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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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Danica Goudreault (2 days 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 days ago)
Why did my dentist have bad breath and raggedy teeth?😳
Slashedflyer (2 days 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.
Nova (3 days ago)
cashews. For me and peanuts are the perfect consistency to get stuck
Jamal Uzumaki (3 days 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 (4 days 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 (5 days 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 (6 days ago)
Does anyone else notice these boogers exactly on the same spot each time?
long shoe (6 days 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 (9 days ago)
I've wondered all my life what those were 😭😭 I have been fulfilled 😭😭🙌
Carey Charles (9 days ago)
Go to Amazon & get yourself a tonsil stone remover kit. They are cheap & removes them easily.
Katie (10 days ago)
These are one of the main reasons I got them out!!!
Relco12 (12 days ago)
Ah, the reason why I got a tonsillectomy
Ink Hed (14 days ago)
I hate tonsil stones 😖 so frikin gross
hanad gigis (16 days ago)
Which doctor I.must visit if i have
Tommy Deliso (16 days ago)
So basically your tonsils are annoying but important
Tokyo Ghoul (18 days ago)
Im 12 Years old And I HAVE THAT OMG IM SCARED
Mariana Silva (22 days 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 (24 days ago)
I use to get these all the time then it just stopped hmm.
Aracelis Velazquez (25 days ago)
I got small ones but I would cough them out.GROSS.....and hurt full
Victoria Arcturus (28 days 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 (1 month ago)
I got tonsils stones
Janet Harkness (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I used to get Tonsillitis all the fuckimg time, and needed to get them remobed
Alex Kin (1 month ago)
i called them cough boogers and know i know..
Minh Hoang Do (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
nice video bosss
s.m. ferdous (1 month ago)
nice video bosss
SmileZone (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Throat boogers
Melody (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
"The devil's cheese" is what I call them. Makes Limburger smell like a bouquet of roses.
Cherry Cervantes (1 month ago)
Appreciate Video! Forgive me for butting in, I am interested in your initial thoughts. Have you considered - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (just google it)? It is a good exclusive product for learning how to cure tonsil stones minus the headache. Ive heard some amazing things about it and my old buddy Taylor after many years got excellent results with it.
Jeet Dutta (1 month ago)
Am I the only one who likes the smell of tonsil stones?
Robert Michon (1 month ago)
Great Video! Apologies for the intrusion, I am interested in your opinion. Have you heard about - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (probably on Google)? It is a great exclusive guide for learning how to cure tonsil stones without the hard work. Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my friend Sam after many years got great results with it.
kurati testis (1 month ago)
Cheers for the Video! Sorry for chiming in, I would appreciate your opinion. Have you thought about - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (erm, check it on google should be there)? It is a good one off product for learning how to cure tonsil stones minus the hard work. Ive heard some decent things about it and my friend at very last got cool results with it.
Aleksandar Popovic (1 month ago)
Great Video clip! Forgive me for butting in, I would appreciate your initial thoughts. Have you considered - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (do a google search)? It is an awesome one of a kind guide for learning how to cure tonsil stones without the headache. Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my cooworker at last got excellent success with it
Miljan Krkic (1 month ago)
Lovely Video clip! Apologies for chiming in, I would appreciate your initial thoughts. Have you heard about - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (do a search on google)? It is an awesome one off product for learning how to cure tonsil stones minus the normal expense. Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my mate after a lifetime of fighting got astronomical results with it.
I always have rice stuck to it. So what I do is I literally scrape it off with forcefully gargling (with aspirin) which releives the swelling and acts as a pain killer as well, and mildly removing them off with the sides of my pee finger.
