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 04 Jan 2009, 23:53:07
OMG! I have been dealing with the extremely uncomfortable feeling of something stuck in my throat for several weeks. Of course I was anticipating the worst... Finally got the courage to search the web ! I had no idea tonsil stones even existed until 2 days ago. I fit all the symptoms described by you, my fellow sufferers... But I couldn't see anything on my tonsils. I poked and prodded with Qtips (and even one of those blackhead extractor things)... All to no avail. Out of frustration and desperation I gave it another go tonight with my flashlight and mirror! Tonight I rubbed and pressed on my tonsil, pushing from the bottom up, then ewwww out stuck one of those white balls of crud (tiny). I got it!!!! But still felt something in my throat, so I pressed on (literally). This time was much more disgusting... It was (forgive me) like popping a zit... Pressing while more and more white crud squeezed out. And, despite everyone's warnings of how bad it would smell--I had to smell it (as if the foul taste it left in my mouth wasn't bad enough). Ewww would be an understatement... It was as if I was on a strict diet of poop and toilet water. That is the most disgusting thing I have ever smelled, worse yet, it came out of my mouth!!! WTF!
Thanks, all, for helping me find relief!
guest-Deb commented on 10 Jan 2009, 15:58:03
I am new to this and was concerned about using a Water Pik after reading how the force of it could cause damage to the tonsil area (although stupidly I tried a wooden chopstick!) I did find an alternate way to accomplish the same thing using a (new, unused,emptied & cleaned - obviously) fleet enema bottle filled with water, although sometimes I add a small amount of mouthwash to get a fresh feeling.
It is important to keep refilling the bottle to achieve the greatest force. Fill the sink with water (to catch the final product) and lean over it. Relaxing your throat/tonsil area, squeeze the water into the crypt with as much force as you can and do this repeatedly.
The first time it took several attempts but eventually the large stone I could see in the mirror was in the sink. I was ecstatic and felt clean again. I now do this 2 - 3 times a day, at least every time I brush, after I eat if I am home. It is unbelievable how fast they re-form, which is why I feel there is no harm in flushing whenever you can, especially if only using plain water.
At this point I never see stones when I look with the magnifying mirror, so that's awesome. They begin to form so fast, however, that almost every other time I flush I will dislodge some debris, but a very very small piece.
I no longer have that awful taste, I can no longer smell it myself, and I no longer have people backing away from me.
I no longer am getting the yucky feelings from gargling with peroxide and/or salt and/or mouthwash, and I don't have the expense of Dr. Katz's product.
It is worth the little effort a few times a day, just as you brush your teeth, bathe, use deodorant, put on perfume, or any of the things we all do to make ourselves smell clean and fresh.
Please tell me if this helps you!
Tom commented on 10 Jan 2009, 23:45:44
I use my finger to sort of pop them out, and I find it the easiest to remove them first thing in the morning when I first get up for the day. But if your gonna use your finger, then make sure your finger is clean so that your not exposing your throat to more germs. And of course, wash your hands with soap afterwords so you don't spread germs to everything you touch, and also to get that terrible smell of your finger.
Stan DePayne commented on 20 Jan 2009, 19:28:42
I've managed to avoid bad breath living with tonsil stones but the one thing that continues to stink is my saliva. Is that just everyone with tonsil stones or is it just me?
guest Law commented on 09 Feb 2009, 23:16:58
Is it ok if after I scrape the stone out, a hole remains. If it is ok, will the hole ever go away?
guest commented on 11 Feb 2009, 21:37:34
has anyone heard of a book called tonsil stones secret home remedies? Does the diet change really work?
Trevor commented on 16 Feb 2009, 13:47:33
It is somewhat comforting to note how many other people have this problem. These are pretty disgusting. My doctor told me that they are usually caused by post-nasal drip. You don't have to have full-on head cold for this to occur. They are essentially a combo of mucus and plasma collected in the pockets of your tonsils. Your body's natural defense system is fighting off the nasty stuff, but producing nasty stuff in return! So to really gross you out, it is essentailly hardened puss, like you might have with a pimple, or more accurately, a cyst. Gross, I know.
