Okay, I have experienced these nasty little things for the passed 3 or 4 years and never knew what it was or where they were actually being stored in my body. I thought it was coming from my lungs too until just right now. I felt a sore throat coming on and then began to feel the slight irritation like something was lodged in my nasal cavity towards the back. I even invested in a Neti pot today to clear myself up. After using it twice this afternoon and only normal backed up slime like mucus came out and I still felt the lodged part in there. I gave myself a close up examination in the mirror with a bright light and found a large pale yellow colored "thing" had filled up what I am guessing is my tonsil? I poked at it with a q-tip, hacked, weezed, and coughed as much as I could to dislodge it, and nothing seemed to even make it budge. I gargled with some warm salt water for a few minutes and gave myself a rest because my throat started to get really irritated. I then went back at it with the q-tips because anything was better than the irritation I was experiencing. I took the advice of wetting the q-tip and gliding it with a bit of force around the lining of my throat to try and squeeze it out. It seemed that the "thing" was actually larger than the small opening it came in through over time. I alternated the gargling with the wet q-tip action and it got a little softer, was now not attached to my tonsil any longer, but was still trapped. After about 8 q-tips worth of pushing, it finally wedged out and I was able to cough the other half out. I'm not sure if there are any others still in there because it feels that way, but it could just be all the irritation.
I noticed this became a problem for me after I became a regular smoker. Even worse when I would switch from menthols to cloves or vice versa. Moral of this story: smoking is a horrible, dirty habit that gives you stinky yellow "things" hiding in your throat. Ew.
I'm quitting, by the way!
There are two totally separate complaints going on here in this forum...the tonsiliths or stones are one thing. I used to get them when I was younger, they are whitish roundish and have a horrible odor, this is due to food being stuck in the crypts of your tonsils. As you get older, your tonsils or the crypts usually shrink and it becomes less of a problem. My doctor told me this. I haven't had these since I was in my 30s. But if you look in your throat and see white things in the crypts of your tonsils, buy a dental tool and push on your tonsil and you can push them out yourself.
The other issue people are bringing up and one I am having presently has nothing to do with the tonsiliths and it is the coughing up hard mucus (green in color). You are essentially coughing up your snot. This only happens when I have a very bad cold or sinus infection. This usually happens in the morning after you've lain all night with the mucus pooling behind your sinuses and some of it "drying" out from your breathing. When you get upright in the morning, the mucus starts moving down from your sinuses to your throat and you can feel it there and when you cough, you sometimes will produce a hard piece of it on your tongue. Could be the sign of a sinus infection. Go see your doctor. You can also try saline nasal rinses, these are very effective in clearing out your sinuses and they also can help prevent infections. You can buy 100 packets of NeilMed sinus rinse and use a baby's "booger snatcher" bulb syringe to wash your nasal passages. This is highly recommended by ENT doctors.
I had my tonsils removed aged 7 (now 42) but suffer from 'lump' in my costant lump in throat and mucus. Wash my sinuses in salt/b of soda every now and then but problem still occurs. As a result this causes severe bad breath.
I have the hard mucus problem. It is yellow, brown, and green. It feels like it gets stuck like right below my eyes and above my punching bag thing in the back of my throat. Sometimes it takes me 3 days to get it out. If I get it out it starts building back up right away. When I do get it out it is the size of a dime, and its about 1/8th an inch thick and 100% dry. It also has a dang weird shape like if you were to cup your hands to scoop up water, it is that shape. ENT guy never heard of it before and pissed me off that I wasted my time on him lol. It isn't a tonsil stone. sometimes I have to hack so hard my lungs start to hurt and I almost throw up from gagging. What the heck do I do?
I have the exact same thing! I've had them for about 16 years. I finally discovered the sinus rinse. Not the Neti-pot, but the one with the clear bottle with the black top. You put the saline solution in with warm water, lean forward over you sink and while you're squirting the water up your nose, suck through you nose like you would be hacking up the thing. Do the water a few times while sucking through your nose, and it will dislodge. I have NO idea what they are. I am online trying to figure it out because after suffering for this long and usually getting them once every couple of months, I'm now getting sometimes twice a week. I've had a CT of my sinuses, and it showed nothing!
hi. i am also v glad i am not alone! 3 weeks ago, I have been feeling the same. one night i almost was choked n had to get up in middle of the night.
last weekends i finally coughed it out by chance. it was nasty yellow n usuaully hard, smashable, but little blood!
tnks for help what kind of doctor i should see.
