Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones also known as tonsillolith are small white calcareous clusters that accumulate in the crypts of your tonsils. Tonsil stones can commonly be identified by the volatile sulfuric gasses that the bacteria in these whitish yellow particles produce. Individuals commonly discover tonsil stones when they experience discomfort in the back of their throat and unexpectedly cough up what appears to be a squishy white mass. Most people readily identify tonsil stones by the smell and up until the last 2 -3 years have been unable to identify what they are.

With the proliferation of the Internet individuals have become increasingly aware of what these white stuff on their tonsils are and how they can get rid of them. The largest roadblock in treating tonsil stones has been the lack of general knowledge by the medical community, specifically Ear Nose and Throat doctors. Most tonsil stone suffers who present these tonsil rocks to an ENT specialist commonly experience a lack of an explanation as to what causes tonsil stones.

Within the last three years communities and products have developed around the growing curiosity of tonsil stones. Many digital e-books have been produced that attempt to alleviate the problems by promising cures and natural remedies made from household items. The effectiveness of information contained in these digital-books has been largely shunned by the tonsil stone community and are considered to be “scammish”. Most such books offer temporary remedies and require time consuming fixes.

Only recently has  cryptolysis become a viable option for permanently getting rid of tonsil stone induced pain and bad breathe. Cryptolysis utilizes lasers or radiofrequency to reduce the amount of crypts located on the tonsils which in turn reduces the amount of food that is able to collect in the crypts. The reduction of debris in the crypts leads to a reduction of sulfur producing bacteria which eliminates tonsil stone related sore throats and bad breath.

The reason why cryptolysis has gained such popularity over the last two years is because up until now the only option for individuals suffering from severe tonsil stones was to undergo a tonsillectomy. Compared to cryptolysis a tonsillectomy is more time intensive, painful and can lead to further complications.  Patients who undergo a tonsillectomy are placed under general anesthesia, require 2 -4 weeks of recovery time and experience severe pain. In contrast, cryptolysis is a 30 -45 minute procedure that utilizes local anesthesia, has zero recovery time and causes minimal discomfort. Patients who have undergone cryptolysis have compared the experience to a routine dental appointment.

For the majority of the patients cryptolysis is generally performed in the doctor’s office rather than an Operating Room, where a tonsillectomy is performed. One of the major benefits of cryptolysis over a tonsillectomy is the price difference. Cryptolysis is literally a fraction of the cost and that is without factoring in the time lost from work while recovering from a tonsillectomy.

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