I have seasonal allergies that make the tonsil stones appear more frequently. Allergy medications along with a sinus rinse with a neti pot and saline solution work well. It alleviates the frequency. But I still use the manual method for clearing them out, either with my fingers (which I try to avoid for smelly fingers and for transfering more bacteria onto them) or a cotton swab. I'll have to try the water pick, though I'd think the stream might be a little on the strong side.
guest commented on 03 Mar 2009, 03:38:14
q-tips caused me to gag and i can never reach quite far enough, so i've taken to using disposable pipettes to suck them out. you can cut the pipettes to an appropriate size, squeeze the pipette's bulb to release air, gently push up against the crypt, and slowly release the bulb to suck out the tonsil stone. it's effective and gag-free!
guest commented on 09 Mar 2009, 08:41:15
I have found the SOLUTION! Tonsil stones are a side effect of a disease called CANDIDA. Look it up, go on the anti candida diet, your tonsils will return back to normal size and your stones will be gone. The hard part is sticking to the diet for 3 straight months to starve the fungus out of your body. This means no sugar, dairy, yeasts, bread, fermented food or anything else that causes candida to flourish.
guest commented on 21 Mar 2009, 19:57:38
My doctor told me their normal and usally from a nasal drip caused by eating to much dairy. I have limited the amount of dairy in my diet and I really don't have much of a problem anymore. The only weird thing is that I now have a hole where the last one I had was which won't close up.
robert commented on 22 Mar 2009, 18:48:01
your product are too expensive. you better lower the price so that pour people can buy
rose commented on 22 Mar 2009, 21:04:24
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guest commented on 27 Mar 2009, 01:05:29
Has anyone ever gotten them where they leave a large hole in your tonsils that never seems to close up? I t seems like I've had this for a while and everytime it seems like it's gone away I look in my throat and it's filled with these nasty little things. Has this ever happend to anyone?
guest commented on 15 Apr 2009, 16:28:31
After 20 years of tonsil stones, I am having good results from 1. no dairy foods,
and 2. using a water syringe to squirt warm water into the tonsil crevices to dislodge stones. you can add a little hydrogen peroxide to the water, or salt but salt causes gagging. good luck!
guest commented on 15 Apr 2009, 22:23:57
i use the biggest hairpin i can find and dig it out with no problem.
HugeStoney commented on 17 Apr 2009, 11:29:10
So I have been trying to find some info on this. Everyone seems to talk about these being small things, but when I got my first one it was about the size of my pinky nail (I'm really not exaggerating, I put it on my nail and it covered it). I am looking at the posts about water picks and such and it just seems like it would not work for something this large. I mean this may be way to much info but I was eating a taco a while back and suddenly my throat hurt. I thought it was just another large stone so excused myself, went to the bathroom, and saw what I thought was a small piece of lettuce logged in the hole. I pulled it out and it was probably about 3/4 of an inch that was "hiding" in my tonsil. So that hole must go down pretty deep. Also I don't get just one at a time if they are the little ones, they seem to come out with 5 or more.
I also have to ask, I never got these until I had a boyfriend who got them. After he had them for a while before I began to get them, so is the bacteria able to be passed to others? Also I never had large tonsils till I met him (they tucked nicely in the back of my throat and you couldn't see them without some serious investigating)...So what's up can this make your tonsils get bigger?
So on that same note, this summer I was diagnosed with asthma. The way the doctors came to this conclusion was that my body would try to faint (vision start closing down and flashy lights surrounded the edge). They put me on an inhaler and it seemed to work. Could it actually just be that my tonsils have grown so large they are restricting my air flow?
Does anyone know if the operation to get your tonsils removed because of this is normally covered by insurance, or is it an out of pocket expense? And does anyone have a referral to a doctor in the southern California area(I'm in San Diego, but definitely willing to drive) who will remove tonsils because of this?
