It was previously thought that the tonsils were a useless organ and were most often removed, often during childhood. It has come to light in recent years that tonsils are indeed used as a filtering system for the body to eliminate toxins.
Your tonsils are located on both sides of the back of your throat. If you open your mouth wide and look into the back of your throat you may see small holes or pockets.
Tonsil stones are what will come out of your tonsils when an infection or toxins are present and needing to be eliminated. They can range from feeling uncomfortable, like you have something caught in the back of your throat, to painful becoming very large and even getting infected.
Some signs that you may have tonsil stones:
BAD BREATH: One of the prime indicators of a tonsil stone is exceedingly bad breath, or halitosis, that accompanies a tonsil infection.
SORE THROAT: When a tonsil stone and tonsillitis occur together, it can be difficult to determine whether the pain in your throat is caused by your infection or the tonsil stone.
VISIBLE STONE: Some tonsil stones are visible in the back of the throat as a chunk of white material. This is not always the case. Often they are hidden in the folds of the tonsils. In these instances, they may only be detectable with the help of non-invasive scanning techniques, such as CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging.
If you are familiar with where your tonsils are – try contracting the muscles in the back of your throat like you are trying to push something out – it just may do the trick.
PAIN SWALLOWING: Depending on the location or size of the tonsil stone, it may be difficult or painful to swallow.
EAR PAIN: Tonsil stones can develop anywhere in the tonsil. Because of shared nerve pathways, they may cause a person to feel referred pain in the ear, even though the stone itself is not touching the ear.
SWOLLEN TONSILS: Inflammation from infection (if present) and the tonsil stone itself may cause a tonsil to swell or become larger.
For someone who has never heard of tonsil stones let alone ever had one, this can be a bizarre experience. You feel something just not quite right in your throat so you go to the mirror and look in your mouth only to see a bizarre white “thing” stuck “to” the back side of your throat.
Now that you have spotted it, what do you do? Do you need to go to a doctor? Happily the answer is usually no, you don’t.
Brush your teeth well and rinse to get as much bacteria out of your mouth as you can. Then take a Q-tip (do not use anything sharp as the flesh in the throat is very tender, easily pierced and prone to infection) and wet the cotton on the end of it. Rather than push on the stone itself, push gently on the skin around the stone. These stones are embedded in a pocket and are bigger than what you are seeing peaking out. Pressing on the surrounding area applying pressure so that the Q-tip is pushing the stone out of the hole should eventually pop it loose. Do not swallow the stone. Spit it out or scoop it out with the Q-tip.
If you examine the stone you should be able to break it open, but be warned it will smell putrid which is wonderful evidence that this stone is made of pure bacteria.
Gargle with warm salt water (preferably pink Himalayan or Sea Salt) to help clear any remaining debris in the tonsil pockets and heal them.
Click here for a video of a few tonsil stones being removed *Warning – it’s gross*