Tonsil Stones Symptoms


Tonsil stones are irregularly shaped, whitish or yellowish globs of food particles and bacteria that get caught in the back of the throat. They form in the small pocket like parts of the tonsils called tonsil crypts. They emit a very unpleasing smell. They are a cause of bad breath. They are not very harmful, though. The scientific name of the tonsil stone is Tonsilloliths. They can weigh from 300 mg to 42 g. They are more common in adults as compared to children. Tonsil stone symptoms usually do not include any severely painful condition at the start that is why they often go undetected.

Some of the tonsil stones symptoms are as follows:

A person with those scratchy protuberances may experience bad breath. It is one of the most prominent tonsil stones symptoms. Many people just chew on some peppermint gum to get rid of this smell without realizing that this bad breath can be a sign of a medical problem. The bad breath will keep on getting worse with time. A scientific study was carried out in which it was found out that in nearly all the situations where the cause of bad breath could not be found out, presence of tonsil stone was the actual reason of the bad smell. Another study was carried out in which a group of people with bad breath were given a special examination. The purpose was to find out that if there were any traces of sulfur compounds in the subjectís breath. The results showed that more than 75 percent of the group members had abnormally large concentration of sulfur compounds with the presence of tonsil stones. 

White colored debris is also one of the tonsil stones symptoms. Usually this white debris is hidden in the folds or pocket like parts of the tonsil. Stones can also become visible at the rear of the throat as lumps are made from some hard material. When they are hidden they can be detected only with the help of CT scans or MRI. Irritated and sore throat is also one of the tonsil stones symptoms. Sometimes it is difficult to identify whether;  the irritation is being caused by tonsil stones or tonsillitis, the inflammation of tonsils. Tonsil stones can appear with the tonsil infections too. They can give you a sensation of soreness and tenderness in the tonsils. You can also experience difficulty in swallowing. If the tonsil stones get bigger in size they can make it difficult to eat and drink. You feel like there is something in your throat that does not go away when you swallow. You also experience tonsil irritation when the stones start getting harder. The tonsils start getting inflamed and if the infection is also there, then the condition gets worse. Gradually the nerves get disturbed. Thus, you can feel ear aches too.

The symptoms associated with tonsil stones are not painful or problematic for the sufferer at the start that is why no one notes their presence before they get worse to cause pain and make it difficult to swallow and eat.

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