Tonsil Stones Symptoms

The tonsil stones symptoms can be unpleasant and uneasiness; they are rarely life threatening and no negative impact on overall health. The common and most prevalent symptoms of tonsil stones include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • Yellow or white debris on the tonsils
  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Smaller tonsil stones may not result in any symptoms, but they are more prevalent than larger tonsil stones

Other Tonsil Stones Symptoms:

Many small tonsil stones do not cause easily perceived symptoms. It includes apart from coughing , smelly lumps, metallic taste, throat closing or tightening, coughing fits or sometimes excessive choking.

Larger stones may have multiple symptoms including frequent bad breath, tonsil, infection, sore throat, white particles, bad tastes, and even ear ache.

Are Tonsil Stones Causing Your Bad Breath?

Tonsil stones may be affected to approximately 16 to 24 % of patients and they seem to be identified in clinical practice often.

In a study it was found that tonsil stones actually occurred in approximately 40 percent of patients and their prevalence and occurring commonly in those ages 50 to 69. Patients averaged 1 to 18 stones each with each sizes ranging from 1-10 millimeters

Case study of tonsil stones symptoms:

Study conducted by researchers at the State University of Campinas in Brazil, tonsil stones were identified  in 75%  of tonsillitis patients due to bad breath and only 6 % were with only  normal breath. The researchers concluded that the presence of a tonsillolith represents a 10 times increased risk of abnormal volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) halitometry and considered as a predictable factor for abnormal halitometry which is bad breath.

Take home points during tonsil stones symptoms:

  1. Take proper precautions when the symptoms are prominent enough for tonsil stones
  2. Bad breath, difficulty in swallowing, and sore throat are the common symptoms which are the trigger point in controlling tonsil stones initially when detected.

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