Stones can form at several points in the body. In addition to kidney and gallstones, hard and sometimes painful formations can form in the tonsils. Unpleasant breath can also draw attention to their presence.
Throat almonds – the protective bastion of the immune system
The palate, or almond, is a paired lymphatic organ resembling a bunch of grapes located at the back of the throat. It is also commonly referred to as the watchtower of our immune system, as it plays a significant role in preventing and combating respiratory infections. The tonsils are made up of lymphoid tissues, which contain lymphocytes, which is a type of white blood cell that accumulates in the lymphatic organs – explains dr. Monika Augusztinovicz is an otolaryngologist at the Otolaryngology Center. When a pathogen enters the body, it is the job of the white blood cells to defeat them. The tonsils thus also act as a kind of filter through which bacteria and viruses from the air into the throat can get stuck.
This is how almond stones are formed
The surface of the almonds is uneven, the inside is divided by deep passages. Here, pathogens and other substances, dead cells and mucus collect and then appear in the tonsils as tiny white spots. Almond stones are formed when the collected material hardens or hardens. This usually occurs if the patient has developed chronic inflammation of the tonsils or is suffering from recurrent tonsillitis.
When should we suspect?
Almond stones can be of different sizes and locations. In some cases, only an X-ray or CT scan can help detect their presence, which may be indicated by the following symptoms:
- bad breath
- sore throat,
- in some cases the stones are clearly visible on the almonds in the form of a white spot,
- may cause difficulty or pain in swallowing, depending on the location and size of the stone,
- swollen, enlarged tonsils and possibly ear pain may also occur.
These can be a solution to the problem
In many cases, the patient does not even know about the stones formed in the tonsils because they did not cause significant complaints and left on their own, says Dr. Augusztinovicz. Some people also successfully treat the problem with home practices, in which case salt water gargling can help. If the stones form in a hard-to-reach place and cause disturbing symptoms for the patient, minor surgery under local anesthesia may help get rid of them. In case of recurrent complaints, recurrent tonsillitis, surgical removal of the tonsils should be considered.
Source: Patika Magazin Online by www.patikamagazin.hu.
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