would you pay .00 or more?

    • ANSWER:
      you don't need to pay that much :)
      the issue that you describing is a lasting bad breath and each and every one of that thing's that you're doing can't truly help out, they can just help out temporary. at the same time as you mentioned, the bad breath continues coming back...
      i used to have the exact same issue myself...
      the excellent news is that there is a treatment & this is in fact completely natural and also really immediate.
      you can check it out at the link - (by the way, it's much cheaper)

    Do cashew nuts cause Tonsilloliths (Tonsil Stones)? Any other foods that might be a cause?
    I have been having trouble with Tonsilloliths - a lot lately. Bad breath, foreign object feeling deep inside the mouth and a lot of time wasted in front of the mirror, especially after brushing - trying to coax that thing out of my mouth. And then, that nasty foreign object automatically dropping into my mouth at odd times.

    Researched online but found little information on how to prevent or get rid of this problem for good.

    I noticed that the situation seems to be at its worst especially within a few days of my having cashew nuts. Once I realized that there might be a link, I gave up cashews for a while and noted the recurrence, and then again noted after having them regularly for a while. Cashews did seem to aggravate the problem.

    Could someone else suffering from this problem share their experience? Or try it out - if cashews are part of the diet? Any other foods that could be causing the problem?

    • ANSWER:
      The most likely cause is dairy products eaten later at night ie milk cheese etc and then the bacteria settling on your tonsils, either way if you gargle as far back in your throat as possible every night before bed it should help. I used to drink a glass of milk every night but stopped about 4 months ago and haven't had a problem since.

    Can peanuts be one of the causes of tonsil stones?
    I noticed that when I eat peanuts, these yucky tonsil stones re-appear more often :-(

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      I found for me that I usually get them worse when I eat bread or popcorn. I have no idea why that is though. I don't notice them as often anymore, because the hole they come pout of got bigger and I think I mostly just swallow them. I used to have to push on my tonsil to pop it out! Gross! ha ha.

    could my tonsil stones be causing me to have sinus pressure?
    i've had tonsil stones (where pieces of food get stuck in crevasses of your tonsils) since i was 12 and in the last year its gotten worse.
    usually every few days i'll feel like i have one and then my cheeks, and head, and eyes hurt really bad.
    currently i've had at least one tonsil stone for 7 days now. i cannot get it out no matter what i do and today i have horrible sinus pressure.
    do you think there is a link since our ears, nose, and throat are connected?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, all these things are connected.
      I would recommend that you gargle with a solution of 1/2 tsp baking soda and 8 oz (1 cup) warm this at least 4 times per day. Also there is some information here.

      That's a crazy condition to have!!!
      I hope you can get relief soon.

    Tonsil stones: What causes them and why would you START getting them?
    I understand what they're made of and how to get rid of them, but why would someone who is 21 years old, has never had a tonsil stones in his life before this year, start getting them once or twice a month when he hasn't changed ANYTHING - my diet is the same, my routine is the same, my toothpaste is the same, I haven't changed ANYTHING about my lifestyle between the time I used to get no tonsil stones and the time I started getting them frequently.

    What's going on? And how can I make sure I stop getting them?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a good website about tonsil stones:

    my tonsil stones are causing a sore throat, what do i do?
    i've had tonsil stones for a long time but lately they really hurt, makes my throat really sore, and i makes it feel like i have a rock the size of a golf ball on the side of my throat that hurts a ton, should i get medical attention or is this fixable at home? if it is fixable at home what can i do to fix it?

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    Tonsil stones causing discomfort?
    I feel like i have my throat filled with stuff.. And when I cough I cough up tonsil stones not every time though. I brush my teeth twice a day, so that what causing me to be concerned about this... Like I have this discomfort in my throat and can't swallow my saliva easly.. all I can think of that it may be tonsil stones... So is there any way I can take them out on my own? I thought brushing my teeth daily would get these lil annoyance away. Any ideas? Or maybe my feeling in the throat is something else?
    Basically I just don't get why i'm getting tonsil stones and swallowing discomfort, when i'm brushing my teeth once at morning and at night. Could this be some other type of medical reason?

    • ANSWER:
      I have these too, and sometimes they can be can poke them out with a wet q-tip from time to time, but if you find theyre too big or too hard or they simply wont come out, then tell your doctor because they may get stuck there and cause infection/pain. This is very rare though, most people can just squish them out..Try mouthwash and gargle back there (dont swallow it obviously). Its just a build up of food and mucus and all the crap thats in your mouth. I believe theyre called tonsilliths.

    are tonsil stones suppose to cause a sore throat?
    i have a tonsil stone stuck in my throat and my throat is sore in that area only? i was wondering if it was because of the stone or is it something more

    • ANSWER:
      No. But if they become inflamed they will. You'll need antibiotics.

    What could cause increased tonsil stone activity?
    I'm used to getting those annoying white and yellow things lodged in my tonsils (like one or two every couple of weeks), but in the last two days, I must have coughed up at least ten (most of which were twice the size of normal). What could cause this?

