Everyone gets a sore throat once in a while — but most people don’t think much about what causes them.
A few years ago, a friend of mine got sick. She went to a clinic, but was only told she had a sore throat. But after a few days, her symptoms persisted.
Together, we started researching the possible causes and that was the first time I heard about tonsillitis aka tonsil stones. Even after my friend got better (she was lucky it was nothing serious), the question still gnawed at me.
What are tonsil stones – and what should you do if you get them?
I hope that this article will help those who are suffering from tonsils but don’t know what they are. Check out the info below and don’t forget to share it with your friends on Facebook!
What is tonsil?
At the back of the pharynx, between the roof of the mouth, sit the tonsils. They have small cavities where, for example, mucus, oral bacteria and dead white blood cells are sometimes trapped. Eventually, these debris can form small, hard stones — and these are called tonsil stones, or tonsil stones.
The stone is white or slightly yellow in color and can be uncomfortable to look at. They are usually quite small, only a few millimeters large. .
There are several signs that you have tonsilloliths. These are the eight common symptoms that everyone should know:
A sore throat
Feeling like something is stuck in your throat
Visible white tonsil stones
Treatment of Tonsilloliths
When the stones are small and you don’t have any no other symptoms, no treatment is required. Often, it’s even possible to remove smaller stones on their own.
However, if the stones are large, an operation under local anaesthesia may be required to remove them. Tonsilloliths can only be prevented by removing the tonsils completely – but this is seldom recommended.
And don’t forget: if you think you have tonsil stones, you should always consult a doctor to talk about treatment options!