The tonsils are a pair of soft tissue masses located at the rear of the throat (pharynx).
Each tonsil is composed of tissue similar to lymph nodes, covered by pink mucosa (like on the adjacent mouth lining). Running through the mucosa of each tonsil are pits, called crypts.
Tonsil Stones is a lump of calcified material in the tonsils, the fleshy pads at the back of the throat.
Causes Of Tonsil Stones
- feeling of an obstruction at the top of your throat
- foul smell and bad breath from the infection that increases over time
- difficulty breathing if they become big enough to block the airway
- pain when swallowing, eating, or drinking
Symptoms Of Tonsil Stones
- white or yellow flecks at the back of your throat that may grow larger over time
- foul breath
- sore throat
- trouble swallowing
- tonsil swelling
- ear pain
1. Apple cider vinegar or any vinegar:
Dilute with water and gargle. Vinegar is supposed to be able to break down the stones because of its acidic content.
Garlic has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It may combat bacterial growth and infection.
3. Cotton swab or finger:
If you can see the tonsil stone, you may be able to remove it by gently pressing on the tonsil with a cotton swab. Do this very carefully as it may cause additional infection if done aggressively or if the stone’s larger.
Gargle with salt water immediately after you remove a tonsil stone this way. You shouldn’t do this unless the stone is easy to reach and small.
Depending on the size of the stone, coughing could to dislodge a stone in some cases.
5. Essential oils:
Some oils have anti-inflammatory or antibacterial properties. Examples are myrrh, thieves oil, and lemongrass. These may be able to help reduce or eliminate your tonsil stones.
Dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil and place one or two drops on a toothbrush before brushing the stones. Be sure to follow the directions for each specific oil.
Because of the number of bacteria, it’s recommended that you don’t use this toothbrush going forward.
6. Salt water:
Rinsing with salt water is an effective treatment of oral wounds.
Eating yogurt that contains probiotics may be able to counteract the bacteria causing tonsil stones.
The acidic content of apples may help combat the bacteria in a tonsil stone.
Chewing carrots helps increase saliva and the production of natural antibacterial processes. This may help reduce or eliminate your tonsil stones.
Onions are believed to contain strong antibacterial properties. Including them in your diet may help prevent or eliminate tonsil stones.