White spots in throat are caused by an infection of your tonsils, which are located at the back of the throat, and have a gland-like appearance. Tonsils play a vital part in keeping bacteria out of your body. They do this by capturing any bacteria and viruses that enter through your mouth, thereby preventing infection. Tonsils have a pitted appearance, due to small pockets, or divots, known as tonsil crypts. Saliva mixes with the soft tissue that lines the tonsil crypt. A trapped food in the tonsil crypts is broken down by saliva. As the starch and carbohydrates are broken down, they mix with mucus and bacteria. The resultant mix, will over-time, become concentrated, harden, and calcifies to become tonsil stones. The condition is called cryptic tonsils, since the stones form in the crypts of the tonsils. These stones are usually very small in size, but they can become large, with time. If you were to take a flashlight and shine it down your throat, you will see the stones, which appear as white spots. If you suffer from cryptic tonsils, you will always have a feeling like there is something stuck at the back of your throat.
The main causes of tonsil stones, and called tonsiliths are:
- Hyperactive salivary glands
- Oral bacteria
- Mucus deposits
- Trapped food
- Bad Breath – Cryptic tonsils cause you to have bad breathe. However, it does not mean that whenever you have bad breathe, you are suffering from cryptic tonsils. If you maintain good oral health, through regular brushing, and using mouth wash, and the rotten egg smell persists, then you may be suffering from the condition. The reason for this is the amount of bacteria that is trapped in the ever-enlarging tonsil stones. The smaller stones will not make a huge difference in your life, but larger stones can cause you a lot of embarrassment and discomfort. If you have ever coughed and emitted a smelly, white stones, then you are suffering from this condition.
- White-yellowish spots or lumps that appear at the back of the throat.
- A tonsil infection may also occur.
- You will develop a sore throat, and find it difficult to swallow.
- You will experience a bad taste at the back of your throat, or the roof of your mouth.
- The tonsils may swell due to inflammation caused by the stones.
- You will develop a serious itch in your ear, which may be accompanies by an ear ache. This is because the stones affect connected nerves.
Most people think that they are the only ones suffering from this condition, and keep quiet about it. They seek remedies for halitosis (Bad Breathe), but the condition persists. There are several ways that you can treat this condition, and these are:
The treatment of cryptic stones is not difficult, and can be done without medication. In order to dislodge the stones, you can use organic apple cider, and gurgle 3 or 4 times a day. You may also use two tablespoons of vinegar mixed with warm water. Salt if a natural antiseptic and gurgling a brine solution will help remove the stones.