"Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils caused by an infection. It typically causes sore throat, fever and swollen glands in the neck."
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Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 12/24/2009: Rosemarie from Greenwich, Ct: "Tonsillitis
I had the worst cold ever. I rarely ever get sick and if I do, I usually drink a little apple cider vinegar with honey for a day or two and it's gone! But, this cold was all in my nose and throat. No fever, no sneazing, no chills! I took everything! Vitamins, applecider vinegar with honey, Tomatoe tea, vinegar, honey,salt and lemon tea, and I even gargled daily. Well, it seemed that it was all fom my sinuses and it was draining down my throat,I started getting an ear infection and then it hit my tonsil! It seemed inflamed and that was when I took out the bottle of apple cider vinegar. I poured about 1/4 of a small glass full and then gargled it straight! Voila! No more tonsil pain, no more cough and my voice returned to normal. Those germs ran away!"Replies
06/24/2011: Shaylan from Wellington, Ohio replies: "Should the apple cider vinegar be swallowed or spit out?"
05/24/2012: Suki from Edinburgh, Scotland replies: "Should be spat out because all the bacteria is in what you have just gaguled? -.-"
[NAY] 01/23/2013: Golda from Bellport, Ny replies: "DONT WASTE YOUR TIME! It doesn't work and you'll end up with your throat burning."
02/23/2013: Star from Priest Lake, Idaho United States replies: "I only have white vinegar... will it still work??"
[YEA] 03/05/2010: Gp from Hobart, Tasmania: "The few times I've had tonsillitis, I've noticed extra virgin coconut oil cures it in 24 hours. Unbelievable, but true. Just let a knob of it melt in your mouth, tilt your chin up and let it pool toward that back of your mouth/throat. Hold it there for as long as you can. Repeat several times a day.
It works much faster than the nasty antibiotics usually prescribed, and provides some temporary pain relief in the mean time. I usually get tonsillitis when I'm run down, so as soon as I notice that first sign of white in the back of my throat, I start this treatment, and it clears up within 24 hours.
EVCO is amazing stuff!"
[YEA] 12/16/2010: Amanda from Columbus, Oh replies: "I had tonsillitis for about five days that turned into an abscess. After three doctor visits, antibiotics and steroids that seemed to be doing nothing, I finally looked Earth Clinic and found this. I did it three times in the evening and when I woke up the next morning it was a miracle! I have no pain or discomfort swallowing and the swelling has gone down tremendously! This is truly an amazing remedy, I have rediscovered my love for coconut oil."
[YEA] 11/25/2011: Maria from Cincinnati, Ohio replies: "My tonsils have been huge since I was a little child. My ENT wanted to remove them, since they had gotten even bigger and I also had tonsil stones. I am 61 and was concerned about having that surgery at my age so I decided to try something to shrink my tonsils. I had already been doing "oil pulling" (swishing) using organic extra virgin coconut oil with good results in the health of my gums, so I decided to try gargling the coconut oil for 5 minutes before swishing it. After one month I looked at the back of my throat, and my huge tonsils had shrunken so much, I could barely find them. I had never seen the entire arch of the back of my mouth before. Oil gargling is now part of my daily routine and my tonsils have not gotten swollen again. (It has been 6 months...)"
01/10/2012: Patrick from Charlottesville, Virginia replies: "Maria - are you actually gargling in the back of your throat with the extra virgin coconut oil? I have huge tonsils and do not want to have surgery to take them out! Please let me know what I need to do.
01/10/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Patrick, I read of someone who sprayed lugols iodine down the back of the throat and it helped the tonsils go down. Like the coconut oil it is anti bacterial/anti fungal."
01/11/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "I sprayed my throat with liquid magnesium chloride and the itching of my allergy disappeared! Too bad Lugol's doesn't seem to be sold here in Europe... I had already tried in France, England, Germany and now I am trying to find it here in Switzerland but the pharmacy has already told me they can't get it here or in Germany. It used to be sold here but not anymore. They are now trying to find out whether they can import it form the US. Funny if you think that it was developed by a French doctor called Jean Lugol..... The Swiss have banned an awful lot of supplements. In Basel I used to know a very good natural pharmacy and they still sold quite a few things, not here in Zug, the choice is really very limited."