I also am wonder what the heck is going on. After taking antibiotics it usually starts out as clear this mucus with strands of bubbles in it. Then turns into yellow mucus. My nose is unsually dry. I get blood in the mucus. Now my Throat is severely dry when I wake up and cough up chunks of bugars. I get huge mouthfuls of white to yellow brown mucus. The ENT tell me it is just allergies. I think allergies is another term for I have no clue what it is.
Hmm. I wonder...
I also have both lupus and fibromyalgia and never really thought about placing them together with this issue. But, now that you have... I wonder if it's because 'we' get bouts of extreme inflammation (that can occur ANYwhere in our bodies) and how Lupies often will suffer more sinus infections due to exactly that - our autoimmunities? As I said, hmmmmm! I've always assumed that the blood-tinged parts were from throat or sinus irritation. Hey, since posting, have you found any interesting conclusions to your great question? *I also get a mucus plug that'll come up from my lungs every day or every other (I know! Yay! Sarcasm! HAHA!) and I was told that the tip is always red due to tissue irritation... Again, hmm.
Not related to fibro or lupus other than what happens to the body physiologically under chronic fear/stress/worry/anxiety. Infections and inflammation is part of that due to the bodies immune system being weakened by being in chronic fight/flight. I have been involved some amazing research in this area due to my own issues.
All I can say is thanks for the info. I asked several doctors about this and as I tried to explain what it was, they all looked at me like I was crazy and said they had never heard of such. Anyway, a lesson for myself; before I spend my money going to a doctor, I will first research it on my own. As in this case, I could have saved alot of money to be told there's nothing you can do but deal with it. I will try some of the gargling techniques.
I know alot of these posts are old but I figure my post can help some people out. I''ve had these things for a while as well and they are nasty! The best way I''ve found to get rid of them, as well as any other junk in your throat, nose, sinuses, etc. is by using a neti pot. I bought the Sinucleanse kit (pot & mix) in 2005 and have been using it ever since! This is a saline mix you mix with water in one of these neti pots and pour it in one nostril and it flows through your sinuses and out the other nostril..cleaning out your sinuses and it does a WONDERFUL job. The trick with getting it to clean out your tonsils is this...rather than tilting your head to the side while using this, is you tilt your head back and it goes in the nostril, and out of the tonsil on that side of your throat. Repeat on the other side and just spit the saline and junk out. It has a similar effect to gargling the saline water only you''re doing it from the inside out. This also helps you breathe ALOT better by flushing out your sinuses. Just be careful how you tilt your head and blow your nose coz it''s easy to stop up your ears with this method. Of course they straighten out after they dry but it''s annoying. Good luck everybody!
Every 3 to 4 months, my eye starts to jump, tear up a lot and my face around my eyes and the bridge of my nose hurts. After a couple of days of this, I will feel something move from the bridge of my nose and come down the back of my throat and I spit it out and it looks like dried mucus usually in the shape of the bridge of my nose...It is horrible. Today, I feel like I have one but, it seems to be lodge in between my nasal cavity and my throat and it will not move. It is bugging me to death and I''ve tried the saline rinse, gargling with warm salt water and I still can''t get it to move...Any ans. on how I can get this hunk of gunk from between my nose cavity and throat....HELP!!!!!!!!!!
I have the same issues with excessive mucus and it get''s hard and chunky- yuck.
I have been battling for 3 years also.
What i finally found that actually works for me- is a diet that is at least 75% alkaline-when i''m closer to 90% alkaline my mucus is hardly there-it''s fantastic!
It really has been effective for me- I hope this helps someone else!
hey i have this problem also is anyone else allergic to wheat or gluten i notice when i cheat on my diet thats when i get them maybe from acid reflux. I don't usually get the sore throat. man do they stink but i find i still have to smell them just to make sure it's all staying the same.
This stuff forms in your tonsil crypts, which are kind of hard to see, in the back of your throat. You need to get a syringe or something, fill it with whiskey and shoot it up into those tonsil crypts, flush those things with some anti-septic, harmless whiskey, it will kill the bacteria.