    Also, I've been having a bit of a sore throat lately, but I can't be sure if that is due amount of crud lodged back here or if that is another symptom of what caused it. Beyond the throat and a few headaches (I am prone to migraines) nothing else has really changed in my daily routine or how I feel.

    BTW, please don't grace me with an answer if you don't know what 'tonsil stones' are.

    • ANSWER:
      I seem to get more of them when I have a cold. If you have a sore throat, you could have tonsillitis, too. Many people have recurrent infections in their tonsils and have to take an antibiotic. Some have to have their tonsils removed to stop having sore throats.

      Try gargling with warm salt water after meals. This cuts down on the stones tremendously. This won't take care of an infection. This is just for routine "maintenance."

    Help I want to commit suicide because of nasty smelly breath caused by tonsil stones?
    I have these horrible, disgusting, rancid, foul smelling, tonsil stones. I already have severe depression and anxiety and these make it worse. I can never have a boyfriend because they don't want to smell these things on my breath. I actually never had a boyfriend and I'm not ugly it's just these horrible things turn people off. I obsess about them constantly and they are constantly coming out of these holes in my tonsils. Sometimes I want to end my life cause of them. They are causing me to not have any friends in life. My doctor refused to remove my tonsils to get rid of them and that is the only way to get rid of them I heard. I tried everything they said to get rid of them. I floss after every meal, use thera breath mouthwash, brush my teeth after every meal, brush my toungue after every meal. I make sure my mouth is rinsed out before bed and I gargle. I never had sinuses or a runny nose so it's not from that. I want my nasty ugly tonsils out and every doctor refuses to do it. Isn't this considered refusal of treatment. Don't I have a right to treatment. I thought doctors have to help people to be healthy and cure them. I know some adults said they had their tonsils removed because of them well why won't they remove my adult tonsils? Can I sue them for not treating me and refusing to treat me. What if I comitted suicide cause of the tonsil stones? Would the doctor be the cause of my suicide from neglect to treat the tonsil stones? I cry everyday cause of them. Please someone help I want to kill myself right now cause of this horrible disease. Please answer my questions I know I have a lot of questions in here and I'm sorry about that but I just feel lost and hopeless cause it seems like there is no hope for this situation. I need quality of life and doctors are suppose to do that. I feel so hurt and betrayed by doctors. I need to deperately get rid of these nasty smelly things quick or I will commit suicide. It seems like suicide is the only way to get rid of them right now. Thanks to anyone that reads this long paragraph.

    • ANSWER:
      Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

      1) Simple as- life is better than not existing at all

      2) You always have time in the future to achieve greater things even if at the moment things don't seem to good

      3) So many people would miss you, it's kinda selfish to break everyone's hearts

      4) Everybody gets up and downs you have to think positive and find positives in everything- they will be there trust me

      5) You have to rest of your life to live and to explore

      6) susicideal people often see suicide as a relif- but if you are dead you can not feel the relief. go to a concellor talk things through with a friend. Speaking about problems is the first and easist step to success.

      still not convinced?

      1. Suicide would stamp “The End” on your life on Earth, and your life story would always be a tragedy. Your story could never have a happy ending. But if you hang in here and keep trying, you will be able to live happily ever after.

      2. Murdering yourself to get out of a bad situation would not be fair to you. Why let someone who has already made things difficult for you cost you your life? Fight like a gladiator! Make wise decisions that will improve your situation and act on them!

      3. Suicide won’t work if your goal is to make people feel sorry for you. It’s a little weird, but the fact is: They mostly get mad! They say: “If he would have just told us, we could have helped him!” “What right did she have to do that to us?!” They get mad, or it may make them think they were right in hurting you. For example, if it was a broken relationship, the one remaining alive often says: “I got away from him just in time.” Or, “She was worse off than I thought.”

      4. Suicide would put a black mark on your family tree that every family member would always have to live with. Twenty-five years from now, someone would be saying, “Your Aunt Gerty took her own life, rest her poor soul. Just pray that it’s not genetic.”

      5. Suicide would prove to some folks that you had mental problems. People would say, “That guy/girl turned out to be totally bananas.” You wouldn’t want that to be what people think when they remember you, right?

      6. Killing yourself would not be fair to people with terminal diseases who are pleading to live. You don’t want to needlessly destroy your life while they’re begging to live theirs.

      7. Killing yourself would not be fair to people with diseased eyes, hearts, kidneys and livers who are waiting for transplants to save their lives or their sight. It’s unjust for you to kill yourself and waste your perfectly good organs. (By the time bodies are found, organs have often been without blood flow too long to be transplantable.)

      8. Killing yourself after you weren’t aborted before birth seems like a slap in the face of fate. Since millions of people are aborted before they are born, don’t you think there was a reason why you made it through the womb? Does it make sense to abort yourself now?

      9. Suicide would leave your friends and family members helpless. All they’d be able to do is cry, go to the funeral and cry, visit you in the graveyard and cry, sit alone by the Christmas tree and cry. You’re too much of a caring person to do that to them.