[YEA] 01/15/2012: Carrie from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "Unbelievable! I've been in such pain for the last week. I had a bad cold with horrible sinus pain that then moved into a cough. I never had a fever. I fought it with vitamins, herbs & juices and everyday it was getting better. Then, out of no where, my throat started killing me! After a few days I looked in my throat and saw that my tonsils were swollen. I read this post about coconut oil last night & tried it b4 bed. This morning I woke up and it was half as big! Did another again this morning and it's feeling so much better. Finally...relief! "
[YEA] 02/09/2012: Simply Kathy from Brunswick , Ga. Usa replies: "Blessed to have come upon this site. I went and bought Extra virgin coconut oil- Expensive but worth every penny! My throat was sore, felt like a thousand needles stabbing me in my mouth. I could hardly talk and was in much pain to just swallow. After doing the oil pulling, just one time, the pain left, I could swallow, and talk pain free! I also noticed and it is now the 3rd day of oil pulling, I have a cavity that has been hurting, does not hurt anymore and I can actually eat and no pain! What a blessing. Praise God!"
02/21/2012: Green from Agoura Hills, California replies: "This is great to hear, been looking for something holistic that actually works. ^ Katie from Brunswick, you shouldn't be thanking "God" you should thank Gp from Hobart! Not to denounce your religion. Just saying you don't give credit to the provider of the puzzle, you give it to the solver."
02/28/2012: Mkz from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "I tried this remedy earlier today. I think it's working, but I'll update in a couple of days. @Green- It is not for you to say who Kathy should and shouldn't thank. If she wants to praise God, let her do so."
03/19/2012: Melissa from Baltimore, Md replies: "After gargling and swishing the coconut oil for 5 minutes, do you swallow it or spit it out??? Not clear on this part.
EC: Spit it out (ideally in the toilet, so you don't clog your pipes with the oil). You never want to swallow toxins or viruses when you can help it!
04/17/2012: Pat from Santa Clarita, Ca, Usa replies: "I am amazed to stumble upon this site and conversation about coconut oil! It is an answer to Prayer - really! I was just getting ready to take some leftover antibiotic in desperation to rid my throat of an infection in my left tonsil. Reading the side-effects of the meds. Was enough to scare me but I looked up tonsillitis to see which of the meds. Would be best to use... And there it was, a reference to wonderful "coconut oil". I have been using it for various things (like skin disorders including cancers, moisturizer, mixed in my hot morning coffee to clear the brain because of its anti-Alzheimer's affect) with success, and now it is good for infected tonsils! Who knew? The Good Lord did and He has once again been my Helper. Thank You, Jesus. I have already swished it against my throat and tonsil and feel some relief. I will continue ue to do so. Thanks, everyone."
[NAY] 07/06/2012: N from London, Uk replies: "After reading this site spent I £15 on some extra virgin coconut oil as I have had sore throat/tonsilitus for over a month now and just can't get rid of it!! Didn't work, waste of money, thought it sounded too good to be true!!"
07/12/2012: Jj from San Clemente, Ca US replies: "I have reoccurring tonsillitis. So I know a few ways to cure it and sometimes the cure you used last time or the one you have never used wont work... So you have to try diffrent things each time. Keep your immune system strong, vitamin c, second gargel salt water spit out salt water as much as you want listerine also helps. but coconut oil will help most of the time even if you just ingest it the tonsillitis will go away slowly however I have not tried this remedy and looking forward to see how well it works thank you and good luck other people with your pain."
07/19/2012: Jj from San Clemente, Usa replies: "I'm back to let you know my tonsilitis has not gone away so easily this time even though I have been taking coconut oil and doing this treatment. Today however, I decided to use old treatment what I thought was inferior but it worked well, gargel salt water it reduces swelling and pain. With the reduced swelling I coughed up a few vile things which is good! ^^ got all the nasty stuff out now I can start healing. But my point is coconut oil will heal and disinfect but salt water will reduce swelling and disinfect so use both!!! And also use listerien or a hydrogen peroxied and water mix to really kill germs back there ^^"
10/13/2012: Rob from Bega replies: "Thank you so much for the posts on coconut oil to relieve tonsilitis. It worked for me within 12 hours. From not being able to talk, swallow or eat, and just drool from the side of the mouth, now I can have a conversation again and not be in agony!"
01/22/2013: Ramune from Peterborough, Cambs replies: "Just a quick one about Liugol Spray. It is still sold in Lithuania so we do have it here in Europe. If that helps it is called Liugolis. They even sell it on Amazon. Hope it helps. My friend just brought me a bottle of it as I have terrible throat pain.
