Here’s what you need to know about tonsil stones – the weird pimple-like growths in your throat

Given the vast expanse and global reach of the internet, one doesn’t need to search far to encounter online content that either shocks, astounds, captivates, or repels.

The advent of social media platforms has revolutionized the sharing of photos and videos, enabling content to spread worldwide like never before. Consequently, trends emerge where waves of similar content inundate the digital sphere during a particular period.

It’s hardly surprising that content related to our bodies—highlighting the peculiar, fascinating aspects of human anatomy—has gained traction online. You’re likely familiar with videos showcasing activities like pimple popping (gross!), cyst draining (double gross!), and earwax removal.

But have you ever heard of tonsil stones? Personally, I hadn’t encountered them before stumbling upon a video on the topic. So, naturally, I did what I do best—shared the information with you lovely folks.

I’ll confess to possessing a considerable degree of curiosity regarding all things pertaining to the human body. While I don’t necessarily find such content pleasant to watch, the viral frenzy surrounding so-called “pimple popping” videos did pique my interest.

However, when I stumbled upon a video discussing the removal of “tonsil stones,” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

Firstly, it might be wise to elucidate what exactly tonsil stones are. Prior to encountering them, I hadn’t even heard of them, let alone seen one. Perhaps I’m alone in this; maybe all you readers out there are acquainted with them. Then again, maybe not…

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According to the Mayo Clinic, tonsil stones are hard white or yellow formations that develop on the tonsils. They’re generally neither painful nor harmful and can often be managed with home remedies.

The primary causes of tonsil stones are materials and debris becoming trapped in the tonsillar crypts, which are small pockets or crevices located in the tonsils—the oval-shaped tissues at the back of your throat responsible for fighting infections. These materials can include minerals like calcium, food particles or debris, as well as bacteria and fungi.

Tonsil stones are more prevalent than one might assume, although they don’t always manifest symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include bad breath, coughing, earaches, and sore throat, among others.

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Reports indicate that around 3 million Americans annually experience tonsil stones. Fortunately, removing them is typically a straightforward process. Various home methods, such as gargling with salt water or gently using an object like a cotton swab, can help dislodge them.

Additionally, a strong cough can sometimes loosen the stones and cause them to come up naturally.

In the video below (which has a whole lot of views) we can watch someone in the process of removing a tonsil stone. Warning! It’s pretty graphic!

Did you know tonsil stones existed? Have you ever experienced one before? Let us know in the comments.

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