The first time I ever had one of these hard, yellow, horrible smelling mucus stones, was after I gave birth to my 2nd child. It's been 2 1/2yrs and I still get them weekly. I cough and eventually gag up these hard little yellow mucus stone things, which vary in size, but sometimes I will actually hear them hit the sink once i get them out. They smell HORRIBLE and sometimes they take me days until I can actually get it out. I've asked my doctor about it and she said allergies. Yet I've had HORRIBLE allergies my whole life (and ended up getting 2 nasal operations to try to help out with breathing through my nose)...and I've never had these things until AFTER I had my 2nd child.
They're so iritating and disgusting and I often feel like they make my breath smell horrible! Is there any type of medication I can use, or anything else I can do to get rid of them. It's a constant annoyance!
I keep coughing up 24/7 i get dry mouth as i got swollen tonsils that are so big there going dnwn my throat i bin doctors there put me on waiting list to have them out in november so hopefully wont feel ill if you get there sytoms go hospital see a specialist to have them out if you keep gettin ouer like one year xx swallowing tonsils so hard to swallow drink or either eat hard to sleep at night as hard to breath neck pains fever swallon face sore neck phlem everytime you swallow drink or eat soup tight neck hard to breath get into a hot bath it relaxs you drink cold drink as much you can x
Yes! Thanks for all the info posted & that others know what I am talking about...I have these tonsil smelly stones in the little openings in my tonsils...I've began using an index finger to squish them out. They come out of the same holes for a long time and then the next year they come out of some differnt holes & I have to push my index finger a different way to force them down or up---OUT. I do this around weekly on both tonsils. (as for me...I don't get sick or have throat problems...just maybe bad breath from them) I did have a lot of strep throat/tonsillitus when I was young...I am also hoping that one poster is correct & my tonsil holes will get smaller as I age.
Tonsil Stones, of course, how come I didn't know that 25+ years ago???
I have had this problem coughing them up usually when brushing my teeth, different sizes, and sometimes when they are small I feel like I still need to get the big one out--these smelly things, I termed as my 'bad breath balls'--looked like a bunch of different atoms all squished together, it wasn't just a blob of a mass--rather a bunch of small round masses that clung together, and depending on the morning I would dislodge the whole ball or only parts of it. This went on for years in my late teens early 20's (female smoker).
But, I quit smoking in my late 20's and actually forgot about them until about 6 months ago, when the grand daddy of all bad breath balls was dislodged in my toothpaste--weird, because I haven't had them for 25+ years???...I'm now 46 and still not smoking. I moved from Toronto to Florida 7 years ago, and travel all over N. America 70% of the year--so, climate can't explain it.
I have always had this itching ear thing which causes me to make the grossest 'oinking' sound which is what I do to 'scratch my throat'.
I recently heard that Dr. Oz say that the throat scratching was due to a nasal drip behind the neck. Maybe that has something to do with the accumulation of the 'hard mucus' tonsil stones?
I was diagnosed with a Hyperthyroid this month, and my Endocrinologist had no clue what I was talking about--weird, because I thought they studied glands.
I'm so glad to have found this page, and the link to wikipedia's tonsillolith page will bring everything into focus for you.
nasty hard mucus stuck somewhere between the nose and throat!
I've had this problem for years myself. I have CONSTANT post nasal drip. I'm constantly sniffing and snorting and people ask me why I don't just blow my nose. Well, I try to blow my nose, but there is nothing in MY NOSE. It's like there is a WALL between my nose and whatever is behind it going to my throat.
Every now and then, I'll begin to feel something hard back there it's hard to describe where exactly, but if you sniff in, you can kind of feel it back where the back of your tongue touches your throat, but up higher toward the back of your nose/sinuses. I can feel it there and I too have used saline rinses, I snort and snort and to be honest, the snorting just makes it worse. i think it PULLS it back in deeper. Sometimes it does takes days before it comes out. Usually I'll sniff and I can feel it fall down into my throat and if I'm not careful I'll swallow it (ick) but usually I catch it in time and can spit it out. IT's just a disgusting dime shaped bloody disgusting like hard booger thing that almost is the shape of a contact lense.. There have been times during a severe sinus infection that it's actually been a humongous BLOB of hard snot. OMG so disgusting! I've had one for 3 days now that has been driving me crazy and it FINALLY just popped out.
