The most common request I’ve received over the years is for tonsil stones pictures. Folks who either suffer from tonsilliloths, or think they have them, want to get an idea of what they look like. For these individuals I have assembled these tonsil stones pictures. It’s my hope that these pictures will help people realize that they are not alone. Furthermore, tonsil stones are very common.
People usually first notice problems caused by tonilliloths when having difficulty swallowing. Most complain of having the feeling of something in their throat. The tonsil stones can also cause a sore throat In addition to difficulty swallowing and sore throat, most sufferes complain of bad breath. Tonsil stones smell foul! In fact, it’s usually a spouse or loved one who notices the effects of these nasty tonsil invaders first.
Tonsil stones are also called Tonsilloliths. These clusters of calcified material often collect in palatine tonsils. Tonsilloliths are more common in cryptic tonsils, or tonsils with larger crevices. They are composed mostly of calcium, but may contain other minerals like phosphorus and magnesium, ammonia or carbonate. While generally not harmful, tonsil stones are often a nuisance. Many people with tonsil stones describe a feeling of having something stuck in their throat. These Tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones, can cause chronic halitosis or bad breath. The tonsil stones pictures below are pretty typical, but no two throats are the same.
Below are several pictures of typical Tonsilloliths. While each person is unique, these photos represent fairly common Tonsillolith presentation. For those considering tonsillectomy surgery, pictures of post tonsillectomy throat, and even tonsils can be found on the tonsillectomy pictures page.
Dr. Murray Grossman has invented an amazing little machine to assist in the removal of tonsil stones. He calls it the Hydro Pulse