How to remove tonsil stones or tonsilloliths?

 Tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths, are small, white or yellowish formations that can form on or in the tonsils. They are caused by debris, including bacteria and food particles, getting trapped in the tonsils' crevices and hardening over time.

There are several ways to remove tonsil stones, and the best method for you will depend on the size and location of the stones, as well as your overall health and any other symptoms you may be experiencing.

Here are a few methods to remove tonsil stones:

  • Gently cough: This method is effective for small tonsil stones that are located near the surface of the tonsils. Try to gently cough up the stones using a deep, hacking cough.
  • Use a water pick or oral irrigator: A water pick or oral irrigator can be used to gently flush out tonsil stones. The water pressure can help to loosen the stones and wash them out of the tonsils.
  • Use a cotton swab: Gently press a clean cotton swab against the tonsil stone to push it out of the tonsil crevice.
  • Use a toothbrush: You can use a toothbrush to gently brush the surface of the tonsil and dislodge the tonsil stones.
  • Surgery: If your tonsil stones are recurring or large, a procedure called tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils) can be done.

It's important to note that, home remedies are effective when the tonsil stones are small and accessible. If the stones are large, recurrent or cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, it's best to seek professional medical help. A doctor or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist can help diagnose and remove the tonsil stones and also check for any underlying condition that may be causing them.

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