Tonsil Stones Overview And My Experiences
Tonsil Stones Overview And My Experiences
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My Experience With Tonsil Stones
Some time ago I found a white spot in
my throat near the back. I did not realize it at the time but the spot was a
tonsillolith. Tonsilloliths are more commonly known as a tonsil stones.
Initially I assumed the tonsil stone was just a sore and perhaps I was coming
down with strep throat. The strange thing was that my throat was not getting
sore. I just had this odd sensation in my throat. It was more annoying than
painful. I grew more concerned as time passed and the lump just got bigger and
more annoying. Though I had been neglecting visiting my dentist, I made an
appointment thinking he could offer information on what this annoying white spot
was. I was glad to hear from him that the spot was just some "debris" and I
should gargle to get rid of it. Upon arriving home I attempted this with no
success. The spot remained.
For the next few weeks I tried to rid my of
the menace without any luck. I finally fought the gag reflex and stuck my finger
into my throat to dislodge it. My brief period of happiness lasted for about two
weeks before my tonsil stones returned.
Researching tonsil stones
I decided to research the white spot online. I
located a diagram with explanation. I learned the medical term for the white
spot is "tonsillolith" also known as tonsil stones or tonsil rocks. Apparently
it is not known for certain what causes tonsil stones. One possible cause of
tonsil stones is the collection of mucous and bacteria in the tonsil crypts or
tonsil pockets. Some people have deeper tonsil crypts than others and these
fluids collect there forming tonsil stones. This made sense to me because I've
noticed that one of my tonsil crypts is deeper than the other. This is the side
that produces tonsil stones.
How to Prevent Tonsil Stones
There has been only one way I've found
to prevent tonsil stones. After trying other tonsil stone home remedies and
having no success, I decided to go with a product created by Doctor Harold Katz
DDS. Katz specializes in bad breath remedies but addresses tonsil stones on his
website as well. He has an article on tonsil stone prevention which is very
informative. I am always somewhat skeptical about making online purchases but I
ordered his tonsil stone kit anyway. For the first couple of weeks I was
unimpressed with his tonsil stone remedy because at times, I went two or more
weeks without tonsil stones without the tonsil stone kit. More time passed
though and I became a firm believer in his methods. Since I started using his tonsil
, I have not experienced a single tonsil stone episode.
I consider myself very fortunate because like others, I even considered removing
my tonsils to prevent tonsil stones. I found a coupon code for his tonsil stone
If you enter
during your order, you will get the tonsil stone prevention kit
for free with an order of $30.00. Otherwise, the tonsil stone kit costs about
$36.00. With the code you'll be able to try his other products as well.
How to Remove Tonsil Stones
Before discovering Doctor Katz' tonsil
stone remedy, I did figure out an easier way to dislodge tonsil stones than
gagging yourself. I used a water pik or dental irrigator. These devices are
powerful sprayers that clean between your teeth and are supposedly more
effective than flossing. You will need one that is strong enough to dislodge
your tonsil stones. The cheapest I've found (that works) is the
Conair Interplak Water Jet
I would not use any smaller water piks than
this one. It is available at Amazon for about $39.00.
Your Tonsil Stones
Hopefully, by sharing my experiences with tonsil
stones I have helped you in dealing with yours. I was pretty desparate when I
finally figured how to 1)Remove tonsil stones and 2)Prevent tonsil stones from
returning. I know desparation is not a fun feeling and I genuinely hope that you
can find a way to deal with your tonsil stones if you are like I was.
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guest commented on 12 Jul 2008, 13:35:56
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guest commented on 16 Jul 2008, 14:50:07
i have had this condition 4 years nw.its a social nightmare. iv been unemployd for 3 years nw.hardly being able to keep a job for more than 3 months due to my condition..iv tried everything,from gargling and drinking baking soda,salt water,betadine,3% hydrogen peroxide,fenugreek tea,parsley,sucking on cloves, listerine, dentyl, u name it iv tried it.Bad breath is still overstaying his welcome!!!!Aarghh.....then i discovered tonsil stones....the root of the problem....smells like something died in my mouth....some dude even made a nasty comment and said a dog took a dump in my mouth...one girl even said U TAKE MY BREATH AWAY lol....havent tried Dr Katz's stuf yet.stil savin up to buy it...but now im using an ordinary syringe,fill it up with lukewarm lemon and water(microwave he he). then i squirt out the lil bastards...works like a charm...but it still smells like a terrorist died in my mouth!!!H E L P
guest commented on 21 Jul 2008, 15:13:18
I suffered from tonsilloliths for decades. I tried everything: gargling, water piks, brushing my tonsils, trying to remove them with q-tips, etc. Nothing helped. Furthermore, they were clearly linked to my menstrual cycle. They appeared around the time I would ovulate, would grow to the size of a marble or grape, and then they would fall off just as my period was starting. And, just as ovaries release an egg every other month, my tonsilloliths would appear on opposite tonsils every other cycle (right tonsil one month, left tonsil the next month, and so on).
