Tonsils are the two lymph nodes located on each side of the back of your throat. They function as a defense mechanism and help prevent your body from getting an infection. When tonsils become infected, the condition is called tonsillitis. It may occur at any age between preschool age through their mid-teens and is contagious. It can be caused by a variety of common viruses and bacteria, such as Streptococcal bacteria, which causes strep throat. Tonsillitis caused by strep throat can lead to serious complications if left untreated. However, it can be cured easily.
Possible symptoms of tonsillitis include:
In very young children, you may also notice increased irritability, poor appetite, or excessive drooling.
There are 3 types of tonsillitis: acute, chronic, and recurrent.
Acute: If symptoms last around 10 days or less, it’s considered acute tonsillitis. It is likely to improve with home treatments, but in some cases may require other treatments, like antibiotics.
Chronic: Its symptoms continue longer than acute. You may experience long-lasting sore throat, bad breath (halitosis), tender lymph nodes in the neck.
Chronic tonsillitis may also cause tonsil stones, where materials like dead cells, saliva, and food build up in the crevices of your tonsils. Eventually, the debris can harden into small stones. These may come loose on their own, or they may need to be removed by a doctor.
Recurrent: Recurrent tonsillitis is often defined as,
Tonsils are your first line of defense against illness. They produce white blood cells that help your body fight infection.
The tonsils combat bacteria and viruses that enter your body through your mouth and nose. However, tonsils are also vulnerable to infection from these invaders. Hence, it can be caused by a virus, such as the common cold, or by a bacterial infection, such as strep throat.
General treatment is prescribing antibiotics when the symptoms of pain and inflammation do not subside within four days. This is done to prevent secondary bacterial infection. In complicated cases of recurrent or chronic tonsillitis, surgical removal of the tonsils called tonsillectomy is widely applied.
Homeopathy provides exceptional treatment for tonsillitis. International studies show that children who take homeopathic treatment for tonsillitis are less prone to infections and the use of antibiotics, and have better attendance.
Homeopathic medicines work on strengthening the immune system allowing the body to deal with infections in an efficient manner. They are safe and provide relief from the acute symptoms of tonsillitis. They are selected based on the symptoms and individual case history. The constitutional homeopathic medicine prescribed on the basis of the case history helps in overcoming the pain and difficulty of acute tonsillitis attacks, and raises the child’s immunity so that frequent tonsillitis attacks are avoided.
Few commonly used homeopathic medicines for tonsillitis:
Every individual suffering from tonsillitis is different. Thu, each homeopathic remedy prescribed by a homeopathic doctor is based on the constitution of the person and would give long-term results and better treatment outcomes.
However, the duration of treatment may vary from patient to patient depending upon the time since infection. Common duration is six months but maximum period can range from 12 to 14 months in children.