Tonsil stones

Many people probably did not even know it existed. For most people, they only knew tonsillitis as the only disease that can affect the tonsils. But for those who are suffering from tonsil stones, the horror is very real. Alright, it is not exactly a life threatening disease so as to be a true horror. But considering the undesirable symptoms that come with it, a person stricken with tonsil stones can suffer from many disadvantages.

For instance, some cases of tonsil stones can result in a severe case of bad breath due to the sulfuric gases that tonsil stones release. Not only can it damage one’s self esteem, but it can also get in the way of one’s social life.

Even if it does not result in anything like severe halitosis, the sufferer might feel disgusted over the presence of whitish stones which can be visible in some situations. They can also sometimes fall off and that can be a pretty undesirable situation to be in.

What are they?

Tonsil stones are white or dull yellow looking balls, which are formed through the hardening, and calcification, of bacteria, food, mucus, and/or debris inside the crypts of the tonsils.

The Tonsil crypts are pockets, or you can think of them as small empty spaces within the structure of the tonsils. Bacteria, viruses, etcetera accumulate in there. If there is an infection in the crypts that tries to invade the tonsil tissue, tonsil stones are created.

The key thing to remember is that tonsil stones only form when there is an infection inside a tonsil crypt. When there’s an infection, the body naturally tries to fight it.

The white blood cells try to kill the germs. Also, the body produces calcium around the accumulation within the crypts to seal off the infection; thus, the creation of tonsil stones. If you can prevent infections then probably there will be no occurrence of tonsil stones.

The problem with tonsil stones is that it can be quite difficult to diagnose in some situations. Of course, it would be a lot easier if the stones are visible in the first place. But if they are not, you may have to rely on other symptoms.