In my 20’s, I begged three different ENTs to remove my tonsils because of the pain. In the days preceding my period, I could barely swallow. Every doctor refused to my request for a tonsillectomy stating that the condition was not infectious – ignoring my pain.
When I became pregnant, I finally had proof that my tonsilloliths were directly related to my menstrual cycle. For nine months I was tonsillolith-free! Then, just two months after delivery, I noticed the first tell-tale sign – a small white growth on my tonsil. Two weeks later the tonsillolith had grown quite large, my period returned, and within days the tonsillolith dislodged itself. And the pattern continued.
The pain was so severe every month that I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage being a new mom. Finally, I found a “country doctor” who said, “If you’re in pain, let’s yank ‘em. You don’t need tonsils.”
I had a tonsillectomy (without complication) at age 34, and I haven’t had a tonsillolith since!
Downside, in my early 40’s, for the first time since childhood, I started getting recurrent strep infections.
Sometimes, I guess there’s just no winning….
guest commented on 04 Aug 2008, 20:03:41
God almighty, I'm glad there are others out there with these tonsil stones. I just had a visit with my doctor who tried passing it off as a blister or some sort of ulcer that was slowly healing itself behind my tonsil, think i am going to look for another doctor, and perhaps educate them on this phenomena. Also really would like to get the tonsils out now.
RIFT commented on 10 Aug 2008, 10:30:11
Hi - I found this website so reassuring that I was not the only one. A comment made by Alec in Feb 08 gave me the wake up call and final push I needed - so thanks Alec! I had my tonsils out 3 days ago! Here is my story...
I have had tonsil stones since the age of 10 - I am now 32. I have tried everything - really...Therabreath was the only think that 'sort of' worked but its too time consuming (you have to do the routine religiously 3 times a day) and costly and it didn't get rid of them, it just lessons the smell a bit. Waterpiks, tweezers, cotton wool pads, tounge scrapers...I could go on!! I have spent years, and a small fortune, trying to get rid but nothing works. I went to my doctor 6 years ago and was given antibiotics - they did not work. I went back to my doctor 4 years ago and saw an ENT specialist who said it was nasal drip and told me to gargle with salt water - that did not work. And now at 32 I am just so exhausted with my bad breath (comments at work, friends, strangers, not being able to speak, let alone kiss, without chewing a million mints, checking for stones every couple of hours - it rule my life). It has been a life long issue for me and at times has got me very down and upset. So I went private, and saw an ENT specialist who said the only way to get rid, for good, is to remove the tonsils. So I booked 2 weeks off work, as advised, and had the op 3 days ago. I was kept in hospital over night. The op took 30mins. I did research before and knew there was risk of bleeding and bad pain. But on the whole it hasn't been too bad so far. It was scary and yesterday and last night it was quite painful, but if this works it will have been worth it. The gap where my tonsils were is massive! My throat doesn't look pretty right now and i have new skin forming where they were. I have been able to eat, and the doc encouraged me to get back to hard foods asap as it helps with the healing process. I just CAN'T WAIT to start speaking to people without having to cover my mouth!! It should take another 10 days before my throat heals and i have a check up booked in 4 days time. So I shall write again when I am fully recovered and let you know if having your tonsills out actully works. Yes, it is extreme, but so was my bad breath. This might not be the right solution for everyone, but if i works it will have definately been the right solution for me and well worth it because my tonsil stones stopped me from being me!
guest, north carolina commented on 12 Aug 2008, 08:36:58
WOW! I had no idea that this was a commomn problem. I was really getting concerned because my tonsil stones have gotten worse over the past year. I went from getiing them every "blue moon" to getting them every day. I like many others just remove them with a qtip. They return by the next day. I have not experienced the bad breath problem, or at least no one has told me.
melissa commented on 12 Aug 2008, 22:41:36
These tonsil stones ruin my life so bad, nothing works at all my breath is horrible and I honestly think about suicide sometimes someone please pray or help me
guest commented on 13 Aug 2008, 18:25:39
Save them for cracker... LOLOL.
guest commented on 14 Aug 2008, 09:31:53
I have had a chronic cough for about a decade or more...and it seems to be the tonsil stones cause the tickle in my throat. It is most embarrassing...and can happen in mid sentence, and makes me cough so I cant speak. Tears run down my face from the coughing. It stops when it wants to. Water doesnt help. I have had tonsil stones for years (I am 61..so it doesnt go away with age). I have seen two ENT docs who both said it is nothin gto worry about and offered no suggestions. All I do is try to get them out with my finger and flashlight with a big makeuo mirror to see better. But it makes my tonsil area red and sore...sometimes they bleed a little. I was told by a doctor my tonsils were almost non-existant (never had them out!) and were atrophied. But I do have these crypts. I also have a very small mouth..so it is hard for me to get anything back there to dig them out anyway. I sometimes can get bits out...but I know there is more hidden away. Also way below the tongue line whre I cant really see very well. It has been hell for years. Everyone thinks I am a secret smoker because of the cough...or coming down with a cold or flu. -Lin, Ontario, Canada
guest commented on 21 Aug 2008, 18:40:29
These things are really gross....I first started to notice them when I had a really bad case of strep throat about 10 years ago and it left quite a bit of scar tissue at the back of my throat. I'm a Physician and considered removing my tonsils but once you reach age 20 the recovery can be very painful. The best way I have found is to use a toothpick or similar item and try to dislodge the stone. I do try to gargle with salt water before and after to prevent infection. It's very annoying buy harmless.
