All you Need to Know about Palatine Tonsils

FAQs on Tonsils

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What are Palatine Tonsils?

Palatine tonsils are two lymphatic tissue masses located on every side of the oral pharynx, at the rear of the throat. Though their function is yet to be discovered, they are an integral part of the immune system and, therefore, help in fortifying the body against respiratory infections. However, the absence of the palatine tonsils doesn’t make one more susceptible to infection.

The tonsils feature many pits, called crypts, where bacteria and any other materials can lodge. The deposits later harden or calcify causing what is commonly known as tonsil stones.

Can Smoking Cause Tonsil Stones?

Cigarette smoking has been touted by pundits as one of the leading causes of tonsil stones. Cigarette smokers are at a great risk of developing tonsil stones because the smoke stays or lingers on the back of the throat, thus, negatively affecting the general environment of the tonsils and adenoids. Cigarette smoke often makes pits in the tonsils to be larger and deeper, therefore, ensuring the bacterial and other deposits are larger. More, cigarette smoking leads to faster calcification of the deposits in the pits of the tonsils.

Can the Removal of Tonsil Stones Affect Singing?

The tonsils are located on top of the pharynx or throat muscles. The pharynx muscles help in configuration of the vocal tract and palate elevation. The surgical removal of tonsil stones is most likely going to impact the control of the pharynx muscles negatively. More, some surgical procedures lead to major scarring of the pharynx muscles, thus, making the movement of the vocal tract difficult, and, in the process, changing the resonance of the sound of the singer.

Another risk that the removal of tonsils portends is poor oral resonance because tonsillectomy provides more room in the mouth for the sound to resonate in. That is why most singers find singing disconcerting after removal of the tonsils, and they may take a while to adapt.

Therefore, it is not necessary to have a tonsillectomy unless you are very certain that the tonsil stones or other tonsil infection is very severe and can’t resolve on its own or with less aggressive remedies. For instance, mononucleosis tonsillitis can resolve on its own, and home treatments such as the consumption of warm tea and over-the-counter painkillers can help in relieving pain.

What is Mononucleosis Tonsillitis?

Mononucleosis tonsillitis is a tonsil infection caused by a virus and which usually resolves on its own after a couple of weeks. Mononucleosis tonsillitis is just as severe as tonsillitis caused by bacteria, however, unlike tonsillitis caused by bacteria, mononucleosis tonsillitis resolves on its own.

Why Do Adults Have a Worse Experience Removing Tonsils?

Children don’t experience as much pain as adults when their tonsils are removed because the surgical site is smaller. Moreover, smaller children experience less scarring from tonsillitis, thus, it is easier to remove the tonsil stones from the neighboring muscles. Remember, children are growing, therefore, it is easier for them to heal.

A child can resume his normal duties after only a week from the removal of the tonsil stones. But an adult has to wait until after at least three weeks for him to resume normal activity.