Will also try coconut oil gargle.
Have been gargling with hydrogen peroxide and water all day yesterday. One side seemed to be clear of white coating after the night."
[YEA] 08/29/2007: Neil from Auckland, New Zealand: "I get tonsillitises frequently (every 4-6 weeks) and it usually takes 1 week to recover. I have tried prescribed antibiotics with no effect. However, after reading about garlic on this website, I gave it a shot and I was totally amazed at how fast I recover. There is a dramatic difference the following day after I take a clove of garlic soup before going to bed and I make total recovery within 3 days. With prescription antibiotics, it used to take about 1 week, including gargling every couple of hours. Even when I am ok, I take garlic soup about 2 times a week, and this is the first time ever that I have gone through winter without getting a cold!! I peel a clove of garlic and cut them in half lengthwise. Then I boil it for a couple of minutes in 1.5 cup water and add a pinch of salt, teaspoon of butter, a pinch of pepper and sprinkle with nutmeg. I take is as a soup as the garlic is soft enough to be eaten. Works wonders for me."Replies
05/09/2008: Boriana from Beijing, China replies: "My daughter has a chronic tonsillitis since she was small now already 17 still the same and unluckily she found out to be allergic to garlic. is there any other remedy apart from the garlic?"
05/09/2008: Joyce from Joelton,, Tn replies: "Response to Boriana from Beijing: Good old apple cider vinegar & local honey, mixed half & half - at 17 years old she should also be able to tolerate a little cayenne added in there (all three are known to have antibiotic effect & honey also has some ability to decrease allergies."
09/19/2011: Mary from Los Angeles, Calfornia: "WARNING!!!
Hello everyone. Since I was a little child I suffered from Tonsillitis and am now past my sixties. People have made fun of my breath and have said some really mean things like fart mouth and other kind phrases like that. I understand now that my breath has been like that because of the Tonsilloliths (white stones) No wonder my boyfriends didn't want to kiss me! ): I have been told by doctors that I cannot have a tonsillectomy because of my age and severe bleeding that could kill me.
Anyway about 8 days ago I woke up in the morning with my tongue, the left side of my face and throat swollen. I could see the Tonsils inflamed and the pain was excruciating I've never had it that bad before. I quickly started on my remedies. Made a strong tea of garlic and honey. It helped some but I woke up about an hour later and in even more pain. My throat was so swollen I looked like a bullfrog only to match that swamp breath! How lovely!
Well I became desperate and took an empty 2 oz brown bottle that had a 3 inch dropper in it. I took that dropper and filled it with, 3% hydrogen peroxide and did not mix it with water even though my inner voice was warning me and shot it straight down my tonsil opening to finally heal myself! I figured it would clean it out and stop that pain. WRONG!!
I didn't feel any fizzing or anything so figured it hadn't helped me any. I woke up about an hour later and was in the worst pain of my life plus a headache and could not swallow very well and could not lay back because I felt as though I was choking. I figured I better go to the hospital and they made me wait even though I was dying!! They gave me an antibiotic and a shot to bring down the swelling. The nurse said, "you can't leave yet we have to make sure you'll be alright. I didn't mention a word to the doctor about what I had done. For fear that they would do worse than what I had done. I started to hyperventiliate because I was afraid that that shot would make things worse. They made me stay a little longer and then let me go.
I kept checking on my Tonsil and saw that there was no opening!! Oh no I thought I must have burned it out!!! After a few days I noticed I could not bend over or my tonsil would hurt so bad my head hurt and could not swallow or lay down I had to sleep sitting straight up. I kept putting ice packs on my throat and it helped a little. It felt as though my throat wanted to close up on me. Everyone in my family told me I was crazy for doing it.
Now 8 days later the Tonsil looks like a big exclamation mark (! ) I will see if it stays like that but I think it's gone. What finally helped the pain to go away was 1 tsp ACV, 1 tsp honey and a little liquid cayenne (only 2 drops! ). I am praying that the one tonsil is gone but hoping I will be alright. I feel pretty good now but would I do it to the other one? HELL NO!!! By the way the doctor said I needed a Tonsillectomy. If I had listened to him I'd be writing you from my grave! It's very good to be alive!!!
