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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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Miya Harris (1 hour ago)
I dont have tonsils gladly it was painful and made me cry and my tonsils gave me hell
YasBish B (2 days ago)
Got mine finally removed!!!
Boston Terrier Love (3 days ago)
I CHOCKED ON ONE
Gage Ballard (3 days ago)
Thank you this was useful
So addicting to watch the extraction videos
mufaro chirau (6 days ago)
Phew i thought i was weird
christmas9lights (6 days ago)
YEAH BUT THEY ARE PAINFUL
Biana Doubt (9 days ago)
I haven't had these in years, and never knew what they were (beyond disgusting).
Jenny Delgado (9 days ago)
The way he relays what tonsil stones are and its effects to people having them seem kind, nice and cool. It feels like having those debrees are not that bad. But in fact it is. Talk about halitosis.
Jenny Delgado (9 days ago)
I like how kind this person talks aboit tonsil stones. Makes me feel like its not that bad after all. Just got to avoid them.
Bass Red (11 days ago)
My breath smell like tonsil stones..
MARIO'S IMPOSTOR (12 days 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 (13 days 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 (13 days ago)
These suckers are smelly and so annoying
Tay S (13 days ago)
So satisfying to pick them out with my pinky finger though. Haha
Natavan Quliyeva (17 days 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 (17 days ago)
If I get my tonsils taken out will they stop coming?
Cruithne (17 days 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 (18 days 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 (19 days 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 (19 days ago)
he's so handsome.. what's his name.. huhu 😙😙
Regina Craig (19 days 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 (20 days ago)
they should make someone eat someone else's tonsil stones on fear factor. your welcome.
Malkiah (21 days ago)
This was awesome
Power Off (22 days ago)
i hate tonsils. it's so annoying
Sifat Areefin32 (25 days 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 (27 days ago)
I got my tensiles removed cause of these
John Smith (29 days ago)
Gargle w hydrogen peroxide
N337av G#o5h (29 days ago)
Tonsil stones are some of humanity's worst known smelling substances.
Steven Bara (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
It's because you have yuck mouth
megamase (1 month ago)
Who takes it out with their tounge
Ashy Diamond (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
So should I eat them because it has Calcium?
Becky Segundo (1 month 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.
Jango (1 month ago)
Thanks one just popped out of my mouth and I was like what the hell
TheHarbingerOfDeath (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
What if I always get them? Is that bad?
Jan Dark (1 month ago)
You have to slow down a little... You talk too fast!
hi kookie (1 month ago)
I had large tonsil but after operation it is normal
pls halp me (1 month ago)
:(
creativemusicalbeing (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I pick them out with a toothpick
Allison Milton (1 month ago)
when i saw this i yelled at the phone "I DONT HAVE TONSILS SO IM LONLY"
Silviana Gonzalez (1 month ago)
I have them 🙀😐😩😫😢
Jasmine Ella Kim (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
He failed to mention how incredibly awful they smell!!
LW Clay (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Ok every time he said they WERENT dangerous.... i got even more scared.... SURGERY?!!
Cheese Cake (1 month ago)
I even thought tonight will be my last
Akanksha Kashyap (1 month ago)
I am so afraid to pull mine out. ☹️☹️☹️ I have a doctor appointment Tomorrow. 😒😒😒
Vivi (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
cuz ya nasty
Saharin Cuker (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Stop drinking and eating acidic foods and drinks
Prime Captain (1 month 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 (1 month 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.
FT10DDR16 (1 month ago)
Excellent Video clip! Forgive me for the intrusion, I would love your thoughts. Have you ever tried - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (do a search on google)? It is a good one of a kind guide for learning how to cure tonsil stones minus the hard work. Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my cousin after a lifetime of fighting got astronomical results with it.
l3vthyslf 29 (1 month ago)
they stink like a rotten egg farted sulfur
Vijaya Saminathan (1 month ago)
Appreciate video content! Forgive me for the intrusion, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you heard the talk about - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (should be on google have a look)? It is an awesome exclusive guide for learning how to cure tonsil stones minus the headache. Ive heard some decent things about it and my m8 after a lifetime of fighting got excellent results with it.
