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Why Do I Have Tonsil Stones?

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If you found the whiteish-yellowish lump on your throat, that might be a tonsil stone. But where does the lump come from? Why do you have it? Hosted by: Michael Aranda Want more SciShow in person? We'll be at NerdCon: Nerdfighteria in Boston on February 25th and 26th! For more information, go to http://www.nerdconnerdfighteria.com/ ---------- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters—we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Jeremy Peng, Kevin Bealer, Mark Terrio-Cameron, KatieMarie Magnone, Patrick Merrithew, Charles Southerland, Fatima Iqbal, Benny, Kyle Anderson, Tim Curwick, Scott Satovsky Jr, Will and Sonja Marple, Philippe von Bergen, Bella Nash, Bryce Daifuku, Chris Peters, Saul, Patrick D. Ashmore, Charles George, Bader AlGhamdi ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow ---------- Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/health/01tons.html https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17372553 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1286457906002280 http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=3273 http://www.livescience.com/26983-lymphatic-system.html http://medcell.med.yale.edu/histology/immune_system_lab/palatine_tonsil.php https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19716006 Image Sources: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tonsillolith_in_mouth.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Throat_with_Tonsils_0012J.jpeg
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george heckman (1 day ago)
Why does this guy sound like the crash course guy
Lilly Presley (5 days ago)
I've never had one before, but today I discovered I do. I want the sucker OUT but I gag too much for that.
raj luffy (7 days ago)
are they permanent??
Amit Vyavahare (9 days ago)
You have answered the most difficult question for me
angely aponte (10 days ago)
And i thought i was the human who had them 😂😂i was kinda scared
Im the Cain in the Box (11 days ago)
I think its hardened lymph node drainage dead white blood cells - proof were all being poisoned by something in our food supply - get some guy with an 80s vest jacket to explain it away - yea right- no food left in mouth on teeth smells THAT bad - thats something else
Deadshot (12 days ago)
I had like 2 of these....
coconut_lord (13 days ago)
I got my to tonsils removed when I was a small child because they gave me really bad ear infections so till now I never even knew something like this existed XD.
Katherine Christopher (15 days ago)
But do they leave a whole on your tonsils? If so, do they go back to normal?
Me (17 days ago)
If these are a problem for you, get your tonsils removed. I did years ago and I rarely get sick now! And when I do, the sore throat I get is nothing compared to the infected tonsils I had before.
crystal.liann (18 days ago)
Thanks I love when I have a question and someone gets straight to the point
shannon carter (19 days ago)
I thought I had tonsil stones when I got mano. OOF me.
Dejan Jankov (20 days ago)
I've been studying tonsil stones treatments and found a great resource at Simons Stone Stopper (google it if you're interested)
LiL PD (20 days ago)
I coughed onr up and smelled it once and swear on my life its smelled exactly like an old friends Breath 😂😂😂😂
Sir_Tactical_Slime (22 days ago)
*sticks finger all the way down throut without gagging a single bit i think im the chosen one
Stirlingite 555 (24 days ago)
Death. They smell like DEATH
Randizzle DaShizzle (24 days ago)
OMIGOD THEN IVE HAD TONSIL STONES
Nia Rose (25 days ago)
Don't have to worry about them if you have no tonsils :)
Cosmic Raichu (26 days ago)
I got tonsil stones recently and I guess I swallowed them in my sleep, but now there's two huge gaps in the back of my throat
Mustang Dani (27 days ago)
I started getting these when I was pregnant and have gotten them ever since. Never even got one before I got pregnant. But it's good to know that they're not dangerous. Lol. I was worried for quite some time.
warhawkjah (28 days ago)
When I was a kid I used to think they were food particles I burped up because I would belch really loud and dislodge them.
Gemna Cariño Iman (29 days ago)
so its not dangerous?😢😢
Maria Gonzalez (30 days ago)
Eeeeewww, is weird this happens whn your young.
