Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis refers to acute inflammation of the tonsils, which lie, one on each side of the throat. Chronic tonsillitis is a term applied to cases in which there is enlargement of the tonsils accompanied by repeated attacks of infection

  The tonsils are situated at the back of your throat – one on the right and one on the left. These two balls of tissue are part of your bodys infection fighting system – to help you prevent from getting sick. Usually, tonsils do their job well. But sometimes bacteria or viruses get into the tonsils. As a result, tonsils become so overwhelmed by bacterial or viral infection that they swell and become inflamed, causing tonsillitis.

Causes:

  Your tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous, can become trapped. When this occurs, the debris can become concentrated in white formations that occur in the pockets.

  Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed when this trapped debris hardens, or calcifies. This tends to occur most often in people who suffer from chronic inflammation in their tonsils or repeated bouts of  tonsilitis.

  While many people have small tonsilloliths that develop in their tonsils, it is quite rare to have a large and solidified tonsil stone.

  Tonsillitis is mainly characterized by swelling within the tonsils, which become red and inflamed and may even show a surface coating of white spots.

Some of the causes are:

   Repeated throat infections.
   Excessive use of spices, condiments, acrid, pungent and astringent food items.
   Constant dry, hawking, dog-like cough.
   Forcible and constant use of voice – often at a high pitch.
   Chronic Congestion, blockade of nose, when nose is blocked by viscid and tenacious mucus.
   Excessive eating of toffees, sweets, tamarind, tartaric acid, chewing gum etc.

Symptoms:

  1.Pain while swallowing.
  2.Sensation of chill and presence of fever.
  3.Tonsils are engorged, enlarged and inflamed like Small balls.
  4.Enlarged, tender glands (lymph nodes) in the jaw and neck.
  5.In Acute state, they also discharge purulent fluid.
  6.Tone and rhythm of respiration is affected.
  7.Headache.
  8.Nasal congestion and runny nose.
  9.Severe sore throat.

Home Remedies:

1.Tonsillitis treatment using Lime:

  Lime is one of the most effective remedies in the treatment of acute tonsillitis. A fresh lime squeezed in a glass of warm water, with four teaspoons of honey and a quarter teaspoon of common salt, should be sipped slowly in such cases

2.Tonsillitis treatment using Milk:

  Milk has been found valuable in tonsillitis. A glass of pure boiled milk, mixed with a pinch uf turmeric powder and pepper powder, should be taken every night for three nights in the treatment of this condition. It will bring beneficial results.

3.Tonsillitis treatment using Vegetable juices:

  Juices of carrot, beet, and cucumber, taken individually or in combination, are especially beneficial. The formula proportion recommended, when used in combination is 300 ml of carrot juice, 100 ml of beet juice, and 100 ml of cucumber juice.

4.One of the best home remedies for tonsillitis includes a glass of warm water with four teaspoons of honey, a quarter teaspoon of common salt and a fresh lime squeezed in it. Drink it twice in a day.

5.Another useful home remedy would be to boil some dry figs and grind them. Add water to it, to make a paste. Apply it over the throat.

6.An effective home remedy would be to cut a lemon into two halves. Sprinkle some black pepper and salt on one of the halves and press it inside with a spoon. Keep licking the lemon till the entire juice has been extracted. Repeat the process two times a day.

7.Gargling two teaspoons of onion juice mixed with lukewarm is used to gargle which helps in curing the tonsillitis problem.

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