The cause and symptoms of tonsil stones
Tonsils constitute different types of materials such as dead cells, bacteria and more. In course of time, these start accumulating which leads to a kind of debris creation. Leftover food and mucus are also the other constituents of the tonsil stones. Tonsil stones are seen in people who are under medication for high blood pressure as it tends to cause the condition of dry mouth. A dry mouth encourages build up of bacteria. Tonsil stones can also be caused due to the buildup of mucus forming as a result of allergies or sinus problems. How to get rid of tonsil stones? There are several ways that one can implement depending upon the symptoms.
The symptoms of tonsil stones are sore throat, ear pain, difficulty in swallowing, white debris, bad breath and even a feeling of bad taste in the mouth.
Though as such tonsil stones are not contagious, it can be transmitted to another person. Open mouth kiss, sharing of spoons, forks etc., can lead to the exchange of saliva which can cause tonsil stones in another person.
Ways to get rid of tonsil stones
In traditional medicines, use of netti pot is still common to clean nasal passages and clearing mucus. A netti pot is actually a ceramic pot that is used for nasal irrigation. You even get plastic netti pots now.
You can use a good mouthwash that contains chlorine dioxide to get rid of tonsil stones. Such mouthwashes are available easily. They also contain zinc compounds. These are also called as oxygenation mouthwash and are very effective as they can topple those stones rather quickly. You should not use it regularly though but only twice or thrice a week.
Taking vitamin C and other supplements can help make your tonsils stronger which can lead to prevention of tonsil stone formation.
Chewing on garlic pods, consuming orange drinks, gargling with vinegar are also effective ways to remove tonsil stones and get relief from the discomfort caused by them.
You can also try a herbal remedy and that is trying myrrh tincture. Myrrh is actually derived from an African tree and it is a resin but it has been used in ancient forms of medicine to treat various kind of health problems. You can make a mouthwash of it by adding few drops of the solution to water and then gargle it. Its antibacterial and antiseptic properties ensure killing of the bacterial and can also be useful to treat any other oral problems you may have.