Almond stoppers are a source of problems for many people. For some, the source of fear is “Is it not pus?” Or one of the symptoms of chronic tonsillitis.
The tonsils perform a protective function in the body, they are part of the immune system, but they do not always adapt well.
In the tonsils there are channels – gaps. Dead cells, mucus, and bacteria can accumulate in the gaps, forming cancerous lumps that turn into “woolen plugs” or “tonsils.”
Tonsillitis can be small and not bother you at all, but it can be large, causes bad breath, and causes significant discomfort: sore throat, difficulty swallowing, swelling, swollen tonsils, and ear pain (rare).
What do you need to know about tonsil sockets?
It is more common in people with recurrent sore throat or chronic tonsillitis, but it can also be found in people without these problems. In fact, it is not completely pus and the plugs themselves do not cause complications.
How do we treat them?
If there are no symptoms – treatment is not required.
If the stones are large and symptoms – they often help to rinse with saline (a quarter of a teaspoon of salt per cup of water).
Antibiotics may be required in very rare cases, with severe inflammation, but they usually do not help or affect crowding.
It is better not to pick plugs yourself, as this may damage the tissues of the tonsils.
If the plugs gave obvious discomfort and nothing helped at all, they were formed over and over again, causing pain and smell, then it might be necessary to remove the tonsils.
How effective is washing the tonsils?
The recommendations of the American Academy of Otolaryngology clearly state that rinsing will not help remove plugs forever. It has a short-term effect.
This procedure has a more health effect and helps get rid of only the unpleasant odor, so it is not recommended for medicinal purposes. Plus it is very expensive.