      10. You shouldn’t kill yourself because you must make a difference on this planet before you exit it. God created you on purpose, and He has a unique purpose for your life. Find that mission, and you’ll be so excited, so busy, and so fulfilled that suicide will be the last thing on earth you’d consider.

      And if your "friends" left you over your breath, the were't real friends to begin with.

    how to get rid of bad breath cause by tonsil stone?

    • ANSWER:
      Brush your teeth often (4 times a day) and FLOSS, and use mouth wash each time. Also, drink lots and lots of water, because a dry mouth makes it worse! Also, avoid mouth wash with alcohol, as that dries out your mouth, too.

    Causes of Tonsil Stones?
    I'm just wondering cuz i get them quite frequently. I'm one of those people compelled to get them out of my throat which ends up with me gagging. Does stress play a role? I used to get them about once a week. But the past three weeks (school started and im working full time ahhh) i have been getting like 2 or more a day. So what could it be!!! I dont know if age plays into it but im 16. Oh and is it genetic cuz my mom also gets them.Thanks for anyone that answers! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Tonsil stones, (tonsilloliths) are caused by an accumulation of sulfur producing bacteria and debris that become lodged in the tonsils, Mucous from post nasal drip collects in the tonsil crypts,(tiny holes in the tonsils). Nasal sinus drops and occasional use of an oxygenating spray will neutralize the sulfur. Be sure and scrap the back of your tongue also. See your doctor, or talk to your local druggest.

    tonsil stones please help!!?
    okay im 15 and hopefully getting my tonsils out
    i have bad breath cause of these tonsil stones can anyone tell me if there bad breathe went away when they got them removed someone with experience plz help me i would love to know!thanks!!
    i do brush and floss every day so it doesnt have to do with higine
    please help me!!!

    • ANSWER:
      youngjuli - Please don't rush to have your tonsils removed. Tonsils are made of tissue that contains cells in that prevent and fight infections. Tonsils play a role in the immune system and are meant to function like nets, trapping incoming bacteria and virus particles that are passing through your throat. Most medical experts agree that the tonsils often do not perform their job well. In many instances, they become more of a medical hindrance than a help.
      Your tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous, can become trapped. When this occurs, the debris can become concentrated in white formations that occur in the pockets. Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed when this trapped debris hardens, or calcifies. This tends to occur most often in people who suffer from chronic inflammation in their tonsils or repeated bouts of tonsillitis. One of the prime indicators of a tonsil stone is exceedingly bad breath, or halitosis, that accompanies a tonsil infection. When tonsil stones are exceedingly large and symptomatic, it may be necessary for a surgeon to remove them. In certain instances, a doctor will be able to perform this relatively simple procedure using a local numbing agent. Then the person with the tonsil stone will not need general anesthesia. Tonsillectomies are typically performed under general anesthesia. Patients who undergo the surgery have difficulty swallowing and a sore throat for at least a few days after the procedure.

    do i have tonsil stone??????????
    do i have tonsil stone? cause everytime i drink alot of water it hurts like around right side of my throat and same for eating

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    Is it considered refusal of treatment of a doctor doesn't do anything to get rid of tonsil stones?
    I have these horrible, disgusting, rancid, foul smelling, tonsil stones. I already have severe depression and anxiety and these make it worse. I can never have a boyfriend because they don't want to smell these things on my breath. I actually never had a boyfriend and I'm not ugly it's just these horrible things turn people off. I obsess about them constantly and they are constantly coming out of these holes in my tonsils. Sometimes I want to end my life cause of them. They are causing me to not have any friends in life. My doctor refused to remove my tonsils to get rid of them and that is the only way to get rid of them I heard. I tried everything they said to get rid of them. I floss after every meal, use thera breath mouthwash, brush my teeth after every meal, brush my toungue after every meal. I make sure my mouth is rinsed out before bed and I gargle. I never had sinuses or a runny nose so it's not from that. I want my nasty ugly tonsils out and every doctor refuses to do it. Isn't this considered refusal of treatment. Don't I have a right to treatment. I thought doctors have to help people to be healthy and cure them. I know some adults said they had their tonsils removed because of them well why won't they remove my adult tonsils? Can I sue them for not treating me and refusing to treat me. What if I comitted suicide cause of the tonsil stones? Would the doctor be the cause of my suicide from neglect to treat the tonsil stones? I cry everyday cause of them. Please someone help I want to kill myself right now cause of this horrible disease. Please answer my questions I know I have a lot of questions in here and I'm sorry about that but I just feel lost and hopeless cause it seems like there is no hope for this situation. I need quality of life and doctors are suppose to do that. I feel so hurt and betrayed by doctors. I need to deperately get rid of these nasty smelly things quick or I will commit suicide. It seems like suicide is the only way to get rid of them right now. Thanks to anyone that reads this long paragraph.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you ever get reflux? Some of your bad breath and tonsil problems may come from reflux.

