Not a pleasant subject, but an important one for folks who are affected. In that group I include both the people who have the cryptic tonsils and anyone who has to come into contact with them. I was inspired to write this after a recent encounter with an otherwise attractive woman who had breath so bad I was knocked back on my heels. If you're not familiar with how cryptic tonsils can adversely affect health, you can read all about it here: How Are Cryptic Tonsils Treated? I had them for years, and suffered mostly from chronic halitosis. (Wife had an unkind name for it, which I won't share here.) I took the 100% effective route and had my tonsils removed. At 38, this was not a good time, and I had a number of complications that took a couple years to fully resolve themselves. Looking back at it now, it was worth it. My health has been amazing, and my breath is always sweet. But what if you can't have your tonsils out? Food particles get into the crypts and rot, making you a less than perfect companion to live with in a cramped survival camp. Once you know the smell of this particular breath you'll know to ask people if they've had their tonsils out. I've never been wrong when asking this question. I share the symptoms that led to my tonsillectomy, and can usually see the light come on as they understand that they have the same problem. And there is a solution that's less intrusive than surgery, although it takes dedication. Most of the tonsilloliths and the food particles that cause them can be rinsed out with a carefully aimed jet of water. These angled syringes have been the most effective for a gentleman that had an extreme case of bad breath. He's much happier now, and was amazed and disgusted by what he rinsed out of his mouth. These are a great addition to medical kits for lots of irrigation duties, and will help those with cryptic tonsils to improve their health and be more pleasant to talk to. P.S. there are plenty of graphic pictures of tonsil stones if you care to search for them. They'll make a believer of you.