I'm about to gag just writing this question!
January 3, 2008 1:06 PM Subscribe
I have tonsil stones, I’m pretty sure. However, I also have a very
strong gag reflex and can’t get them out. Help!
posted by Metroid Baby to health & fitness (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I know they’re there. I can feel things in my throat when I swallow. I tried poking around in my throat this morning and was able to see part of a little white blob… but I started gagging/coughing and I’m pretty sure the bugger just went right back in. I can’t reach my tonsils with my tongue, and all attempts to stick my finger in my throat have resulted in gagging, and anyone within earshot convinced that I’m horking up parts of lung or esophagus or something. I haven’t dared to use a foreign object to try and fish them out, since I imagine that would make my gagging worse. I once tried to flush my tonsils out with a waterpik, which just resulted in more gagging and puddles of water all over the bathroom.
I’ve read the previous tonsilolith-related questions on Ask MeFi, as well as some other sites, and most of the comments have been to the effect of “oh yeah, I just reach in and pop the suckers right out.” Oh, if only.
Is there any way to remove these things without triggering my gag reflex? Does gargling work?
Alternately, how do I go about overcoming my gag reflex and is it wise to do so?