      The reason that doctors won't remove your tonsils is that they serve a very important role in your immune system. They help keep you healthy. It would be totally negligent for a doctor to remove your tonsils if they aren't infected. I doubt that any doctor would do it. It's not like the "old days" when doctors removed tonsils at the drop of a hat.

      If the tonsil stones are up high where you can see them when you go "Ahhh" you can remove them yourself with a long handled Q-tip swab (or even a regular one). It takes some practice not gag when doing this.

      Drink lots of liquid when eating your food so it won't get stuck in your tonsils. Avoid food that may make it worse. I have found that popcorn always gives me a problem, and so does cottage cheese and feta cheese, and sometimes nuts.

      An excellent ENT doctor once recommended gargling several times per day with warm diluted mouthwash to help loosen them. He also recommended a weak solution of peroxide and water, but I don't remember the exact amount of each....just that there was only a little bit of peroxide mixed with the water.

      Anyway, I'm sure it's not quite as bad as you feel it is. Everyone gets some of these from time to time. I'm not sure what sort of doctors you're seeing, but you need to go to a good Ear Nose Throat doctor. Look on Yelp to see if anyone in your area has great reviews and start from there. You could see a doctor several times per year and he could remove them for you on a regular basis.

    Is it bad to have red, swollen/inflamed tonsils with tonsil stones for over 2 years?
    I thought my tonsils were of a normal size. That was until my friend asked me to check her tonsils for any stones (more later). I was confused because I couldn't SEE her tonsils. I thought she had them removed, but she assured me that she's never had them removed. My tonsils are about the size of the top half of my thumb. (Normal hands I guess? I'm a girl..)
    Now about the stones. I started getting them about 2 years ago, but I wasn't sure what they were and so I just let them be.
    I'm thinking that was a mistake, because the crypts in my tonsils are huge. I'm not sure if this is true, but my theory is the longer you leave them in, the bigger they get and the bigger the hole and the bigger the hole, more stuff can get in. So it plays off of each other. I'm not sure if it's true or not, but whatever.
    Anyways, in my left tonsil, the 'crypt' is so big that I can stick the whole head of a q-tip inside while cleaning it out. In my right, it recently began bothering me, and I've woken up quite a few times with a strange, irritating feeling in my tonsil, like something was stuck on it. In it, in this case. Naturally it was the stones causing the discomfort, and I removed them as soon as I woke up, but later that day, I felt them again.

    When I get home, my dad is taking me to get them removed. (Thankfully)

    But what I'm asking is information on this. Do I have permanent tonsilitis? I read somewhere that it's tonsilitis if your tonsils are red and swollen, as mine are.

    So please inform me, thanks so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is not wise to have any pathological condition for over 2 years.

      Any long-lasting tonsil problem can lead to increased susceptibility to sore throat, which in turn, can affect your heart and overall health.

      You are lucky that you haven't had any problems yet.

      So, as soon as your Dad takes you to the doctor, get those removed.

      Relax, everything will be fine :)

    How do you get rid of tonsil stones?
    i have tonsil stones but getting my tonsils removed are unnecessary as they are not sore or cause any problems.
    just the darn stones are a hassle. i was just wondernig, how do you get rid of them? i know you can use a q-tip, but i tried doing that and for some reason i cant see them anywhere and dont know where i'm suppose to "dig" at. how far back are they exactly?
    any tips are greatly appreciated.

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    Problem with Tonsil stones?
    I get tonsil stones, although I DO brush my teeth. So i'm wondering... Can tonsil stones grow somewhere else other than on your tonsils? Cause today in the morning I checked for tonsil stones and I did not see one. And around the middle of the day I coughed up a pretty big tonsil stone....Can someone explain this to me? This is very weird 0.o And also I have a BIG discomfort and swallowing my saliva. No pain, but it's very annoying. I don't understand why, I brush my teeth. I'm going to buy Listerine and see how that works.

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    I cannot get rid of my tonsil stones!?
    Male here. I have had tonsil stones so many times already. Each time i got it out by gagging myself with vinegar or salt water. Last time though i did get it out using my index finger b/c i was told that was possible. This time however, i got tonsil stones stuck again.

    I cannot get it out this time b/c I don't even see it but i feel it. I tried listerine, salt water and vinegar and no help at all. I think i also might have scratched my throat b/c my ear is feelign a bit weird now.

    Can someone tell me if a doctor can take out the tonsil stones for me? I do not have a good gag reflex and usually it takes a LONG time to get the tonsil stone out. I heard about an irrigator that you can buy and use. Does that work? How does it work? I dont care if i have to pay 0 for one as long as it can get rid of the tonsil stones.

    Most people don't like it b/c it makes your breath smell bad. True i also smell it as well but the worst part is you feel something is stuck in your throat. I have had tonsil stones so many times in the last 2 years. I recall each time i got it was b/c I ate rice and i did not chew it fully which is why the food is stuck in my throat.

    I keep telling myself to eat slower but forget. These tonsil stones are always caused by me eating. I am very depressed right now b/c these tonsil stones is affecting my attitude. I am always mad and sad now. I'm a male and 22 by the way. Does anyone know what is the best solution for me to get rid of it?

