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Tonsil Rocks
Shannon from Gainesville, Florida, e-mails The Doctors to ask about white stones that fly out of her mouth when she sneezes or coughs. She writes that she had a severe case of tonsillitis a year ago that left her with crater-like indentations on her tonsils. Dr. Ordon explains that the tonsils are lymph tissues and part of our immune system. 

He posits that Shannon most likely has “tonsil rocks,” which are calcified stones that have developed from mucous and bacteria trapped in the craters, or crypts, in her tonsils. He instructs Shannon to clean the crypts by gargling with salt water and use water picks to flush out the calcifications. “If it becomes a chronic problem,” he says, “that’s another indication to actually have your tonsils removed.” 

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