Tonsil Stone Symptoms
One of your friends or relatives must have encountered a person having constant bad breath for quite some time. It is quite natural that he may be suffering from tonsil stone. Foul smelling breath is the main symptom of tonsil stone which does not abate even if you try several things. There are other tonsil stone symptoms including sore throat and fever.
Tonsils are a pair of fleshy mass present over the back of the throat. They are the first line of defense against the invading organism. Tonsil contains different types of lymphocytes which are the main responsible factor in neutralizing bacteria or virus. They kill the organisms by releasing different immunoglobulin. As the bacteria or virus die, they pile up inside the tonsillar tissues. In the process of killing, many healthy tonsillar tissues are also destroyed. Together they form a firm mass. With the action of calcium and magnesium salts (calcium apatite and magnesium oxalate), the dead tissues become a solid mass and are deposited inside the tonsillar crypts. If the mass is a small one, they can be viewed from outside as a tiny white or yellowish dot over the tonsil. In case the stone becomes a larger one, there is swelling of the inner side of the affected tonsil.
The process of neutralization makes the tonsil friable and inflamed. This causes intense pain over the throat. The infection may lead to flu like symptoms. Malaise, fever, lethargy, headache, indigestion, generalized pain all over the body, anorexia are very common in initial stages of formation of tonsil stone. Once the stone is formed and becomes a bigger size, a new symptom appears.
As the stone becomes larger, the central part of the stone undergoes putrefaction in presence of bacteria. The process of putrefaction releases different gases; hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan are among the common. It is due to these gases, the intractable bad breath occurs in a patient having bad breath. Smell of rotten eggs, rotten cabbages and fecal odor are frequent in such patients.
There may be whitish patches over the tonsil owing to recurrent infection. Often the patch can be removed by a wet piece of cotton.
Chronic cough, pain in the affected ear and altered taste are also among the tonsil stones symptoms.