Sam commented on 22 Aug 2008, 09:07:42
If you take a flame to them the explode. Pretty cool. I dislodge them with my tongue. I think though they are nasty I do believe they are there for a reason. I mega dose Vit C (2000mg) every three hours and since i started that 2 years ago I have had these stones. PLUS side: no sinus infections.
guest commented on 23 Aug 2008, 22:16:05
I have been having tonsil stones on and off for quite a long time. When it came out, I would smelt it and feel depressed because it is just so foul!!! I cannot image something so disgusting residing in my mouth. And the possibility that I might have unconsciously swallowed them before just makes me even more disgusted. In fact, once when I was on my bike, I felt a sudden onset of bad breath and this thing got dislodged. I knew what it was, but, alas, my bike hit a bump, causing me to accidentally swallow it, with only the remaining foul odor in my mouth. I was so nauseated by this that when i reached home, I tried my best to make myself vomit to bring out this disgusting bugger but to no avail.
In the past, I just waited passively for them to fall out. But recently I became more proactive. I tried to pick them out with cotton buds. Sometimes I could not see them as they are hidden behind the piece of flesh in front of my tonsil (the curtain, as one described it). So I had to use the cotton bud t press that curtain so that the tonsil would be in full view. And there it was. That whitish filth sitting on my tonsil. Disgusting!
The Waterpik method is highly recommended. This morning, after I read this page, I rushed to the pharmacy to buy a Interplak Water Jet. I aimed the tip towards the crevice formed by the back of my swollen tonsil and the 'curtain'. After one tank of water, a little white thing came to view. I felt disgusted but persisted. After few seconds into the second tank of water, a pea-sized, dark yellowish piece of filth fell out into the sink. I stood there in total disgust. I had tried to clean that area with cotton buds before but could not find anything. This Waterpik managed to dislodge that filth which had apparently been hidden there for quite some time.
guest commented on 27 Aug 2008, 01:33:20
had tonsillitis at 12. had severe halitosis since then. used to suffer from seasonal allergies.have a high protein diet.I get tonsil stones often, pick them out with a pen. I feel so bad and embarrassed.tried therabreath and it did not work. who knows if smartmouth works?
guest commented on 01 Sep 2008, 06:49:09
nice article, this has been bothering me for ages.
Pete commented on 03 Sep 2008, 03:23:14
HI, I have been suffering from tonsilliths for about 2 years now. I remove them every 2 months or so by squeezing the tonsils,and using a tweezer to grab the ones that just don't seem to come out on there own.
I have a strong feeling that the tonsils are telling your body to get your act together. A few months back I had gotten the usual tonsilloths, and I had alot of them in my tonsills, and not matter how many times I would squeeze them more would come out, So I tried massaging the whole of my tonsils until I could get as much as I could out.
Now today I noticed that my tonsils have actually gotten smaller. For about 4 months now I have changed my eating & exercising habits, because I used to eat just mostly meat & junk food. Now I eat fresh fruits, raw vegetables, raw eggs, as well as meat still. Now I still get a few tonsilliths now and then but not as many. I guess my tonsils had gotten smaller because they don't have to work as hard, & me exercising and eating well now, or maybe just from the massaging of the tonsils.
One more thing I've always had large tonsils since I was born, also I've been suffering from allergy related diseases from a very young age, and I used to have bad eczema since I was born. Maybe from not getting as much of a runny stuffy nose & flem in my throat from boosting my health with exercising and eating well have helped. You guys make up your own mind.
guest commented on 11 Sep 2008, 16:05:06
wow! as all of you, i am totally amazed to find so many people (at least, as far as posts are concerned) who have this highly irritating problem. i haven't yet tried to dislodge anything because i felt the little white cheese-curd things come up with my post-nasal drip. i keep my house very cold (occasionally waking up with a slight stopped-up nose) and drink milk every morning and most evenings (if that indeed contributes). they first appeared after a cold over a year ago, which i never get. since then it's been feeling that drip in the back of my throat and spitting it out, sometimes accompanied by a white, fecum-smelling globule about the size of a pen-tip. these come nearly every day more times than i can count. they are really bad right after a large meal especially if it's meats and such. i got the therabreath products and used them. they did seem to work decently after a couple of weeks, however it requires a lot of time and purchasing refills because you go through the mouthwash like crazy! i was carrying a bag with toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, scraper, 'back-of-throat' spray and nasal rinse with me during the day to do this 15 min routine at least three times daily. Not so bad but it became very cumbersome and ultimately did not solve the problem. I still had nasal drip shortly after using the products specified for that (hence repeating throughout the day) and still managed to hock up tonsil stones during the day. this is not to say that one should not give them a try. individual cases are individual and they did lessen the problem while in use. maybe addition of forced dislodging will aide the products... similarly, my dentist had no idea what i was talking about when i mentioned the situation. i'll try the water pick and manual dislodging and see how that goes. additionally, since i'm almost certain it contributes to the stone formation, any suggestions for the nasal drip??? good luck, comrades!
