Woman holding pain spot near tonsils

Tonsils and TikTok

TikTok trends are a thing. Whether it’s making vegan bacon out of rice paper or learning how to tuck a sweater into high-waisted pants, TikTok has some form of entertainment for everyone. But, like everything else, with the good comes the bad. 

One of TikTok’s newest alarming trends is convincing teenagers that they may have tonsil stones. Some creators on the social platform produce short videos displaying stone-like debris on their tonsils which, they claim, can cause sore throat and halitosis. The videos have started a mini craze of young adults running into doctor’s offices claiming to have the ailment. The hysteria is attributed to our current lifestyle of isolation and an uptick in social media consumption. 

If you’re a parent and your child is on social media, be aware of such trends. Nobody wants unnecessary surgeries that could lead to more problems.

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