Tonsils White? You Could Be Suffering From Tonsil Stones
When you look in the mirror and notice that your tonsils are white, round and, well... huge, you probably can't help but panic. After all, white tonsils are not part of the normal, healthy human mouth.
However, there is no reason to stress out. There is a logical medical explanation to your white tonsil problem. In fact, there are two. In order to discover which one it is, simply answer the questions below...
Do you feel achy or feverish? Do you have an ear ache or a headache? Do you have trouble swallowing or talking? Are your tonsils, apart from being white, also inflamed or enlarged?
If you answered yes to these questions, then you are most likely suffering from tonsillitis, a common infection of the tonsils that causes them to become inflamed.
However, if you feel fine apart from the white balls on your tonsils and perhaps a scratchy or annoying lump on your throat, then you may be suffering from tonsil stones, or tonsil stones.
Ask yourself this: are the white around your tonsils shaped like little balls? Do these white balls emit an unusually sulphuric smell that may cause bad breath? If so, then you have the answer.
So what's the difference between tonsillitis and tonsil stones? Read on to find out.
Tonsillitis is an infection caused by a virus or bacteria. If your tonsillitis is caused by a virus it will most likely go away on its own within a few days to a week. There are ways to treat the symptoms including pain medications, throat lozenges and liquid medications and mixtures found around the house.
Hot water and honey can sooth the throat; vegetable juice can boost the immune system; and an Epson salt bath can help with the fever, aches and pains.
If your tonsillitis is caused by a bacterial infection, then you will need to go on a dose of antibiotics. If not, the tonsillitis will most likely continue to get worse. A doctor can confirm with a throat swab if you have streptococcus, the bacteria that causes tonsil infections.
Tonsilloliths are entirely different. They are not an infection, nor are they treated with antibiotics. They are white balls of food particles, bacteria and debris that have formed and molded to your tonsil crevices. If this isn't bad enough, they emit a sulfuric odor that can cause bad breath.
Luckily you can get rid of tonsilloliths in the comfort of your own home. You can cough, poke, gargle and wash them away. Furthermore, with proper cleaning and oral hygiene, you should be able to prevent tonsilloliths from coming back.
So, whether your white tonsils are caused by an infection or by tonsil stones, you now have the tools and the tips to cure it fast and effectively.