guest commented on 12 Sep 2008, 22:34:48
I vote for the waterpik method and the cotton swab dipped in hydrogen peroxide. I can remove these things in about 5 seconds either way. I suppose I don't have super deep crevices however. My wife is thrilled I figured this out finally. Good luck everyone.
guest commented on 13 Sep 2008, 22:44:11
I, too, am so glad to finally put a name to my condition. I have been able to feel them forming, but never could figure exactly where they were coming from. Then I read this site and realized you could see them. I got my flashlight and low and behold, there they were.
I went and got a proxy brush with a small tip and popped about 8 of them right out. Such relief.
I have been getting them on and off for about 15 years. I used to think there was something really wrong with me, until I heard Howard Stern say he had them on the radio about 10 years ago. So I knew then that they were caused by post-nasal drip, but still didn't know where exactly they were accumulating and what they were called.
Mine seem to come along right after I get a cold or the flu. They last as long as I have post-nasal drip. Antibiotics do clear mine up, but I think that is because my post-nasal drip is caused by infection and not allergies. If it doesn't clear up on its own in a few weeks, then I usually go in and get the antibiotics.
Thanks everyone here. I feel so much better to know that I am not alone. Also, its great to know how to get rid of the little buggers.
guest commented on 24 Sep 2008, 09:15:29
i too have severe halitosis because of tonsil stones. These tonsil stones are deep in the tonsils and I cant get them out. I used oral irrigator but still cant cant reach the ones in the deep holes. I am on a waiting list to get my tonsils out because nothing works. I tried therabreath but it did not work either. I too feel embarrassed.
guest commented on 24 Sep 2008, 20:19:39
I suffer from this problem too. Here are the facts, the 'Tonsil Stones' are not going to go away. If you have the craters/crypts, then you're going to always get them. What is needed is a 'Tonsil Stone Removal Kit'. I am going to look into 'patenting' my idea (which is an idea that I won't reveal here on this forum due to copy rights). Whomever does come up with such a 'kit' will become rich over night! Obviously there is a market out there (I know that I would be one of it's first customers). The only thing (other than surgery, which is not an option to everyone who suffers from this) is a system of maintaining your tonsils; the same as you maintain your teeth, tongue and the inside of your mouth by brushing/flossing/rinsing with mouthwash each day. Why technology hasn't caught up with this and came up with the tools until now is a mystery! MFV-Long Beach, Ca
Sarah commented on 26 Sep 2008, 14:14:51
I just recently discovered this website and found it by researching and trying to find out what's wrong with my tonsils! Like many others out there, I thought that I had throat cancer or something! Just recently I went to my dentist to have some work done. When he suited up with his headgear, a mask and a clear shield to cover his face and looked into my mouth and said "OH MY GOD!" I thought that he was re-acting to the cavity that I had! Little did I know at the time, my tonsils were loaded up with tonsil stones! After my dental appointment, I took a flashlight to look at the work my dentist had done. He did a great job on my teeth, but it was then that I noticed these white, yellowish objects protruding from my tonsils! I was really freaked out! And I completely understood WHY my dentist said OMG! But he never said anything to me, not a word about them and I don't understand why he didn't! Maybe I was the first case he had seen of them, but I doubt it. Anyway, I did as most everyone out there who discovers them, I started to poke at the largest one that I could see and reach, because all I knew was that I wanted whatever it was out of my mouth fast! I was able to dislodge it with a Q-tip. I continued until I got all of them out one by one. I was very repulsed by them being in my mouth! I too felt an immediate blow to my selfesteem. So I began researching the internet for my problem and discovered what it's called. I want everyone to know, that before I removed all of the stones, for many months I've felt sick; it felt like I had a constant throat irritation and just an over-all sick feeling. It literally took me over two days to successfully remove all of the stones that I could visually see. I can feel that they're gone and these past few days my 'overall sick feeling' is gone! I honestly believe that with my tonsils loaded up with these things, that it affected my head, ears and my throat and was making me constantly feel sick! I'm 48 years old and just discovered what these things are. In researching them, I've read where a person can bleed to death after a tonsilectomy if their stitches break open, so I'm not going there! I've just come to accept the fact that this is going to be just another part of my routine hygene with my mouth. The Q-tip method is working for me well. I've been able to overcome my gag reflex with using them. Then I rinse with warm salt water. My tonsil have never looked better! And I feel much better too. I don't plan to share this with affliction with anyone around me, like my family, friends and my co-workers, it will just freak them out and make them look at me with disgust. But, it's good to be able to share it with others like myself, who understand this problem. My advice to others is to just accept that you have this problem and to try and deal with it the best you can. It's basically a maintenance routine that you're going to have to continuously keep up for the rest of your life. I looked at my tonsil this morning and they're normal looking other than the pockets or crypts that are now empty. Thanks for allowing me to post!