S3rs3 se (1 month ago)
Thank you. Really helpful
Marisa Tripp (1 month ago)
I always thought that tonsil stones were old food stuck in my throat
Sunni Bunni (1 month ago)
All this time I thought I wasnt chewing my food enough and it was getting stuck back there....
I have 2,3 holes in both of my touncils...after using betadine gargle for a month I cannot get rid of it...doctor says it is a infection... It is exist for a long period... What may be it was ?? Will that go away themselves or any remedies?? Or it may something else ???
derp derp (1 month ago)
Use a Q tip you savages
XxMLGThe MasterboyxX (1 month ago)
One time, i coughed like a little hard that loosened one of the stones in my mouth and the thing just flew out of my mouth, it was a pretty big one.
Pastelio Animates (1 month ago)
I have tonsils but no dentist for me how do I get them removed at home
destiny destiny (1 month ago)
what is this? okay so i have a small bump not on my tonsils i think it is on the wall in front of it, its is in like a little crater in my through i am 14 and have severe anxiety, should i be worried or is it something i just have to let come out on its own and live through the sore through and tenderness to swallow accompanied by a funny feeling when i move my tongue (my tongue rubbing over the bump) my mom is a doctor and she said not to worry but i still am so i came here PLEASE HELP
Ciana Stokes (1 month ago)
Dang it i have tonsil stones. They always occur after i eat meat or things of protein. Ahhhh😫😁
Britney Bain (1 month ago)
Oh gross, is that what those are in the back of my mouth sometimes?!😲🤢
Korben Haslam (1 month ago)
I genuinely thought I was the only person on the planet who got these, seems I’m not alone
Sunni Bunni (1 month ago)
Korben Haslam same! My mom acted like I was crazy and said I may need to have this issue looked at because my throat mightve been “made weird”
Madara Uchiha (1 month ago)
Fun fact: tonsil stones smell like ass
Sanja Sanjic (1 month ago)
Excellent Video clip! Forgive me for butting in, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you considered - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (google it)? It is a good exclusive guide for learning how to cure tonsil stones minus the hard work. Ive heard some decent things about it and my cousin got astronomical results with it.
mani N (1 month ago)
Excellent Video clip! Apologies for chiming in, I would appreciate your thoughts. Have you heard about - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (erm, check it on google should be there)? It is a smashing exclusive product for learning how to cure tonsil stones minus the normal expense. Ive heard some super things about it and my buddy at very last got amazing results with it.
jinhi9005 (1 month ago)
Lovely video content! Excuse me for butting in, I would appreciate your initial thoughts. Have you tried - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (probably on Google)? It is a smashing exclusive product for learning how to cure tonsil stones minus the hard work. Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my friend at last got cool success with it.
oluk kucni (1 month ago)
Excellent Video! Excuse me for chiming in, I am interested in your initial thoughts. Have you considered - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (should be on google have a look)? It is a good exclusive guide for learning how to cure tonsil stones without the headache. Ive heard some decent things about it and my best friend Jordan at very last got astronomical success with it.
MewToons (1 month ago)
I had these and just got my tonsils removed. Honestly I'm so relieved not to have to worry about these again, they were sooo gross..
Patriot of Justice (1 month ago)
What if one of those stones falls down your throat, and it just moves up and down your throat with you being unable to just swallow it or vomit it out?
Cristina Siegue (2 months ago)
They say chronically it has a negative effect to the heart. True or not?
YOYO boi1 (2 months ago)
I have one
Birblee (2 months ago)
Mine are coming out this August because of these damn bastards that pestered me for years. Praise God.
jen noury (2 months ago)
My daughter got tonsil stones. They're basically plaque build up imbedded into the tonsils. We had to get her tonsils removed, the doctor says that her tonsils were full of stones. 😝
Miya Harris (2 months ago)
I dont have tonsils gladly it was painful and made me cry and my tonsils gave me hell
YasBish B (2 months ago)
Got mine finally removed!!!
