When the size of the stone becomes large and causes much discomfort while swallowing food, it is best to treat it medically. Depending on the cause of the tonsil stone, whether it is viral infection or bacteria, the treatment choice will also vary. To determine the cause, a swab of the stone will be taken by the doctor to perform a rapid stress test. Based on the test results, the doctor will prescribe how to get rid of tonsil stones with the medical treatment option for you. Tonsils act like net to prevent virus and bacteria from entering your body through your throat.
How to get rid of tonsil stone
- Cryptolysis: This medical procedure makes use of laser to remove the tonsil stones. This method of removing tonsil stones is highly preferred as the procedure is less painful and the time taken to recover is also shorter, only a week, when compared with tonsillectomy. During this procedure, the tonsil tissues are left behind, which increases the chances of the stone to appear again, in the future and hence is called a short-term treatment. The tonsil crypt from the stone is removed during cryptolysis, leaving behind the tonsil tissues.
- Antibiotics: Another short-term treatment that is used for tonsil stones is the use of antibiotics like amoxicillin. The basic function of the antibiotic is to create an environment in which bacteria cannot survive. However, if bacteria are already present, it will not be able to remove it or prevent its formation in the future. Over a period of time, with constant use of bacteria, you will notice that they become immune to it. Moreover, taking an antibiotic has several side effects which include vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
The procedure takes about twenty minutes to be performed and the recovery time depends on the treatment performed.