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Tonsil "stones" - explained

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  • Posted By: Post Toasties
  • September 4, 2009
  • 11:43 AM

Word to the wise about tonsil removal. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. In 1979 the US Air Force diagnosed my strange exuding gross-smelling squishy nodules coming out of my tonsils as "CRYPTIC" tonsils. So noted in my medical records. Whenever I had an unexplained sore throat, the first thing I inspected was my tonsils. To this day, I keep a strong flash light in the bathroom to illuminate the back of my throat at all hours of the day and night. Just checking these organs for white spots.
I used to attack them with a Q-tip and hydrogen peroxide (love the watch them sizzle and fuzzle but the taste is terrible). Occasionally, coughing and 'snarkling' is the only way to dislodge these pesky critters.
Beware when a biggie is exuded as the space it used to occupy can be deep and often bloody. Watch out for infection. One pesky critter did not dislodge and subsequently got a bit ****y and inflamed.
That is when a quick visit to a good ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor is necessary. My doc took care of that episode with no lingering problems. Gargling with hydrogen peroxide is not fun nor tastes wonderful but is effective. Gargling with salty water is healthier, tastier, and refreshing. I prefer gargling with kid's ACT Bubble Gum mouthwash (as recommended by my dentist) mainly for flouride action but for those pesky tonsils, too.

So, here I am a 55-plus Baby Boomer learning that I am not the only one with this bothersome but benign affliction. Such a comfort to know others have this,too (whatever they are called) :tonsil stones, tonsilloliths, or icky-smelly-strange-exuding gross lumps are what I know as CRYPTIC tonsils.

Post Toasties, PhD

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