Boston Terrier Love (2 months ago)
I CHOCKED ON ONE
Gage Ballard (2 months ago)
Thank you this was useful
So addicting to watch the extraction videos
mufaro chirau (2 months ago)
Phew i thought i was weird
christmas9lights (2 months ago)
YEAH BUT THEY ARE PAINFUL
Biana Doubt (2 months ago)
I haven't had these in years, and never knew what they were (beyond disgusting).
Bass Red (2 months ago)
My breath smell like tonsil stones..
MARIO'S IMPOSTOR (2 months ago)
HUMANS ARE TRULY DISGUSTING CREATURES. WE CAN GET AIDS, HIV, THE FLU AND OTHER DISEASES/VIRUS. THIS IS WHY I DO NOT HAVE SEX WITH FEMALES BECAUSE I KNOW THEY HAD SO MANY PENISES GOING IN THAT MOUTH OF THEIRS. GROSS! I USE SEX TOYS. ;-)
AW 08 (2 months ago)
I had this problem everyday of my life from the time I was a kid. I recently changed my diet to a lower carb and sugar diet and started eating more fresh veggies and fruit. And guess what happened? The stones went away. Seriously. First time ever in my life and they are gone. Totally convinced it comes from an unhealthy diet.
Stirlingite 555 (2 months ago)
These suckers are smelly and so annoying
Tay S (2 months ago)
So satisfying to pick them out with my pinky finger though. Haha
Natavan Quliyeva (2 months ago)
I have tonsils stones, but my tonsils are so small, still as they have holes I am having tonsils stones. As stone forming process doesnt stop, I want to get rid of my tonsils. But should I do that even if I have small tonsils?
Ashlyn Shaver (2 months ago)
If I get my tonsils taken out will they stop coming?
Cruithne (2 months ago)
Brush the roof of your mouth, under your tongue, gums, and the tongue itself, Rinse. Gargle forcefully with warm water, spit, then scrape your tongue. Floss regularly. NO more bad breath!.
Jennifer (2 months ago)
I just had one, and I was freaking out. So I came to Google and Youtube. I am not sure why I suddenly had one, but maybe I'm catching a cold. It freaked me out. And it was sooooo disgusting (yet satisfying) to pop it out. Bleegh!
Eugene Miyelis (2 months ago)
It was a common medical procedure to remove tonsils of Russian children even with just minor health problems to "improve immunity". Now they discovered that tonsils actually improve immunity.
archey kelly paredes (2 months ago)
he's so handsome.. what's his name.. huhu 😙😙
Regina Craig (2 months ago)
I use to get them all the time but not anymore. It's been years, and I don't know why it doesn't happen anymore...hmm
sam Sanders (2 months ago)
they should make someone eat someone else's tonsil stones on fear factor. your welcome.
Malkiah (2 months ago)
This was awesome
Power Off (2 months ago)
i hate tonsils. it's so annoying
Sifat Areefin32 (2 months ago)
I have been suffering from Palatine tonsils. 2 months ago my doctor prescribed me medicine, I got relief for a while, but the pain has started again and I have holes in tonsils. Also I m suffering from fever and ear pain. What should I do?
Mr. Flame (3 months ago)
I got my tensiles removed cause of these
John Smith (3 months ago)
Gargle w hydrogen peroxide
N337av G#o5h (3 months ago)
Tonsil stones are some of humanity's worst known smelling substances.
Steven Bara (3 months ago)
You can shower your tonsils with a soft stream of salt water (like some dental water jets allow to be set to) , especially if your tonsils are fissured. It's very helpful if particles get stuck in your tonsils and form the stones that then lead to infections and tonsillitis.