I get these too, just like your description but sometimes with a tiny bit of what looks like blood dried in it if it comes out in the morning. I have found that using a humidifier in the bedroom, massaging my sinus cavities in the shower while washing my face and letting hot water hit my face for a minute or two, and then using a sinus rinse a few times a week really limits the amount of these I get. I've never felt one for more than half a day before I can get it out or have to swallow it (ugh I hate that). Sometimes mine are attached to thick yellow-ish mucous/snot when they come out too. My husband is convinced I should go see someone about it, but I just don't think it would do much good based on the reviews here. I had strep three years ago, and just realized that that's about when this started too... I usually "hock" them out by closing and squeezing the muscles at the opening to my esophagus, which also must be near the opening of the sinus cavity to my throat. I hope you can find what works for you!
I too, suffer from the SAME exact problem. I thought my problem was because I smoke marijuana, and usually smoke in a blunt (cigar) or a bong. I have smoked almost everyday for close to 6 years. I always thought that the constant hot smoke and irritation maybe created an ulcer or something, and that this hard, some what red chunk (when i hock it out), is there to help heal it. I suffer from Chronic Sinusitis since i was a young kid. I had polyps removed at age 8, and then had laser surgery to shrink the turbinates in the nose at age 21. The laser surgery helped with the actual congestion in my nose, meaning even with a sinus infection or congestion, i could still breath. but it did not solve this hard chunk issue in the back of my throat / sinuses.
I agree, that the constant hocking and attempts to remove it from your throat just irritate it more. I use a nedimed sinus flush almost every day, and i have developed my own technique to hock out this chunk. I get the water tepid warm, and slowly put it in one side of the nostril for half of the bottle. then i do the other side. before I blow my nose or even lift my head, i tilt my head back, and give it a good quick HOCK to get that out. I noticed that when the throat is already irritated that it is hard to get it out, and sometimes it even flys down my lung. The chunk is very hard, some what circular, and is SOOO STICKY. it makes sense why it is hard to get out when it is as sticky as it is.
Anyways, I have stopped smoking pot, its been 2 months now.. i still have the chunk but i must say it seems to be healing and i can actually blow my nose a little bit more, and i actually get the post nasal drip phlegm to come out the nostrils as opposed to creating a larger chunk. but some of the chunks i get are a quarter sized, harder and stickier than heck. i have talked to doctors, ENTs about this and none seem to understand. i've been dealing with this for almost 5 years now. if effects my life greatly. when i wake up in the morning, every morning i have this same chunk and irritation (i think from being congested and sleeping with my mouth open). my day doesn't get better until i either get some relief from this or actually successful at hocking the chunk out.
one thing i noticed that helped, was to try not an obsess about it. When i constantly obsessed and tried to get it out all day, i feel horrible. Sorry to hear you all experience the same thing, but i am glad i am not alone. I live in LOS ANGELES, and can give a referral for the ENT who did the laser surgery. it really helped with the breathing.. although didn't help the chunk.. but i will never know because i continued to smoke. thankfully i have stopped now for 2 months, and i see a little bit of improvement.
I get something similar - sometimes it's a hardened chunk of mucus that's gotten stuck at the top/back of my throat that will stay there for days, but more often I have constant thick mucus draining down the back of my throat that stops and sticks in the same place. Blowing my nose doesn't get any of it out. I end up sniffling really hard constantly, then swallowing to try to get it moving, which is embarrassing in public (I work with the public).
I've had two sinus surgeries many years ago. The first to fix a deviated septum, the second by a different surgeon to correct the septum scarring shut and then he also felt he had to remove all of my turbinates which left my nose and sinuses wide open, so I've had problems with drainage since then - mostly thin until now. Never went back to him! My current ENT has tried everything and can't find a solution.
This really thick mucus started about a year ago when I had an extended bout of sinus infections, a couple with bronchitis. I finally got over those, but the mucus problem never got better. I've tried mucinex with limited success. If anyone has any ideas of what I can do that will help me stop the constant sniffling I'd greatly appreciate it.
I get these tonsil stones too! I find I can only get them out when I go swimming. I feel it is the back of my throat when I breathe to the side, then hawk it up, spit it out and keep swimming. Wish there was an easier way to get rid of them. Some days I can cough up 2 or 3 of these stones. How do I get rid of them?