When you experience problem when swallowing food or suffer from recurring bad breath, there is the possible you are suffering from what is commonly known as tonsil stones. Tonsil stones also known as tonsilloliths are calcified and hard formations that get trapped or stuck in the areas around the tonsils (Palatine & lingual).
Recurrent halitosis, pain while swallowing, pain in the ears that comes suddenly and difficulty swallowing are some of the symptoms associated with the condition. In essence, this is a medical condition in which the patient produces exceeding amounts of sulfuric compounds. This is produced in the mouth region.
It is because of the sulfuric acid that undesirable smells are released. According to recent studies, there are revelations that indicate that halitosis is caused by bacterial infection and the bacteria that causes halitosis is also known to cause tonsil stones formation.
Fits of coughing (not connected to pulmonary conditions) and a tightening of the throat are also some of the things that individuals suffering from this condition experience as well.
Tonsil stone symptoms are always as a result of a reaction to the stones as you can see. A hidden tonsil stone can make a person cough uncontrollably as the body tries to get rid of it and this causes the forceful movement within the throat area (unfortunately, this is only accomplished through coughing).
Elimination of the Stones
In actual sense, tonsil stones are hard formations and they contain minerals such as calcium and phosphorus (thus the name stones). Before making any attempt to remove them, it is advisable that you consult with your doctor first.
While some of the common symptoms include swelling, discomfort and pain, most people suffering from tonsil stones don’t have any problem. While this is the case, there are others who complain about recessing infections especially in the throat area and extremely bad breath; in these situations, medical intervention is important.
The size of the tonsil stone is what determines the line of action to take. If the weight is a couple of hundred milligrams, you can ignore it unless is causes multiple infections.
There are some tonsil patients who are able to remove the stones without help from doctors. Using a long cotton swab and only after managing to get the hang of how to do it, you can use a long cotton swab to remove the tonsil stones.
For those with small tonsil stones, gargling some warm salty water because this comes in handy for those interested in reduction of the infrequent pain largely associated with the stones.
The home remedy helps in toning down swelling caused by tonsil stone that is wayward. If you want to use antibiotics, for the purpose of quelling bacteria that causes tonsil stones, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor first.
This remedy is however seen as a temporary reprieve and this is because the bacteria (as well as tonsil stones) can recur even after antibiotic treatment. What is more, there are also unpleasant side effects associated with antibiotics and it is best to avoid them completely when possible.