Tonsil Stones: Symptoms And How To Manage It

If you observe yellow-whitish pimples on your tonsils, you are most likely to have tonsil stones.

Sambhav Kumar
Written by: Sambhav KumarUpdated at: Feb 08, 2023 09:58 IST
Tonsil Stones: Symptoms And How To Manage It

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Despite regular brushing and flossing, discomfort in the back of your throat with or without bad breath, may be an indication of a variety of illnesses, including strep throat or tonsillitis. If you observe yellow-whitish pimples on your tonsils, you are most likely to have tonsil stones.

Tonsil stones are often gravel-sized, but they can also be fairly minute and cannot be seen with the naked eye. If they grow for an extended length of time, they can potentially grow to the size of a golf ball or larger. They are typically soft but can harden and are light yellowish or white in appearance.

Symptoms Of Tonsil Stones

Following are the symptoms of tonsil stones:

  • Bad breath that persists
  • Tonsils with visible pale-yellow or white deposits
  • Sore throat that won't go away
  • Foreign object sensation in the back of your neck
  • Having difficulty swallowing
  • Pain
  • Earache
  • Infections of the throat that are difficult to treat with antibiotics

One of the most typical ways for people to discover they have tonsil stones is to look in the mirror and notice these growths. Tonsil stones are not always apparent to the naked eye.  The formations may be too small to discern with the naked eye at times, or they may be buried too deeply in the tonsillar tissue.

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Bad breath is another common symptom of tonsil stones caused by the disagreeable odour of the masses. Some people may visit the doctor or dentist due to foul breath.

When you have both tonsil stone and tonsillitis, it can be difficult to determine which is causing the pain in your throat. The tonsil stone may cause pain or discomfort.

Causes And Risk Factors

In the case of tonsil stones, the surface of the tonsils is more uneven than smooth in some people, with crevices and pockets known as "crypts" that are deep enough to hold food particles, bacteria, saliva, and other waste. Food, plaque, and cellular debris such as skin cells and mouth lining all gather in the pits and crevices causing tonsil stones. 

Shape of your tonsils is also one of the reasons behind the tonsil stones. People with more crypts are more likely to develop the growth of tonsil stones because the fissures allow food and debris to accumulate. However, it should be emphasised that poor oral hygiene can lead to the development of tonsil stones, and brushing, flossing, and gargling water in the back of your throat on a regular basis are key strategies to help prevent the problem.

Also read: Tonsil Stones: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis And Treatment

How You Can Manage Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones can usually be treated at home. Some people prefer to use a cotton swab or their finger to push these items out. If it bothers you because it sets off your gag reflex, utilising a water flosser to flush out the stones may be a better option.

Tonsil stones can be avoided by practising good dental hygiene, such as brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Water flossing the tonsils and mouth may also assist by cleaning away debris and bacteria.

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