Worried that tonsil stones are dangerous? Rest assured that these stones are not a danger. But, they come with a range of uncomfortable symptoms. These range from infection to embarrassing bad breath. As a result, most people seek to get rid of their tonsil stones quickly. Here are some of the symptoms that will alert you to the presence of tonsil stones – and why you should treat them promptly.
White Spots at The Back of The Throat
The most immediate, visual sign of tonsil stones is the appearance of ugly flecks of white at the back of the throat. Not only do these spots smell, but they have the power to terrify and nauseate the poor people who have to watch you yawn or laugh.
They are a combination of food and bacteria that calcify over time, forming hard, white dots that come to be known as tonsil stones. Although not life-threatening, small tonsil stones can irritate and cause mild forms of throat pain. This pain increases as the stones get larger, as does the risk of infection in the form of tonsillitis. People with large tonsil stones are recommended to visit their doctor or local Ear Nose and Throat therapist.
Scientifically known as halitosis, this is probably the most socially problematic symptom of tonsils stones. It comes about because of the anaerobic bacteria within the stones themselves. This bacteria reproduces and creates sour-smelling complexes of sulphur, with emit nasty egg-laden aromas that have the power to chase most people away. Over seventy-five per cent of people suffering from bad breath have tonsil stones. Conditions like post-nasal drip, sinusitis and allergies result in dramatic overlays of bacteria in the throat, triggering tonsil stones and bad breath. It’s also possible to experience a metallic taste in your mouth with these stones.
Sore Throat, Swallowing Difficulties, Swelling
Sometimes, tonsil stones can rub up against each other. This can cause swelling and throat pain. These symptoms can also arise if the stones are lodged close to nerve endings and other sensitive parts of the throat. Chronic coughing and an unpredictable gag reflex may also result. If the stones are particularly large, eating and swallowing can be agonizing.
The flesh of the throat also tends to swell if the stones are large or if they catalyse the development of secondary infection. People with chronic swelling of the tonsils usually have their stones surgically removed. They may also opt for a permanent solution in the form of a complete tonsillectomy.
Vertigo and Ear Ache
Have you ever experience sensations of dizziness after a dip in the pool? Sometimes, water may get trapped in your ear, which in turn interferes with your sense of balance. This is because the water is placing pressure on your Eustachian tube, a vital organ for the maintenance of stability on your feet. Stones on the palatal tonsils are also very close to this tube and if they are large enough, may also interrupt its functioning. This makes dizziness another common symptom of tonsil stones. The nerves of the ear can also be affected by the pressure of tonsil stones, resulting in chronic sensations of ear ache.