queen bee Haughton (1 month ago)
Thank you, very informative
Igor Freitas (1 month ago)
*What I've learned from experience:* Attach a small tube to the end of a syringe (without the needle of course) and use it to suck the stones that only show but don't pop out when you press the area around them. You can remove most of them by just applying pressure on the area around it (I use my pinky finger) and then you can cough them out - You'll learn to control the gag reflex with practice. Keeping yourself hydrated seems to help avoid stone buildup, and this last tip I found out by accident: singing helps you notice when you need to remove some stones, and also seems to help getting them loose (as it moves and vibrates the soft palate a lot).
john riley (1 month ago)
If have tonsil stones goto dentist and they will get you antibiotics that get rid of them fast I'm talking 24hrs results 2tops gones
ChuckTay23 (1 month ago)
I know people who brush their teeth regularly and are very hygienic however their breathe will still literally smell excuse the language but like actual feces. You have to get the tonsil stones out to prevent bad breathe as much as possible
Jule Effect Msp (1 month ago)
Ive had them for like 2 years, I'm not even 17 yet
Danica G9813 (2 months ago)
I ended up with tonsil stones and then within 2 months I had a tonsillectomy. Worst pain ever! Its right up there with labor. I couldnt eat or drink for 2 weeks due to my doctors not giving me pain medicine that worked. Unfortunately now I get laringitis and cant sing anymore 😖
Silver Cat (2 months ago)
Why did my dentist have bad breath and raggedy teeth?😳
Slashedflyer (2 months ago)
Alright, this comment is hopefully to help people that are getting annoyed with their tonsil stones. First off, let me start out by saying I've been dealing with tonsil stones for many years, since I was a child. I know how annoying they can be, having that feeling of something in the back of your throat. And sometimes you just cant get them out. Luckily I have a rather simple, yet effective solution. The thing about this video I don't agree with is that he says removing your tonsils is for severe or extreme cases. Trust me when I say this, get your tonsils removed. It is so worth it. Just make sure you tell your doctor how annoying it is to have, and ask for an ENT to see if you can get those taken out. Once they are out, Im not going to lie, it is going to be a very VERY hard 10 day recovery if you are an adult. The healing process is pretty painful, but please dont let that scare you off. After those 10 days, you will never have to deal with tonsil stones again. I did it, and I'm a wuss when it comes to pain. I know you can do it too. If you need any advice or have any questions regarding tonsil stones please ask.
MewToons (18 days ago)
Slashedflyer Thank you so much for this comment! I’ve been having trouble finding someone who got their tonsils removed because of annoying stones. I’m getting mine removed in 5 days and was starting to have some doubts about if I had a good enough reason. Your comment helped me feel a little better about it! I’ve read it’s possible for them to go away as you get older, but if they don’t I’d rather get them out as a teen than as an adult.
Gaelle (1 month ago)
THANK YOUUUUU
akshay srivastav (1 month ago)
Slashedflyer thank you so much for the information ; have a gud day....
Slashedflyer (1 month ago)
As for the price of the surgery, I do know that its a very simple procedure. The ENTIRE surgery only lasts between 15-30 minutes, and they put you to sleep so you dont feel a thing. I assume the surgery will be fully covered by your insurance, but dont quote me on that. And yes, there is a simply way to deal with tonsil stones other then surgery. HOWEVER the down side to this method as that your tonsil stones will still come back, and you will have to deal with them for the rest of your life. You can buy water picks to help push out the tonsil stones, as well as using long cotton swabs to massage the area. However, even after they are removed, they will eventually come back. If you want to be completely cured, you must get your tonsils completely removed. Like I said, its a very hard and painful recovery, but luckily they will give you top of the line pain killers. I guess the best way to describe the pain is like having strep throat for 10 days, it isnt fun. But after those 10 days, you will never see another tonsil stone again. :) I hope this helps. And good luck.
akshay srivastav (1 month ago)
Slashedflyer is it expensive and isn't there any simple way...
