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Indicative symptoms of tonsil stones you should be aware of

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  • One of the easiest ways to determine if you have tonsil stones is to look for white, yellow or gray matter wedged in your tonsils
  • Tonsil stones allow anaerobic bacteria to grow, leading to foul-smelling sulfides to form. If you crush the stone, the odor it emits is reminiscent of rotten eggs

The symptoms of tonsil stones aren’t always obvious. In some cases, you may only find out about these formations when you undergo a scan of your throat, an X-ray or when you visit the dentist.1 But when they do cause symptoms, tonsil stones can lead to discomfort and even embarrassment. Here’s how to discern if you develop tonsil stones.

Check for white, yellow or gray matter in your tonsils

One of the easiest ways to determine if you have tonsil stones is the presence of white, yellow or gray matter wedged in your tonsils.2 To do this, face a mirror and open your mouth. You can use a flashlight to improve visibility.

However, it’s important to note that just because there are no visible stones, it doesn’t mean you do not have the condition. It’s possible that stones are lodged deep in the crypts of your tonsils.3

Bad breath is often a sign

If you can’t find stones via a visual inspection, the next best indicator is the presence of bad breath. This is because the stones allow anaerobic bacteria to grow, leading to foul-smelling sulfides to form.4 If you crush the stone, the odor it emits is reminiscent of rotten eggs.5

Tonsillitis may develop due to tonsil stones

Due to the different substances stones are made of, there’s a possibility your tonsils can become infected, a condition commonly known as tonsillitis or chronic tonsil inflammation.6 Its main indicator is red and swollen tonsils, along with:7

  • Sore throat — The pain in your tonsils may affect adjacent organs, such as your throat. This may make it hard for you to swallow food and water
  • Headache
  • Fever, coughing and chills
  • Digestive problems like stomach pains, nausea and vomiting
  • Tiredness

What to do if you develop the symptoms

If you suddenly develop bad breath, sore throat or swollen tonsils, have your throat checked immediately by a doctor. The symptoms may indicate the presence of tonsil stones, or at the very least, tonsillitis. Either way, both conditions need to be treated at once to address the symptoms and before further damage occurs.

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