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You are going places I've already been, and I'm not going back. You'll be able to find the information in the history here. I don't have time for the repostings. I would rather go some place new.
And just as another observation... I would appreciate it if you would cite your sources when posting information as fact. TY in advance.
justmebyanyname last decade
tonsils gone last decade
I just wanted to let you guys know that Ive been lurking on this board for quite some time and have also received information from other resources... that being said, I am on DAY TWO of recovery from my tonsillectomy. WHAT A PIECE OF CAKE!!
Yeah, my throat is sore, yes I have that nasty yellow healing gunk where my tonsils USED to be... but guess what?? I NEVER KNEW MY THROAT WAS THAT BIG!! WOO HOOOOOO!!!
Wait, let me back track (and please understand that Im still on meds).. ive had those nasty stones for years, Im 37 years old, have a snoring problem and also have bouts with sinisitis (sp??) Otherwise, Im in terrific health and when I met with my ENT last week, I simply said 'listen, I know I cant do anything about my sinus problem, and the stones are driving me nuts... but I definitely want the tonsils out.'
He not only agreed, he set me up in less than a week (I had them removed 8am Tuesday morning)... anyways, I feel great!!! I dont know why everyone is so frightened of this surgery... WE AS ADULTS ARE NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO HAVE TONSILS!! THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO SHRINK AWAY!!
But mine were too big, and had toooo many crypts.... therefore... THEY'RE OUTAA HERE!!!
Woo Hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for all the excitement... I will definitely post in a few days after Im more healed. I really cant believe how wide open my throat is now, those damn tonsils took up most of my throat!! NO WONDER I WAS SNORING!!! And even though my throat is sore, Ive slept better the last two nights than I have in a LOOOONG time.
AND, even if those nasty things find a way to come back... I KNOW that I knocked out their primary source for attack... and therefore, was meant to have them, BUT i hope they dont. And like i said, i think that having all that SKIN outta the back of my throat is AWESOME!! I FEEL AWESOME!!! WOO HOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry, but IM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ilovemyENT last decade
Congrats and i hope you continue to have an easy recovery! It must be like a heavy weight off your shoulders to have the problem solved! Keep us posted on your recovery ok?
whatastoner last decade
Re: White Bumps In Throat From amberandmatt on 2005-11-26
I too had this problem. i did a search on the net and this is what dr. green had to say about it. hope it helps :)
The tonsils are sentinels, standing guard at the back of the throat to protect the delicate tissues of our lungs and intestines from foreign invaders. They are part of a ring of defenders, Waldeyer's Ring (which includes the tonsils, adenoids, and other lymphoid tissue), encircling the back of the throat as an important line of defense. The tonsils and adenoids are largest during childhood; they are front-line guardians while the body's more sophisticated internal immune system learns and develops.
The situation you describe, Alice, is a very common one. The tonsils usually appear like small, dimpled golf balls set on either side of the back of the throat. Children with large tonsils and deep crypts often do get food particles trapped in there. Because saliva contains digestive enzymes, trapped food begins to break down. Particularly, the starch or carbohydrate part of the food melts away, leaving firmer, harder remains of food in the tonsils. This does not look like the food that went into the mouth.
As you suspect, however, there is more to these hard lumps than just food. The tonsils also trap other mouth debris such as bacteria and old cells from the surface of the mouth's lining. Some of these cells contain small amounts of keratin, the same substance found in fingernails and rhinoceros horns. Whatever the nature of the debris, it is then attacked by white blood cells. The aftermath of this battle leaves the crevices of the tonsil strewn with hardened remains.
Most people swallow this material without ever noticing it, while it is still tiny. In those whose tonsils are large, however, the particles can lodge in the deep crypts, where they continue to grow. The enlarging lumps are called calculi of the tonsil, or tonsilloliths (tonsil stones). These stones are most common during adolescence.
Microscopic studies of these tonsilloliths have shown them to contain a combination of food particles, bacteria, oral debris, and white blood cells in a concentrically laminated pattern -- rather like a pearl. Usually they are small gritty particles found in the center of soft, cheesy flecks. Sometimes, however, they become quite large, appearing as rough, yellow or gray, round stones. At times they reach an extraordinary size. Affected people usually have a history of repeated attacks of tonsillitis in earlier years.
Most people with calculi of the tonsils have no associated symptoms. In that case nothing need be done, except perhaps for brushing or scraping them out, as your daughter does. Gargling, refraining from eating during the 30 minutes before falling asleep, and careful oral hygiene may help minimize their formation.