Shelbi Young (2 months ago)
I ended up having to get my tonsils removed due to my tonsil stones at the age of 22. Always had problems with my tonsils and ulcers, but once I reached my twenties, the stones became recurring. Went to an ENT and explained my situation of having a few tonsil stones about once a week. He looked in my throat for 5 seconds and was like “yeah those need to come out”. Get them removed 2 weeks later and he told me one pocket was just filled to the brim with them and causing irritation and swelling. Since then I haven’t had any problems with my throat in regards to soreness.
karkat vantas (2 months ago)
I'm sorry... Pop them out????
msalohakitty (2 months ago)
Lol I randomly coughed these up when I was young and always called them “stinky things”, squished them and made my mom smell them 😂😭🤣
Zerofire18 (2 months ago)
I found a regular diet which includes cayenne pepper or similar helps to prevent them.
L K (2 months ago)
It feels like a pepper seed
I have them, but I really don't care about it. I actually can have my tongue reach in and get it out.
Miljan Krkic (2 months ago)
If you is interested in cures for tonsil stones the best results that I have ever had was by following the Simons Stone Stopper (i found it on google) without a doubt the most useful remedy that I have ever tried.
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Ance Naseva (2 months ago)
I have spent months researching into tonsil stones treatments and found a great website at Simons Stone Stopper (check it out on google)
soso liban (2 months ago)
I've been studying cures for tonsil stones and discovered an awesome resource at Simons Stone Stopper (check it out on google)
Donald Schmenk (2 months ago)
My first tonsil stone at 11?
I keep swallowing now
What if it's HPV warts?
iZorohhh (2 months ago)
I coughed two out yesterday, reeks.
Comfortably Abnormal (2 months ago)
Such a pain in the ass
Jeremy Dehaeseleer (2 months ago)
It's food that gets stuck in the little wholes in your tonsils they stay there for years and keep building up over time everyone you swallow food and eat anything food gets in there and then it can get infected that's when they get swolen and they turn really big I got most of the "stones" out but food keeps getting in there but since the food isn't 2 years old it doesn't smell anymore but I have really big wholes now and food keeps getting in there I clean them out like once a week
DaRkLiGhT _ (3 months ago)
Dude I have tonsil stones but the thing is they happen all the time and in summer I am getting surgery for them and I’m really scared. Please help me.
Player000000 (3 months ago)
Thank you for this info. I thought there was a parasite in my throat or I had a disease until I watched this video.
Angreh (3 months ago)
Am i the only one who gets creeped out by the tonsils? Like they just look disgusting.
fourtysix4646 (3 months ago)
Used to cough these up a lot when I smoked, I probably still have them to some degree but just don't cough them up anymore... they do smell terrible if you smush them between your fingers and smell it after. It reminds me of what old people's houses smell like right before or after they die.
Online zarada (3 months ago)
Thanks for the video content! Sorry for chiming in, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you tried - Parlandealey Mouth Cure Process (search on google)? It is an awesome one of a kind guide for learning how to cure tonsil stones without the hard work. Ive heard some decent things about it and my buddy at last got great success with it.
Ambrojai (3 months ago)
i thought they were froasted flakes and started brushing after breakfast instead...i was young leave me alone
Macyn Reigh (3 months ago)
Thnx!(; now i know that there not bad(;
Bethany Lade (3 months ago)
All the damn times I've been to the Dr for throat infections, and nobody ever explained this part to me. Thank you SciShow!
martin jeretina (3 months ago)
I was operated for tonsil when i was 4 years old also as my father but idk when he removed his tonsil
Bmx _hs (3 months ago)
I’ve had to pop out so many fricking tonsil stones. But they always ever do quickly form new ones. I’ve had them for maybe 2 years now and it makes it so I never really get fully recovered from a cold. It always feels like I’m about to get a cold and I mean. I can have a fever for 2 weeks and glue like symptoms, then be good ish and then a week later have the same thing happen again. They really suck. I think I’m gonna go to a doctor but I’ve been there before and they just checked my throat for the flue but I didn’t have it so I’m pretty sure it’s cuz of the tonsils little ego that I’m sick all of the time
Nadira Fuji (3 months ago)
Why are mine so Squishy
Amelia Douglass (3 months ago)
Lol I don’t have tonsils
Logical Fallacy Detector (3 months ago)
Him: if you open up your mouth wide enough! Me: 😏
First Name Last Name (3 months ago)
I had my tonsils removed when I was, like, 2, and I still get those.
