I really want to know if this helps others, because tonsil stones are AWFUL. OK:
In brief, I think I cured my tonsil stones by opening a pro-biotic capsule (no particular brand), mixing it with a small amount of warm water (couple of mouthfuls), and gargling, letting it loll around the back of the throat and tongue for a minute,repeat, and then leaving it alone. By leave it alone I mean don't eat, drink water, etc. Just let the pro-biotics get on the surfaces of your tonsils and under the back of your tongue where the problem is. I don't have an idea how many times you'd have to do this, I just started taking a probiotic every day and doing this. I haven't had a problem in a loong time. Read on for my story:
I think this worked for me, and here is why I think so:
My symptoms have been as follows below. (note: all my life, I never realized all these symptoms were related until the light bulb just went off, literally, today).
From the 4th grade on... afraid to get called on in class. Not because I didn't know the answer, I did, but because I had to clear my throat several times before I spoke. It seemed I always had sticky phlegm buildup. My mother took me to the doctor and he said I was doing it for "attention". I was mad, that's completely not true! Quite the contrary, it was alienating.
All through grade school, high school and beyond... I had what I called “coughing fits”, where something would just make my throat itch so badly that I would hold my breath (so as not to move/disturb my throat), walk out of the room, find a quiet place and cough a strong, vibrating cough to make the itching stop. It has now dawned on me that this is what happens when a little tonsil stone dislodges.
I always had a little bad breath. A yucky bad breath. You know the one. I brushed, flossed, used Listerine, brushed with baking soda, brushed my tongue. Nothing worked, but I did my best to have good oral hygiene. I accepted what was.
Fast forward to my 30s, and I am getting married, and increasingly concerned because one day my fiance mentions I had bad breath. I don't want him to have to kiss a girl with bad breath for the rest of his life, so I start to get desperate...
I really start to investigate the back of my mouth. With a Q-TIP, I discover that the saliva under the waaaay back of my tongue on the sides and my tonsils smells like a BARNYARD. And I mean the BARN. Yuck. I also find little tiny tonsil stones. I read on the internet and learn what tonsil stones are. I by Dr. Whoever's special rinse for tonsil stones. Does nothing for me.
I start to try and open my throat and extend my tongue, to the point of gagging when I am in the shower to try and clean things. This of course, always makes me gag, but it feels deep cleaning...
I go to the ENT doctor. He says that I have tonsil stones, just live with it. I ask him to remove my tonsils. He refuses. I go out to my car and cry.
A year later, I muster up the courage to go to an ENT at a teaching hospital. The doctor listens to me, puts a camera down my throat, tells me my breath isn't that bad and says I have acid reflux that causes phlegm. He prescribes me Nexium for the rest of my life. OK, I do NOT have acid reflux. I go home dissapointed. I am not going to take prescription drugs for the rest of my life, no.
I've taken to picking tonsil stones off with a q-tip when I can, petting my tonsils with a q-tip laden with Listerine and cleaning my whole mouth with hydrogen peroxide. I feel this is the best I can do. I don't think I have huge pockets in my tonsils.
I reach the end of my rope with these tonsils when a couple of my semi-chronic sore throats (back-to-back) keep me from two important work trips. I go back to my teaching hospital ENT for the sore throats. He orders a CAT scan. Nothing unusual.
I take matters in to my own hands. I figure, if there is bad bacteria on my tonsils, that clearly has never been killed by any antibiotics I have ever taken all these 30 years, maybe I could put good bacteria on my tonsils directly. Maybe it will crowd out the bad bacteria.
I buy a pro-biotic pill, no particular brand. I open it up and dump the powder into some warm water. I gargle with it, hold it with my head tilted back, moving my tongue around and letting it get into those normally closed up spaces. Then, I swallow the pro-biotic. I mix the pro-biotic with enough water to do this a couple times. I don't drink or eat after this, in my mind to let the pro-biotic settle in.
That's it. It's been easily a year. I do this periodically. I can't tell you the last time I had a coughing fit, or sore throat, or a cold. I didn't take pro-biotics for the last six months of last year, and even so, I haven't had a problem.
So I think I have found what works for me. I have no medical training, but I feel vastly improved.
Things I think affect my throat situation:
> hydration (I tend to always be dehydrated). If I get very dehydrated, I seem to get a little phlegmmy,
> keeping my tongue pulled back and everything closed,
> oral hygiene, keeping the teeth and tongue brushed.
>I tend to brush my teeth with my face pointing to the sink. I think this is bad because I think it keeps the top area of my throat and back of tongue from getting its cleanest. I need to be more conscious of this.
I still like to scrub my teeth and tongue, then rinse with hydrogen peroxide, but I keep the peroxide away from my tonsils because I feel it might “strip” them. Theoretically, I want to build a little colony of good bacteria to crowd out the bad.
Again, this is just me and my half-cocked theories. But I seem to be better! At the very least, vastly improved. I have no medical basis for this whatsoever.
As for the cause of all of this, I think I have a bit of a post nasal drip, which seems to be worse when I am dehydrated. I am also not a person with a ton of extra saliva.
If anyone else tries this, I REALLY want to know if it works for you. This is my first post.
I hate tonsil stones!!