P.S. I will give you an update if anything good or bad happens because of it! REMEMBER SOMETIMES A LITTLE IS BETTER!!! Happiness and health to all.
Lorraine's Tonsillitis Tea
[YEA] 12/02/2008: Lorraine from Derby, Kansas: "I made a sort of "tea" with 2 tablespoons of honey, lemon juice from one wedge, pinch of salt, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, one minced garlic clove, a dash of cayenne pepper, and boiling water (to fill a mug) for tonsillitis. Works better than anything I have ever tried before."Replies
[YEA] 03/28/2009: Dan from New Britain, CT replies: "I have made a tea with a few pieces of chopped up ginger root.. 2 tablespoons of Apple cider vinigear (ORAGNIC) (mother) and some honey.. seems to be working very well for me. Give it a shot."
02/05/2012: Evandino from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Usa: "I have had large tonsils most of my life and until recently I had no concerns about it. Recently the "pocket" on the left tonsil has a stretched/elongated appearance and the one on the right has also started to increase in size. I have noticed in the right tonsil a rather small tonsil stone that I have not been able to extract, but It's not the cause of my concern. I also have a very mild sore throat and thanks to ACV and Ceyenne pepper it is tollerable. If I had to put a length of time, I have noticed this condition maybe a month ago. I have tried the coconut oil pooling to help shrink the size of the tonsils but to no avail. I had suspected maybe a mild case of strep and used ceyenne pepper for injesting and gargles and still no change in size or mild pain. I even considered the possibility of Tonsillitis (as far as I can tell Strep and Tonsillitis are almost identical in symptons and sometimes appearance), so I tried the coconut oil treatment, no change, other than releif of the mild pain from the swelling.
My tonsils have swollen to the point where it does get difficult to open my mouth wide as my back teeth are nearly buried! Which makes me think, possibly the gums themselves are swollen causing the Tonsils to do there job and filter out bacteria.
My question: I had a tooth break off about a year ago. Since then the gum has grown over top of it. Is it possible this tooth is the cause of my symptons? I have no pain in the area that the tooth is, no swelling of the gum, no visible discharges of any kind, but there is an odor present.
Common sense would lead me to think that my tooth is the cause of all this chaos going on with my tonsils and mild sore throat, I just want some sort of direction on how to proceed with my problem.
I have no fever, I do have a mild problem with the ears (like they make a swishing sound if I move my head suddenly-like there is fluid inside). Lymph glands in neck below jaw line are swollen but to a degree that alarms me.
So that pretty much sums it up! I love the website and have used it quite a bit and have also told others about it! So very happy that you all are here!!!!"Replies
02/06/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Evandino, if you've never tried Zinc Lozenge's for the Tonsil/Throat problem, it might prove worth it.
Good luck and let us know either way."
02/06/2012: Evandino from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania replies: "Thanks Timh! I noticed several types of zinc lozgenges, does it matter if it has vitamin c or any other added supplements? I may be able to find some at one of the local stores, but just wanted to know if there was a particular brand or zinc combo I should be looking for.
02/07/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Evandino, most Zinc Lozenges do have Vit-C which is a bonus for infection but there is some criticism of the C causing the loss of tooth enamel so it may be wise to not use long-term. The Zinc/Elderberry Lozenges have gained big favor lately as Elderberry tea has become a very effective sore throat, cough and cold remedy.
Hope this helps and good luck. Post results."
02/07/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Evandino, I have read where people have sprayed iodine into the back of the throat and it has healed the tonsils where they are infected. Get a small spray bottle and aim it at the back of the throat. It will kill any bacteria/yeast problem you may have.
Gargling with cayenne pepper would also be good although it may be a bit hot.
In the first instance I would try iodine."
