Many people see their doctor for tonsil stones. The irritation in the throat can be very frustrating and the bad breath caused by these nuisances can ruin your social life. There are treatment options, however, and many are home remedies.
Tonsil stones are caused when food, mouth debris, and bacteria stick to the tonsillar crypts. These white bumps are not usually dangerous, though. One of the common misconceptions about tonsil stones is that they require a tonsillectomy in order to remove them. A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the tonsils. This is an invasive surgery and you do not need it for tonsilloliths. These objects are – at the very most – a nuisance and some may argument that they are actually used as a type of defense mechanism for the body, much like mucous in the eyes and nose.
Tonsil stones should not be confused with tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils and depending on the cause may require antibiotics in order to treat it. Treatment for tonsilloliths an as simple as squeezing your throat or using a syringe to dislodge them. You may also try gargling with warm salt water mixed with lime juice.
If all else fails to remove these tonsils stones or you can not keep them coming back, you may wish to speak with your doctor about laser surgery for your tonsils. This process removes the rough surface of the tonsils so nothing will stick within the tonsillar crypts. However, this is usually not necessary as home remedies will usually take care of the problem.