A tonsillolith, also commonly known as a tonsil stone or tonsil rocks is a whitish/yellow lump, which forms within the tonsil crypts and eventually works its way out where it is either coughed up or swallowed. They can be an unpleasant annoyance at times giving the sensation of a foreign body stuck in the back of the throat and are often associated with bad breath issues and a dry metallic taste in the mouth.If you squash a tonsil stone between your fingers they give off an awful smell a bit like rotten eggs or vomit. This is because they contain quantities of sulfur-producing bacteria that are found at the back of the tongue, which is often the cause of many bad breath problems.
The stones vary in size from tiny up to around the size of a pea, but can be even larger and very uncomfortable in extreme cases.What exactly is a tonsillolith and why do they form? They are generally made up of bits of food, dead skin cells, dead white blood cells, saliva and sulfur-producing bacteria that collect in crevices found in the tonsils. Over time they gradually get larger until they finally dislodge and fall out. There are some who try to squeeze them out using a moistened cotton bud but this tends to make you gag and can lead to soreness of the tonsils if you are not careful.About the author:
Frequently Asked Questions
Well I have Tonsillolith from bacteria and its causes me to have a sore throte and to cough so I went to the doctor and they gave me a medicine and its called amoxicillin and my question is will amoxicillin help take out the bacteria and the Tonsillolith cuz Im really scared right now and the doctors said that it should be gone in 3 days but if it wont then I have to go back to the doctors.
ANSWER:EDIT: Ooops, my bad – well, I’m not sure why you are scared about Tonsillolith. It isn’t an STD/STI. It’s caused usually by:food particlesdead white blood cells (a.k.a. leukocytes)oral bacteriaoveractive salivary glandsSorry about the information on tonsilitis, I thought you might have mispelled the word. Linked below is information on Tonsillolith and Tonsilitis (because the tonsilitis page lists tonsilloliths as complications of tonsilitis)
QUESTION:I have tonsillolith and I want to get rid of it in like, a week?I want to get rid of it in a week, my mom and my grandma had it as well, so it’s probably hereditary… will gargling with warm water and salt get rid of it in a week?
ANSWER:A water pick (irrigator) with a low pressure tongue-cleaner attachment can be used to clear debris out of the crypts in the tonsil and is an effective method to clear out existing tonsil stones and preventing new ones from forming. Tonsil Stones Removal A toothbrush, ear curette, or q-tip can be used to dislodge tonsilloliths, however many find discomfort and experience a gagging sensation.
QUESTION:How common is a Tonsillolith?Tonsillolith, also known as a Tonsil Stone.I’m just wondering how common this is.I know not everyone gets them.I’m not going to my doctor to see how common something is.
ANSWER:It’s been about 10 years since I discovered mine and every person I’ve asked that still has tonsils has them – even if they didn’t know before I asked they found them when they looked!