If your throat hurts whenever you swallow and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong in your tonsils or throat, you may be affected by tonsil stones or tonsillolith.
Although this is considered a fairly common complaint, it doesn’t pose much of a threat so many doctors and health practitioners pay little to no attention to it. The small cracks and holes in your tonsils is normally where the tonsilloliths grows.
As this part of the throat can often have more cracks and holes than it actually needs, it can pose the risk of tonsil stones forming in some people’s throats that are susceptible. It is very important to remember that not everyone experiences tonsil stones or tonsillolith.
Tonsil stones are generally about 1cm in size, are calcified and appear in the lingual and palatine areas of the tonsils. They are made up of different minerals, as the stone part of the name suggests.
Interestingly you can find both magnesium and calcium in tonsil stones that have been removed. In different people, tonsil stones have also been known to be made of carbonite material or even residual ammonia.
Doctors do not worry too much about tonsil stones as they are never life threatening. This is perhaps connected to the tonsil stones’ size. Average tonsil stones are about 3/4 the size of a normal multivitamin pill.
Having the stones removed:
When you need to have your stones removed, you should make an appointment with an ENT Doctor. ENT Doctors are qualified particularly in the throat, nose and ear and will be able to look closely to see exactly what is happening in your throat.
Having tonsil stones removed by an ENT doctor is the best option if you have one or two tonsil stones and the awkwardness and pain is becoming a daily problem.
It is important to remember though that if you have suffered from tonsil stones in the past, more may form further down the line. As there is a connection between bad breath and tonsil stones, if you frequently suffer from bad breath, you should visit your ENT doctor.
Bacteria have been proven in various tests and other research to be a trigger for this calcified and very firm stones. In the human mouth there are thousands and hundreds of thousands of bacteria in various forms the majority of the time.
The problems start when the bacteria in your mouth and throat area become too powerful. As you can guess what these miniature attackers can do to your throat is not pretty.
A simpler technique used for removing tonsil stones manually is by using a cotton swab or something similar to push the stones away. Although it is considered wise to seek the advice and expertise of a doctor with most health complaints, this method can be used in the comfort of your home as long as you are careful and take it easy on your throat.
You can get rid of tonsil stones from your throat by yourself. This is generally a lot easier if you can locate them with a mirror and they are not too far away from the entrance to your throat. It can be tricky, but once you relax it should not take very long.