One of the most embarrassing conditions any person can experience are tonsil stones. This problem can cause your breath to smell horrible and make you feel like there is something sticking you at the back of your throat.
When these stones develop it makes it hard for a person to speak at social functions because their breath might smell too bad. Not only will your breath smell horrible, but there are other symptoms that can develop. A few of these symptoms include pain in the throat, excessive coughing, and ear pain.
These stones form in the pockets at the back of the throat on each side. These pockets in your tonsils are glands and they are there to help catch bacteria and other unwanted materials before they enter your body. When bacteria, mucus, and leftover food gets trapped in these pockets it will eventually become hard and lead to tonsil stones.
The good news is there are several different ways to treat tonsil stones and have them removed. One of the most commonly used removal methods involves the use of antibiotics. However, antibiotics are only good if the condition is not that severe. If you have a severe case of tonsil stones it will be much more difficult for you to get rid of them using antibiotics. When you go to the doctor they’ll recommend which antibiotics are good enough to help remove tonsil stones.
Another treatment doctors will often recommend are surgical procedures. Surgery for tonsil stones are normally the last option after home remedies or antibiotics don’t work. A surgeon will get rid of tonsil stones by physically removing the tonsil glands towards the back of the throat.
However, since the glands towards the back of the tonsils are needed to prevent unwanted material from getting into the body it is not always a good idea. In some instances the tonsil stones will still develop even after the tonsil glands are removed.
As far as home remedies for tonsil stones go there are a wide variety of options. One natural treatment for tonsil stones involve using probiotics to keep away bad bacteria. Another way to naturally remove tonsil stones is to use a salt water gargle. By gargling salt water you will knock some of the tonsil stones out from the glands. However, most natural remedies like the salt water gargle don’t get rid of the stones for good. After a short while the stones will return in full force.
A very simple way to get rid of tonsil stones is to use a cotton swab. All you have to do is apply a little bit of pressure using the cotton swab on the lower part of the glands. Now go upwards while you still apply a decent amount of pressure to pop out the tonsil stones. After you pop them out with the cotton swab use some mouth wash to help gargle out the remainder stones hidden in there.
These are some of the most common ways to remove tonsil stones. There are a variety of tonsil stone removal methods out there to give a try. However, the right one will depend on how severe you condition is.