Tonsil Stones


About Tonsil Stones 

  • Tonsil stones or tonsilloliths are clusters of calcified material formed in the crevices of the tonsils or tonsillar crypts. 
  • You can feel them in their throat, even if they can't see them. 
  • They are a common cause of bad breath and an occasional cause of throat pain. 
  • They may feel like lodged food but are not food.  The stones actually result from the growth of bacteria and debris from a low grade tonsil infection (chronic tonsillitis). 
  • They can be treated with simple removal of the stones, antibiotic therapy or tonsillectomy.


  • Do you get frequent sore throats?
  • Do you snore?
  • Do you get frequent throat or tonsil infections?
  • Do you often feel large food get stuck in your throat?
  • Do you spit or pick out smelly stones from your throat?
  • Have you had an abscess around yourtonsil?



  • You can poke them out with a Qtip or Waterpik and spit them out.
  • One or several courses of antibiotics can treat the area of infection and prevent them from recurring.
  • Surgery with removal of your tonsils (tonsillectomy) is the final option if medical therapy with antibiotics fails. 
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Beach Cities ENTS
20911 Earl St., Suite 340
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 424-307-1626
Fax: 310 944-9295
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