Tonsil Stones and Their CureTonsil Stones or tonsillitis are hard, pea-sized formations in the throat. Though not dangerous to human life, they may cause significant amount of discomfort, especially if they become too big.
Tonsil stones are potentially avoidable ailments that most people tend to have and quite often, this frequency can result in tonsillitis. The Tonsils keep bacteria’s and viruses away from the digestive system, however, when it becomes overwhelming it forms a foul, whitish-yellow, irregularly shaped hard mass of mucus and bacteria at the back of the throat. If left untreated, it can become hard as stone hence the name tonsil stones. Tonsil stones can occur at any age, but the condition is generally found mostly in children. In fact, it is said that tonsillitis occurs in persons who spend time in school, child care facilities or environments that has close contact with people, which allows the virus to spread. Also smoking and excessive alcohol intake can cause the growth of these stones.
Tonsil stones are quite small, the size of a pea, but there have been cases where they are known to get bigger. Smaller stones are harder and are difficult to treat because they do not have any noticeable symptoms, apart from coughing up small smelly lumps. However, larger stones create a lot of symptoms and can easily be seen at the back of the throat using a mirror. The symptoms of this includes very bad breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, swollen tonsils, bad taste, white particles and it is even known to cause ear ache.
Depending on the size, tonsil stones can be treated by yourself, or through surgery. Tonsillitis usually goes away naturally within a few days and any treatment is done to manage the symptoms. Treatment methods include drinking warm liquids like soups and tea, gargle salt water, sucking on lozenges or taking pain killers such as acetaminophen. Good control over your gag reflexes will allow you to use a cotton swab or a toothpick to get rid of them. Antibiotics such as penicillin or erythromycin can be used to treat bacteria tonsillitis. These methods will not cure but will help to reduce the discomfort from tonsil stones. Perhaps the most long term cure for tonsillitis is having the tonsils removed, It is simple and easy, but should only be considered as a last resort as surgery can be risky especially in older patients.
Studies have shown that, by eating particular foods can cure tonsil stones.
a) Apples are thought to have cleaning properties that cleans the mouth and teeth. It even has control over the growth of bacteria's.
b) Eating carrots and celery can stimulate saliva build up which intern destroys oral bacteria.
c) Cucumber is said to be a natural disinfectant.
d) Eating onions can control bad breath and kills oral bacteria.
e) Chestnuts contains plenty of iodine
Preventing tonsil stones is avoiding contact with germs, viruses and bacteria's that causes this condition. Wash hands often to prevent the spread of these bacteria's, use wipes and other sanitized methods, and avoid sneezing in open air, always use a tissue or your elbow.