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Frequent tonsil stones, bleeding tonsils when trying to remove stones. Cause?

hello, I have a question about my tonsils. I frequently get tonsil stones, and when I was trying to remove them (with a q-tip dipped in mouthwash ) I noticed that my tonsil began to bleed . There was a fair amount of blood (enough that the entire head of the q-tip was covered just after one touch). What could be the cause of this?
Asked On : Thu, 29 Nov 2012
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
Hello Mayuran and Welcome to HCM,

I am Dr Sriram Nathan, an ENT consultant and have sufficient experience in treating infections of the throat.

I have understood your problem and concerns but do not worry as what you are experiencing is normal in the tonsils and since it is a very vascular area, some amount of bleedin is expected.

All the lump which you are observing near the tonsil area will in all probability will be either an infected focus which is getting healed or a tonsillolith (tonsil stone).
Both these conditions will recover in due course of time provided you take your medications properly.

To any patient coming to me with such complaints, I would usually prescribe tablet pantoprazole 40 mg twice daily before food for a minimum period of two weeks along with an antacid syrup three times daily after food for two weeks. Your doctor will know about these. Start this anti reflux treatment as soon as possible.

Take the anti reflux medications, complete the course of antibiotics and try to reduce or stop smoking/drinking and you will recover in a week or two.

If however you are not feeling better then you must consult an ENT who may ask for a throat swab after proper examination to give you a more directed treatment.

Meanwhile do not take oily, spicy and high flavored foods

take care and get well soon

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Fri, 25 Oct 2013
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