What cause tonsilloliths to appear?
Tonsilloliths or tonsil stones can be real
cause of nuisance, especially if they keep on coming back. Some people are
just so sick of the whole reoccurring episodes that they would ask their
doctors to remove the tonsils all together. Unfortunately, even sometimes
doctors may suggest going for a tonsillectomy. But please, before you
think along the idea, remember that all our body parts play a vital role
somewhere or the other and removing your tonsils is not a solution to
getting rid of tonsilloliths. By removing them you will simply be
inviting more problems. How? Read on.
Our tonsils are
a very important part of our lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system works
hand in hand with our blood circulatory system. As our red blood cells are
too large to flow out of our capillaries, our lymphatic fluid comes in
play which is rich in white blood cells. The fluid provides all the
necessary nutrients from our cells and the cells then dump out whatever
they donít need back to the lymphatic fluid. The fluid then makes its way
to our lymphatic nodes, which are located in our throats; the lymphatic
fluid is filtered by the nodes and our tonsils. The refined fluid then
gets ready to make another journey through our system. Our tonsils here
play an important role catching the dead white blood cells and all the
other toxins which our cells have thrown out. If our tonsils are not
playing their role well, the result is swollen tonsils and inability to
fight any bacteria entering our system. Our tonsils have a large number of
white blood cells, (bacteria and infection fighting cells) which help in
keeping the number of unwanted bacteria and toxins in check.
Ok! Now that
you know what the tonsils do, letís get to how these tonsil stones appear.
When our tonsil have too much work and have to filter a lot of lymphatic
fluids, tonsilloliths form as a byproduct of the whole process.
There a number of things which increase the amount of junk in our
lymphatic fluid and what cause the formation of tonsilloliths.
If someone has
a severe case of allergies and may have post nasal drip or sinus
infections, they all get accumulated on our tonsils. If you work or live
in a polluted environment you have more chances of getting tonsil stones.
Sometimes due to other illnesses our autoimmune system does not work well
and our tonsils end up doing more work. Taking too much process foods or
inhaling toxins from your surroundings can also contribute to it. If you
donít maintain proper oral hygiene and are lazy about brushing your teeth
at night, you have more chances of getting tonsil stones. Sometimes, these
stones can also be formed due to bacterial or viral invasions into our
The thing to
remember is that there is no medicine or magical potion which can get you
rid of these stones. However, when you see whitish spots appear in your
throat along with constant halitosis; you should see it as a clear sign of
What are Tonsiloliths?
Do you have to
check your breath every time you walk into a room? Are you sick of popping
mints into your mouth every now and then or using breath fresheners? Is
constant bad breath affecting your professional and personal life? Despite
of visiting the dentist and increasing the bill you have not been able to
get rid of your bad breath. You constantly feel that something stuck in
your throat. On examining your throat you might see little white or yellow
stuff covering your tonsils. Ok no matter how frightening it seems, do not
be scared. They are just tonsil stones, or tonsiloliths. These
stones in your throat are what give you chronic foul breath.
or tonsilloliths are tiny balls, which form in our tonsil crypts as a
result of bacteria and food particle accumulation. As the natural
antibodies of our tonsils try to battle out any unwanted invaders i.e.
bacteria or viruses they too get lodged onto them. The result is these
smelly, soft balls. When you see these white spots go visit an ENT
immediately to ensure they are just tonsil stones and not some other
throat infection. If that is the case you do not need to worry much.
Sometimes, these stones break down and dislodge on their own with time.
However, sometimes we need to do a few things to take care of them. If you
have been suffering from tonsiloliths for a long time, you must be
sick of visiting the doctor, having medicines and taking care of your
medical bill, as they keep on making reappearances. The fact is that there
are no medicines which can stop the reoccurrence.
But this does
not mean that you would have to live with them all your life. If you
incorporate some changes in your life style and diet you can actually be
rid of tonsiloliths forever. Start by reducing your calcium intake
calcium can trigger the production of mucus. It does not mean you take no
calcium at all. Instead have more yoghurt, which is rich in good bacteria
and help in fighting the bad one. Have more fruit juices which are rich in
vitamin c. In night take lighter meals. If you have something right before
going to bed, make sure you brush and gargle properly. Chewing on garlic
bulbs also help. It is full of nutrients and is known for its
antibacterial properties. You might not like the garlicky smell in the
beginning but, chew the garlic bulbs in the night and brush the smell
away. Gargling either with salt water or any antibacterial mouth wash also
helps in breaking the tonsiloliths. You can also use a dental
irrigation system for this purpose. You can also very easily probe at the
stones and extract them by using a cotton swab or even a clean bobby pin.
Some people even do it with their fingers. However, probing at them can
activate your gag reflex.
remedies for getting rid of tonsil stones have been proven over time. Keep
in mind that they donít give you instant relief, but definitely give you
long lasting solution to the problem.
