Persistent tonsil stones

Answered on August 06, 2014
Created November 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I have occasionally gotten tonsil stones ever since I can remember. But for some reason, within the past week, I have been getting them constantly. I can usually get them out with a qtip but I have one that has been stuck for days and nothing I do to try to get it out works. On top of that, more and more keep on forming. It's getting to the point where I just want to get my tonsils removed. I hate the thought of that but now I am seriously getting that desperate.

I have been strict paleo for 7 months and strict AIP for about two weeks...and I'm about 3 weeks pregnant. I basically only eat meat, wild caught seafood, boiled egg yolks, spinach, kale, broccoli, some ghee. Some fruit... tallow, coconut oil. And also some Sourkraut.

I am just about at the end of my rope here, anyone have any advice? ? :/



on November 14, 2013
at 04:38 AM

Maybe try some daily oil-pulling. It's kind of a pain / nasty (especially ~ the 20m mark), but I've heard good things.

There's also oral probiotics, for a different approach.

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on August 06, 2014
at 03:46 AM

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on June 26, 2014
at 01:02 PM

Your tonsils consists of holes and gaps where other material, bacteria, dead cells or mucous can get trapped. When this happens debris in the pockets get concentrated with white formation. Tonsil stones further happens when this white formation which is being trapped in the pockets hardens which is the most common case that is found with the people with chronic inflammation or repeated course of tonsillitis. Anaerobic bacteria or germs are one of the causes of tonsil stones, which may cause other problems like gum line breaks in mucus. But tonsil stone removal in not a recommendation most of the professional will give you.


on June 19, 2014
at 10:33 PM

Tonsil stones are mostly made by mucus, so see if you are not suffering from post nasal drip due to allergies, sinusitis or acid reflux. Once you manage to control the drip, it´s likely they will disappear. You can use a wooden swab (the ones with long wooden sticks) and dip it in Listerine (the original one) and try to dislodge them, but they are nothing more than a nuisance.if you need more information,you can visit this site www.healththat.com


on December 18, 2013
at 07:25 AM

OH. YES. I'm in the same boat here. I also keep on getting tonsil stones. I remember the first time I got them, it was not long after my dad had his stroke, and they gave me a sore throat so bad I could barely swallow. (funny thing, my dad lost his ability to swallow) I had them recurring throughout the year, and usually I could get them out with a crochet hook, but the first Monday after this Thanksgiving break, they were so bad and I couldn't get them out and when I tried to my tonsils would start gushing blood, and I went into a clinic and was tested negative for strep, but I still felt miserable. I've heard that tonsil stones can be cause by faulty lymph nodes, so avoid dairy (which you probably already do, if you're strictly paleo) and aluminum deodorants, which can interfere with lymph node function and we have lymph nodes in our armpits. Also, sick and tired of being told to gargle and take vitamin C, I went to see an acupuncturist, who told me I have what's known in Chinese medicine as Spleen Deficiency Heat, where my spleen and digestive system are weak and have too much "hot" energy and it rises up into my throat and scorches my tonsils. She gave me an acupuncture treatment, which I could feel working immediately, also told me to stay away from spicy foods and cold, raw foods, like sushi and tartare and raw vegetables, and was given herbs. I've also been including "cooling" foods in my diet, like scallions, radish, and mushrooms, and the day after my acupuncture treatment, my sore throat was gone and you could see the craters left by the tonsil stones. I feel much better now, and I'm still avoiding cold, raw foods and not using aluminum deodorant (using magnesium oil instead, which while it doesn't smell like a garden or keep you from sweating, does give a magnesium boost) I know, those tonsil stones are pesky, to put it lightly. Good luck!


on December 14, 2013
at 06:59 PM


You not only have to eat certain foods but you also have to avoid certain foods too. The green vegetables you're eating are great, but you also have to cut down on dairy products like milk. Dairy products can lead to more stones developing regardless of what you eat. This site has more on it.


on November 15, 2013
at 08:41 PM

People who get a lot of tonsil stones just have more crevices and pockets in their tonsils. When you eat, food can get trapped in these pockets and form stones as the tonsils try to digest the food. Most people who have these crevices had numerous episodes of tonsilitus as a child. I find that when I eat nuts, they tend to get caught in those pockets and form stones. A waterpik can flush them out but it can make your tonsils bleed especially if it is a strong enough pulse of water. This is my tried and true way of getting them out. Feel for the lump under the chin, near the ears. That lump tells you where in the tonsils that the stone is. Push and massage on that lump on the outside of the skin. This will move the stone from the deep part of the tonsil and move it closer to the surface. Now get a magnifying mirror (like a makeup mirror) with a light. Open you mouth and push on the skin around the tonsils. Think of it as like pushing on a zit but with one finger. The stone will usually pop out and you can remove it with your finger. Now gargle with hydrogen peroxide or soak a q-tip with hydrogen peroxide and swab the tonsil. You need to do that after removing a stone to prevent infection. If it doesn't pop out the first time, try massaging the outside of your neck again (on the hard lump.) The lump feels similar to a swollen gland. Just rub and push on it for a minute or two and then try again to push on the tonsil inside your mouth. (Make sure your fingernail is really short, or it will cut the tissue when you push on it in your mouth.)


on November 14, 2013
at 04:01 PM

@Dalalia001x I've suffered from this for years too. I've always had huge tonsils and wish I could have gotten rid of them years ago due to recurrent strep throat and tonsillitis a couple times a year. It might help to use a WaterPik with a longer attachment to flush them out. The only way to be rid forever is a tonsillectomy. As an adult though, I'm sure you know it's very painful, and given your current state (baby on the way) this is probably not the route you want to take at this time. Good luck!

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