Getting Rid of Tonsil Stones


Stones do not develop in the kidneys alone as it is widely believed. Tonsil stones or tonsilloliths are pea sized calcified formations weighing up to 40 grams, which develop at the crevices found on the throat known as tonsils. Tonsilloliths has the following three common symptoms: a constant feeling of something stuck in your throat, mysterious coughs and halitosis (foul breath). The growth of these tonsil stones in the throat can be a considerably uncomfortable experience to the affected persons.

Causes of Tonsil Stones:

The growth and development of tonsilloliths in the throat can be factored down on to the following two major grounds:

1. The number and profundity of folds in the throat area
Most people in the general population have relatively smoother tonsils. This helps in lessening the grip which calcified formations such as tonsil stones would require to cling on to the crevices in the throat such as those of the tonsils. However, some people may have additional folds in their tonsils and these augment the chances of these stones building because the calcified bodies will now have ample room in the throat to surface from.

2 .The presence of bacteria
The presence of bacteria in the mouth that causes halitosis also plays a major role. These are known to facilitate the growth of the stones into larger sizes over duration of time.

Diagnosis and method of Treatment:

Using a mirror, locate the shallow part of your throat in the mouth. However, it is important to note that not all tonsil stones can be detected when you open your mouth. This is due to the fact that the throat and tonsils usually consist of a number of folds, so there is always the possibility that tonsil stones could be hidden in one of these many folds. These hidden tonsil stones can only be located in the throat through specialized means by the use of a CT scan. If it is established that they are not a case for concern, your ears, nose and throat (ENT) doctor will only suggest common pain relief techniques that may include warm salt gargles to help easing the pain brought about by the small calcified formations.

In instances, whereby the pain and discomfort persist, your ENT doctor will have the tonsil stones surgically extracted from your throat and will decide whether or not to use local anesthetic to conduct this procedure. Nonetheless, the removal of these tonsil stones can be easily done individually by those affected. ‘Throat plumbing’ can be performed at home by the use of a 0-tip to remove any stones present in your throat in the morning. Caution has to be however taken because the throat is a highly sensitive region. If any pain or inflammation is experienced while conducting this procedure at home then it is always advisable that you seek medical assistance. The growth and development of tonsil stones in the throat is known to be a recurring condition. Removal of the stones will therefore greatly help in alleviating any pain if present.