Tonsil stones are groups of calcified material that form in the crypts of the tonsils. Tonsil stones are not readily diagnosed, but they are a fairly common complaint. In some cases, it can cause tremendous pain and discomfort. You may experience difficulty while swallowing and suffer from strep throat. Bad breath is also a telltale sign that you have tonsil stones. These stones contain high amounts of sulfur, causing your breath to become pungent.
Many resort to tonsillectomy or the removal of the tonsils to eliminate the chances of suffering from tonsil stones, but consider that as your last resort. Find out how to get rid of tonsil stones using home remedies and medical treatments.
What Causes Tonsil Stones?
Your tonsils play a role in fighting infections. They function as traps that prevent virus and bacteria from passing through the throat. Dead cells, food particles and mucus can also get trapped in the crevices of the tonsils. When these materials harden or calcify, tonsil stones are formed. Tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones, are often small in size but there are rare cases where the stones can be unusually large. Also, people who suffer from chronic tonsillitis are more likely to get tonsil stones.
How to Get Rid of Tonsil Stones For Good
1. Gargle with salt water or sesame oil.
Here are a couple of home remedies for tonsil stones. You can try gargling with salt water two to three times daily to relieve discomfort and clear your throat from various materials. You can also swish sesame oil in your mouth twice daily to remove mouth accumulations and draw out wastes.
2. Remove tonsil stones using swabs.
You can get rid of tonsil stones at home with the aid of a mirror and a cotton swab. Locate where the tonsil stone is and use a swab to apply pressure and pop it out. It is best to do this in front of a sink because of the gag reflex which can be experienced when something touches the back of the throat.
3. Use an oral irrigator.
If you do not like the idea of poking things inside your mouth, you may try using an oral irrigator instead. Choose a device that does not produce too much pressure. There are irrigators that can be attached to the sink tap, and you can adjust the pressure levels simply by adjusting the sink tap.
4. Try an oral rinse.
The best way to get rid of tonsil stones forever is to practice a good oral care regimen. Using an oral rinse should be part of your daily routine. If you have tonsil stones, using an oral rinse daily helps dislodge tonsil stones and clear the throat of any accumulations. Not to mention, it also helps remove bad breath.
5. Take antibiotics.
Antibiotics may be necessary to treat tonsil stones but remember to consult your doctor first. Using antibiotics may help in some cases, but it does not help prevent the formation of tonsil stones. Antibiotics can also have side effects.
6. Laser cryptolysis.
Recurring tonsil stones can cause the crypts in your tonsils to become larger and larger over time. One medical option for this is laser cryptolysis. This procedure involves the use of carbon dioxide laser to smooth out the surface of the tonsils. This also helps prevent tonsil stones because once the crevices have been flattened, the chances of materials getting trapped is less likely.
If you suffer from tonsil stones very often and it becomes a major cause of discomfort, it is time to speak with your doctor about the option to remove your tonsils. This is a difficult decision, so ask your doctor if there are other alternatives such as surgically removing large stones. The plus side to this procedure is that it does not only get rid of tonsil stones fast, but you will also never suffer from them again.
Around the web:
- Tonsil Stones Picture Image on MedicineNet.com
- Tonsil Stones (Tonsilloliths): Treatment and Prevention
- Tonsillolith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pono on September 12, 2019:
Ever since I was a little kid, I can remember having these tonsil stones and thinking, "why does it smell like poop?" Recently, I've been using (and I don't recommend this strategy) a fine pointed chop stick to poke out the stones from cavities in my tonsils while standing in front of a mirror and a flashlight aimed inside my mouth to illuminate the stones. 100% effective but if you have a weak gag reflex, this method will cause you to vomit. I hope this helps someone!
Ukeme James on January 31, 2019:
The tips help a lot rather than getting too much pains
Charmaine Webster from New York on January 23, 2019:
A quick and easy remedy to get rid of tonsil stones, eat pomegranate fruit. Simply cut the fruit in half and gut out the pulped seeds chew and swallow the juice spit the seeds out. If you eat at least the half of the fruit the tonsils will reduce swelling and all the stones will come out on it's own.
That weird Asian guy on May 27, 2018:
It’s so painful having to deal with tonsil stones. I can never ever just get rid of them. I’ve had them for about 4 years now and they’re such a pain. I hope these tips help.
Steve on July 24, 2015:
Hi. I have suffered from tonsilloths for many years. I used to use a cotton swab to pick them out. however I strongly advise against this as it can cause the stone to be lodged deeper inside. I have terribly itchy inner ear when I have stones so that's how I know when I have more to clean. I started using a syringe with warm salt water to flush out the tonils, the first time I done this many stones far more than I imagined poured out from deep inside. however my right side tonsil has a very narrow opening and is very difficult to flush so often I am unable to get the stones out. this eventually resulted in a very sore throat and headache. I believe it's possible these stones full of bacteria if left trapped deep in your tonsil can have serious complications such as the development of bacterial meningitis, therefore it is important to be pro active and treat this urgently and seriously rather than ignore it. I am happy to find this site and I will definitely use all available means mentioned in order to control this irritating problem.
Kathy on January 29, 2015:
Why can't doctors invent some type of small vacuum you can buy to get rid of tonsil stones? You know, some kind of device with low suction you would think would do the trick. Something that irrigates the area at the same time even?