How to Cure Tonsiliths?
Most of us have
never even heard the term Ďtonsilithí. Tonsiliths is a term used
for tonsil stones, these are basically various matter bound together and
accumulated in your tonsils. They are made of food particles, dead white
blood cells and oral or nasal bacteria bind together into tiny white balls
or stones and give you bad breath. You might have tonsiliths and
not even know about them. If you have bad breath all the time, have
difficulty in swallowing your food or feel there is something stuck at the
back of your throat, you probably have tonsil stones. They can be very
small in size and might not even be visible initially. They can be size of
a small sand grain, but as they grow they can grow up to size of small
As the sufferer
has difficulty in swallowing, they might think they have a sore throat and
get misdiagnosed and be on antibiotics or use some other cough syrup.
Unfortunately, these things provide little relieve as they are not
targeting the tonsiliths; and are just treating your tonsillitis.
You might feel better for a while and think you are rid of your sore
throat, but as the bad breath and pain come back you might be running back
to your doctor. Unfortunately, there is no treatment available for the
formation of these stones. Antibiotics can help in severe cases, where the
stones after growing very large accumulate pus in them. Once you know that
it is these stones which are causing the problem, you should bring in some
small changes into your daily routine to ensure they not only go away; but
also donít come back.
that are just forming can be easily flushed out by gargling regularly with
salt water. Try to gargle, after meals and especially before bed time.
Water dislodges any food particles that might get stuck in your tonsilís
cervices. You can also use a good antibacterial mouth wash for the
purpose, it works just as well. Some people also tackle these stones by
pointing the nozzle of a dental water pik directly at their tonsil stones,
this also breaks down the stones; and they are easily flushed out. Most of
the time, these stones break down with time; and are either swallowed down
with food, or coughed out. Coughing vigorously also helps in dislodging
the stones. If this doesnít work a very effective way is to probe them out
with a damp cotton swab. Simply push them from the bottom with a swab and
they leave the tonsilís crypt.
are usually not that hard; and no matter how disgusting and scary they
might look at first, they are actually not that hard to remove. However,
if your tonsiliths get too hard, and you are unable to remove them
at home it is better to go see our doctor. As the signs one sees along
with these stones are very similar to other throat infections, it is
absolutely necessary to visit your doctor and get a proper diagnosis done.
This is because if you if you treat other throat infections like tonsil
stones, you might end up doing more damage to your tonsils then any good.
What is a Tonsillolith?
is the stone formed in the crypt of your tonsils. The idea of having a
stone in your throat is kind of scary and you would naturally wonder how
that is possible. Well the tonsil stones or tonsilloliths are not as hard
as stones from your kidney but they have the ability to grow over time and
also become harder. Our tonsils have natural cervices, as the tonsils
perform their role of catching the toxins and unwanted microorganisms
entering our body. Debris and dead white blood cells get accumulated
there. Sometimes tiny particles of food, nasal drips or other
microorganisms entering through our noses and mouths lodge themselves at
our tonsils too. They bind together, into little whitish stones on the
cervices and form a tonsillolith.
The first sign
of the formation of tonsillolith is chronic bad breath. You might
have tried several mouth washes, brushed you teeth several times a day or
even carried mints in your pockets. These stones emit a very foul odor and
if you take them out and squash them with your fingers, you would smell
something similar to vomit or something rotten. Another problem that
arises as these stones grow in size is that the sufferer has difficulty in
swallowing the food. He would feel the food is getting stuck as he tries
to swallow it. As the stones grow more in size the amount of bacteria
accumulated increase which may lead to production of pus. All this may
cause a patient to have fever, ear ache and a dry, itchy throat. The
symptoms can be often mistaken as that of a viral throat infection or even
common cold. However, one look at the white spots in your throat and a
specialist is able to diagnose your problem correctly. As some people try
to investigate what is sticking in their throats they might get very
scared at the appearance of swollen tonsils covered with white spots.
Well it is
quite frightening to have something white or sometimes even yellow
sticking in your throat but you know what is even worse. There is no
specific medicine which can cure the case of a tonsillolith. The
medicines which a doctor prescribes only help you to eliminate the
accompanying symptoms of a bad case of tonsil stones. However, you doctor
or ENT specialist may advise you to gargle with salt water regularly.
Initially, this would provide you with great relief but regular use over a
couple of days would be able to extricate the spiteful stones, for good.
This helps in the breaking down of the stone, and it is eventually flushed
out or swallowed with your food.
Q-tips, using a water pik, scraping with your toothbrush all help in
getting rid of tonsil stones, but the important thing is to maintain good
oral health and avoid foods which increase the production of
tonsillolith, such as dairy foods, which are rich in calcium. Once
effected using herbal teas such as chamomile and green tea also provide
Tonsil stones cure