Thanks in advance for any info.
guest commented on 17 Apr 2009, 18:26:23
I have had these small white lumps for years and I was always too embarrassed to say anything. I haven't suffered from them for a good 6 months and had forgotten about it, until tonight that was! I had a small one and my partner asked me what was wrong, as I was making a funny noise as it was at the back of my throat. I told him what the problem was and he suggested I look it up. Like many before, I couldn't find much on the internet, apart from the name of my condition. Hearing from everyone on here was great, now I know it's not a serious condition. I don't get bad breath from these things, and I just push on my tonsils and they come out. I do get a cluster, probably 6 or 7 lumps in one, but I did suffer from tonsilitis severely when I was younger. Has anyone else made this connection?
guest commented on 28 Apr 2009, 09:00:13
I have tonsil stones and they are usually just like every description I can find online but yesterday when I went to remove them, there were two problems; first of all there were extremely many of them, although most of them very small, but I've never seen so many before!! Secondly, they were green...........What's going on here? :S
guest commented on 06 May 2009, 01:32:07
I am 28 and have just been diagnosedwith tonsil stones. However mine started out white almost three weeks ago and recently are geting bigger in size and also they are now an yellow/orangey brown color. My biggest concern is that I had my tonsolectomy done when I was only five... However all my signs and symptoms are kinda friieghtening me bc they are exactly what Im going through and i dont understand. Everything Im reading is saying take your tonsils out.
guest commented on 12 May 2009, 01:54:51
I just read this last night. Thanks to the posts on this site, I FOUND AN EXTRACTION METHOD. I got the idea from the gentleman who said he fashioned his own tools to remove the stones using pen caps. I took a hair pin (about 3 1/2" long, available at beauty supply stores) and taped it to the end of a writing pen, with the round part facing out. Make sure it doesn't move. With my left hand, I held a flashlight up to my mouth while facing the mirror. With the right hand, I put the end of my new "tool" up against my tonsil to push back the primary "curtain". This is where my cavity is. Once I witnessed the white substance, I started to maneuver the end of the tool, and it sort of guided itself to extract the tonsil stone. It was so much easier than I expected! I went back in twice more, and got the rest of it. A good way to know if it is all out, I think, is to make the "hairball motion" you probably do when these things are about to drop and your trying to "hack" them out. If you smell any hint of that horrid scent we are all so used to, there is probably more in there. Also, you can put your finger around the infected area, and if it smells, you aren't done extracting, or you may have another cavity. Make sure to rinse the end of the hair pin in listerine or alcohol, to ensure it is truly clean, as your tonsils WILL bleed a little when extracting.
Another helpful tip: Go onto Youtube.com and put in keywords "tonsil stones". This is where I found video on where to look for these horrible little things. Warning: It's gross.
Guys, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS WEBSITE, and your wonderful ideas. I hope this helps. I am free of these stupid things for the first time in years!
cj commented on 16 May 2009, 01:11:09
I have been getting these for 30 years. I think it has to do with sinus problems. I usually have alot of mucus in my throat when I get thelm. and when I get them out, my eyes water and I break out in a sweat. anyone else like that?
guest commented on 21 May 2009, 17:52:40
Just went and got a water pik to get some of these buggers out of my throat - I am sooo sore from picking at it all day, once I realized what they were I ahd to get them OUT. The water pik did the trick, I have a serious gag reflex and the q-tip thing couldn't work. I made my son hold a flashlight, it was a rather comical experience to try and maneuver the pik and have him hold the light as water sprayed everywhere, but I got just abotu all of it out! I know there's still mroe but it's stubborn and seems to be sticking to my tonsil crypt. I have had these my whole life, and am so glad to have a name and know I'm not alone! YUCK I hate these things, and the smell is unbearable
guest commented on 18 Jun 2009, 00:04:58
I have been getting tonsil stones weekly for along time now. They are driving me crazy. I do not want surgery! I have tried Dr.Katz products and I was only mildly impressed. The problem is you have to continue buying his products all the time. Who has that kind of money? I don't! My next attempt is going to be a water pik at least I only have to buy that one time! Good Luck everyone!
