If you don’t have cotton swabs, you can try it with your fingers as well. However, you must remember to wash your hands thoroughly before and after the procedure. Also, disinfect your oral cavity with salty water or a mouth wash.
3. Use Your Toothbrush
The toothbrush you use every day may turn out to be the tool which will remove your tonsil stones due to its long shape. Open your mouth wide and use a flat tip of the toothbrush to lift the tissue of your tonsil. Once you detect the stones, use the side with brush to scrap them from your throat.
4. Water Flossing Device
The force of water might be very useful in the process of removing the tonsil stones. You can do it with the use of a water flossing tool and with the help of a cotton swab or a toothbrush. Remember, though, to direct a water flossing device no longer than a few seconds as otherwise you may choke with the water.
5. Use a Tonsil Stone Removal Kit
Ask at your chemist’s about a special kit created to remove the tonsil stones from your throat. There are different types available on the market varying in size and price. For sure, they will help you remove your tonsil stones quickly.
When to See a Doctor?
A doctor who will help you get rid of tonsil stones professionally is known as a laryngologist or an ENT doctor, which stands for ears, nose, and throat. Consult the doctor if any of the above methods don’t work or you’ve been suffering from such symptoms as pain in your throat or in one or both ears, discomfort, inflammation, and bleeding from tonsils.
The doctor may remove the tonsils during your appointment. It’s a minor and painless procedure, but if you are really sensitive, the doctor will use a local anesthetic. There are also some other possible treatments of tonsil stones, which your doctor may recommend you.
If no methods work or the tonsil stones keep coming back, your doctor might recommend you a surgical removal of not only the tonsil stones, but the whole tonsils. However, it’s always a last resort only when all the other ways fail to help.
There is a lot of controversy about the method of tonsillectomy. Some doctors believe that it’s the worst possible solution as once our tonsils are removed, our organism starts to be vulnerable to various infections as the role of tonsils is to protect us from bacteria and viruses.
On the other hand, people who underwent the surgery often say that they get ill as often as before the operation. Moreover, some people even report that they get ill less often.
Fortunately, a partial tonsillectomy is often enough to get rid of the problem. It’s the procedure in which only the fragment of your tonsil affected with the stones is removed while the rest stays unchanged. It’s especially helpful for people who have the problem with recurrence of tonsil stones.
The surgery is rather safe and any complications appear rarely. However, the first days after the operation may be quite troublesome as you may experience some pain or bleeding, and you will have some difficulties while eating.
You will need to rest for a few days and drink a lot of water. In case of strong pain your doctor will prescribe you some painkillers. The greatest advantage of tonsillectomy is that tonsil stones won’t develop in the future any more.
Cryptolysis is more advanced and at the same time less invasive way of tonsil stones removal than tonsillectomy. The two possible types of this procedure are known as laser tonsil cryptolysis and the other one as coblation cryptolysis.
Laser tonsil cryptolysis is a safe and minor procedure, during which a doctor will remove just the pockets and crevices where the tonsil stones are located. He removes the affected tissue with the use of a laser. It’s a painless method and also no special measures must be taken afterwards.
Coblation cryptolysis is actually very similar, but the tonsil tissue is cut with the use of waves. Crevices and pockets which are affected with tonsil stones are removed. You won’t feel any pain and you don’t have to take any special precautions afterwards as well.
Cryptolysis seems to be a perfect solution. However, the biggest disadvantage is that it’s often a short-term method. It happens like that because the tonsil tissues are not removed, which means that tonsil stones might come back in the future.
The least invasive, but also the least effective method of eliminating tonsil stones. The most commonly used antibiotic in case of tonsil stones is amoxicillin. It will create an environment, which is not suitable for bacteria causing the stones.