And something really gross (Tonsil Chunks)

For what it’s worth, if you ever end up with little white patches at the back of your throat and feel like your throat is being sandpapered, and if you have a little patience and can subdue your gag reflex, you can remove those patches with a fingernail. They aren’t actually patches, you see, but little rock-like balls of junk that have worked their way to the surface of your tonsils, and they are as rough as medium-grit sandpaper and they really are sanding your throat. And if you pop them out, you’ll have holes in your tonsils where they were for a few hours, but your sore throat will go away instantly.

In a few days they’d pop out on their own, but in a contest between feeling like shit for a few days or gagging for a few minutes, I’d down with the gagging.

And my throat feels much better now.

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12 comments… add one
  • Eliss Oct 29, 2003 @ 7:26

    Er.. Wow I get those things alot too. I hope I dont die from it thats really creepy, ive been getting them for about a year now. Im going to go to the doc now. Maybe I should have my tonsils removed.

  • Eliss Oct 29, 2003 @ 7:26

    Er.. Wow I get those things alot too. I hope I dont die from it thats really creepy, ive been getting them for about a year now. Im going to go to the doc now. Maybe I should have my tonsils removed.

  • Holly Jun 13, 2003 @ 5:36

    (g) This entry wasn’t actually one I was expecting to get a lot of feedback on, but …

    I think the stuff that makes us human is important — even if sometimes it crosses over into the icky. And, what the hell — maybe someone out there didn’t know you could get rid of them, or that you would feel a whole lot better once you did. So I figured I’d share.

    My tonsils, for what it’s worth, are usually so small that doctors doing checkups on me ask when I had them removed.

    Not me, man. Only surgery I ever had was to sew my Achilles tendon back together when I was seven.

  • Rob Jun 12, 2003 @ 21:19

    OH MY GOD!!!! I thought I was a freak for getting those things…and an even bigger freak for realizing I could pop them out (I used a sterilized bobby pin for mine). I feel much better now. I’ve had some whoppers, man. I have rather large tonsils that I WISH the docs had taken out long ago. While, yes, this is really gross, I’m glad you shared. 🙂

  • gary gibson Jun 12, 2003 @ 16:06

    on my all time list of ‘please god spare me the details’, this just ripped past everything else to grab the number one spot …

    I’m an RN. In my ten years of practice, I worked ER, ICU, Med Surg, and house supervisor on the weekends. I can comfortably sit at a table with ten other nurses who are discussing, in detail, their patients with gangrenous stumps, seeping decubitus ulcers, penile lesions, and explosive diarrhea, after having worked on such folks myself, and eat lunch without missing a beat. If I consider something gross, you may take this under advisement; you have been duly warned.

    — Holly

  • Phil Jun 12, 2003 @ 1:22

    Both my mother and I get these little concretions. I’m glad to here we’re not the only people in the world who do…no one else I’ve asked has had any clue what I was talking about (granted there aren’t that many people I’d just ask if they ever got hard, disgusting lumps on their tonsils).

  • Jaye Patrick Jun 11, 2003 @ 22:09

    Well, ewww!

    Actually, I use soluable asprin and gargle with it. Makes tonsillitis go away real quick.

  • Diatryma Jun 11, 2003 @ 20:21

    I’m glad to know it’s okay to do– college self-treatment of illnesses isn’t always much better than leeches. Not even good leeches. I’m glad to know you’re feeling better, too.

  • Rick Jun 11, 2003 @ 16:28

    Got my tonsils out at the age of 4. I feel lucky.

  • Jean Jun 11, 2003 @ 16:18

    My tonsils have been gone for 34 years, and I haven’t missed them a bit.

  • Peggy Kurilla Jun 11, 2003 @ 10:21

    Funny, mine didn’t quite feel rough as sandpaper–but yeah, removing them helped a lot. An old, clean, Popsicle stick will work, too.

  • Labloch Jun 11, 2003 @ 8:27

    LOL—that WAS gross!

    🙂
    Sophie

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