guest commented on 24 Jun 2009, 23:06:03
yes me too wow good to find others with the same problem and finding out what it is and how to get rid of it. Thank you for this website. I have wondered about getting my tonsils taken out, but now it looks like I do not have to. Thank you.
guest commented on 09 Jul 2009, 23:47:36
I saw on "The Doctors" a new technique to remove the crypts from the tonsils. They use a simple laser - they showed the procedure on the show. It took 20 minutes start (numbing with a nose spray) till it was over. The doctor has a sleep clinic and he used the laser for snoring problems.
Jennie commented on 14 Jul 2009, 12:42:56
Yes, same thing here. I found when I remember to take my allergy medication, the build up is not as fast. I think most of the hardened matter is in fact phlem that gets stuck in the holes, especially if you have postnasal drip. Ugh, grosses me out just thinking about the idea. Typically I can press and get them out, but once in a while, I get one way back there and he just peeps out here and there, but I can't seem to dislodge it until it breaks free a bit more from the hole. I am always so self conscious till the sucker vacates. Gonna try the water pik too. I like that idea and sound like the vibration of the water may help loosen the stubborn ones too.
guest commented on 24 Jul 2009, 10:51:25
I am soo thankful for this site!!! For over a year I've been thinking I had throat cancer and was to scared to go to the doctor to get bad news. Now I'll make and app with my doc just to make sure because no one in these comments ever said that they've been tested for cancer...? (I know I don't have one because I would've been dead by now but ill feel so much better once I go and see a health specialist). BTW, I just pop mine out like I would a pimple on my face. Sometimes I gag but I don't get my stones that often like some of the above people. Maybe few in about three months. Not too bad but still nasty and icky! THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS SITE!!!!!
guest commented on 25 Jul 2009, 22:45:59
Aged 41 and am now getting these damn things. Unsure if it's related but about 2 months ago started training (running, biking, swimming) for a triathlon. After hard exercise I'd get this tickle in the throat like something was lodged - quite alarming sometimes. Then after a day or so I'd cough one or two of these nasties up in the morning shower. Tonsils feel quite inflamed and I've had sinus drainage and pressure past 8 days. I've been eating lots of cottage cheese of late so I'm going to eliminate that and gargle salt water daily. Can't see them on my tonsils - it feels as though it's slightly 'around the bend' and cannot be seen with a flashlight. No particular bad breath that I notice. Maybe the wife is just too accommodating.
brenda commented on 26 Jul 2009, 07:29:32
I have problem w/tonsil stones.My ears nnose and throat told me how to care for them on my own. IHe said to use a tongue depressor and push stones out. I also use a mouthwash non alcohol . This has helped me greatly.
C commented on 09 Aug 2009, 23:48:39
For those of you who gag easily and can't push the tonsil to squeeze it out, here's what I did:
I find that if you take a q-tip and pull the cotton off one end, you have a narrow tube. I wedged a toothpick in there firmly giving me extra reach without sticking my hand halfway down my throat. After that, I then broke the other end of the toothpick I'd be putting in my mouth very slightly to make a hook at an obtuse angle. By doing this I was able to put it under the stone and pry it out. If you do this, DO IT GENTLY and take your time. Also, leaning your head helps. If it's on the right tonsil, tilt your head left and vice versa. Pushing very very gently under my jaw to raise the stone up a bit also worked well.
