Post # 1
Has anyone ever heard of or had tonsil stones? This maybe a little TMI, but lately ive been either talking or just sitting there than all the sudden i feel something in my throat, and when i cough it up its like a ball of plaque. From what ive been reading its caused by sinus or tonsilitus, usualy i have a bad sinus infection once a year, i havent had that yet, and ive never had tonsilitus, and my throat isnt even sore at this point. I was just wondering if i have gone crazy, or if some people have actually heard of this? Thanks to all! 🙂
Post # 3
I have these, and mine are caused by allergies and all the stuff that goes with that. My doctor is aware of them, and he bascially said that there is nothing you can really do about it except have your tonsils removed, but because they don’t hurt anything and are more of just a nuisance, it isn’t worth it.
Post # 4
My husband had tonsilitis a lot growing up and now has this becasue he has tons of little pockets in his throat. We call them throat poo because its so gross. He found garggling with listerine has helped them stay away.
Post # 5
try brushing ur teeth more often and/or gargeling with listerine.
Post # 6
It wouldn’t hurt to see a nose and throat specialist. I never had exactly that, but I had holes in my tonsils and food would get caught and then I would get tonsilitus. (I had them removed.) I also have chronic sinusitis because my nose is just too small- (yes, very scientific terms)- everything is just too close together so it is constantly inflamed. I would see someone though- can’t hurt!
Post # 7
I used to get them ALL the time but actually haven’t had them in years now. I haven’t changed anything differently.. so I’m not sure why I stopped getting them. I just remember they used to smell so foul, ugh.
Post # 8
I had tonsillitis all the time as a teenager, which resulted in holes in my tonsils, and I’ve gotten the stones for the last 13 years or so. It is worse when my allergies are bad, so I stay on prescription allergy meds.
I desperately want to have my tonsils removed, but can’t afford the 20% of the surgery costs right now with my insurance.
Post # 9
@mrsw5711: I have allergies, asthma, and chronic sinusitis, so I get these on occasion as well. As some pp said, gargling with listerine helps as does gargling with warm salt water. I also use q-tip to help pop mine out, but don’t advise you do that unless you know how to do it safely. If one becomes too large, a doctor can cut it out for you at a regular office visit. It’s easy and fast to do so. Generally, however, they eventually come out on their own, particularly if you are diligent with gargling and oral care.
Post # 10
I had these for quite a while (I remember going to my ENT doctor 8 years back and being like, what are they?). At that point, he said it wasn’t a big deal. But more recently I started getting more sick and they looked really inflammed. I went to another ENT doctor and he said they looked inflammed enough to get removed. So I did get my tonsils removed about 2 months ago. So no tonsils, no tonsil stones. I can’t speak to any long term changes because it’s only been 2 months, but it wasn’t a bad decision for me and I’m glad I did it.
I can’t say whether or not you should get them removed (everyone is different) but it may not hurt to have a doctor look just to make sure there is no risk of infection. Best of luck!
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Ew, I get them sometimes – SO GROSS.
Post # 12
I’ve been getting them sknce I was a kid. They are more annoying than anything. They arent harmful or an indication of anything bad. It’s just built up plaque and bacteria that get stuck in the pockets of your tonsils and come out when they are big. Grossss…