For some people, however, the calculi can be quite bothersome, causing a constant foreign-body sensation, a chronic low-grade sore throat, recurrent episodes of tonsillitis persisting beyond childhood, or chronic bad breath.
Treatment consists of either removing the tonsils or removing the calculi. Troublesome large calculi that are not easily dislodged may need an ear, nose, and throat doctor to remove them.
Not too long ago, tonsils were routinely removed for the sole crime of being swollen and inflamed. We didn't understand, then, that the tonsils purposely accept the infections to prevent the organisms from traveling deeper, and to show the invaders to the developing immune system to train it for the future. The tonsils are selfless protectors. As a child becomes an adult, the tonsils usually begin to shrink; the watchful guardians of childhood are no longer much-needed.
Tonsils are a bit like parents: looming large early in life, diminishing over time, ever-protecting, ever-teaching, but sometimes with rough or hard spots when we let things build up ;^)
whatastoner last decade
is that it was posted by Alan Greene MD FAAP June 12, 1996 and reviewed by him and Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin MD September 2001. A LOT has happened since then. I don't think that can be considered the most reliable information at this point.
justmebyanyname last decade
However, there's an interesting article there about the connection between children being misdiagnosed with ADHD, when really what may be making them act up is sleep apnea or sleep disturbances caused by....yep, you guessed it, enlarged tonsils and adenoids. It's an interesting article, and if i had a child with enlarged tonsils or adenoids, i'd seriously consider getting them out. Especially if the child was acting up due to sleep deprivation. Looks like the article is from Tuesday.
Tonsil Removal and ADHD: Connected?
By: Karen Barrow
Can a fairly routine problem, enlarged tonsils, be causing attention deficit disorder (ADHD) in your child? Not quite, says a new study, but tonsil problems may be partially to blame for some of your child's behavior problems.
While the cause-and-effect relationship is not entirely understood, researchers from the University of Michigan suspect that there is a relationship between enlarged tonsils and sleep-related breathing problems. Taking the relationship one step further, they also suspect that sleep problems may underlie some cases of behavioral problems in children, including ADHD.
'An undiagnosed sleep disorder is not the solution for all children with ADHD. But it could be something worth looking into for a substantial minority,' said Dr. Ronald Chervin, study author and director of the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center.
Chervin and his colleagues assessed 105 children, 78 of whom were scheduled for a routine tonsil and adenoid removal. Tonsils and adenoids are in the back of the throat, and if infected or enlarged, they may affect one's ability to breathe at night. In fact, most of the children in the study who were having their tonsils removed had also been diagnosed with symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep problem caused by frequent awakenings at night because of trouble breathing.
After evaluating the cognitive and behavioral abilities of all children, the researchers determined that 22 of the children scheduled for a tonsil and adenoid removal also had ADHD, while only two children from the 27 not scheduled for the surgery had this behavioral problem.
A year later, the children who had their tonsils removed to treat sleep apnea showed a significant improvement of their symptoms. Also, 11 of these children who were previously diagnosed with ADHD no longer met the criteria for diagnosis. The results of the study were published in Pediatrics.
'The findings help support the idea that sleep-disordered breathing is actually helping to cause behavioral problems in children,' said Chervin.
The reason why obstructive sleep apnea may affect a child's behavior is not at all clear. While poor rest and general grogginess may contribute to behavior problems, a few children in the study developed new ADHD a year after the surgery, suggesting that sleep-disordered breathing may cause damage that is not seen until years later.
The take home message of the study, according to the authors, is that children who snore or seem to have other difficulty breathing while they sleep, should see a doctor for treatment. If the child also has behavioral problems and those dissipate as a result of the treatment, so much the better.
whatastoner last decade
Not sure you have it right there in saying 'article there about the connection between children being misdiagnosed with ADHD'...I'd say the children probably did have ADHD, but rather this article is about a possible cause of ADHD. If I had, or a loved one had, ADHD this is very fresh information that would be of great information to me.
Funny how we all read different things and get something different from it. But like many things, *sigh* I can kinda make this tie into tonsil stones that are of great interest to me. ;) ready?
When looking up the cause of ADHD read...
'Scientists at NIMH and other research institutions are tracking clues to determine what might prevent nerve cells from forming the proper connections. Some of the factors they are studying include drug use during pregnancy, toxins, and genetics.' from http://www.healthyplace.com/communities/add/nimh/causes.htm
When looking up toxins read...
