Tonsil Stones

Tonsil Stones

What are tonsil stones?

Tonsils stones, which is also know as tonsillolith are a white/yellow colour of horrible smelling bits of mucus and bacteria which get stuck in the back of your throat.  These are formed in the tonsil crypts which are in everyone’s tonsils, and they are like small pockets or divots.  These are not a dangerous substance, they are just annoying, and as they can usually be moved away will little effort.

How to remove tonsil stones

To remove tonsil stones some people use their fingernail to scrape them out, but this way isn’t very hygienic and more importantly you could scratch your tonsil.  If you do use this method make sure that you wash your hands before.  A more professional way of removing your tonsils is to put spray into the crypt where the stone is.  There is a setting on the spray, you are advised you put it on the lowest, but can still be too strong for some people, this means that it will tear straight through the tonsil tissue.

Causes of tonsil stones

In your tonsil stones it is filled with so many different things including, dead cells and mucus which can then become stuck.  When this happens the debris could then change into some type of white formation which is located it the pockets.  When this debris in your mouth then hardens, it is then trapped so the tonsil stones can then start to form.  This happens more often to people who suffer from a lot of tonsillitis.

Symptoms on tonsil stones

If you have small stones then they don’t cause that many symptoms which are that noticeable.  If you have larger stones then they may only find out on a scan that you have them and they still may also have more than just one symptom. Some of these symptoms are bad breath, sore throat and also ear pain.  Ear pain is one of the symptoms because it shares the same nerve pathway, it doesn’t matter that the stone isn’t touching, but the pathway means that it has some kind of connection.  The sore throat means that if your tonsil stone and the tonsillitis happen together then they is a possibility that the pain will be caused from the tonsil stone.  The tonsil stone alone may also cause you to feel pain, in the area that it is located in.

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