Tonsil Stones 101 – What Are Tonsil Stones?

Some people experience the appearance of weird, stone-like bits inside the folds and holes of their tonsils. These people know that these strange little stones define the very essence of the word putrid and are simply disgusting so they cower in the depths of secrecy and keep the existence of these stones their dirty little secret. No pun intended. These people may or may not bother to research on these strange tonsil bits. But for all of you who are clueless, the small, smelly lumps are what you call tonsil stones.

The tonsils are the small, fleshy lumps found on either sides of the throat. They are part of the immune system and they guard the lungs and digestive system from harmful, foreign material that may enter the body through the nose or mouth. The tonsils have pockets and dimples, which can vary in depth and size from people to people, where numerous bits and elements can get stuck. People who have history of tonsillitis may have deeper and more numerous tonsil holes. These tonsil crevices are where tonsil stones can be found.

Tonsil stones are made up largely of food particles. Small bits of the food we eat get stuck inside tonsil pockets. This, combined with keratin, a strong type of protein that is also found in hair and nails, nasal mucus and bacteria make up the disgusting concoction. These stones can be removed manually – by scraping them out of the holes, or you can choose to have your tonsils removed completely. But self-help guides to getting rid of these stones can be found, particularly on the Net.