'Toxigenesis, or the ability to produce toxins, is an underlying mechanism by which many bacterial pathogens produce disease. At a chemical level, there are two types of bacterial toxins, lipopolysaccharides, which are associated with the cell walls of Gram-negative bacteria, and proteins, which are released from bacterial cells and may act at tissue sites removed from the site of bacterial growth. The cell-associated lipoplysaccharide (LPS) toxins are referred to as endotoxins and the extracellular diffusible toxins are referred to as exotoxins.' from http://textbookofbacteriology.net/proteintoxins.html
So maybe its not the sleep disorder that couldnt be the explanation for all the ADHD kids, but the bacteria living in the tonsils producing the toxin that causes the nerve cells to act differently and also enlarging the tonsils enough to cause sleep apnea in some..... well...... you get my drift.
So maybe a future cure for ADHD will also be a tonsilectomy.....who knows? I just want to kill the bacteria... But if I had a kid with ADHD, I would probably get their tonsils looked at QUICK! And, I wouldn't settle for just a surface look...and if this really is caused by a bacteria living in the tonsils...the question still is why do some people have it and others don't? Which brings me back to the enviornment we all provide for the bacteria and the only thing in a bacterias life that we can change which is our pH.
Now it will all fit if everyone with tonsil stones has ADHD....uh......I don't think I do.... do you? Unless, tonsil stones are caused by different bacteria for different people. Then it could fit for some people. Now we need scientists to test the theories and we've solved ADHD cause.
...back to tonsil stones for me.
By the way.... I am testing alkaline. Anyone else testing themselves?
justmebyanyname last decade
In most of the informtion you find you find recommendations to go alkaline... this is a treatment for seizures...it goes extremely acid.
'Advances in medications have since replaced the ketogenic diet as an initial form of treatment for epilepsy, but in recent years, interest in the diet has been renewed. It has a success rate of 50 percent, stopping seizures in 10 to 15 percent of cases and further reducing them in 30 to 40 percent of cases. Children who are seizure free stay on the diet two years, then return to a normal diet and typically never have another seizure again.' from http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/CHNCepilepsy.html
Just interesting reading on the effect of your diet on your pH and that effect on your bodies proformance. There is a lot more information out there on this topic.
justmebyanyname last decade
Tonsils and adenoids are composed of tissues that are
similar to the
lymph nodes or 'glands.'
Acute tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils caused by
several possible types of bacteria or viruses.
Chronic tonsillitis is a persistent infection of the
tonsils and can
cause tiny stone formation.
Peritonsillar abscess is a collection of pus behind the
Obstruction to breathing by enlarged tonsils and adenoids
snoring and disturbed sleep patterns.
Bacterial infections of the tonsils and adenoids are
appropriate antibiotics. Viral infections are not.
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are indicated as follows:
persons with repeated or persistent infections; (2) when
complications of infection occur; and (3) when enlargement of
tonsils and adenoids causes breathing, swallowing, or dental
The tonsils and adenoids are composed of tissues that are
similar to the
lymph nodes or 'glands' found in the neck or other
parts of the
body. Together, they are part of a ring of glandular tissue
ring) encircling the back of the throat. The tonsils are the
two masses of
tissue on either side of the back of the throat. Normal tonsils
usually about the same size and have the same pink color as the
surrounding area. On their surfaces are little depressions,
which may appear deep and contain pus pockets or stones. The
located high in the throat behind the nose and soft palate (or
roof of the
mouth) and, unlike the tonsils, are not easily visible through
A tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy (commonly referred to as a
T & A)
are surgical procedures performed to remove the tonsils and
What is the purpose of the tonsils and adenoids?
The tonsils and adenoids are thought to assist the body in its
against incoming bacteria and viruses by helping the body to
antibodies. However, this function may only be important during
year of life. In fact, there is no evidence to support a
of the tonsils and adenoids in immunity. Medical studies have
children who must have their tonsils and adenoids removed
suffer no loss
whatsoever in their future immunity to disease. The popular
myth that they
act as filters to bacteria is untrue, not to mention
What are common problems affecting the tonsils and
The most common problems occurring with the tonsils and
recurrent or chronic infections and significant enlargement
Acute tonsillitis is an infection of the
tonsils caused by one of several possible types of bacteria or
Acute tonsillitis is characterized by either the sudden or
of a sore throat which is usually associated with fever. The
stop swallowing saliva, start to drool, complain of ear pain
swallowing, and have bad breath. The surface of the tonsil may
red with or without a grayish-white coating (exudate). The
lymph nodes in
the neck may be swollen. Fever can be present.