    I heard about taking out tonsils and i know it hurts a lot but I would do it if it was allowed. The most annoying and frustrating thing to me are tonsil stones b/c you feel food is stuck in your throat when you talk or swallow. Other things include wanting to vomit and vomiting itself.

    Anyone can give me advice please? Last time i went to an ENT referred to by my doctor and they told they saw NOTHING. They used some telescope and put it in my mouth and said they say nothing. A few days later, i coughed out the stones but this time, it is REALLY hard for me. I am also feeling a bit sick now b/c of it.

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    Does Gargling Mouthwash get rid of Tonsil Stones?
    It's in the way back and its hard to reach cause ill start gaging. Does Gargling Mouthwash get rid of Tonsil Stones? If it doesn't, what does?

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      Not really. The best way to get rid of them is to take your toothbrush handle or finger and push down on your tonsil right next to where the stone is. It should pop right out. If you have trouble doing this because of gagging, try some orajel or a lozenge to numb the area a bit to decrease the reflex. But you do it very quickly, so it shouldn't be too bad.

    Thoughts on what these health issues could mean?
    Hey, guys. Okay, I have a doctors appointment scheduled for Thursday, but I'm hoping to be able to kind of go in there with an idea of what may be causing this stuff so I'm prepared.
    Here lately, I just have not been feeling well at all. I'm a 21 year old female, overweight, and 6'1". For many months now my tonsils have been swollen with deep craters in them, often causing tonsil stones. I get headaches quite frequently. My heartbeat randomly starts to beat at a quickened pace, so much so that I can feel it hammering in my throat. I get dizzy. I get shaky. I'm always thirsty. I'm consistently tired. And this morning I woke with the most potent metallic taste in my mouth that I can't brush out.
    As for my environmental aspects, I have been working out and eating differently to lose weight, but over two years of doing this I've only lost 30 pounds. I'm a senior in college and have been under a lot of stress and I've been noticing anxiety issues (especially now that it's the end of the semester).
    I'm attributing the issues to me being overweight, which is to be expected, but I'm wondering if my health issues are also hindering my weight loss.
    Now, I'm definitely not expecting you guys to be able to remotely diagnose me through the internet, hence the actual doctors appointment, but I just wanted to see what the general consensus on this was and if it's something to seriously be concerned about.
    Thanks, guys!
    Oh, it might also be helpful to mention that I have a history of severe kidney problems. One of my kidneys has already been removed.

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    White Spots on Tonsils..PLEASE HELP ME OUT?
    Last week, i had a heachahe, slight sore throat and a bit of a fever. My tonsils were swollen with white spots all over them. Now all my symptoms have gone but my tonsils are still a little swollen and still have white spots on them- but not as many. ( i dont have bad breath so i dont think its tonsil stones cause i cant just pick them off like people say you can)
    What do you all think i have,( thought it may be strep but throat isnt sore anymore) and is it going away or should i still go to the docs????
    So do you think it could come back again if i dont get it seen to. Oh i dont want it to affect my heart and all that. I just hate doctors, best get over that ay!!!

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      You absolutely should go to the Doctor! It sounds like you had strep throat and that you are getting better, but, strep throat *needs* to be treated with penicillin. If the strep is left untreated, in some cases it can cause serious complications later on - it can lead to heart or kidney problems, for one. But, if you take a course of penicillin then you have little to no chance of getting these side effects. So, to be safe, please go to the Doctor - even if you are getting "better," if you did have strep you need to take a course of penicllin to be on the safe side.

      Edit in response to 'additional details': I don't think the strep throat symptoms will come back if you don't get it checked out; usually you can fight off strep throat on your own (the recovery just takes a little longer without penicillin). But there is always a chance of getting the long-term complications if you don't take penicillin - even though the chances of having a problem with your heart or kidneys later on is pretty minor, if you take the penicillin there is virtually NO chance. I think that's worth taking pills for 10 days. :) I hate Dr's, too, but all they will do is swab your throat to make sure it is strep and then give you a Rx for some pills to take. It should be relatively painless! Good luck.

    Bumps in mouth and tonsils?
    Okay this is driving me freaking nuts. I can't get to the dr any time soon because I'm busy but this is just driving me nuts. I have these bumps in the folds between my tonsils, that look like pimples, but they won't pop and they don't hurt and they are NOT tonsil stones cause they won't move. Also, on the back of my mouth on the gums, it feels rough and sandpapery but you can't really see anything, but I can feel it. The same is for the back of my throat right above the ... hangy thing, there are little bumps that you really can't see but I can feel and it's sort of rough and sandpapery. Can someone tell me what the heck this is? Is it caused by stress or acid or is there a home remedy I can take?

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      Towards the inside of the tongue everyone has those. Why are you so worried. On the gums its unusual. You should keep your mouth clean by brushing up morning and nite everyday regularly and also gargle twice a day with warm salt water.Be careful what u use your mouth for. Dont be kissing tom dick and harry cause you can pick up infections, you never know what people have in their mouths. Ulcers and bleeding gums etc etc. Dangerous.

