Treating Tonsil Stones Safely and Effectively

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  • Coughing is one of the easiest ways to treat or remove tonsil stones. If you find that coughing can help dislodge the stones, you can to do so, but in a careful manner
  • There are other home remedies you can try to help remove tonsil stones. Learn more about natural tonsil stones treatment

Most tonsil stones are harmless. In fact, you may not develop any symptoms at all. However, when symptoms do appear and become worrisome, there are various treatments available at your disposal.

Coughing

Coughing is one of the easiest ways to treat or remove tonsil stones. If you find that coughing can help dislodge the stones, you can to do so, but in a careful manner. Overdoing it can damage your throat.1

Saltwater Gargle

A saltwater solution is the next best remedy that you can use to get rid of tonsil stones. To create a solution, dissolve a one-fourth or a half-teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, then gargle vigorously.2 Alternatively, you can use a syringe to flush out the stones. Simply fill up a syringe with the saltwater mixture, and point it at the stones to flush them out. Repeat the process as needed.3

Laser and Coblation Cryptolysis

If the situation is worse than expected and immediate treatment is required, you may opt for tonsil cryptolysis. This procedure essentially removes or smoothens the surfaces of the tonsil crypts, which can help lower the chances of stones from forming. There are two types of cryptolysis:4

Laser: A surgeon uses a laser beam to smoothen out the tonsil crypts.

Coblation: Radio frequencies and a conductive medium are used to generate heat that gently dissolves tissue.

The main advantage of cryptolysis is that the tonsils do not have to be removed, and recovery is generally faster than a tonsillectomy. However, be aware that this procedure is not a permanent solution. Your tonsils may eventually regrow, which can lead to the formation of stones again.5

Other Home Remedies You Can Try

There are other home remedies you can try to help remove tonsil stones. Common options include:6

Medicine dropper: You can use a medicine dropper to try and suck out the stones. To try this method, press the rubber bulb and place the opening next to the stone. Gently release your grip from the rubber bulb to drain the stones afterward.

Cotton swab: You can use a clean cotton swab to gently nudge the stones out of your tonsils. But be careful, because forceful prodding may damage your tonsils further. If you’re not confident with this method, try other non-invasive home remedies first or consult a doctor.

Garlic and onion: Both of these herbs contain antibacterial properties that may help break down stones as they pass down your throat.

Yogurt: This healthy snack contains probiotics that help can reduce harmful bacteria that make up the stones.

Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice: Their acidic properties may help dissolve tonsil stones. Dilute them in lukewarm water first before gargling.

Surgery Should Be Considered Only as a Last Resort

Your doctor may suggest tonsil removal, or tonsillectomy. However, be aware that this option is usually considered controversial in the case of treating tonsil stones. Again, tonsillectomy should be considered only if all other options have been exhausted.7

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