How to deal with tonsil stones

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Tonsil glands contain tissue which acts as lymphatic system and the tonsils are found in the upper part of the throat. Tonsils with adenoids are part of the lymphatic system and helps in maintaining immunity which helps in preventing infection at the top of the gastrointestinal tract. Each tonsillar gland has 200 million lymphocytic cells. Junk foods and processed foods that are high in carbohydrate and low in protein can cause tonsillitis.

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Causes of tonsil stones

  • Postnasal drip involves excess mucus are trapped in the tonsil crypts and cause the formation of the tonsillolith and a certain degree of dryness in the mouth and throat.
  • When a person suffers from allergies, the body will react to the allergenic particles as they cause harm to the body and adds further stress to the lymphatic system.
  • Sinus infections, autoimmune disorders, bacteria and virus infections and environmental toxins can also cause tonsil stones.
  • Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages
  • Poor oral hygiene
Sinus infections, autoimmune disorders, bacteria and virus infections and environmental toxins can also cause tonsil stones.

Treatment of tonsil stones

  • Drink a glass of milk added with ½ teaspoon of pure turmeric powder at least twice a day. Turmeric powder is a natural anti-bacterial and helps in minimizing inflammation of the tonsils.
  • Use lobelia which is an herb which is useful in the treatment of tonsillitis. Extract at least ½ teaspoon of juice from this herb. This should be taken every two hours since it helps in relieving pain, inflammation and fever that occurs along with tonsillitis.
  • Mix a pinch of black pepper powder and a pinch of pure turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk. Stir it well and drink. This drink should be taken at least 2 to 3 times depending on the severity of the inflammation.
  • Extract juice from 3-4 cloves of garlic and mix it with honey for taste. This helps in minimizing the risk for infection of the tonsils. Make sure that the mixture is warm before consuming and should be taken in sips so as to coat the tonsils while drinking.
  • Gargle with mouthwash or salt water by mixing a tablespoon of salt to 4-6 ounces of warm water and then gargle it thoroughly until the mixture reaches the tonsils in order to loosen the stones.
  • Pushing the tonsil using a finger is the easiest way to remove the tonsil stones. While it causes gag reflex in some people, it is effective in loosening and removing the tonsil stones. Avoid scraping the stones too hard since it will cause bleeding on the tonsils and cause infections. If there is bleeding, gargle with salt water in order to clean the area and stop bleeding.
  • Medicine droppers utilize a suctioning effect in pulling the tonsil stones and it is ideal for small stones or partly dislodged stones. Cotton swabs can also be used in removing the stones.

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