guest commented on 26 Sep 2008, 14:15:36
I just recently discovered this website and found it by researching and trying to find out what's wrong with my tonsils! Like many others out there, I thought that I had throat cancer or something! Just recently I went to my dentist to have some work done. When he suited up with his headgear, a mask and a clear shield to cover his face and looked into my mouth and said "OH MY GOD!" I thought that he was re-acting to the cavity that I had! Little did I know at the time, my tonsils were loaded up with tonsil stones! After my dental appointment, I took a flashlight to look at the work my dentist had done. He did a great job on my teeth, but it was then that I noticed these white, yellowish objects protruding from my tonsils! I was really freaked out! And I completely understood WHY my dentist said OMG! But he never said anything to me, not a word about them and I don't understand why he didn't! Maybe I was the first case he had seen of them, but I doubt it. Anyway, I did as most everyone out there who discovers them, I started to poke at the largest one that I could see and reach, because all I knew was that I wanted whatever it was out of my mouth fast! I was able to dislodge it with a Q-tip. I continued until I got all of them out one by one. I was very repulsed by them being in my mouth! I too felt an immediate blow to my selfesteem. So I began researching the internet for my problem and discovered what it's called. I want everyone to know, that before I removed all of the stones, for many months I've felt sick; it felt like I had a constant throat irritation and just an over-all sick feeling. It literally took me over two days to successfully remove all of the stones that I could visually see. I can feel that they're gone and these past few days my 'overall sick feeling' is gone! I honestly believe that with my tonsils loaded up with these things, that it affected my head, ears and my throat and was making me constantly feel sick! I'm 48 years old and just discovered what these things are. In researching them, I've read where a person can bleed to death after a tonsilectomy if their stitches break open, so I'm not going there! I've just come to accept the fact that this is going to be just another part of my routine hygene with my mouth. The Q-tip method is working for me well. I've been able to overcome my gag reflex with using them. Then I rinse with warm salt water. My tonsil have never looked better! And I feel much better too. I don't plan to share this with affliction with anyone around me, like my family, friends and my co-workers, it will just freak them out and make them look at me with disgust. But, it's good to be able to share it with others like myself, who understand this problem. My advice to others is to just accept that you have this problem and to try and deal with it the best you can. It's basically a maintenance routine that you're going to have to continuously keep up for the rest of your life. I looked at my tonsil this morning and they're normal looking other than the pockets or crypts that are now empty. Thanks for allowing me to post! Sarah in California
guest commented on 26 Sep 2008, 14:27:17
I just recently discovered this website and found it by researching and trying to find out what's wrong with my tonsils! Like many of you out there, I too thought that I had throat cancer or something! Just recently I went to my dentist to have some work done. When he suited up with his headgear, a mask and a clear shield to cover his face and looked into my mouth and said "OH MY GOD!" I thought that he was re-acting to the cavity that I had! Little did I know at the time, my tonsils were loaded up with tonsil stones! After my dental appointment, I took a flashlight to look at the work my dentist had done. He did a great job on my teeth, but it was then that I noticed these white, yellowish objects protruding from my tonsils! I was really freaked out! And I completely understood WHY my dentist said OMG! But he never said anything to me, not a word about them and I don't understand why he didn't! Maybe it was the first case he had seen of them, but I doubt it. Anyway, I did as most everyone out there who discovers them, I started to poke at the largest one that I could see and reach, because all I knew was, that I wanted whatever it was out of my mouth fast! I was able to dislodge it with a Q-tip. I continued until I got all of them out one by one. I was very repulsed by them being in my mouth! I too felt an immediate blow to my self esteem. So I began researching the internet for my problem and discovered what they're called. I want everyone to know that, before I removed all of the stones, for many months I've felt sick; it felt as though I had a constant throat irritation and just an over-all sick feeling. It literally took me over two days to successfully remove all of the stones that I could visually see. Right now I can feel that they're gone and these past few days my 'overall sick feeling' is gone! I honestly believe that with my tonsils loaded up with these things, that it affected my head, ears and my throat and was causing me to constantly feel sick! I'm 48 years old and just discovered what these things are. In researching them, I've read where a person can bleed to death after a tonsilectomy if their stitches break open, so I'm not going there! I've come to accept the fact that this is going to be just another part of my routine hygene with my mouth. The Q-tip method is working well for me and I've been able to overcome my gag reflex with using them. Then I gargle with warm salt water. My tonsils have never looked better! And I'm feeling much better too. I don't plan to share this with affliction with anyone around me, like my family, friends and my co-workers, it would just freak them out and make them look at me with disgust. But, it's good to be able to share it with others that have tonsil stones , because they understand this problem. My advice to others is to just accept that you have this problem and to try and deal with it the best you can. It's basically a maintenance routine that you're going to have to continuously keep up with for the rest of your life. I looked at my tonsils this morning and they're normal looking other than the pockets or crypts that are now empty. Thanks for allowing me to post! Sarah
guest commented on 29 Sep 2008, 01:38:39
I first developed tonsil stones in my early 30's. The only change in my lifestyle around that time was change in my diet and what kinds of foods I was eating, so I am not sure if the tonsil stones began to develop as a result of my diet, or whether my tonsils simply began to incidentally catch food bacteria.
