Tonsil stones, or commonly known astonsillitis, are a hard whitish or yellow formation that are usually located on or within the tonsils.
It is common for those individuals with tonsil stones to not even recognize that they are having one. Tonsils are easily visible and they usually range from rice-sized stone to a large grape sized one. These stones rarely cause any long term or major health complications. They sometimes can grow into larger sizes that lead to swelling of your tonsils, and they have a very unpleasant odor.
What causes tonsil stones?
Tonsils stones are made up of tunnels,crevices and pits namely tonsil crypts. The different types of debris, like the dead cells, saliva,mucus and food that usually get trapped in these openings and begin to build up. Even bacteria and fungi feed on this formation and begin to emit a distinct bad odor.
Eventually, the debris begins to harden and form a tonsil stone. The potential causes that trigger a tonsil stone formation are:
- Poororal hygiene
- Having large tonsils
- Chronic sinus Problems
- Inflamed tonsils
The symptoms of tonsil stones
Though some stones are hardly visible, they too can cause some serious damage, in this case let’s see the probable symptoms:
- Bad breath
- Sore/Dry throat
- Having trouble swallowing food or any liquids
- Ear pain
- Formation of white or yellowish debris on the tonsil
How to prevent tonsil stones
If you suffer from tonsil stones, there are possibilities that they may occur on a regular basis. But fortunately, there are some steps you could follow to prevent them:
- If you adapt and practicing good oral hygiene
- Quit smoking
- Occasionally gargle with Luke warm salt water
- Make sure you consume sufficient water or more to stay hydrated
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