You’ve heard about gallbladder and kidney stones but what about tonsil stones?
If you were to ask a friend, “What are the types of stones that can be formed in the human body?” The answer you’ll most likely get would be “kidney and/or gallbladder stones”.
However, did you know that there is another area of your body where stones can form? Your tonsils are another location where hard stones can develop and this could sometimes get painful. Similar to the other types of stones that could form in your body, you may not realise the formation of tonsil stones in your tonsils. Of course, that is until you start experiencing its symptoms.
Your tonsils are located at the back of your throat. They are located in pockets, at each side of your throat. Tonsils are made out of tissues that contain lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are cells in your body which helps to prevent and fight infections.
It is believed that your tonsils play a role in your immune system whereby it functions like a ‘filter’, trapping bacteria and virus particles which passes through your throat.
However, at the same time, medical experts also believe that tonsils could also cause trouble towards your health. Hence, this is why some doctors may recommend removing one’s tonsils if deemed necessary. Medical evidence also suggests that people who remove their tonsils are less likely to suffer from bacterial and viral infections in the future, as compared to those who have their tonsils intact.
Your tonsils have an uneven surface which allows bacteria, mucous and dead cells to get trapped along it. The trapped materials will then harden and form into tonsillolith or also known as tonsil stones. They are usually found in the pockets of your tonsils and are generally white-ish in colour and small in size.
Tonsil stones can contribute to bad breath and inflammation of your throat, which will cause pain when swallowing. This will not only affect your health but your self-esteem too.
These stones might loosen up and separate from the pockets by itself or you can gently remove it with a cotton swab. Nonetheless, you should consult your doctor before attempting this at home.
Bad breath and a painful throat should not be a part of your life. If tonsil stones are affecting your quality of life, the best and only way to prevent it is to undergo tonsillectomy. If you are considering this procedure, consult and Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon for advice.