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hi, my name is ***** ***** wife has been telling me that my breath really stinks.Ive had a sore throat for a week or so,so i went to the doctor. he gave me an anti-biotic and sent me on my way,as always. i go to the doctor about 4 to 5 times a year with swollen tonsils.do to allergies i guess,but when i get sick my tonsils always swell up. my wife was telling me that my breath really stinks long before my tonsils got swollen.of and on for quite some time. we thought it was a cavity but my dentist couldnt find one. tonight i was brushing my teeth and i gagged and some semi hard stuff came up in peices the size of seeds and they really stink so i started trying to pull or gag more of it up and i was able to do so, probably 8 to 10 peices. do you know what this might be? p.s. when i said it stinks, it really stinks!!
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Since when are you having this symptom? Do you have any diagnosed medical condition or are you on any medication?
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
im not sure how long its been going on, because it has happened before over the years i have gaged and this stuff came up.yes im on an anti biotic, my doctor put me on it for having a sore throat. no i dont have a diagnosed condition, but my doctor told me my tonsills probably should have been removed years ago, due to the problems that i have with them.
Hello,
I can understand your anxiety.
We need to consider few causes. Problems at oral cavity {dental infection is ruled out/ inflammation and infection at the gums}/ repeated sore throat {looks to me as the culprit}/ increased acid production at stomach associated with reflux/ other causes like liver, kidney problem or diabetes, cancer look less likely with you.
I would suggest you to have a physical check up {ENT doctor will be preferred} along with few investigations like blood tests/ throat swab {to see for the organism causing infection and so deciding on antibiotic needed}/ upper GI scopy to clinch the diagnosis. Repeated sore throat is worrisome. Reflux can lead to it or reduced immunity/ allergy may be the culprit. In nutshell we need to avoid repeated sore throat and this will reduce bad breath. A discussion with allergist may also help.
Seed like thing which came out when you gagged is likely partially digested food {when we gag there is reverse peristalsis at esophagus and food from stomach comes in mouth}.
I would suggest you to have balanced diet and adequate fluid/ avoid alcohol, smoking and spicy food/ take daily vitamin pill {Vitamin C in particular to boost up immunity}/ raise the head part of your bed/ avoid heavy meals in the evening and immediately before going to bed/ keep your mouth wet {reducing proliferation of bacteria and thus reducing bad breath}, water sips/ lozenges will help.
Please do not worry, you will be fine soon. God bless
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

ken while i was waiting on your answer i did som more research and saw where some guys were talking about the samething and they called them tonsil stones. from having reeccuring tinsilitis?

Hello,
Yes you are right. Those are called as Tonsillolith. They are a cluster of calcareous matter that forms in the rear of the mouth, in the crevasses of the palatine tonsils. The main substance is mostly collagen, but they have a strong unpleasant odor because of hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and other substances. The cause is dead white blood cells/ oral bacteria/ overactive salivary glands/ mucus secretions
/ smoking/ allergy.
They are generally harmless and can be seen at back of your oral cavity. Treatment consists of gag/ use of brush for superficial ones/ surgery is not generally needed. You need to avoid repeated infection/ smoking/ dairy products.
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