    Is it common for people to have Tonsil Stones?
    Ever since I was 9 years old I would always sneeze out these disgusting feta cheese like stone. But it wasn't until recently that I actually discovered they were called "tonsil stones" and actually caused bad breath. I am in complete shock I have found many websites online that state that this is a serious cause of bad breath and must be removed. However, I have lived my whole life oblivious to this.. I am in total denial that this is a serious problem. So maybe I will sneeze one out every month or two but sometimes it is for frequent (like, twice in 48 hours). I guess there aren't that many since I cannot visibly see them peeking out of my tonsils... but probably a little collection growing in too scared to find out anyway..
    So, my question is, is it common for a person to get tonsil stones? is it necessary to remove them? are they a serious problem?

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    What are the white sores in back of throat?
    I had a small sore thoat for 3 days, then I woke up and looked in my throat and saw 1 zit looking thing on each side of my throat. My throat still kinda hurts but it hasn't gotten worse at all. I have some allergys with post nasal drip, and didn't know if that played a part in it. I was told if it was strep that it would have gotten worse by now, and I don't think it tonsil stones cause Im pretty sure I know what those r and had them before. Does anyone have any idea of what this could be??

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      It's either strep throat or a cluster of aphthous ulcers. Gargle with magnesium-based antacid several times a day, and refrain from eating crunchy, spicy and overly hot foods. Should heal up within a week or so.

    Tonsil stones because of mouth piercing?
    So about 5 months ago I got my tongue pierced and in about a week my tonsils swelled and I got that nasty white gunk that i'm pretty sure were tonsil stones.Then after about a week and a half it cleared up. Well about 5 days ago I got my lip pierced and my throat is back to closing up cause of my tonsils swelling, and more of that white gunk is forming.

    Does anyone have any idea what the cause may be? I was thinking it was just because my tonsils are trying to fight off the bacteria to prevent infection from my healing process since that is technically what the tonsils are supposed to do. Not to mention this has only happened after I got a mouth piercing.


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      I think it is just coincidental that it happened after the piercings. Your tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous, can become trapped. When this occurs, the debris can become concentrated in white formations that occur in the pockets.

      Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed when this trapped debris hardens, or calcifies. This tends to occur most often in people who suffer from chronic inflammation in their tonsils or repeated bouts of tonsillitis.

    should I get my tonsils remove because of tonsil stones?
    i am 18 i have been suffering from tonsil stones ever seince i was about 6-7yrs old. They are anoyying they eventually fall out of my mouth every now and then. Im sure they are the cause for my bad breath and I bursh my teeth like crazy daily and still have bad breath. Im just wondering is it common for people to get their tonsils removed because of tonsil stones? and getting them removed will they improve my breath? and what are the disadvantages of not having your tonils?

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      yes i would highly recommend getting your tonsils out due to tonsil stones.
      yes its pretty common.
      i had tonsil stones for 10yrs before i had mine out. that was in 2009 when i was 23 and i haven't had a problem since.
      i was like you with the brushing like crazy and it never helped. i don't have bad breath now. so tonsil stones is definitely whats causing your bad breath.

      i suggest going to see an ENT (ear nose and throat dr) since they are the ones that determine if you should get them out and they will most likely tell you that your reasons for wanting them out are valid.

    tonsil stones bad breath dentist?
    ok so i made an appointment to the dentist for a dental exam and a cleaning because i recently noticed i had tonsil stone and got bad breath cause of it so will the cleaning get rid of it or should i tell the dentist i have tonsil stones so she could recommend me a ent ? oh yea i also have a white coating on my tongue can the dentist help me get rid of this? thanks so much

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      the cleaning will not get rid of the bad breath since the bad breath is caused by the tonsil stone so until you get rid ot the tonsil stone you will still have bad breath.
      and the white coating is also due to the tonsil stone so while you can brush your tongue the white coating will come back and the bad breath will remain.
      the dentist is not going to help in the removal of the tonsil stone either.
      if your insurance requires referrals then you could go to the dentist and ask for a referral but you are actually better off just going to your regular dr to get the referral to an ENT.
      actually even if you see the ENT there isn't much they can do to remove the tonsil stone either. you basically just have to get itout on your own.
      if the tonsil stones bother you enough you can ask the ENT to remove your tonsils and then you wouldn't get tonsil stones anymore.

    Tonsil Stones question?
    im a 15 year old girl yeah and i like to be fresh all the time i try my best to cause im so young and for a lil over a year ive had them and im so upset because i take them out and it smell like sorry but SHIT!!! does this mean my breath smells when i talk? one has ever told me my breath smelt my friends havent and i have not seen manorisums that make me think that they think my breath smells...sometimes in the morning my breath isnt even that bad..but sometimes it is..

    So like should i get my tonsils removed cause im tired of this .. Will it give me like real bad breath in the future..i hattteee people with bad breath like on the train n stuff obviously it wont go away

    so can you give some tips on how to keep my breath fresh i think its fresh cause i dont smell it but i brush it and thats all i basically do..

