Tonsilloliths are small white masses that are generally harmless. They are generally not painful or cause any other problems. They usually form on the back of the tongue and sometimes the throat as well. However, they can also develop on the tonsillar crypts. Tonsilloliths are made up of various particles, mostly food particles.
They can be classified into two major groups: mucous-producing tonsilloliths and stones-producing tonsilloliths. Mucous-producing tonsilloliths usually produce a watery white or yellow substance. These are very common and are normally nothing to worry about. Stones-producing tonsilloliths are a bit larger and usually consist of a combination of
- Food debris
- Dead tissues
- Sometimes other foreign objects
They can irritate the throat and the tonsils, sometimes even causing severe pain. They can appear as small white or yellow lumps, ranging from extremely small to quite large. Often the stones will disappear in a matter of weeks.
Treatments for Tonsilloliths
Treatment of this condition generally involves removing the tonsillar crypts or clearing the debris that collects there. Some people may choose to remove the stones themselves. The first thing you should do if you think your tonsilloliths stones is to try to clear out the pockets in your throat where the stones could have come from.
If your tonsillar crypts or the pockets in which the stones developed in your throat are not causing any problems, then you may decide to try a natural remedy to clear them out. There are several homeopathic remedies available which you can make at home. One popular one is called Haemorrhoid Drops.
You can either purchase them at the pharmacy or make them at home with a teaspoonful of dried herbs and honey mixed together in a glass of warm water. It is best to gargle with the mixture twice daily – once in the morning and again at bedtime and let it sit in the mouth for 5 minutes before swallowing it.
If you prefer, you can also add one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to the mixture. A number of natural home remedies are also available which claim to help you clear out tonsilloliths. These include drinking plenty of water, taking a warm bath or shower, exercising regularly, and by eating a diet which is rich in calcium.
What to do if your tonsilloliths are caused by infection
If your tonsilloliths are caused by an infection such as tonsillitis, you may also want to eat yoghurt containing live cultures and good bacteria. This should help the infection to pass. If your tonsilloliths are not caused by an infection but rather by an allergic reaction, then your doctor may be able to help you with a pill.
If you have not already noticed a change in the size and appearance of your tonsils after they have been cleaned, then the pills may be helpful. You can take the pills two times a day or even three times a day for several days. Tonsilloliths that are caused by chronic inflammation of the tonsils should be removed through surgery. You will need to be sedated for this procedure. Read Tonsil stones: causes, symptoms, & how to remove them.
As you may have guessed, home remedies for tonsilloliths may not be the only ones that work for you
In some cases, your doctor may recommend that you get a tonsillectomy to remove the tonsilloliths completely. Your doctor will likely tell you how much pain you will have after the surgery and if the surgery is successful in removing the tonsilloliths.
Then you may choose from an array of treatments, including surgery or non-surgical treatment, such as an oral treatment that is often used to dissolve the stones. If you have a more serious case of tonsilloliths, then you will likely be required to take a course of antibiotics. This will also relieve the symptoms, such as a sore throat, sore tonsils, fever, and cough.
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