What is a tonsil stone? That is a question asked by many. Also known as tonsoliths or tonsilloliths, tonsil stones are clusters of calcified material that is commonly lodged in the tonsil crypts. They are mostly composed of calcium, magnesium and carbonate. Other minerals contained in the tonsil stones are ammonia and phosphorous, two substances that make them have a really nasty smell.
Tonsil stones form when food, mucous and dead cells collect in the tonsil pockets and lump together forming a hard white or yellow mass. They generally appear as a cluster of small ones though can increase in size and finally be coughed out as a significantly sized white smelly mass.
Tonsil stones are common in people who suffer from tonsillitis and chronic inflammation in their tonsils.
Though not technically harmful to one’s heath, tonsil stones normally feel like foreign objects stuck in one’s throat and can therefore be very irritating. In fact, they exhibit almost the same signs as tonsillitis.
They also smell very bad and are common cause of bad breathe also known as halitosis though very few people, including the ones who suffer from them, really know what is a tonsil stone.