Symptoms of Tonsil Stones
You may be alarmed if you were to look at the back of your throat and see white spots
and bumps on your tonsils. Or worse you may occasionally cough up a mushy, foul-smelling
lump. These white bumps are tonsil stones and nothing to worry about, although they
are annoying. What are Tonsil Stones?
Your tonsils have several pits and nooks that from time to time catch debris such as mucous,
dead cells and bacteria. When these things are fused together within the crevasses on
the tonsils they harden and calcify resulting in a small white lump. Tonsil stones are harmless
although they can lead to other serious issues such as bad breath and sore throats. Most
tonsil stones are quite small, although larger ones have been known to form. What are the Symptoms Associated with Tonsil
Stones? Sometimes people with tonsil stones do not
have symptoms. However there are a series of mild symptoms associated with tonsil stones
such as: • Bad breath
• A feeling of having something stuck in your throat
• Difficulty swallowing • Sore throat
• Ear ache • Recurring tonsillitis How Can I Treat Tonsil Stones?
For people with tonsil stones without symptoms no treatment is necessary. Others may choose
to remove visible stones on their own with a toothbrush, cotton swap or a water flossing
device. Gargling with salt water is also helpful. In cases where tonsil stones are causing pain
and tonsillitis the last resort is to remove the tonsils. An ear, nose and throat specialist
can help you remove tonsil stones and determine if your case is severe enough to warrant a
tonsillectomy. The best way to prevent tonsil stones from forming is to practice good oral
hygiene on a regular daily basis.