Maybe you wonder why there your throat feels so uncomfortable for so long. When you swallow, it is harder than usual. You can also smell your very own breath and it’s so annoying. You feel embarrassed talking even with your closest friend. It can affect your self esteem in a long run. These things might be due to the presence of what experts call cryptic tonsils.
Tonsils are vital organs in the body. They filter out germs and bacteria that are capable of entering the body. Tonsils are constantly subjected to a barrage of bacteria infectious organisms because they are the in the boundary of the mouth and the main passageways. The tonsils are very prone to become inflamed. A cryptic tonsil is one of the most common problems in the tonsils.
By definition, cryptic tonsils are pocket stones in the tonsils. They occur when the folds in the tonsils trap food particles and dead bacteria. When accumulate food and other materials as well, they can eventually cause infection. They also contribute to the development of bad breath and occasionally, sore throat. There are many other terminologies for cryptic tonsils such as tonsilloliths, chronic case tonsillitis tonsil stones and fetid tonsils.
When you open your mouth and observe in the mirror, it is easy to figure out whether you have cryptic tonsils. They look like white beads on your tonsils. Sometimes they seem like patches of pus, cheese or a bigger grain of rice. When they discover presence of cryptic tonsils, they conclude that they have throat infection. But this is not true in all cases. Infection will only occur if the stones are not removed and gets bigger. It can become worse because of the unwanted bacteria that get accumulated.
People with bigger throat pockets are more prone to having cryptic tonsils. With bigger pocket, the food that you eat gets trapped more easily. There are other materials like phlegm that can be hanging in there at the same time. When the bacteria produce volatile sulfur compounds, the person surely suffers from bad breath.
Fortunately, cryptic tonsils are not really dangerous to health. Nevertheless, they must be removed to avoid having worse condition. They are very inconvenient can affect one’s totality as a person. There are some people who use water picks to remove the stones. But this can be really risky and until now, there are no studies that can back up the practice. As much as possible, you must avoid using sharp objects in your throat.