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White tonsils can have many causes.
If they occur in connection with tonsillitis, they mean pus occurrences.

The following substances can be stored within the tonsils:

  • Bacteria
  • Leftovers
  • Mucus

These substances can harden to calcification and then look like white stones.
Tonsilstones are usually found in people who suffer from chronic tonsillitis or often develop tonsillitis.

In the depressions of the tonsils (crypts) tonsilstones can form.


Causes of tonsils

» Almond stones
Almond or tonsil stones are also referred to as tonsillites and are limestone structures formed in the tonsils.
The depressions in the tonsils can fill with white, hardened material, which consists of:

  • Mucus
  • Bacteria
  • dead cells,
  • Food leftovers.

The tonsils contain the cells that fight infection and the harmful microbes that attack these tissues.
Nevertheless, over time, the waste stored in the tonsils can solidify. As a result, tonsilstones are formed.

The first typical symptom is the feeling that something sticks in the back of the mouth.
Those who have tonsil stones may also suffer from:

  • earache (due to the pressure of tonsil stones),
  • Sore throat
  • Swallowing
  • inflamed and enlarged tonsils,
  • Halitosis.

Treatment: Tonsilstones do not necessarily need to be treated if they do not cause discomfort.

You can remove superficial tonsil stones manually with a cotton swab:

  • Press the cotton swab from bottom to top and vice versa.
  • Rinse your mouth while spitting out the stones.

If pain occurs, the following remedies can relieve this symptom:

  • Gargling with warm salt water
  • antibiotics prescribed by the doctor

However, large tonsil stones can only be removed surgically.

» Tonsillitis
The typical symptoms of tonsillitis (tonsillitis) are:

  • Fever
  • Swallowing.

With a thorough examination of the tonsils, one can observe white or yellow persistent spots with pus formation.
Purulent tonsils are a sign of a bacterial infection. This disease can provoke concomitant symptoms, such as:

  • stiff neck,
  • Headache.

Treatment: If a bacterial infection is responsible for the disease, antibiotics are used. If children often have inflamed tonsils, the doctor may advise surgical tonsillectomy.

» Sore throat
The term sore throat refers to a bacterial throat infection that can lead to the formation of white spots on the tonsils.
This condition can cause severe sore throat, especially when swallowing food. You may also feel discomfort and a scratchy throat. In addition to the tonsils, the following may also occur:

Treatment: patients with a sore throat are prescribed antibiotics by the doctor.

» Oral thrush
Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the oral mucosa and may be responsible for the appearance of white spots on the tonsils. The fungus that affects the inside of the mouth and causes this infection is the yeast Candida albicans.
These microorganisms:

  • are always present in the mouth and intestines,
  • do not cause harm as long as their number does not exceed the natural limit.

Oral thrush arises due to the excessive growth of the fungus and is characterized by the formation of white lesions:

  • on the inside of the cheeks,
  • on the tongue.

In most cases, these cream-colored deposits also occur:

  • on the tonsils,
  • on the palate.

Even if the tonsils are not necessarily swollen in this case, the affected person can not enjoy the natural taste of the food.
Those who are currently undergoing chemotherapy or have a weakened immune system due to poor diet are more likely to develop oral thrush. Health problems, such as diabetes and AIDS, also increase the risk of this disease.

Treatment: With oral thrush, the doctor recommends:

  • homemade natural yoghurt,
  • Antifungal drugs prescribed by the doctor.

According to natural medicine, a change in diet is crucial.
With a natural diet based on fruits, vegetables and unprocessed foods:

  • can be cured without medication,
  • relapses can be prevented.

» Glandular fever (mononucleosis)
This viral infection is contagious and causes:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • constant fatigue.

Those who suffer from mononucleosis (mainly adolescents) complain of:

  • severe sore throat,
  • swollen, purulent tonsils.

The lymph nodes on the neck are swollen and rashes can appear anywhere on the body.

Treatment: Glandular fever passes on its own, but after the initial outbreak there may also be a bacterial infection, which may need to be treated with antibiotics.

» Diphtheria
The severe respiratory infection mainly affects:

  • Neck
  • Nose.

Diphtheria is characterized by:

  • Fever
  • enlarged lymph nodes on the neck,
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swallowing. Examination of the neck reveals a thick gray-white membrane lying on the throat and tonsils.
  • In some cases, the swollen tonsils are covered by large gray or white spots.

Especially children under 5 years of age are at risk from this infection.

Treatment: According to conventional medicine, vaccination is the best way to prevent diphtheria. For treatment, intravenous antibody sera (antitoxin) are administered.
In case of infection, the doctor prescribes antibiotics such as penicillin.