Sunrizee (3 months ago)
Yeah, they‘re not dangerous....... *BUT THEY STINK LIKE ROTTEN SATAN ASS*
pennywise (3 months ago)
knowing about tonsil stones makes me wish that i don't have a throat
LegoGirl1990 (3 months ago)
I always have to dig them out with my finger.As a side note, got a sharp bit of rosemary stuck in a pocket in my mouth/throat once. That was painful.
Dreamer_365 (3 months ago)
I had to get my tonsils out because of tonsil stones. It was not fun.
Kitty Mckenzie (3 months ago)
I get them a lot
Silvana Worrall (3 months ago)
I used to always think they were bits of tooth
thehoneybadger1223 (3 months ago)
I used to think it was just phlegm
Middle School Life (3 months ago)
One time i had a tonsil stone in the 5th grade and it was as big as the end of my thumb
Mr.Unknown (4 months ago)
Is it possible to accidentally choke on a tonsil stone while sleeping?
painfvll (4 months ago)
welp I’m going to gargale some water now *bad spelling intended*
I'm addicted to snort tonsil stones.
Text stories 101 (4 months ago)
I literally woke up with a sore throat and I asked my mum what the yellow thing was she said I have tonsillitis so I came on watched this and now I'm sure I'm ok
Domino Devaughn (4 months ago)
I have been experiencing this problem for a long period of time and I was very satisfied when I knew there was a cure to it. I used this tonsil stones treatment “kuzu amazing guide” (Google it) exactly and my tonsil stones were completely eliminated in Three weeks. My breath was noticably better in a day. I could not believe it. Something so easy, worked so well.
Bay Lyons (4 months ago)
Exactly like you, I visited the doctors but my tonsil stones always came back. I like to recommend this “kuzu amazing guide” tonsil treatment method that you could look up on Google. Once I understood exactly what was causing my tonsil stones, it was so easy to remove them completely. Really, everyone can treat their tonsil stones with this method.
adah ! (4 months ago)
BRUH I GET THESE SO MUCH
Shanlei Grageda Pasamon (4 months ago)
I have one😑
Ava Blomenberg (4 months ago)
Tonsil stones are the exact reason why I had my tonsils removed 😂
Karim Zuniga (4 months ago)
Are they supposed to smell
Noella Banana (4 months ago)
Wait I have one do they come out on there own 😰😰😰😰😰
Den V (4 months ago)
So this thing, everyone has it on their throat? If it is removed = cure bad breath permanently? So how long does it take this thing to form back and cause the bad breath again? How often do you need to clean? Is it safe to removed them all completely?
Terri L (4 months ago)
Nicely presented and informative video. At least you didn't imply as other videos did that the only reason for tonsil stones is poor oral hygiene, which is SO not true. If you have allergies, they are common because of the extra mucus and post-nasal drip associated - I hate them SO much.
básictears (4 months ago)
I had them today, but they are like food, I can crack it easily like butter, it smells like I haven't washed my teeth about 1000 years.
SketchLife 500 (4 months ago)
thank you for making me feel better
CharmaderXoXo (4 months ago)
I honestly never bothered to search what this was until now
wabye johnk (4 months ago)
I don't have these, but it's satisfying watching other people take them out
Mateo Molina (4 months ago)
I don’t even know why I’m watching this video I got my tonsils removed
Rahmat Yusof (4 months ago)
I have it before but I use my fingers and a mirror
steven west (4 months ago)
I noticed a lil whitish dot in the back of my mouth and i realised that the tonsil stones are right next to it that i couldnt see. So i stuck my finger in my mouth and pushed it out, like three, but i threw up a few times trying to shove my finger in my mouth
Amir reacts TV (5 months ago)
I had one but i popped one in my mouth no joke

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