Strep throat (tonsillitis) is a specific type of infection
caused by the
streptococcus bacteria. Strep tonsillitis can cause secondary
the heart valves (rheumatic fever) and kidneys
can also lead to a skin rash (scarlet fever), sinusitis,
ear infections. Acute mononucleosis is caused by the Epstein-
and can lead to a very severe throat infection which is
the rapid enlargement of the tonsils, adenoids, and lymph nodes
Chronic tonsillitis is a persistent
infection of the tonsils. Repeated infections may cause the
small pockets (crypts) in the tonsils which harbor bacteria.
small, foul smelling stones are found within these crypts.
(tonsilloliths) may contain high quantities of sulfa. When
give off the characteristic rotten egg smell which is well
known to cause
bad breath. They may also give a patient the sense of something
caught in the back of the throat.
A peritonsillar abscess is a collection
of pus behind the tonsils that pushes one of the tonsils toward
(the prominent soft tissue dangling from the back of the upper
is generally very painful and is associated with a decreased
open the mouth. If left untreated, the infection can spread
deep in the
neck causing life-threatening complications and airway
ENLARGEMENT OF (HYPERTROPHIC) TONSILS AND ADENOIDS
Obstruction to breathing by enlarged tonsils and adenoids may
cause snoring and
disturbed sleep patterns that may lead to sleep pauses or sleep
Other features include frequent awakening from sleep, restless
nightmares, bed wetting, mood changes, excessive sleepiness,
thrive, and even heart problems. Some orthodontists believe
mouth breathing from large tonsils and adenoids causes improper
of the teeth (malocclusion). Chronic enlargement and infection
adenoids may lead to infection of the air passages around the
(sinusitis) or nasal drainage/obstruction, and/or may affect the
eustachian tube of the ear, leading to chronic ear infections.
How are diseases of the tonsils and adenoids
Bacterial infections of the tonsils and adenoids are treated
various antibiotics. Tonsillitis caused by the streptococcus
lead to serious complications, and must be treated. Oftentimes,
diagnosis of strep throat is confirmed by a throat culture or
tests in the doctors office. Once treatment begins, it is
take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed because the
discontinuance of therapy can lead to adverse consequences and
the bacteria. Surgical removal is considered in those
to medical therapy.
Viral causes of tonsillitis are often treated with only
(hydration and control of fever), and antibiotics are often
Antibiotics are not effective for viral infection of the
An abscess of the tonsil (peritonsillar abscess) should be
either by removal of fluid with a needle and syringe (needle
cutting open with a scalpel (incision), or tonsillectomy.
in the tonsil can be removed with a clean finger or with a
Massive enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids causing airway
may be treated with a long course of antibiotics, or even a
of steroids (cortisone related medications, such as prednisone
When should the tonsils and/or adenoids be removed?
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are indicated in persons with
or persistent infections, particularly if they interfere with
activities. In general, repeated infections in children are
defined as 6-7
episodes in one year, or 4-5 episodes in each of two years, or
in each of three years. A significant episode of tonsillitis is
one or more of the following criteria: (1) a temperature
greater than 101
F; (2) enlarged or tender neck lymph nodes; (3) pus material
tonsils; or (4) a positive strep test. In adults, the severity,
and hardship associated with repeated infections are considered
important than the absolute number. Chronic infections
bad breath and/or tonsillar stones causing significant
disability are also
indicators for tonsillectomy.
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are strongly considered in
patients who are suffering, or may suffer serious complications
infection. These include peritonsillar abscess, history of
complications (rheumatic heart disease, glomerulonephritis), or
abscess. Suspicion of malignancy or tumor is a definite reason
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are also warranted in
there is enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids to such an
extent that it
causes severe sleep problems (snoring & breath holding),
dental abnormalities, and difficulty swallowing. Adenoid
alone, or in combination with tonsillar enlargement, can cause
obstruction, recurrent ear infections, or sinusitis. If these
are resistant to medical therapy, surgery is indicated.
In should be emphasized that all decisions for or against
dependent upon the individual patient's particular situation.
factors, such as tolerance of antibiotics, concurrent medical
school achievement/progress, and family preferences are also
the decision process.
ilovemyENT last decade
This really grossed me out since they are hard to get at in there and there were so many of them. Does anyone have any ideas for getting at this area? poking at it and moving it around with the q-tip made my mouth pretty sore, so i don't think that is a good option. Do you think they will keep growing in there?
