tonsil stones – tonsilloliths


  • Do you have frequent bad breath?
  • Do you often feel pressure or something in the back of your throat?
  • Can you poke smelly stones out of your tonsils?
  • Do you have a history of frequent throat infections?
  • When you are sick or get a cold, does your throat hurt?
  • Can you see white or yellow spots in your tonsils?
  • Do you have deep pockets or crypts in your tonsils?
  • Have you spit out smelly stuff from your throat?
  • Have you tried antibiotics to fix this problem?
  • Do you know someone who answers YES to these questions?
  • Does your voice sound like you always have a cold?
  • Do you know someone who answers YES to these questions?


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About Tonsil Stones

  • Tonsil stones or tonsilloliths are clusters of calcified material formed in the crevices of the tonsils or tonsillar crypts. 
  • You can feel them in their throat, even if they can't see them. 
  • They are a common cause of bad breath and an occasional cause of throat pain. 
  • They may feel like lodged food but are not food.  The stones actually result from the growth of bacteria and debris from a low grade tonsil infection (chronic tonsillitis). 
  • They can be treated with simple removal of the stones, antibiotic therapy or tonsillectomy.



  • You can poke them out with a Qtip or Waterpik and spit them out.
  • One or several courses of antibiotics can treat the area of infection and prevent them from recurring.
  • Surgery with removal of your tonsils (tonsillectomy) is the final option if medical therapy with antibiotics fails.