Nova (2 months ago)
cashews. For me and peanuts are the perfect consistency to get stuck
Jamal Uzumaki (2 months ago)
When I was a kid I thought little pieces of my insides were rolling up my throat and I’d spit it out .. boy do these things stink! Lol
Viccente Aguero (2 months ago)
THANK YOU for posting this. I have suffered from them for literally years. I had always attributed them to my smoking. I always thought that they would go away when I quit smoking and their frequency of occurrence has slowed but they never went away. I didn't know how to really describe them or what to call them so I couldn't describe them properly to my doctor. Thanks to this video I know what to call them and last week I scheduled an appointment with my doctor, next month I will have a tonsillectomy and possibly an adnoidectomy because of how bad the inflammation in that area is. The testing also revealed some other things that the ENT wants to look into that may be able to be corrected that I didn't know were abnormal so THANK YOU again for posting this.
Kristen K (2 months ago)
I get those all the time. It's obnoxious. I usually take my finger and squeeze them out. Sometimes there's a lot more in there than what you can visually see in the mirror. They always feel like a popcorn cernal lodged in your throat.
Mirza Sevilla (2 months ago)
Does anyone else notice these boogers exactly on the same spot each time?
long shoe (2 months ago)
Bro I had tonsil stones so bad that they had to remove my tonsils. I had like three every week that would irritate my throat so much and I had to choke myself to get them out. Not a good time. And thEN a week after the tonsillectomy there was a complication and my throat started bleed so that was nice too. Emergency surgery is fun. The recovery was too long and very painful. Brush your teeth kids
Sunflower Songs (2 months ago)
I've wondered all my life what those were 😭😭 I have been fulfilled 😭😭🙌
Carey Charles (2 months ago)
Go to Amazon & get yourself a tonsil stone remover kit. They are cheap & removes them easily.
Katie (2 months ago)
These are one of the main reasons I got them out!!!
Relco12 (2 months ago)
Ah, the reason why I got a tonsillectomy
Ink Hed (2 months ago)
I hate tonsil stones 😖 so frikin gross
hanad gigis (2 months ago)
Which doctor I.must visit if i have
Tommy (2 months ago)
So basically your tonsils are annoying but important
Tokyo Ghoul (2 months ago)
Im 12 Years old And I HAVE THAT OMG IM SCARED
Mariana Silva (2 months ago)
Tonsil stones are worsened by dairy. Since I stopped eating dairy my tonsils stones practically disappeared, i used to get them once a week and now i just have two a year.
Colleen Ditchman (2 months ago)
I use to get these all the time then it just stopped hmm.
Aracelis Velazquez (2 months ago)
I got small ones but I would cough them out.GROSS.....and hurt full
Victoria Arcturus (2 months ago)
Caused by strep bacteria, the stone is the remnants of white blood cells trying to fight it off Myrrh alcohol tincture & golden seal can kill it
Weird I know, but I like when I get one, bc Im obsessed with squishing n smelling it over n over for like 10 mins!😆😂 I get like one every other year, so I be waiting for it like a nerd to analyze n inspect it!🙈👀
Minature ostrich 159 (3 months ago)
I got tonsils stones
Janet Harkness (3 months ago)
I had them since I was little, finally had my tonsils removed when I was about 30. I also have a condition where my mouth opening has shrunk and I couldn't get them out anymore. Tonsillectomies are extremely painful, but in this case it was worth it!
Quinn Ethan (3 months ago)
I used to get Tonsillitis all the fuckimg time, and needed to get them remobed
Alex Kin (3 months ago)
i called them cough boogers and know i know..
Minh Hoang Do (3 months ago)
the thing is... they did not calcified so I just have to used my tongue to push it out from time to time
Sabrina t (3 months ago)
Is it safe to remove them by touching your tonsils? I usually stick my fingers in my throat and apply pressure to my tonsil and push down or up and it'll remove those chunks by forcing them out. Or should I cease doing such?
s.m. ferdous (3 months ago)
nice video bosss
s.m. ferdous (3 months ago)
nice video bosss
SmileZone (3 months ago)
I used to get them frequently (almost every other day) and i normally would cough them out. I rarely get them ever sense i stopped my intake of dairy for other health reasons :) Any time i do have slight dairy, e.e next day... There It Is.
I'm Pooping Right Now (3 months ago)
Throat boogers
Melody (3 months ago)
These little shits are painful af and i hate them but its cool when they come out i feel so clean after haha
UnorthodoxRomance (3 months ago)
"The devil's cheese" is what I call them. Makes Limburger smell like a bouquet of roses.

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