Either way, the ONLY way to permanently remove the threat of getting tonsil stones in the future is to have you tonsils removed. It's the ONLY way. The Therabreath products are good, but they won't fully prevent tonsil stones like actually removing your tonsils will. The Therabreath products are simply an alternative for people unwilling to have their tonsils removed, or can't have them removed immediately. When I got my tonsils removed, the surgeon also removed my Adendoid and Uvulva.
judy commented on 04 Oct 2008, 16:27:51
I've had these nasty things for years but only recently figured out (by reading online) what they are. For me there are a couple of things that make these a huge problem. First is that when I have one, it makes my throat VERY sore, and also makes me feel pretty sick. Also, I can't see them in the tonsil, and can't push on the tonsil at all without triggering a powerful gag reflex. I have tried gargling, and I already irrigate my sinuses regularly because of sinus problems, but neither seems to have any effect on the tonsil stones. It seems I just have to wait for my body to dislodge them, which sometimes takes weeks--me feeling lousy and having a lot of pain in my throat the whole time. So many days or even weeks go by, and then finally, and suddenly (without warning) the thing just pops out--sometimes so unexpectedly that I accidentally swallow it; really gross.
Maybe I'll try the waterpik thing. Anyone else with the inability to see them, and the big gag reflex, who has any insight, I'd be grateful to hear about what has helped.
guest crys commented on 08 Oct 2008, 01:18:19
I've had em for years too, but Im leaning more towards the idea that they're a chronic strep infection recurring, for those that dont get the bad breath ur lucky, but I've noticed the smell on complete strangers, and thought they had it too. Im a smoker, and have have regular sinus pain too. I'd prefer a cure without surgery.
Seastar commented on 11 Oct 2008, 22:07:58
Wow. This is what I've had since I was 6 and I'm 38 now. Just decided to google it and found this site. Thought I had strep throat every time white spots appeared. The doctor frequently couldn't see what I described and usually told me nothing looked red enough to be strep. I tried your q-tip ideas - not too fun but quite effective. I'm an elementary school teacher (first grade and music) and the bad breath and feeling of my throat closing up is driving me insane. I'm getting a water pik and I'll look in tonsilectomy too. Thanks for the support.
guest commented on 24 Oct 2008, 03:59:55
I went to my doctor about these tonsil stones, as i had a sore throat and swollen glands. I explained that I read on the net they were tonsil stones. My doctor said that they were just food particles lodged in the scars on my tonsils where I once has tonsillitis! Im so confused as my doctor is very reliable, but the internet says its something different? These are becoming quite painful and im finding it hard to swallow, they are not extremely large but they are about a half a centimeter in size, they are also really hard to shift. One is stuck there and no matter what I do it wont move. When i try to pick it out it moves around inside my tonsil so i think its gone but then it pops back out.
zach commented on 25 Oct 2008, 03:03:43
IF YOU HAVE TONSIL STONES, READ THIS:
EASY TRICK TO REMOVE TONSIL STONES: So these buggers get stuck in these "crypts" in the back of your throat. These "crypts" are filled with mucus, pus, saliva and what have you. So the easiest way is to remove them by suction. Just close your mouth, put your teeth together, and close the airway. Then push your tongue down and notice that you can create a vacuum in your mouth. Hold it for a couple of seconds at a time and look up to open the back of your mouth. Once stuff comes dislodged, you can cough/spit it out. I just discovered this trick today and I'm very excited. spread the word if you have some success with this. haha
Fig commented on 02 Nov 2008, 17:37:41
I have had these for probably 20 years now. Am 42 and saw an ENT who offered cotton buds (long sticks) or suggested a Water Pik. He said when it gets too bad, call to schedule tonsillectomy. After tonsil removal apparently they're gone forever! But the recovery sounds brutal. Digging them out with a Qtip has resulted in bleeding and more pain. If you can figure out how to push below and pop them out without gagging, that's great. I can't do it without choking. Have ordered a water pik on Amazon.com and it's $10 off if you get the $50 one for November 2008 only. Can't afford time off to do the surgery now. It is more risky the older you get. And to the person who asked about the neck lump, YES - have had a swollen lymph node on the side of my neck that corresponds with the mostly always sore tonsil - the one with the worst stones. Good luck everyone! Remember, they say to use the Water Pik on LOW setting with the tongue attachment to spray them out. Hope it works!
