Do Tonsil Stones Require Surgery?

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Can you treat tonsil stones without undergoing surgery? 

Singer Aminah tells The Doctors she coughs up tonsil stones, which she says can be painful and that they also cause her to have bad breath. "They affect my life more than they should," she tells us, asking what options she has to deal with this health concern.

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ENT Dr. Andrew Ordon explains that depending on the person, the tonsils can collect things like food and secretions, which can lead to a growth of bacteria. He suggests using a water pick, which can help dislodge debris and help remove the stones.

If a water pick does not work, he then suggests looking to removing the tonsils, which due to medical advances can now be done with much less pain and swelling than before. 

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The Doctors arrange for Aminah to meet with otolaryngologist Dr. Linda Dahl to asses if she needs a tonsillectomy. Dr. Dahl has agreed to waive her fee if Aminah needs to have them removed.

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