Basil last decade
This morning I woke up with an infected belly button. (Yes, I know, gross...I guess I just haven't paid attention to cleaning in there, lol) Well, as I've been swabbing it out today to try and get the infection to go away, I noticed that there is a pus type substance in there, and it smells EXACTLY like tonsil stones. I guess I'm just sharing this to contribute to the theory that tonsil stones are made up (at least partially) of bacteria and dead skin cells...
Does that make sense?
blpsara last decade
For years I had H pylori but I didn't know I had it until I ended up in hospital. The Docs said 'we don't think it's cancer' but they weren't quite sure what was making me so ill. Then I ended up in a Dept where the Consultant in charge went off sick with stress just after he'd muttered the word 'surgery' to me. A bright new consultant took over and he booked me in for this brand new test which meant I was the guinea pig for it in my town of 300K people.
The test involved radioactive liquid and... FRESH OJ! The results came back and I had the HP infection big style. Three lots of tablets later I was cured - after years and years of worsening illness.
Apparently by the time we reach age 70, approx 70% of the population have HP. As every hospital on the planet isn't full of 70 year olds sufering the same symptoms as I had then there's something different about me from other people who have HP and don't suffer the symptoms.
I worked out that a former girlfriend who had started an ulcer while very young must have given me the HP. I caught it again a couple of years ago (self test this time) and after more tablets I am free of it again now. But, HP is caught from other people.
The connection with stones? Well, it's posssible that a very large number of people have the bug that causes them - but only a lucky few (relatively), get the symptoms of stones.
Any evidence to support that claim? Well I don't think there's anyone on here that hasn't had temporary relief from stones while they were on antibiotics. Antibiotics reduce the stones - period.
Why doesn't one good dose of antibiotic get rid of stones permanently? Well the HP story is a good one. That bug need three lots of tablets to kill it as it's a clever bug that has an overcoat of ammonia. One tablet rips off the overcoat and the other two kick the crap out of it. If I had antibiotics for other things in the past then the symptoms I had for HP were reduced slightly while I was on them. It had 'mugged' the HP bug for a few weeks but not killed it. As my Doctor said - 'if you have HP you've got it until you take the triple therapy - period'.
Justme is on the the right thread. It may well be an anaerobic bacteria (of the type that doesn't need oxygen to thrive) and it may well have an 'overcoat' of some sort. Which would account for temporary relief while we are on tablets. I suspect that we fall into the category of people who are very susceptible to the bug - just as I am with HP.
Whatastoner... to save you time could you just put the page reference and date of any previous you wish to refer to? it's just that you have to read all your post to see if you've said something new. If you just referenced it then your posts would be a fraction of the size and so much qucker to read.
albert22 last decade
I used to have these so called tonsil stones when I was a kid, but I was too embarrassed to tell anyone. And, as somebody else here mentioned, I was convinced that they were part of my brain! I don't recall ever having seen holes in my tonsils back then, though I did have pretty large tonsils. But problem went away for a few years and I had pretty much forgotten about it.
I have always been a really healthy person (like freakishly healthy), but then, at the start of my senior year in high school, I was sick an awful lot for a few months and the dreaded things returned. It was then that I figured out where they were coming from. (It is almost always my left tonsil, which is huge and has a big hole in it. My right tonsil is practically non-existant.) I am really stubborn and so ignored the fact that I was sick, but when my friends started to harrass me about it I finally went to the doctor and found out that I had mono. I was convinced that my tonsil problem was a result of me being sick, that my immune system was just under some added pressure and that they would go away soon. This was 3 years ago and I am back to my normal healthy self. But they haven't gone away.
I am actually pretty impressed with myself because somehow I came up with the idea that they were bacteria, white blood cells, and food (something that I had believed for several years but didn't actually confirm until looking it up today.) Quite an improvement from my early brain theory..
Anyways, I only get these things every once in a while and it's not a major problem for me. My left tonsil is constantly feeling swolen and irritated and I wake up with a sore throat every few weeks. However, it's not anything severe. The symptoms aren't enough to persuade me that surgery is the right option for me. It's just a nuisance and makes me feel kind of yucky and tired sometimes.
I just wanted to tell my little tonsil stone story because I noticed other people had similar stories about mono, etc. and thought it might help us see some patterns here.
