Tonsil Stones

Tonsil Stones

I am not alone! Thank god.

For awhile now, I’ve been coughing up these little white stinky balls, and it’s been driving me nuts.

My doctor gave me a funny look when I mentioned it, so it was just one of those odd quirks that I lived with. Until I decided to ‘Google’ it.

They’re called tonsilloliths (or commonly, tonsil stones), and it appears to be quite a common affliction. Funny though, I’ve never ever heard of anyone else until my wife mentioned the other day that one of her students seems to have the same thing. Now it seems that the whole world has it.

I’m glad now that I have a name for it, and know that I am not alone.

I’ve lived with it for years — I used to get them when I was much younger, pre-teens, then it went away for awhile. It came back a few years ago.

I started noticing it particularly when I had a sore throat, and it was a complete revelation to me to find them growing in my tonsil cavities. Digging them out got rid of the sore throat in less than an hour. It was friggin’ amazing. So every time I have a sore throat, I check for tonsilloliths.

After doing a bit of research, it seems that they are formed from nasal mucous (and other debris) and bacteria… which kind of figures for me, since I have bad sinus problems, and have a permanent (just about) post-nasal drip.

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