02/27/2012: Nj Hairguru from Closter, Nj replies: "I too (used to get ) tonsil stones when my immunity was taxed. Keep your immunity strong and they'll disappear. My tonsils at one point were so large, inflamed and even had MOSS bacteria growing over them- so I finally went to the ENT. He had to give me a steroid injection into the tonsils. And sent me home w/ more steroids to take orally. This all tripped off chronic fatigue syndrome for over 10yrs. Which would have been super ez to beat- had I simply done oregano oil, olive leaf extract, Apple Cider Vinegar and good stong hi doses of probiotics. (like 10-20 billion flora when ur on meds to control yeast). The thing that concerns me- is that ANY time u have swollen lymph nodes- (that's what they do when they fight infection! ) it means u NEED ANTIBIOTICS. The broken tooth can easily cause infection - if not pulled, capped off etc. Start w/ the reg. DR. and get the proper antibiotics- then hit the dentist when ur feeling better. Just make SURE 2 do those probiotics from now on. When you're on meds and when you're not. U need them! "
03/28/2012: Polly from London, Uk replies: "From what I read you need to see your dentist, the tooth as the cause of the problem seems like a possibility, especially as you referred to an odour. When a tooth breaks, it is more vulnerable to infection - the gum growing over it may have trapped the developing cavity inside and make it harder to clean. do all these things in the mean time, as well as a twice daily antiseptic gargle but then go to your dentist before you end up with an abcess or lose the rest of the tooth."
01/01/2012: Jon Jon from Spring Valley, Ny, Usa: "Has anyone heard of lingual tonsils and what can be done for it?
02/28/2012: Mkz from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "I think you need to gargle really deeply for that. Tapping your finger gently above/at the Adam's apple helps the solution go deeper than usual. Make sure your throat is relaxed."
08/03/2011: Lynley from Auckland, New Zealand: "Hi There,
Just wondering if you can please give me some advice... I have a daughter was recently sick in bed for a week with sore throat / tonsils, glands up & flu like syptoms. Two weeks on although she is feeling somewhat better her tonsils are still huge (to the point where it's actually effecting her breathing) & glands in her neck (one side in particular) are still swollen. Oil pulling with coconut oil helped initally but has not got rid of the problem all together. She also takes 1 teaspoon of ACV with lemon juice & vit C daily.... does anyone have anyother ideas on what to try...
Thanks Heaps, Lynley"Replies
08/04/2011: Javier from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "take her to the doctor asap. The doctor may or may not give her antibiotics (my mother is a doctor and I'm just going by what I've heard her prescribe), but you need a prescription for antibiotics, plus you shouldn't mess around with things like this. I actually saw a friend of mine die when I was 13 (I'm 32 now). Her parents refused to take her to the doctor and just kept messing around with home remedies until they found her dead in her room. Take your daughter to the doctor ASAP. God bless you and best of luck to you."
08/04/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Lynley, Good old fashioned Cod Liver Oil (well maybe not the old horrible tasting one). It has always been good particularly for the mucus membranes and tonsils. You could also look at a combination of echinacea and astragulas to help build her resistance up again, I had far better success with the liquid extracts of these two rather than tablets. We have also found the herbs Tulsi, Arjunna and Neem together to be fantastic, especially the first two for the chest, we take them in capsule form. All the best, Maria"
08/04/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hello again, I forgot to mention check EC for Lysine with Vit C and Aspirin as they are great at treating viruses. Just do a search for lysine and vit c and you will see the feedback for them. Also Ted's flu remedy http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/flu.html#TED"
08/04/2011: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "I suffered with " swollen glands " for my entire childhood. I was given every sort of antibiotics for all those years with little if any effect. I moved out on my own when I was 17 years old.
I had another episode of swollen glands with fevers and such. I popped into a local doctor in some small town in Wyoming. This doctor gace me a quick examinatation and told me I had the worst case of tonsilitis he had ever seen. He, then and there: had me sit in a chair very much like a dentist`s chair. He administered some novacaine and removed my tonsils and adenoids. He was an old time doctor, diagnosed the problem, Knew what to do to solve the problem and did it all in one visit. This SOLVED this swollen glands problem I had suffered my entire childhood with. Other than the pain associated with this surgery [ about 2 weeks ], I never suffered any ill effects. I NEVER, EVER, had " swollen glands "again. I do wonder what is being taught in medical school these days. How I could have seen these different doctors and been presribed these antibiotics for all those years and not a one of them could see that I needed my tonsils removed along with the adenoids is a mystery to me.
What do they do nowdays: Hand a doctor a PHYSCISIONS DESK REFERENCE and give them an MD certificate ? Yes, I am being a bit sarcastic, but still, I do wonder at times....Oscar"
08/05/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Linley, your daughter needs to go to a doctor, tonsilitus can cause organ damage if left to its own devices. Lily."
08/29/2010: Jason from Glen Allan, Va: "I submitted a request for help for my friend with enlarged tonsils -adult male - tonsils not inflamed - I cannot find the request or answers on earthclinic."
