Tonsil stones occur when bacteria, mucous, dead cells or other debris are trapped in the tonsil. Over time, the debris hardens to form stone. In most cases, home remedies help to cure tonsil stones. Large tonsil stones that cannot be dislodged with home remedies require surgical intervention. In several cases, the small tonsil stones rarely produce any noticeable symptoms. Bad breath or halitosis is the most common symptom of tonsil stones. Nearly three out of every four people with tonsil stones have foul breath. The debris trapped in the pockets of the tonsil produce compounds with foul odor, causing bad breath. Difficulty in swallowing, sore throat and tonsil inflammation are other common signs of presence of stones in the tonsil. Tonsil stones are more common in people with chronic tonsillitis. Appropriate treatment can reduce the discomfort in the throat by eliminating the stones from the tonsil.
How To Cure Tonsil Stones
Salt Water Gargle
Gargling with warm saline water is the simplest way to remove the small stones from the tonsils. It helps to dislodge the hardened debris trapped in the tonsil crypt. Gargling with salt water also helps to alleviate the discomfort in the throat that occurs when stones are present in the tonsils. It also helps to heal infections in the throat or tonsillitis, which is common in people suffering from tonsil stones or tonsillolith. The antiseptic property of salt helps to kill bacteria trapped in the tonsil along with the stones. Gargling may not provide instant relief from tonsil stones. It usually takes several days to remove tonsil stones by gargling.
Remove Tonsil Stones With Swabs
You can consider removing the tonsil stones, especially the large ones, with cotton swabs. To remove the tonsil stone, stand in front of a mirror, and open your mouth to locate the stone. To dislodge the stone, push the stone upwards with the cotton swab. Instead of swallowing the dislodged tonsil stone, try to spit it. After removing the stone from the throat, gargle with saline water. However, if you find the process difficult, to avoid injuring your tonsils, seek professional assistance.
To flush out the stones trapped in the tonsils, drink plenty of water and beverages. However, avoid sugary drinks. The sticky residue left behind in the throat and tonsils by the sugary beverage may aggravate the discomfort in the throat and encourage growth of the tonsil stones.
Treating Sinus Problems
Chronic sinus problem increases the risk of developing tonsil stones. Mucous continuously passing from the sinuses into the throat may accumulate in the crevices of the tonsils. The sticky mucus tends to trap debris, which over time hardens to form tonsil stones. Moreover, the persistent flow of mucus into the throat or postnasal drip also encourages bacterial growth in the tonsil, leading to tonsillitis, which aggravates the discomfort in the throat. Treating sinus problems and reducing postnasal drip help to cure tonsil stones.
Intense coughing helps to dislodge the stones from the tonsil.