Common Symptoms Associated With Tonsil Stones
Tonsil stones symptoms are not pleasant and actually caused me a lot of grief for three years. I highly suggest that you don’t ignore tonsil stones or its symptoms, because, in my experience, the symptoms get worst and more severe over time. For me, my tonsil stones got bigger over time, and consequently my breath got extremely bad.
Let’s look at some of the common symptoms of tonsil stones so that you can identify whether or not you have them.
One of the more noticeable tonsil stones symptoms is a white debris buildup in the tonsil area. The colors of these tiny particles range from milky white to yellowish hues. They are usually found at the back portion of the throat, and would be visible when the patient opens his or her mouth. However, in some cases, there are tonsil stones that stay hidden in the inner sacs of the tonsils, so it would be more difficult to spot them.
Pain is another tonsil stones symptoms that people may experience. Pain can be experienced in the neck area. Pain in the ear is also quite common as some auditory nerves are interconnected to the neck area. Another really common for pain is in the throat, more specifically the back of the throat. The stones sometimes rub with the throat, causing this a friction which makes the patient uncomfortable, especially when swallowing something. This brings us to difficulty in swallowing, also one of these tonsil stones symptoms experienced by people who have these stones. When food particles, or even liquid substances, get in contact with these stones, the friction produced causes discomfort to the patient. Swallowing becomes very painful and in turn, causes tonsillitis or the visible swelling of the throat or tonsil area.
This friction causes sore throat for many tonsil stone sufferers, as the accumulation of debris in the tonsil crypts causes the throat to be irritated. Tonsillitis, or the inflammation of the tonsils is also one of the tonsil stones symptoms experienced. Moreover, frequent coughing brought about by the stones also causes the throat to become sore. Thus, coughing is a common symptom of tonsil stones, as people who have these stones can usually feel something lodged in the top area of the throat. This irritating sensation causes people with tonsil stones to try to get rid of this ‘foreign’ substance causing the sensation, and in turn, causes them to cough.
The frequent irritation of the throat and the coughing can cause fatigue. It is not unusual for a person with tonsil stones to be tired all the time because of the irritating sensations he or she is feeling.
One of the most common of tonsil stones symptoms is halitosis, or in layman’s terms, bad breath. The foul odor in mouth occurs because the tonsil stone itself is composed of a mixture of calcified dead cells, post nasal drip and sulfur compounds. The composition of these tonsil stones can cause a person to experience a metallic taste in their mouth. I had a metallic taste in my saliva when I had tonsil stones and I absolutely hated it.