guest commented on 04 Nov 2008, 11:30:45
I have filled a plastic syringe (like the ones you get with liquid medication for kids) with water and squirted it at my tonsils to remove the stones
guest commented on 05 Nov 2008, 21:06:19
STOP DRINKING MILK! TRUST ME TRUST ME TRUST ME. I was suffering from them for a while and read that milk could be a big reason they occur...I figured what the heck, can't hurt to try. I stopped drinking milk and after a day or two i had no problems (make sure their aren't any stuck in there before trying this). For all the people that have had problems with this occurance...trust me and cut MILK out of your diet..even just to try. MILK is alive and your tonsils detect that..therefor they try to rid your mouth of the "bacteria" that milk brings by making the tonsil stones. MILK = TONSIL STONES! your bad breath/taste/feeling in throat/lack of confidence will be gone...I can't say it enough...MILK IS THE CAUSE
guest commented on 06 Nov 2008, 14:21:55
My entire family suffers from tonsil stones. My most recent plagued me with a sore throat for a week before I could dislodge it. We've found that a straightened bobby pin, and Q-tips work well for dislodging the stones.
I've found post nasal drip definately adds to the production of these little devils.
guest commented on 19 Nov 2008, 07:17:43
I get these more frequently now that i'm a little older (28) and they are annoying as hell. I have never seen one, nor picked one out but i just suck at them until they come out, which i think causes sore throat at times. I sometimes spit up blood in the morning and i think its from them and me sucking so hard on my tonsills all the time. Has anyone else had this problem?
guest commented on 20 Nov 2008, 15:47:48
Has any one else had constipation along with the tonsil stones, those two things seems to be linked as far as mine are concerned
guest commented on 23 Nov 2008, 05:36:22
Everytime I write something on here about my experience it gets deleted. ONE WORD> TONSILLECTOMY> I HAD MINE 3 WEEKS AGO. BEST DECISION.
guest, NC commented on 26 Nov 2008, 17:49:48
Wow! Like many of you, I, not only have suffered with these tonsil stones since elementary school, but did not know how common it was. I always thought that there was something wrong with my throat or something because I would get them. The way they would usually come out is when I would cough really hard. I would do this off and on for about a week or week and a half and it would usually work. But now, I think I've had one for almost a year and a half and my intense coughing is not unlodging it. After reading some of the suggestions posted here, I decided to try some, but ran into a problem. I know that it's there because I can feel it and taste it from time to time, but what if I can't see it? I will gag myself all day long proding my tonsil with long objects if it will just get it out. But I don't know what to do! How can I remove it if I can't even see it? Please help!! Should I go to my dentist or family doctor and ask if they can remove it? Thank you so much for your help!!
Sam commented on 02 Dec 2008, 14:26:39
I went into hospital last night as there was mucus and tiny lumps coming out of my left tonsil... i have had tonsilitus for the last 2 weeks and the last 4 years... I feel like i have one still stuck in my right tonsil but cant gert rid. Im 23 and have now been refered to have my tonsils out....Gonna b painful but i cant wait to get them out.....No more tonillistus or stones =)
guest commented on 04 Dec 2008, 20:43:21
I had this SAME exact problem. I was so embarrassed because they gave me such bad breath no matter how often i brushed my teeth. I gargled and nothing helped. Finally i took a bobby pin to my tonsil and out popped these, what i called, "puss balls". i know, gross... but thats what they looked like. i thought i was a freak! i ad tonsil crypts so bad that i could stick the bobby pin in one crypt and it would come out another. i finally went to the doctor and i got my tonsils removed (about 2 years ago, at age 18). Poof!!! problem solved! no more hassle or gargling, prying anything! and i haven't been sick since my tonsillectomy.
so glad to know i am not a freak!!
steph commented on 05 Dec 2008, 17:16:57
ah hey guys, wow i didn't think there would be such a site dedicated to tonsil stones haha, anyways today was the second time i coughed up a tonsil stone. my first time ...was a really long time ago, so im guessing this doesn't really happen too often for me? i hope?? i noticed my breath tasting a little foul and this morning i brushed my tongue and made myself gag, as usual, and a huge one came out o_o...so i finally looked it up and got some answers...but i hope i don't keep getting these??? and, when you get this little buggers, can you always see them when you look in the mirror?..because i'd like to keep them from growing as much as possible!
guest commented on 20 Dec 2008, 12:14:39
I first noticed this problem five years ago when I was 33. One day I felt something in my throat and looked at it with a flashlight and saw white spots all over my tonsils, I assumed it must be strep and planned to see a doctor. The spots looked weird and loose so I swabbed at my throat and a big nasty stinkball popped out. I kept poking around and couldn't believe the disgusting mess that was coming out of my throat, I smashed one and the whole bathroom smelled foul, it freaked out my BF. I have been getting them ever since, but I clean my tonsils so they never get big anymore.
My BF told me he never noticed me having bad breath problems. They don't seem to smell while intact. I now clean my tonsils a few times a week with a flashlight and blackhead remover dipped in smart mouth mouthwash. I see from another post someone else uses a blackhead remover too, it works great and it's smooth metal so it doesn't hurt or cause bleeding or any other damage to the tissue of the mouth, it's the best tool IMO.