08/22/2010: Jason from Glen Allan, Va, Usa: "Request insights and experience on natural approaches to dealing very enlarged tonsils, not inflamed, of adult Filipino (33). He is having many headaches for months and now some problems breathing. No pain. Money is not available for surgery which was recommended by EENT MD in May 2010. Maybe iodine? How much? How applied or intake amount?
What might be causing this swelling? Iodine deficiency? What else?
Help me to help my friend - need your ideas and experiences and prayers."
[QUESTION] 01/13/2010: April from Rogers, Ar: "Pain after tonsillectomy
Hi, I do not have a remedy but a question. I have a 17 year old who had her tonsils taken out 8 days ago. Her pain is STILL intense inspite of the doctor telling us is should start to improve by now. Can anyone offer advice to speed up the healing and reduce her pain level. Please don't say ice, because it so painful that she can't hardly swallow the water when the ice melts. Thank you in advance for your advice."Replies
01/15/2010: Diane from Oliver, Pa replies: "Have you tried colloidal silver? It wouldn't be any more painful than the water, would coat her throat and help fight any infection. If you get one of those empty travel-size spray bottles, and just use the tubing with the original bottle, (which will probably be a dark-colored glass) she could even spritz her throat with it. We've used CS for cat bites, (in order to avoid antibiotics) conjuctivitis, diaper rash, and cats that have snotty sneezes with great success."
[YEA] 12/18/2008: DEXTER from RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: "OUR FILIPINO WAY OF CURING ACHING TONSILS IS VERY EASY & NATURAL. GET LUKEWARM WATER PUT ABOUT 1 TEASPOON OF IODIZED SALT, MIX IN A MUG & GARGLE IT TILL MUG IS EMPTY.MAKE SURE THAT THE WATER IS REACHING YOUR THROAT/TONSILS.
LITTLE AMOUNT OF THAT LIQUID SHOULD ALSO BE DRANK. HOPE I'LL BE OF HELP.
Swollen Tonsil Remedies
02/27/2013: Brittany from Las Vegas, Nv: "Hello my name is Brittany and for the last 7 or 8 months, I have been experiencing very bad throat / tongue / tonsil swelling. I have gone to the ER and but haven't found a cause.... I though it was caused by my birth control so I removed it. I'm still geting the swellingness so ANYONE plz help."Replies
02/27/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I use coconut oil in my mouth and it is helping me a lot. Swish around in your mouth for awhile and spit it out and then rinse well. Try again, I use it throughout the day. (there could be some side effect symptoms if it starts to heal you, even an antibiotic can make you feel sick at first.)
Garlic and lemon also are very potent mouth healers.
I also read on this site that milk of magnesia kills MRSA on skin , maybe swish some around in your mouth and spit it out.
Rinse with water afterwards. Hope this helps."
02/28/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Brittany: Try some Zinc Lozenges, they will probably help. Please update any progress."
12/15/2009: Damita from Hemingway, Sc Usa: "Sour taste in mouth, bad breath, tonsil stones
I need a cure for this sour taste in my mouth all the time. Even after I brush my teeth, tongue, the sour taste comes back. I have tonsil stones that come up sometimes, even though I've had my tonsils removed twice. Doctors don't have time to figure out what the problem is and I've had this problem since I was 9 years old. I'm 45 now."Replies
03/26/2012: Jb from Dallas, Tx replies: "I'm 18 and get tonsil stones and yes they are such a nuscence and they taste horrible and the taste doesn't go away so I don't even bother with them, I just get rid of them. I take a wooden stick ( the small stick that people use for nail cuticles, the pointy end) and I actually go in the back of my tonsil and fish the stones out of my tonsil. When I first started doing that, I had to do it after everytime I ate because more stones would be back there but after a period of time, the stones would gradually come back less and less and that bad smell would disappear. Maybe if you start taking them out maybe they won't appear as much. It worked for me and I know people with tonsil stones want to get rid of them so really, ... You have nothing to lose. Just don't poke yourself too hard because it will hurt and make sure to have a good grip on the stick so you don't lose it in your throat. Good luck."