MultiHotgarbage (3 months ago)
It's because you have yuck mouth
megamase (3 months ago)
Who takes it out with their tounge
Ashy Diamond (3 months ago)
I told my mom about mine and she yelled at me she was like THAT MEANS YOU NEED TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH MORE and I'm like it doesn't only happen from poor hygiene it can happen from a lot of stuff
Nicole Victrolia (3 months ago)
Lol, they made it a huge point to remove mine, I get allot of them. I am over the top clean and eat healthier than most and I still get allot. They make it painful to swallow and my tonsils get enlarged all the time. And they cause bad breath.
Rishabh (3 months ago)
So should I eat them because it has Calcium?
Sunni Bunni (1 month ago)
Rishabh ewwwwwww
Becky Segundo (3 months ago)
I had these when I used to have tonsils. I miss them cuz now my gag reflex intensified after having my tonsils out when I was 27.
Mrlegendarynoob (3 months ago)
Thanks one just popped out of my mouth and I was like what the hell
TheHarbingerOfDeath (3 months ago)
I had these like crazy when I had lymphoma, kinda stopped for the most part after chemo. Only get a few a year now.
My Life (3 months ago)
What if I always get them? Is that bad?
Jan Dark (3 months ago)
You have to slow down a little... You talk too fast!
hi kookie (3 months ago)
I had large tonsil but after operation it is normal
Just A Grill (3 months ago)
:(
creativemusicalbeing (3 months ago)
Thanks that was so helpful only thing is if you have a strong gag reflex when you try to push them out you feel like you'll regurgatate......
Taii potatoie (3 months ago)
I pick them out with a toothpick
when i saw this i yelled at the phone "I DONT HAVE TONSILS SO IM LONLY"
Silviana Gonzalez (3 months ago)
I have them 🙀😐😩😫😢
Jasmine Ella Kim (3 months ago)
I have tonsillitis right now and I can't even speak properly, my neck and my ear is very painful. I can't open my mouth widely or normally, It's also painful when I swallow my saliva and I breathe through my mouth. My tonsillitis is recurring, and this is the 4rth time I have my tonsillitis this month. I just wanna ask for help cuz I'm just 17 & I live alone, I don't know how to cure this. Please. And sorry for my bad English.
J Bush (3 months ago)
He failed to mention how incredibly awful they smell!!
LW Clay (3 months ago)
Mandela Effect...these things never existed before 2012. Never heard of them, then suddenly I'm getting them with no knowledge of what they are because they're brand new. Then suddenly tons of vids show up about what they are. Def ME.
CreepypastaCentral (3 months ago)
Ok every time he said they WERENT dangerous.... i got even more scared.... SURGERY?!!
Tofu Tofu (3 months ago)
I even thought tonight will be my last
Akanksha Kashyap (3 months ago)
I am so afraid to pull mine out. ☹️☹️☹️ I have a doctor appointment Tomorrow. 😒😒😒
Vivi (3 months ago)
I woke up with one tonsil stone in my throat but I removed it. I know this is a dumb question but will it spread now Or am I safe?
Cee (3 months ago)
cuz ya nasty
Saharin Cuker (3 months ago)
Kudos for the Video clip! Sorry for butting in, I would love your opinion. Have you tried - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (just google it)? It is a smashing one off guide for learning how to cure tonsil stones without the hard work. Ive heard some decent things about it and my close friend Aubrey after a lifetime of fighting got excellent results with it.
Captain Butt nuggets (3 months ago)
Stop drinking and eating acidic foods and drinks
Prime Captain (3 months ago)
Great video content! Forgive me for butting in, I am interested in your initial thoughts. Have you heard about - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (do a search on google)? It is a good one off product for learning how to cure tonsil stones without the headache. Ive heard some interesting things about it and my BF at very last got amazing results with it.
Meklaudd (3 months ago)
Lovely Video! Excuse me for the intrusion, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you thought about - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (search on google)? It is an awesome one of a kind product for learning how to cure tonsil stones minus the normal expense. Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my work buddy after many years got cool success with it.

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