Ways to Prevent Tonsil Infection

Many people talk about their tonsils but have no idea what they are or what they do. Tonsils are essentially tissue. They are a part of the lymphatic system and are designed to help fight infections. They are found on the right and left of the back of your throat.

Tonsils are positioned there to stop germs from entering the body. Basically, they do not allow infection to enter in the mouth or nose. Tonsils are great when they are healthy but they can easily become infected.

Tonsils become infected because they are the initial first stop for germs making them very susceptible. Infected tonsils cause all sorts of problems. They can cause breathing and nasal obstructions and sleep problems. These problems can be serious enough to require tonsil surgery.

So, what can we do to prevent tonsil infections like tonsil stones or tonsillitis?

How to Prevent

Like most infections the best defense is prevention. Make sure that you wash hands many times a day. This is especially important before you eat as your hands will touch the food spreading germs into your mouth.

Boost immune system

Another way to prevent tonsil infections is to boost your immune system. If you have a poor immune system your tonsils are far more likely to be affected by bacterial or viral infections.

A good way to boost your immune system is by increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat. Vitamin C has been proven to help strengthen your immune system. Try eating foods that are high in Vitamin C such as oranges, guavas, peppers, strawberries, and kiwis.

Practice good oral hygiene

Another way to prevent tonsil infections is by practicing good hygiene. It is important to keep your mouth clean. Proper teeth brushing and gargling are very important in preventing tonsil infection.

An oxygenated toothpaste may be used to make sure all the germs found in your mouth, especially on your tongue are destroyed. Another important aspect is making sure your body gets the rest it needs. This strengthens your immune system and allows it to be able to fight bad germs.

Poor habits

Poor oral habits such as smoking or drinking are unhealthy and can lead to tonsil infection and even worse diseases like cancer.

If you do think you have a tonsil infection it is important to catch it early. Make sure you see your doctor quickly especially if you have a high fever. Antibiotics are usually the course of action taken by doctors when presenting these symptoms.

Natural Remedies

Another remedy some people swear by is apple cider vinegar. It is an anti-viral and anti-bacterial solution that may be able to get rid of the virus or bacteria causing the tonsil discomfort.

Some natural ways to comfort sore or swollen tonsils is to drink very warm fluids or very cold fluids. These can soothe painful throats and ease discomfort. It is also recommended to eat smooth foods that will not bother the tonsils. These can be ice cream, yogurt, applesauce, and anything that will slide down the throat with ease.

Last Resort – Surgery

If tonsils are continually getting infected and it is obstructing your daily life surgery may be a last resort effort. The surgery is relatively easy only taking around 45 minutes. The recovery can be painful especially for adults. It can take up to 10 days for pain to dissipate.

Tonsillectomies used to be very common especially amongst children. Now, a tonsil removal is only done if absolutely nothing works for solving the tonsil problems.

Final Words

Tonsils are an essential part of our immune system. They help scare away bacteria and germs that can make us sick. It is very important to take good care of our tonsils and our bodies.

5 Of The Best Ways To Dislodge Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones are created when small particles become trapped in nooks and crannies on the surface of the tonsils and then become calcified. Small white “stones” or “granules” called tonsilloliths are formed and often mistaken for infection or pus.

The stones are quite easy to dislodge and it is rare that they result in an infection or that a stone becomes enlarged. In fact, it is thought that the reason for the calcification of these particles is to make them easier to dislodge in order to prevent tonsil infection.

However, tonsils that regularly become inflamed or infected are more likely to have tonsil stones.

Although these tonsilloliths do not present any serious health risks, they can be irritating and some of the symptoms may include bad breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and earache. Some simple methods to help dislodge the tonsil stones faster include:

salt water to dislodge tonsil stones1. Gargle

Dissolve a tablespoon of salt in warm water and gargle with the solution at least twice a day for a couple of minutes. Alternatively, visit your local pharmacy and ask them for a mouth wash that will help dislodge the calcified particles as well as deal with the other symptoms like sore throat and bad breath.

It is important to ensure that the solution reaches the back of the throat where the tonsils are located. The small stones should disappear within a couple of days but it can take a little longer.

cotton swabs for dislodging tonsil stones2. Cotton Swabs

If you don’t have a sensitive gag reflex, you can use cotton swabs to remove the tonsil stones. Dip the swab in a warm salt water solution first to ensure that it is warm, moist and disinfected.

It is very important to be extremely cautious and gentle when using this method as you could damage the soft tissue which may result in infection occurring.

3. Coughing

The simple act of coughing can dislodge most tonsil stones. Focus on the back of the throat and tonsils and perform a few strong coughs. You can also push the back of your tongue up against your palette as though you are squeezing your tonsils for some additional force.

Remember to spit out the expelled mucous that will contain the stones. Don’t be concerned if there is a foul odor as tonsilloliths do smell bad.

4. Oral Irrigation

This is a very effective method of dispelling the stones but will require the purchase of an irrigator and is not advisable for those with a sensitive gag reflex. It is recommended to buy an irrigator that uses water from the faucet as the force can then be adjusted.

There are many tools to remove tonsil stones but this is one of the most effective.

A low force is recommended to prevent damage to the tissue, especially if the tonsils and throat are inflamed and painful. This is a great investment for those who suffer from inflamed tonsils and tonsil stones on a regular basis.

Medical intervention for treating tonsil stones5. Medical Intervention

If the above methods do not successfully dislodge the tonsil stones, medical intervention may be necessary. The calcification process may continue resulting in larger stones that may become embedded in the tissue creating greater discomfort and are far more difficult to remove.

A tonsillectomy or surgery to remove the tonsils may be recommended if this occurs or for patients who suffer from tonsilitis or infected and inflamed tonsils on a regular basis.

Craters on the surface of the tonsils may also occur due to regular formation of tonsil stones. Laser surgery (called laser cryptolysis) can be performed to eliminate or reduce the size of these craters.

However, this is an elective procedure and not considered medically necessary. In most cases, a tonsillectomy will be recommended rather than laser cryptolysis.

Welcome to my blog!!

Hi there and welcome to my blog! My name’s Charlene Light and I’m a Dentist from Memphis Tennessee.

I’ve been working in the field for a few years now and having help so many people with their problems, I thought I would do the same online. The main problem I seen was with tonsil stones and other tonsil infections so that’ll be the main focus of this blog.

Given how rare they are, most people can have a hard time in dealing with them. So on the blog I’ll share some of tips I’ve picked up over the years to help you treat and remove them.

If you have any question then please drop me an email on my contact page.

I hope you enjoy the blog!!