» Angina Plaut-Vincent
This bacterial infection is characterized by the formation of ulcers:

  • on the tonsils,
  • in the throat,
  • in the oral cavity.

The proliferation of spirillas and spindle-shaped bacilli in the throat is responsible for angina Plaut-Vincent.
Initially, ulceration can be observed on the gums.
Once the infection spreads, ulcers form on the tonsils.
The ulcers begin to bleed easily.
In addition, white spots on the tonsils may become visible.

Treatment: Angina Plaut-Vincent is treated with antibiotics. The most effective is a remedy from the penicillin group.

» pharyngitis
This infection affects the throat – a section of the throat that:

  • begins with the tonsils,
  • ends with the larynx.

In the case of pharyngitis, as a rule, the following become inflamed:

  • both tonsils,
  • of the throat.

The inflamed tonsils secrete pus, which manifests itself in the form of white spots. Pharyngitis can be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi. In most cases, viruses are the triggers and cause:

  • Fever
  • Ague
  • Sore throat
  • Swallowing.

Treatment: The doctor may order a blood test to determine if streptococci are responsible for the infection. If this is the case, it is treated with antibiotics. Without medical treatment, pharyngeal inflammation passes within a week or two.

White spots on the tonsils

The main causes are food particles, mucus and bacteria that accumulate in the depressions of the tonsils.
It is believed that in some cases they are caused by a sore throat.
Here a visit to the family doctor is necessary, who will prescribe an antibiotic, such as:

  • Augmentin (amoxillin®),
  • Klacid® (Clarithromycin).

In this case, the almond topping has a foul odor.
Inadequate oral care can also lead to the formation of plaque.
According to natural medicine, the causes include:

  • poor nutrition,
  • lack of physical activity,
  • Overweight.

One of the triggering factors is the smoking of filterless cigarettes.

Symptoms of occupied tonsils

  1. Tonsilpain
  2. Sore throat
  3. Irritation due to foreign body sensation in the throat
  4. Reddened, swollen and painful tonsils and resulting difficulty swallowing
  5. Persistent cough, sore throat and fever
  6. Halitosis
  7. Complaints

Treatment and natural remedies for topped tonsils

Tonsil stones disappear on their own only if the patient’s state of health is good.
Often some of the white spots on the tonsils are dispelled by the cough.

Some people squeeze and scratch their fingers on the tonsil stones; this is an effective method, but not recommended for reasons of hygiene; the dirt on the fingernails can additionally infect the throat.
You can remove the stones with a cotton swab; this should be moistened so that the cotton wool does not stick to the neck. This method works on superficial stones.

A proven home remedy is the loosening of the coating by gargling with:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Lemon juice
  • Water with bicarbonate.

Propolis is a natural antibiotic and greatly benefits the health of the throat; for treatment, put a few drops of tincture on the tonsils.
Some doctors recommend gargling with Coca Cola to remove the plaque.

The bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes is responsible for tonsillitis. In addition to the white spots on the tonsils, the following complaints may occur:

  1. Headache
  2. Stiff neck
  3. Enlarged lymph nodes
  4. Sore throat
  5. Hoarseness
  6. Fever
  7. Swallowing

Prevention of tonsilstones or tonsillites

Gargling (4x daily) can help:

  • eliminate bacteria in the mouth,
  • Avoid bad breath.

Use an alcohol-free gargle solution or simply salt water.
Toothpaste and gargle water can help prevent relapses if tonsil stones have already occurred.

Drinking plenty of water helps prevent tonsil stones; frequent drinking keeps the mouth moist and rinses away stored food debris.

Abstain from alcohol.

  • First, because alcohol generally does not have a good effect on the state of health.
  • Secondly, because it dries out the mouth, which can cause bad breath or the tonsil stones become more serious.

Smoking is harmful to health and can increase the likelihood of developing diseases of the oral cavity. It is therefore advisable to quit smoking in order to:

  • to avoid these risks,
  • to keep a fresh breath.

Dairy products accelerate the formation of tonsil stones, because:

  • they contain a lot of calcium;
  • favor mucus production.

Calcium and mucus are the main components of tonsil stones.

How long does the almond topping last?

The duration depends on the cause; For example:

  • in case of a viral or bacterial infection, one must expect 5 days;
  • in chronic tonsillitis, it lasts for more than a month.

The symptoms of glandular fever occur intermittently, but it takes about a month for the infection to be definitively cured.
The almond coating can be caused by bacterial or viral infections when the immune system is weakened by:

  • Stress
  • other diseases.

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