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#1 butterflies

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:57 PM

one tonsil of mine gets these stinky not so little things all the time.

and would that be a reason to get your tonsils removed??

the bad breathe is horrendous, the taste in your mouth is foul and I just can't stand having them anymore.

I have just extraced one huge one and made my tonsil so sore and red and I still think there is more in there.



#2 niggles

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:01 PM

I've never heard of tonsil stones. What does your doctor think?

#3 Holidayromp

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:02 PM

They are tonsil stones - little or large in your case white bits that are cheesy in texture, stink to high heaven and they are made up of food and bacteria.  They hide out around your tonsils and anywhere else they can well hide.

However removal of tonsils will not stop them.  I had my tonsils out at the age of 25 for recurring tonsillitis but every so often I will get these delightful things.

I would perhaps suggest using a good quality mouthwash, floss and teeth clean regularly to stop the build up of particles and bacteria.

I would also seek medical advice too but they are harmless.

#4 *cough*

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:04 PM

I doubt it. I can't even get my out from repeated tonsillitis.

#5 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

I've never heard of tonsil stones before.

#6 butterflies

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

niggles check out you tube.......so gross


oh don't tell me the removal of tonsils won't stop them!!

I have this one large pit in my right tonsil which is the worst.  my teeth are always clean and mouthwash used, doesn't help




#7 Peppery

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (Holidayromp @ 25/01/2013, 11:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They are tonsil stones - little or large in your case white bits that are cheesy in texture, stink to high heaven and they are made up of food and bacteria.  They hide out around your tonsils and anywhere else they can well hide.

However removal of tonsils will not stop them.  I had my tonsils out at the age of 25 for recurring tonsillitis but every so often I will get these delightful things.

I would perhaps suggest using a good quality mouthwash, floss and teeth clean regularly to stop the build up of particles and bacteria.

I would also seek medical advice too but they are harmless.


Thank you. I occasionally get these and now have a name for them.

#8 Peppery

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:10 PM

QUOTE (butterflies @ 25/01/2013, 11:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
niggles check out you tube.......so gross


And google sick.gif

#9 niggles

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:16 PM

No thanks. Your description was vivid enough. Sounds awful.

#10 melajoe

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:17 PM

Wow, I have always had these as well, usually after I have had some sort of sore throat or illness.  I never knew exactly what they were but assumed they were some sort of gunk (pus?) coming from the tonsils as they smell awful and always followed some sort of throat infection.  

I used to get them so often when I was a kid, but I had a lot of tonsillitis and at one stage mum was thinking of having my tonsils out.  I haven't had any for years but just today I have had a couple after having a really sore throat and mystery cough for the last couple of weeks.  

At least I know I am not some kind of freak, and other people get them too.

Edited by melajoe, 25 January 2013 - 10:18 PM.


#11 bjk76

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:18 PM

Yeah, they're gross, aren't they?! I've also wondered if not having tonsils would prevent them, but I wouldn't get my tonsils out purely for that reason. I get them occasionally and even asked the dentist once if he could suck one out with the saliva sucker thingy, but he wouldn't!

Apparently I have bad breath a lot of the time anyway, even when I don't have tonsil stones. My teeth are healthy, so I think it's post-nasal drip. sick.gif DH is honest enough to let me know, unlike a former boyfriend, who used to keep popping Tic Tacs into my mouth! - Now I know why!

#12 Soontobegrinch

Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:24 PM

QUOTE (Holidayromp @ 25/01/2013, 11:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They are tonsil stones - little or large in your case white bits that are cheesy in texture, stink to high heaven and they are made up of food and bacteria.  They hide out around your tonsils and anywhere else they can well hide.

However removal of tonsils will not stop them.  I had my tonsils out at the age of 25 for recurring tonsillitis but every so often I will get these delightful things.

I would perhaps suggest using a good quality mouthwash, floss and teeth clean regularly to stop the build up of particles and bacteria.

I would also seek medical advice too but they are harmless.



Holidayromp a complete removal of tonsil tissue will mean there will be no more tonsil stones. The problem is that it seems that some Tonsillectomy patients get left with tonsil tissue and therefore are not cured of their stones. It sounds as though this is what happened with you sad.gif

They are usually harmless but they can be debilitating and embarrassing for people who have them all the time and there are some ENT surgeons who will recommend a tonsillectomy but I'd be really sure to find a reputable person who won't do a half a*sed job.

#13 Cherish

Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:03 PM

I love you tubing for tonsil stones. Or even better boils/abscess or pus.
So awesome.

#14 Paddlepop

Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:30 PM

My DH had his tonsils out in November last year, primarily because of tonsil stones. He was also having chronic tonsillitis and his snoring was getting really bad but it was mainly the disgusting tonsil stones that made him want them out. They smelt so bad, and I could smell when he had them because his breath would be gross.

We went to a private ENT, and he was quite happy to remove them provided we understood the risks and could pay. DH had them out a week later. With PHI we are out of pocket about $1000 I think. It was a painful recovery but it has definitely worth it for him. He hasn't had any tonsil stones since he had his tonsils removed and his breath has been so much better.

Some tonsil tissue will be left behind, maybe 5%, because there are some large blood vessels right near adult tonsils so it is much safer to leave a bit behind than risk bleeding. DH was in hospital overnight, and sent home with a nice bottle of oxycodone. He definitely needed it. He had two weeks off work. He also had to be readmitted via ambulance for uncontrollable bleeding in his throat at about day 10 of recovery, and was vomitting up blood. He had further surgery immediately (surgeon was already on his way to hospital to fix someone else with the same thing) and was home within 12 hours.

An alternative to surgery is to have laser resurfacing done on the tonsils. Basically it removes the pitting and holes that the food and bacteria collect in, and should give a nice smooth surface to the tonsil so that nothing can catch in it. The main problem will be finding a surgeon who does it.

Some surgeons will say that tonsil stones don't exist. The first ENT that we went to said that he had never heard of them. The second ENT (that did the operation) knew immediately what we were talking about. The fancy name for them is tonsilloliths.

OP, if your tonsil stones are causing you pain and embarrassment, and you can afford the operation and two weeks off work for recovery, then go for it. Even when DH was in a lot of pain recovering, he had no regrets. The only time he did have regrets was when he was vomitting and coughing up blood and I had to call an ambulance. As long as you understand the surgical risks like bleeding and further surgery to stop the bleeding, then go for it.

I started a thread on recovery hints in November last year, and EB had some great hints that really helped DH.

YouTube has some truly disgusting tonsil stone videos. And pus/abcess/boil drainage. And ear wax. Really disgusting ear wax and other stuff in ears. And bot fly larvae.  sick.gif

#15 roses99

Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:36 PM

Ahhh, they have a proper name!

My little brother got those when we were growing up. We called them 'pus wads'.




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