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      The stones might stink after you've pulled them out, but that doesn't necessarily mean they stink when they're still in your throat. Poking at them and damaging them might release the smell.

      If the tonsil stones bother you, I've heard that gargling salt water can help wash them out. But some people will get them for a time and then stop. I had them every now and then as a teenager, but now I don't.

      If no one has told you that you have bad breath or acts like you have bad breath, you probably don't. Don't worry about it.

    treatment for tonsil stones?
    I have suffered from tonsil stones for a number of years now but have never went to the doctor about it. I was wondering, if anyone else suffers from them?
    If you dont know what they are, they are yellow-white lumps that form in your tonsils and can cause bad breath. It also feels like a foreign object is lodged at the back of the throat.
    I was wondering if there is anything the doctor can actually do for tonsil stones? I have one in my throat just now and I can see it. Several websites have suggested using a cotton bud to dislodge it but i tried it and i gagged :(

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    Question about my tonsils. I have huge tonsil stones and sometimes it causes my throat to bleed also i.......?
    seem to have a acute sore throat pretty often.
    i talked to my Ear nose & throat doctor and he said that he would take my tonsils out for me or he could put my on a long regimen of antibiotics. I wasn't thrilled with the idea so i said i would think about it.
    I was reading about how your tonsils and ears are connected, and im starting to reconsider having them out.
    Every time i chew gum it feels like i have fluid in my ear, also i feel like i don't hear as well as i should.....Im 16.
    Could this all be connected?
    and if i get them out does your hearing increase and will it most likely fix the fluid in ear problem?

    also im a wont change my voice right?

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    How can i get rid of my Tonsil stones w/o surgery?
    I have white clumps attached to my tonsils, and every once and a while I cough them up. What can I do to get rid of them? Are they causing my bad breathe as well?

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      I had the same thing before I had my tonsils removed. It was a chronic infection. And, yes, it is what's causing your bad breath. The only way to get rid of the white clumps (infection) is to get your tonsils removed. The doctor may try antibiotics, but if it is chronic, they will recommend getting them removed. (which is the best thing to do) Truthfully, it sounds gross, but when I had them...I wanted to see what it was and I took a pair of tweezers and grabbed(gently)some of the "clumps" out. They do smell. (gross) And they grow right back! Better go to the doc. Think of it this way...if you aren't allergic to the good pain meds, you get to be high for about 5 days! lol Just make sure you get something stronger than Tylenol 3.

      P.S. You may also want to do a search on "tonsil stones". Could be either one. You will have to go see your family doctor or an ENT to be sure.

    question about tonsil stones..?
    do they always cause bad breath? because i found tonsil stones in my throat and have not been experiencing bad breath

    how deep can they go? because i went pretty far and i still see a white dot indicating more of that gross white stuff

    and do you always feel them? because i never felt them or noticed them till i saw a white dot on the side of my tonsils, and pushed on the flap covering them and a HUGE white blob came out.. followed by much much more
    i will be going to see a doctor this week but have like no patience and want to know other people's experiences : ]

    • ANSWER:
      Called tonsillis, it is the accumulation of what you eat in the nooks and crannies of the tonsil. Throat specialists/surgeons are of 2 separate minds on this issue. Some like $ and will talk you into a scalpel to the inside of the throat, eradicating the problem with a drastic measure. Whereas more modest, honest Dr.'s will prompt you to get a big mouth full of liquid and gargle your throat after every meal and snack. I know an older throat surgeon who still has his tonsils and he has opted to gargle. Tells you something. If you have no pain or infection, antibiotics nor surgery are the answer to this common problem.

    I have food stuck in my throat - how to avoid tonsil stone?
    I was eating last night and a bit of parsley got stuck in my throat. Well, it's still there this morning. I have a feeling it's stuck behind my tonsil. How do I get it out before other crap gets stuck in there and causes an infection/abscess/tonsil stone??

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      just use a lot of water or a toothbrush or finger good luck not gagging

    How do I prevent/get rid of tonsil stones/tonsilliths?
    I've had them pretty much my whole life but they're getting worse. What causes them and how do I get rid of them??

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      caused by a couple things like food lodged in little cracks and crevices in your mouth, bacteria stuff like that...gargle and/or rinse your mouth out after eating, even slosh some of whatever your drinking around before you swallow it would help...getting your tonsils removed would get ride of them...hope that helped

    Could a tonsil stones restrict a air way?
    in 2002 i was at church when i popped a balloon. It instantly cut my breathing to half of what i m used to (I breathe shallower i guess u can say). I went to a doctor that said it was asthma. Well i wasn't satisfied so i went to an ears,nose and throat specialist who said it was tonsil stones. I m not really satisfied with that either cause it doesn't really explain my breathing issue. Does anyone know what it is?

    Any advice?????????

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      Maybe you simply need to improve your overall fitness.