I have read about laser surgery, but I can't seem to find a doctor who does it. I'm the sole proprietor of a business and there is no way I can take weeks off for tonsilectomy. I believe post nasal drip affects this, but I can't see how constipation could be directly related, but it could be something in the diet that exacerbates both conditions.
guest commented on 21 Dec 2008, 02:21:53
Melissa- it has been awhile since your post, but I hope you are doing better. I am sorry to hear about your intense struggle with tonsil stones. As the many posts here show you, you are not alone. I know physical ailments can lead to embarrassment, deep despair and weakened confidence, but please try to remember that you are so much more than your physical self- you are a beautiful soul-- and no physical affliction should ever override the intrinsic value of your life. Reach out- there is always hope. Always. I hope this holiday season finds you well. You are in my prayers.
angel commented on 24 Dec 2008, 18:55:38
Hey, Everyone please check out Dr. Harold Katz web site (linked above). For $12.00 I bought a Thera Breath starter kit.I have been to several doctors with no help.Within a couple of days my burning throat,white tongue,metal taste,and slimey feeling is much better.Im so glad I found this web site also I went to you tube to see what tonsil stones look like.I hope this helps.
Sean commented on 24 Dec 2008, 23:13:45
I had a tonsillectomy when I was a child, but I still cough up these things occasionally. They generally occur at times of stress, where I don't drink enough water, or eat a healthy diet. Last week, I coughed up about 15-20 over a two day period, most of them came from gargling, or rolling over the tongue and coughing them out.
I noticed a very significant correlation with excess mucus production from occasional acid reflux (which can be avoided by eating right and losing weight) and tonsoliths.
The best way to get them out is to gargle with mouthwash or salt water. It seems like when I twist my tongue and gargle, it dislodges them.
guest commented on 26 Dec 2008, 21:19:59
I haven't had my tonsils since I was a child, yet I have had the tonsil stones all my life, so don't get your tonsils taken out thinking this will get rid of them! I believe it is caused or at least worsened by dairy products and post nasal drip. The dairy products increase mucous, thus increasing post nasal drip, thus increasing incidence of stones.
guest commented on 27 Dec 2008, 20:50:30
The water pic is the only thing that work for me. A friend of mine had horrible tonsil stones and had her tonsils removed and has been free of stone since. I am considering this.
guest commented on 27 Dec 2008, 20:51:30
The water pic is the only thing that works for me. A friend of mine had horrible tonsil stones and had her tonsils removed and has been free of stones since. I am considering this.
RIFT commented on 28 Dec 2008, 13:41:13
Hello - I posted a note back in August 08 which is when I had my tonsils removed following a life long battle with really strong bad breath caused by tonsil stones. As promised, I am writing again to let you know whether or not having your tonsils removed works. The answer is yes it does. I no longer have that awful taste in the back of my mouth and people have stopped edging away from me when I speak. I feel so much more confident and I no longer spend hours looking in the mirror down the back of my throat poking around. I also don't have to spend tonnes of money on remedies that don't work.
In the end it took a good two and a half weeks to recover from the operation. At times it was quite painful but the thought of never having tonsil stones again made it all worth while.
I would like to clarify that tonsil stones have nothing to do with what type of food you eat, or whether or not you are feeling run down. Tonsil stones only exist in people who have crypts in thier tonsils - FACT. Not everyone has these crypts. The stones are made up of a combination of nasal drip (which every human has - basically it's snot!!) and food. So unless you stop getting your body to produce snot and stop eating altogether you will still get tonsil stones. My ENT specialist told me about people who had completely changed their diets and it had no effect at all.
Tonsil removal is the only complete cure. Water-piks and cotton buds etc are only ever going to be temporary methods of tonsil stone removal - and these don't work for everyone. The water-pik didn't work for me. Therabreath is also a temporary solution and if your stones were as bad as mine, it didn't always work. Also, one has to question whether the chemical element of such solutions is doing you any good.
I appreciate that tonsil removal won't be an option for everyone and some people will be happy to just keep on picking at thier stones for life. But for those of you who want to know what the only permenant cure is - it's having those tonsils removed!
guest commented on 31 Dec 2008, 09:33:36
I hate hate hate hate these things. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have visited this website hoping someone will have a miracle cure. I tried the Netti Pot for awhile and it did seem to work a little bit. I think I might order the waterpik too, maybe the combination will work. I have noticed the correlation with dairy as well. I can literally fell the mucus in the back of my throat thicken when I drink a glass of milk. My husband can smell them on me too, gross. The crazy thing is about a year ago he too started to get them and now I smell that same awful smell on him as well- It makes me wonder if the type of bacteria they come from is contagious???? I guess I will just stick with the q-tip method for now- I chew sugar free gum all day long to try and mask it- ugh I hate these things!!!
guest commented on 02 Jan 2009, 17:05:58
Have found your posts very interesting, thanks.
One thing I find always produces tonsil stones is eating almonds. Perhaps it is something to do with getting small pieces lodged in your tonsil crevices. Sometimes get the same result from other nuts as well.
I now steer clear of all nuts unless in the form of nut butter. It hasn't entirely gotten rid of the tonsil stones, but they aren't nearly so bad now.
Good luck to you!
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