As a past sufferer of Tonsil Stones, I have decided to write this article to hopefully help out anyone else who has been dealing with these very annoying and hard to get rid of little stones! To be perfectly honest, I will admit that until recently, I had NO idea what to call them. I have been to the doctor a half dozen times, been prescribed medicine that had nothing at all to do with tonsil stones and I admit, I have tried some of the craziest ways to poke, prod and dig them out of the back of my mouth. My own doctor did not ever tell me what they were which leads me to think, he was not even sure himself.
Here is the best explanation I can give for exactly what they are. Tonsil Stones are irregularly shaped, whitish/yellow, foul-smelling globs of mucous and bacteria that get caught in the tonsils. They form in the tonsil crypts which are simply small pockets or divots that appear in everyone’s tonsils. The proper name for these nasty, little white globs is tonsilloliths which literally means ‘tonsil stones’.
Actually, I have come to find out, they have more than one name. Here are just a few alternates they are called by:
I’ve read about the actual medical terms for them but it is too hard for me to try and pronounce here! Suffice it to say, if you are reading this article right now, no matter what name you have chosen to give yours, you or somebody you know has the misfortune of dealing with these nasty, little rocks.
In all my research I have also found out that there are lots of misconceptions, opinions and information formed about what causes tonsil stones, where they came from, what their symptoms are, and most importantly…how you can keep them from re-forming!
Many people mistake the nasty, smelly things for tonsillitis or other more serious medical symptoms related to the ears, nose and throat. The symptoms I had that caused me discomfort as a result of having them were:
-Painful pressure in the back of my throat
-Unusually bad breath
-Itchy throat and unexplained coughing
For a long time, I was not only embarrassed to tell anyone about them, but I had the hidden fear that they were very dangerous or possibly some serious illness or disease. To put your mind to ease, I can tell you that they are not dangerous at all. They can be really frustrating to deal with and although they can have some uncomfortable side effects, you can rest easy in finding out that tonsil stones can be treated safely. They are much more of an aggravation than anything else. You can have surgery to have your tonsils removed, which would of course end tonsil stones. Before you resort to such a drastic and expense measure though, you should know that there are safe, natural alternatives you can use to to cure tonsil stones that many people, including myself have found to be very helpful.