    Tonsil stones and sore throat?
    I'm fifteen years old, and I get at least two to three tonsil stones every week. They are very annoying, and cause an ear ache, sore throat, coughing fits, and bad breath. Two out of three doctors said I should keep my tonsils in even after eight positive cases of strep in 6 months. This is killing me! What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      you go to the dr that said to remove your tonsils and you have them removed!
      i am 24 and i had my tonsils out in 2009. prior to that i suffered with tonsil stones for 10yrs!
      i don't regret having my tonsils out at all!

    I have had tonsil stones all my life and cant seem to get rid of them -in the last 4 years ....?
    they have effected the quality of my voice and I cant sing as well cause I loose my voice alot -or atleast I believe they are the cause of this - will getting my tonsils removesd help my voice or is there something I can do to make the tonsil stones go away -please only answer if you know what they are or have them your self -they happen to be very common though most people have them and dont know it -I didn't know what they were until four years ago mayself but ahad wondered for years- Please help if you know what I can do about them - they are getting out of control -I sometimes spit out 5 to 10 a week !!!
    Superstar469 -Do a yahoo search on tonsil stones they ARE real and are not a medical mystery-if you work in that feild I'm suprised you never heard of them !!!
    I was told its sulfer build ups in crevices inside your tonsils- and yes they are gross and smell like a funky mineral smell -I have done alot of what the website ssuggest to do but nothing seems to work -Help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Just to back you up...they do exist! ANd here are some ideas....not sure what you have tried.
      Most people swallow this material without ever noticing it, while it is still tiny. In those whose tonsils are large, however, the particles can lodge in the deep crypts, where they continue to grow. The enlarging lumps are called calculi of the tonsil, or tonsilloliths (tonsil stones). These stones are most common during adolescence.

      Microscopic studies of these tonsilloliths have shown them to contain a combination of food particles, bacteria, oral debris, and white blood cells in a concentrically laminated pattern -- rather like a pearl. Usually they are small gritty particles found in the center of soft, cheesy flecks. Sometimes, however, they become quite large, appearing as rough, yellow or gray, round stones. At times they reach an extraordinary size. Affected people usually have a history of repeated attacks of tonsillitis in earlier years.

      Most people with calculi of the tonsils have no associated symptoms. In that case nothing need be done, except perhaps for brushing or scraping them out, as your daughter does. Gargling, refraining from eating during the 30 minutes before falling asleep, and careful oral hygiene may help minimize their formation.

      For some people, however, the calculi can be quite bothersome, causing a constant foreign-body sensation, a chronic low-grade sore throat, recurrent episodes of tonsillitis persisting beyond childhood, or chronic bad breath.

      Treatment consists of either removing the tonsils or removing the calculi. Troublesome large calculi that are not easily dislodged may need an ear, nose, and throat doctor to remove them.
      Tonsil Stones don't do any physical harm, and sporadically coughing them up doesn't mean that there is anything wrong. However, they can be annoying and sometimes they are an indication that you have bad breath. Normally, Normally one does not do much for them, except gargle with hydrogen peroxide. A simple combination of drugs and nasal drops can effectively eliminate tonsil stones without unnecessary tonsil surgery. Plus, occasional use of a nasal spray helps neutralise the anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria on contact.
      The only sure-fire method for ridding yourself of this problem is to have your tonsils removed (tonsillectomy), but there are nonsurgical alternatives which you should certainly pursue before you ask an ENT to take out your tonsils:
      – You could try gargling frequently with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of table salt mixed with one pint of water– gargle with about 1/4 cup of this mixture three times per day, after meals.)
      – You could also gargle with a mouthwash called Alkalol, which is essentially salt water combined with a variety of natural aromatic extracts; some people prefer Alkalol to plain salt water. Most other commercial mouthwashes contain sugar or alcohol, which are pleasant-tasting but are, in the long run, fairly irritating if used frequently.
      – There is a doctor in Los Angeles, Murray Grossan, who markets a water-jet device for "hosing down" the tonsils. Relative to gargling, this device provides a more aggressive technique for clearing out those nasty crypts.
      – In the hopes of avoiding tonsillectomy, I will often put my patient on a long (3 to 4 week) course of antibiotics in the hope that this will allow the tonsils to "settle down" (become less inflamed.) I must admit that antibiotics are not a very effective cure for this problem.

      As for the person who works for an ENT, I work in medical imaging, and I have heard of these stones......

    Question about oral health?
    Okay, I realized that I have tonsil stones but also, I notice there is a lot of mucus build up in my throat and my nose is always stuffed. This mucus is causing the tonsil stones and also a disgusting taste in my mouth. So, do you think this is a cause of allergies? Any other idea as to what it is?

    • ANSWER:
      you could have a yeast infection of the mouth. also could be tonsilitis. check to see if your tonsils are all swollen and infected. check for white deposits in the throat area, this will be from strep throat. it doesnt sound like typical allergies, if your getting a bad taste in your mouth. also could be a gum infection, or sinusitus. i would go see a doctor to make sure. there are too many possibilities for this infection. this bad taste is more than likley an infection so dont put it off

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