I have read some of the comments about change in diet - cutting out carbs and nuts and chocolate and things. I don't think that this has anything to do with my tonsil stones, but I want to give it a try. I am wondering where people came up with these particular foods and how I can go about figuring out what foods might affect me. I am a vegetarian (for about 6 years now, so that hasn't changed) and I guess I probably eat more carbs than I should. I am going to try a few things and I will leave an update if I notice any change.
ps- Just another thought, this may seem quite strange, but I used to always notice the tonsil stones at a certain time of day. They would always start scratching at my throat when I was watching television/ having a snack (which I did each day after getting home from soccer practice in the afternoon.) I haven't noticed any kind of pattern since high school, but then I don't really have such strictly routine days anymore.
Lozzer last decade
I just read a backpost where somebody mentioned that the left side of the throat seems to be the most common side for these problems.
In addition to all of this, I have some kind of jaw issue where the left side of my jaw is constantly clicking around, getting locked shut, etc. My orthodontist told me that this is because I bite down when I sleep, but I don't think that this is true. I read something on another site about how some orthodontists think swollen tonsils can cause jaw problems, etc.
I realize that I can probably go on forever here, so I am going to refrain from sharing any more of my little tidbits. I think it is obvious to all of us that, though there may be similarities between us, there are also a lot of differences. And I don't expect we're going to find the cure amongst ourselves.
Anyways, take care and good luck all of you.
Lozzer last decade
that's interesting. i also have that problem with my jaw (it's called TMJ) since the age of 12 or so. i've never heard about the potential link between TMJ and swollen tonsils.
kmoeller last decade
tonsils gone last decade
tonsils gone last decade
The medical facilities in this town are top notch (well, because of Uva of course) and the doctors here are outstanding.
Anyways, Im on Day 8 of my recovery and I went back to work three days ago. Im back at the gym and other than this minor sore throat (some advil cures that) I am well on my way.
Sleeping at night is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better!
ilovemyENT last decade
metoo last decade
tonsils gone last decade
It is Day 12 of my recovery and I am pretty much back to normal. I have noticed a few things since the removal:
1) I sleep better... longer without waking up every hour.
2) Post nasal drip is GONE.. Ive had it for years, this is just a blessed bonus!
3) No more coated tongue! For some reason, Ive had a whitish tongue and Ive had to brush it like crazy to make it appear regular... but now it is completely gone! Yet another bonus I did not expect.
4) I havent had a tonsil stone since my surgery... thank goodness... and I got them daily.
ilovemyENT last decade
I think I'm going to take my ENT's advice and go for the surgery. My left tonsil has the usual variety super-sized crypts, but my right one...well, my ENT and I have a running joke that I could probably charge rent on my crypts. Seriously, I should see if that puppet from HBO needs work. Once, while trying to swallow some pills and deal with chaos at work at the same time, I got one of those capsule-sized ibuprofen stuck in one.
Alas, I work as a stage manager, and finding two whole -days- I can afford to be off my game is hard, let alone nearly two weeks. September is the earliest I can even begin thinking about it. So, based on the advice found on this forum I bought a waterpik (I drilled out the low pressure tip with a hobby drill, to gentle the thing.) some salt, and some alcohol free mouthwash.
Like a lot of folks, I was -disturbed- when I first managed to get the pik's wand thingy behind those little skin flaps that half-cover my tonsil. It was like a tonsil-stone convention, and for the love of -Pete- the -taste-. It took hours to get the taste out of my mouth, as my freshly irrigated cryptage kept oozing goo.
The left side was even scarier than the right, even though I had no discomfort/pain there. So yeah, I have to chime in as thinking irrigation is probably a danged good idea. I'm still having discomfort, but the smell factor has gone waaaay down.
So wow, yeah, THANK YOU folks, for sharing your experiences and opinions on the aggravating tonsil beasties.
tajnyj last decade
I am so glad you guys posted on here.
I got my first tonsil stone when I was 7 and swimming. I was always told it was just a piece of my sinus lining. Eeek! Lately my husband has been complaining of bad breath on my part. And I have great oral hygiene!
I've been getting more and more of these lately. I'm 27 and have TMJ as well.
I just got a Waterpik - does this help anyone else? And how do you remove them without gagging?
pipsersmom last decade
i am desperate! feel free to email me...anyone? this is runing my life! i have to get up in the night and drink juice to rid my mouth of the foul taste! kendalldotfdotgreenatgmaildotcom
sodamnsickofthis last decade
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