Tonsillitis: Home Remedies For Your Tonsils

Tonsillitis: Home Remedies For Your Tonsils

Most people don’t know that the tonsils’ job is to fight off the bacteria and viruses that enter the body via the nose and mouth, but home remedies for your tonsils are sometimes needed when they’re inflamed. When the tonsils are inflamed, it can be excruciating! Almost everyone will experience a bout of Tonsilitis at least once, probably in childhood. 

It is very uncomfortable and prohibits swallowing solids and liquids, making swallowing your saliva like splinters in the throat! 

Tonsillitis is the name of the condition of inflammation of the tonsils, the two oval-shaped glands at the back of the throat. The tonsils produce white blood cells that help your body fight infection.

Most cases of tonsillitis are due to a viral infection, explains Medical News Today. Bacterial infections are responsible for about a third of all cases.

 

The condition presents as a sore, sensitive and even raw throat. The throat area will also be sensitive to the touch from the outside. You will likely have swollen glands and, in extreme cases, excrete a puss-like substance from the tonsils. If you also have a fever, go to the doctor! 

 

Remember, we are still in a pandemic, and if you have a sore throat, get tested for COVID! 

 

COVID-19 symptoms are varied and keep evolving until the virus forms a new strain. The sore throat is one of the symptoms, but it is unknown how far along it occurs during the infection. 

Usually, with respiratory viruses that are inhaled and enter via the nose and throat to cause the common cold, the sore throat is an early symptom.  

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common symptoms are fever, a wet or dry cough and fatigue. Less common symptoms are shortness of breath, headache, body aches and pains, chills, runny or stuffy nose, digestive symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea and loss of smell or taste. 

 

Symptoms

 

Tonsillitis is simple to diagnose. Symptoms typically last between 7 to 10 days before they resolve.

 

The pathogens that trigger tonsillitis are highly contagious – and a variety of common viruses and bacteria can cause it. Tonsillitis-causing microorganisms include Streptococcal bacteria, says Healthline. Tonsillitis caused by strep throat can lead to severe complications without treatment.

 

Possible symptoms of tonsillitis include:

 

Natural Remedies for Tonsillitis

 

The treatment for Tonsilitis is an antibiotic and over-the-counter pain medication like Panadol or ibuprofen. 

Most natural remedies for a sore throat are hidden in your pantry. 

 

Garlic

Garlic is known for its antibacterial properties. As tasty as garlic is in many dishes, the flavour can be very spicy and overwhelming on its own. However, garlic has long been used for medicinal purposes. 

 

Raw, freshly crushed garlic releases a compound called allicin that has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Chew on a raw clove, or take a slice and suck on it for 15 minutes to soothe your throat and kill the bacteria causing your nasty infection.

 

Avoiding Hard Foods

Eating hard or sharp foods can be uncomfortable and even painful for people with tonsillitis.

Hard foods may scratch the throat, leading to further irritation and inflammation. Foods to avoid include:

  • chips
  • crackers
  • dry cereal
  • toast
  • raw carrots
  • raw apples

People should try eating softer foods that are easier to swallow or stick to soups, broths, or chilled smoothies until their symptoms subside.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar’s active ingredient, acetic acid, helps fight bacteria.

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, even prescribed a combination of apple cider vinegar and honey – known as oxymel – to treat flu symptoms such as coughs and sore throats, reports Medical News Today.

Mix one cup of warm water with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar; drink it once a day until no longer needed.

 

Salt Water Gargle

The most well-known throat rinse and gargle is plain old table salt water. Salt reduces swelling by pulling water out of your throat tissue. It also helps to kill unwanted microbes in your throat.

The ratio for the gargle is one cup of warm water with one teaspoon of salt. Do this hourly until no longer needed.

 

More Popular Remedies

 

Other remedies are:

 

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids to keep the throat moist. Avoid dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol but drink plenty of warm soups or broths and tea such as ginger, camomile and peppermint tea with honey to ease irritation and soreness. However, don’t give honey to children younger than a year. Honey taken in a nightcap is particularly useful in relieving coughing spells. 
  • Peppermint essential oil, which has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties, can be diluted in distilled water to be used as a healing spray.
  • Use a humidifier to moisten the air, while a cool-air humidifier can be used to eliminate dry air, which is a throat irritant. Taking a steamy shower eases sore throats and weary limbs.
  • Rest the body and your voice, and get plenty of sleep because total rest boosts the immune system.
  • Rid your home of powerful cleaning products and ban smoking that irritates the throat. 
  • Use sugar-free lozenges because they stimulate saliva production, thereby moistening the throat. But don’t give children under ten cough drops or lozenges. 
  • Gargling with salt in a cup of warm water or a combination of 1 cup of warm water, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon of salt every three hours can prevent yeast and fungi growth and kill bacteria and soothe the irritation. Children older than six and adults can gargle and spit it out.  
  • If you wish to use over-the-counter medications for pain relief, aspirin or Panado are safe and popular choices.

 

Natural remedies have healing properties, but the best course of action, especially for an infection, is to visit a healthcare professional. Affinity Dental has a network of registered dentists and oral care experts to consult and help you heal! 

 

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