TONSIL STONES

This post today is a bit of a fun one and I thought interesting to write about it as it was an experience that I hadn’t had before.

Going on a wonderful trip to China this summer it was very very hot. For someone who has lived and comes from a hot African country I still couldn’t hack the weather.

The days leading to my return back to England I had a very heavy sensation at the back of my throat leading to me thinking that I was going to come down with my hundredth or maybe thousandth fight with tonsillitis.

Finally I was back in England and my throat was still feeling heavy, but no signs of tonsilitis (which I was estatic about).
I decided to get a torch and look in the mirror.

*shuddering interlude*

To my disgust and a little scared I saw a yellow like ball lodged in my left tonsil.

I didn’t know what to do so I wrote a detailed description into my google server and tonsil stone was the result.
I then watched a lot of videos of how to remove them using a cotton bud and then proceeded to research what they were.
Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are hard white or yellow formations that are located on or within the tonsils.

It’s common for people with tonsil stones to not even realize they have them. Tonsil stones aren’t always easy to see and they can range from rice-sized to the size of a large grape.

Tonsil stones rarely cause larger health complications. However, sometimes they can grow into larger formations that can cause your tonsils to swell, and they often have an unpleasant odor.

There are many things that can cause tonsil stones these are:
poor dental hygiene
large tonsils
chronic sinus issues
chronic tonsillitis (inflamed tonsils)
dry mouth
bacteria
dehydration

On seeing all of these causes from various sources I came to the conclusion that my experience with tonsil stones must have been due to dehydration and having chronic tonsillitis.

There are also symptoms that you may want to be aware off when it comes to tonsil stones these are:
Bad breath
Sore throat
trouble swallowing
ear pain

There are many ways in which we can help treat tonsil stones these include:

practicing good oral hygiene , including cleaning the bacteria off the back of your tongue when you brush your teeth
stopping smoking
gargling with salt water
drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated

Now onto how to remove tonsil stones. Above I had explained how I used a cotton bud. As the tonsils are a sensitive tissue this is a very good and safe way to remove them.  Coughing can also loosen them up.
Another thing is gargelling with salt water

These being just a few things that have been seen as the most effective.

 

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