10/20/2012: Mike from Amsterdam, Nh, The Netherlands replies: "I never had tonsil stones, but I did have for many years one (yes only one side) inflamed tonsil with white dots on it. It actually didn't really cause me any mayor trouble other then occasional strange feeling while swallowing and me being curious looking in the mirror seeing one huge tonsil and one small. (I think it started when I was 15 or so, as I had no pain I nevr got surgery, though I did think about it) One time when pushing from the neck outside while watching in the mirror I saw one of the spots erupt. I was intrigued. At the time I had a severe addiction to squeezing out pimpels (avg. 40 mins a day! ) as one niece I liked mentioned the blackheads on my nose, and it became a therapy of 'sqeezing out the bad in me' I would feel good when 'bad stuff' would gush out the pimpels, especially if it be solid stuff. (yes yuck, what an addiction to have.... Don't understand it myself how I got into that) anyway so added to my routine I also started to use cottonsticks (soaked in plain water to make them soft) to squeeze out the (smelly! ) white stuff. One day, after many month if not a year or so the holes became so big I could actually go in with the cotton stick and kind of clean it inside! The tonsil would have a lot of those 'holes'/crevices, now I read they are called 'tonsillar crypts'. (10-15 or so). After maybe 2-4 years (i really can't remember too clearly) one day the problem just disapeared, and I was kind of dissapointed not to have any nice white guey stuff to be able to get erupted from my tonsils... I still have bad breath and I swear it all started when one day, when I was maybe the last guy to never have kissed in my school, on a party with another school, an fairly ugly girl from the other school sat next to me and complained she never kissed before. When I said I didn't either she told me I wasn't that bad looking, as to not to offend her I told her likewise, bad move as now she proposed we try it out... And ever since that awful day she stuck her tongue deep into my throat (i guess she figured that's the way it is done) I have bad breath in the morning, and I never had it before, and I never got rid of it either. I'm contemplating sometimes doing a really long fast. But i'm sure it (the strain of bacteria feasting in there) will outlive me. Any tips are welcome! (for the bad breath, I am now almost 40) Oh, so for anyone reading this: I do not reccomend getting 'addicted' but in a way I think that cleaning out tonsils by excerting some force on it, so that pockets of puss/bad bacteria can come out could possibly help. I wonder now if it'd have been better to have diped the cottonsticks in salt water or vinegar. In any case except for the occasional feeling of having to throw up (only if you hit the soft tissue surounding the tonsils), touching the tonsils and poking them didn't hurt or otherwise got things worse. It kind of feels awkward, and if a cottonstick is dry it's absorb more bad pus/bacteria but also hurt more, and especially the first few times if you get into a 'crevice/crypt' if it's infected the skin lining inside will be very thin, and easily break and start bleeding (just like your gums if not brushed/flossed regularly). To me it just makes sense to try to push out the bad stuff, instead of flushing only the outside with some disinfectant as you'll never reach the inside that much, (unless its not that bad and not fully blocked).
So if your tonsil is hurting as it's almost exploding with bacteria: try at first to squeeze them using your fingers in your neck, or with a cottonstick push on it in several ways to see if the bacteria stuck inside can find a way out. It's gross, I know, but the tonsil does get a better chance of recovery I think. One time my wisdom teeth got pulled, and they fogot to give antiinfamatory gargle, only pain killer, and it got so much infected that I got a huge neck. The doktor back home (i was on holliday in cuba and used cheap dentist there, they were excellent in the surgery, just messed up with the aftercare) amde a small incision, and out came all the dark smelly stuff, and overnight all my problems, which gotten worse over the coarse of one week, were over instantly! I feel opening up, and letting out infectious matter of an infection is better then taking massive doses of antibiotics, although there are times antibiotics can work miracles, it doesn't make sense to me that if you know where the bacteria are, and have access to it, why not get them out?"
[QUESTION] 04/17/2009: Lisa from Bowie, Maryland: "I've been reading about the cures for tonsilitis, but has anyone heard of tonsil stones and how to get rid of them. I get them regularly, and the dtr says just gargle with salt water, but they keep coming back. He says they are harmless. Does anyone have a remedy??"Replies
04/27/2009: Brass_Ga from Lithia Springs, Georgia replies: "check the section for bad breath. I do remember coming across it there good luck!"
07/29/2009: Tonsil Flush from Denver, CO replies: "I use a machine that shoots water through my teeth on the lowest setting and place the tip near the opening on each tonsil or where I see the stones and flush them out with a short burst of water. This also helps take care of bad breathe. read the china study also cutting down on animal protein for bad breathe."