Haven’t you always wanted to get rid of those foul-smelling tonsil stones down your throat? Haven’t you always longed for fresh breath? Are you leaning toward tonsillectomy? Well, if you are….you need to read further.
Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure in which your tonsils are removed completely. Now, hold that thought – tonsillectomy is not always effective because tonsils have a way to grow again. Once a popular treatment for getting rid of that sore throat and several other throat related problems, tonsillectomy is now considered by several healthcare professionals only in rare cases. One should know that there are several effective and non-surgical treatments available for alleviating sore throat and keeping throat infections at bay, involving those nasty crypts. Tonsils act as a barrier to protect against bacteria and viruses. And following tonsillectomy, one risks a chance to catch debris. Nevertheless, the tonsils will grow back. Hence, surgery is not a permanent way to alleviate your problems.
Our throat area comprises of the “Waldeyer’s Ring”, which is composed of tonsils, adenoids, and several kinds of lymphoid tissues. This tonsillar ring protects foreign bodies from entering our pharynx and helps in avoiding common infections related to the throat and the oral cavity. (If you’re wondering, it was named after the nineteenth century German anatomist Heinrich Wilhelm Gottfried von Waldeyer-Hartz.)
Tonsil stones continue to be the main problem related to throat infections, especially in children due to their developing immune children, which is why the stones tend to be larger. Once a person is out of their childhood and begins to age, the tonsils start shrinking as the immune system no longer relies heavily on tonsils to protect against foreign bodies.
A trip to the dentist is highly advisable as you got to know what you’re dealing with before commencing the treatment. Pain in the back of your throat, yellowish-white stones hacking out of your throat, and bad breath are the symptoms to look out for. Follow up with a proper oral hygiene regimen and take that trip to the dentist as soon as possible. You could try some home remedies as well if you feel the situation can be controlled and isn’t too serious. One should keep in mind that some people don’t show any symptoms at all while others experience great deal of pain. Whatever the case may be, there are certainly more treatments available today than there were a decade ago, and tonsillectomy is definitely not the perfect solution to your aches.