Tonsil stones or tonsilloliths are the small, off-white waste that is normally found in the back of the throat. However, they’re often symptomless and cause minor difficulties such as painful swallowing, inflamed red tonsils, and bad breath which we all know and hate.
It’s common for people with tonsil stones to not even realize they have them. Tonsil stones aren’t always easy to see and they can range from rice-sized to the size of a large grape. Tonsil stones rarely cause larger health complications. However, sometimes they can grow into larger formations that can cause your tonsils to swell, and they often have an unpleasant odor.
If you get or suspect that you have tonsils stones all you need to do is relax and observe these symptoms that will guide you.
While tonsil stones sometimes cause no complaints in patients, some tonsil stones may
1.cause the following complaints;
2.Foreign object sensation
8.Bad taste in the back of the throat
10.Reflected pain in the ear
Tonsil stones are caused by food particles, bacteria, and mucus getting trapped in small pockets on your tonsils. The particles and bacteria often get trapped from improper oral hygiene. When this trapped material builds up, it can cause swelling and soreness
1. Removing tonsil stones using cotton swabs
1. Gather these items along with the cotton swabs:
2. Open your mouth and glow the flashlight down your throat. Doing this in front of a mirror will help you to see the tonsil stones.
3. Stick out your tongue and say, “Ahh!” to tighten up the muscles in the back of your throat. This should help push your tonsils forward to see them better.
4. Run some water on the cotton swab to make it softer and less irritating for your throat. Avoid putting it down on the counter to prevent contamination.
5. Poke at the stones gently with your swab and press on the tonsil stone until you dislocate it. Then, gently pull it out of your mouth with the cotton.
6. Be very gentle as well since bleeding may occur. However, sometimes a little bleeding is normal but you should be careful to minimize it. Remember, cuts and wounds can get infected by the same bacteria that caused the stones.
7. Rinse your mouth out with water to ensure you have removed all of the stones, especially if your saliva feels a little sticky. Just drink water to thin it out.
2. Using an oral irrigator
3. Gargling to remove and prevent the stones
4. Gargling using apple cider vinegar
5. Using essential oils- Essential oils such as lemongrass and myrrh oil may also help reduce tonsil stones due to their anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
6. Eating yogurt- Yogurt is also a good antidote for preventing tonsil stones since it contains lactobacillus acidophilus and other beneficial probiotics that each have unique health benefits.
7. Chewing on carrots- Eating carrots helps increase saliva, which in turn helps to reduce and eliminate tonsil stones.