Tonsil stones or tonsilloliths may be a source of unending discomfort and bad breath. People having them always complain of actual discomfort and pain from little hardened clumps that form in their throats. Therefore, understanding tonsilloliths may help one to understand why they smell so bad as well as the cause of discomfort. Thus, tonsil stones are defined as a tiny, hard stones which form in the crypts or pockets of the tonsils. Tonsilloliths contain high quantity of bacteria and sulfa, and when crushed, they end up producing the sulfuric smell of rotten eggs. In fact, the smell is horrible and it gives a person suffering from them really bad breath.
They give one the sensation of something being caught in the throat. Most victims resort to some drastic measures that can help to remove the tonsilloliths. They may use various instruments, fingernails, cotton swabs, and other sharp objects so as to scratch them out. However, they end up causing damage to the soft tissues of the tonsils as well as breaking stinky tonsil stones.
Tonsil stones are usually filled with crannies and nooks where bacteria as well as other materials such as mucous and dead cells, can be trapped. In most cases, when this occurs, debris can end being concentrated in white formation that mostly occurs in the pockets. Therefore, they are formed when the trapped debris calcifies or hardens. This mostly occurs in people suffering from severe inflammations in their repeated bouts of tonsillitis or tonsils. Whereas most people have tiny tonsillitis that usually develops in their tonsils, it is rare to have tonsil stones that are quite large and solidified. The major symptoms of tonsil stones are tonsil swelling, difficulty in swallowing, depending on the location and size of tonsil stone, white debris, bad breath, soar throat and ear pain.