Hi everyone. My question is, how can you tell the difference between tonsil stones and actual food caught in the tonsils? Does it eventually go away or does it have to be scraped out? What's the best way to get that stuff out without damaging the tonsil? If left in there, does it create any other health problems or does it just stay stuck in there?
You might get a better response under the ear, nose and throat topic section. I had these for years and finally had a tonsilectomy 7 years ago. While I'd been told by a family practice doctor once that it was just food, I'd begun to notice that after I'd get a really bad sinus type headache that my tonsil stone production would increase. My ENT told me that all that nastiness went very deep -- my tonsils were golfball sized and FULL of it. So seriously doubt it was food.
My main concern was that I'd gargle with salt water, use a q-tip to extract them -- was very concerned with bad breath -- and my tonsils were starting to bleed. I was worried somethine was seriously wrong with me.
Probably not anything major. For me it was a major nuisance being self conscious about my breath. Then at the same time I was having daily sinus type headaches and was constantly taking pain relievers for those and the doctors, ent couldn't find anything to cause that. Once I had my tonsils out, I no longer had headaches, so all I can think is that they must've make me feel sick.