What Are Tonsil Stones?

| December 21, 2015

The general notion many people have about stones forming inside the body is generally that of kidney stones. Tonsil stones, or more medically known as tonsilloliths, are usually formations of hardened materials along the sides or inside the tonsil crypts. These stones have other labels such as “calculus of the tonsils”. The hardened materials are usually yellowish white in color. These hard lumps inside the tonsils are deposits of various materials that have accumulated over days or even weeks. This could be a combination of oral bacteria, fungi, small food particles, dead cells, and other very small substances directly in contact during the formation process.  It formations are generally calcified thus the lumps can grow bigger and harder with each passing day, especially if left untreated.

Tonsil stones do not pose any serious medical concerns other than the fact they can directly cause bad breath, or halitosis. However, a large tonsil stone formation can certainly cause difficulty swallowing and other related problems. Tonsil stones may not be harmful in their earlier stage but as the condition progresses, they are more difficult to treat and/or remove.  In advanced stages, they can become bigger in size and weight, which can be more difficult to remove. They key here is prevention; many foods contribute to the formation of tonsil stones. Eliminating or reducing those foods can help immensely.

Observable Signs and Symptoms

As tonsil stones progressively become bigger and turn into calcified formations, a number of observable signs and symptoms occur and are generally visible. The most important thing is that you can definitely diagnose these signs and symptoms by yourself.

Halitosis – More commonly known as bad breath, halitosis is the top observable sign that you may have tonsil stones. This is more evident once the stones have grown larger in size. This is one of the most embarrassing circumstances of having tonsil stones.

Swallowing Problems – When tonsil stones become larger in size, they can obstruct the pathway for food down the throat. This could persist as a painful situation.

Itching or Ear Pains – Another less common observable sign of tonsils stones is itching of your ears or constant earaches. This is directly related because tonsil stones can cause inflammations at the back of your throat, which is physiologically connected to the inner parts of your ears.

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Other notable signs and symptoms of tonsil stones include persistent coughing with the presence of small debris, neck pain, and other swallowing related problems such as mild choking sensations. You can certainly observe these signs and symptoms at home without any further medical assistance. As tonsil stones become bigger and more particles accumulate, these signs and symptoms become more prominent and can easily be diagnosed. The most ideal solution is to prevent them from forming in the first place. This is now possible with the 7 Easy Steps to Eliminate Tonsil Stones guide.

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