The discovery of white accumulations in the tonsils is often a realization that puzzles many. This is even more shocking when some of these chunks, which often have a terrible taste and smell, fall out. What many of these people do not realize is the fact that this is a medical condition referred to as cryptic tonsils.
What are cryptic tonsils?
Cryptic tonsils, also referred to as tonsilloliths, chronic caseous tonsillitis and fetid tonsils, occur when the pockets or folds in the tonsils trap food particles, bacteria and other debris. After getting trapped, these materials calcify and discompose resulting in the terrible taste and smell.
It’s not unusual for these materials to get dislodged form your tonsils sometimes. These materials may also cause the swelling and inflammation of your tonsils.
People with naturally “wrinkly” tonsils are more often candidates of this owing to the fact that their tonsils are more prone to trapping the food particles and other debris. In some cases, a bacteria that produces some volatile sulfur compounds may also accumulate in these holes creating bad breath (halitosis).
Symptoms and known effects of cryptic tonsils
Though a sore throat is a typical symptom, it is not a must that they will manifest themselves this way. Other symptoms that manifest this problem are bad breath caused by decomposing food particles and bacteria, and the presence of tonsil stones which may lead to an irritation of your throat.
In most cases, they do not cause any major health concern, however this condition may cause sore throats, and the inflammation of your throat from time to time.
The biggest effect that they cause to most people is halitosis or a bad breathe that may prove difficult to correct using the traditional methods.
Remedies for cryptic tonsils
Treatment options for cryptic tonsils range from the traditionally used oral cleaning methods which can be performed at home to other complex procedure that requires a qualified medical doctor.
In most cases, people experiencing this problem tend to quickly turn to antibiotics. According to medical experts, these antibiotics will only help in easing the irritation in your tonsils but cannot be used as a treatment.
Instead, one should try the following methods:
Gargling with salted water or antibacterial mouthwashes. This may help in dislodging the material is stuck in the crypts on your tonsils. This is also a proven method that can help in dealing with the terrible breath.You can also gargle with vinegar. This method has been used for a long time as a remedy for sore throats.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a glass of warm water and use this solution for gargling for at least 5 times each day. Rinse out your mouth thoroughly with water after each gargle to remove the acid and to prevent your teeth enamel from getting damaged.
You can also use a cotton swab to pick the tonsil out the crypts without scratching your tonsils. Be careful when performing this method as it can trigger a gag reflex that might make you cough or feel like vomiting.
In case of chronic cryptic tonsils, the doctor may recommend laser treatment or tonsillectomy. The laser treatment is effective in getting rid of the crypts in the surface of tonsils. Tonsillectomy, a surgical procedure that involves removal of tonsils is the only used as an option of last resort in the worst cases of cryptic tonsillitis. Learn how to get rid of tonsil stones here.