Also guys, thanks for simply being here. While I wouldn't wish tonsil stones on my worst enemy, there's a great deal of comfort to be had in knowing I'm not alone.
guest commented on 10 Aug 2009, 00:17:32
im 22 and got my tonsils out last week. YES it hurt like hell but anyone can do it.... just take your pain meds.... neways,i have not had any of those nasty stones and hope to never have to worry about HORRIBLE breath agian... i never even wanted to talk to guys..shit anyone really. go to a ent doctor... they know all about these "stones"!!!!! good luck
guest commented on 14 Aug 2009, 16:44:27
I have had my tonsils removed. I have had my fingers down my throat all day. I have no idea where, but it feels like back, top left of my throat. I can NOT pop it out. I have had 2 before and they came out when i coughed. how far back should i be pokin? i am gagging a ton haha...gross!!!!!
guest commented on 26 Aug 2009, 22:03:51
The easiest removal technique that I have found:
Dab a q-tip into a small amount of hydrogen peroxide.
Dab the stones very gently once or twice.
The bubbles from the hydrogen peroxide will push the stones out.
Then I rinse with fresh water.
guest commented on 03 Sep 2009, 00:33:16
i saw someones comment on one of these posts on how to get rid of them and it is WORKING GREAT-the best tool yet-as i dont want to stick tweezers in my throat and in my tonsil cavities. it is with a medicine dropper, i just go into the cavities and suck them out with this plastic tool and it has been working awesome, except i think i have them all cleaned out nice and good, there they are again-morning and back at night, over and over again, on both sides! the medicine dropper works great, trust me, but i wouldl like to look into tonsil resurfacing to maybe cauterize the cavities, since ENTs wont remove tonsils just due to stones. trust me, try the medicine dropper, it is amazing-
Tormented-Teen commented on 06 Sep 2009, 16:37:39
all my life i have had good oral hygeine.The last thing i wouldve worried about was bad breath. That was until 2009 when i gradually realised i was starting to get this horrible curse. As the months went by i tried desperatley 2 find the cause. At 1st i thought brushing more would help. It didn't. Then i thought flossing more would help. It didn't. Then i started using a special mouthwash that was costing me a fortune. It sort of helped but i knew it wasn't the complete solution. It was only last month when i noticed a white particle near my tonsil. I got it out with a cotton bub just out of curiosity. My natural instict was to smell it. I wasn't prepared for the vile, disgusting smell that hit me instantly. Thats when i knew this had been contributing massively to my misery. I searched on the web for an explanation. So from then i observed my tonsils every day and every day i would find little pieces of debri. I used up a whole pack of cotton buds in a week! but i didn't care as long as i could get them all out. However, now i have noticed a bigger, deeper hole on my tonsil and a disgusting yellow stone. I just pray to god it hasn't been there for long. For the past 3 days ive been trying 2 get it out. All i do manage to get out is smaller pieces but never the big one. I appreciate all of ur stories, no disrespect but i am going through a worse time than any of u. I am a teen in school and i cannot study or socialise because of this horrible condition. I am/was a very popular student. And i still am to other students but to me i feel like trash coz im always paranoid that i smell like trash. I really hope to find a solution. Good luck to everyone else
Dr. Sharon commented on 21 Sep 2009, 17:00:46
I got fed up with the repeated bad breath caused from the tonsil stones, so I had my tonsils removed. I am very thankful I did.
guest commented on 06 Oct 2009, 23:50:30
Nice to come across this site. Wish I would have years ago. I have been suffering from this for years and always wondered what was going on. My husband has been sick of hearing me gag myself & throwing up in the bathroom almost nightly. My doc referred me to a ENT & the ENT doc said he could give me medicated mouth wash to help fight it, but that I would deal with it the rest of my life. He said my tonsils were really pitted. I opted to have my tonsils removed in a couple of weeks. I'm almost 33, so it is better to get it done now than wait till I am 42 like my sis & wish I would have done it. She wishes she had her tonsils out many many years ago, but was too stubborn to do it. Now she is scared because how bad they say it is for adults. Some of the methods I used to remove the stones were: qtips, bottom of my toothbrush, a spoon & a really thick zip tie.
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I have suffered from these nasty critters [tonsil stones] for years. I just accepted that I would always have them. However, since using the tonsil stone remedy I learned about on tonsilstones.net, I have not experienced even one tonsil stone.
- Mike, Missouri USA
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