What is Tonsil?
Fast Facts on Tonsils
What Causes Tonsil Stones?
It is the most common reason for tonsillitis as the common cold is generally the source of tonsillitis, but other viruses can also cause it.
Bacterial TonsillitisIn general, 20-25% of cases of tonsillitis result from bacteria and it is more common in kids between the ages of 5 and 15.
What are the Top Symptoms
Tonsillitis is a condition that affects kids between the age of 2 – 13 years. However, adults are not immune to it. A person can look for the below-mentioned conditions to identify or confirm the symptoms of tonsillitis.
- Difficulty or pain while swallowing
- Scratchy-sounding voice
- Bad breath
- Stiff neck
- Tenderness in neck
- Red and swollen tonsils
In young kids, a parent has to look for the symptoms as they are unable to describe how they feel. The noticeable signs of tonsillitis may include:
- Drooling due to difficult or painful swallowing
- Refusal to eat
- Unusual fussiness
The best way to prevent tonsil infection is to avoid coming in contact with the germs that cause viral and bacterial tonsillitis as they are contagious. So, a person can follow good hygiene for the same. A patient can practice washing his or her hands thoroughly after using the toilet and before eating. Also, a healthy person should not share food or drink water from dirty bottles or utensils. For best results, a person can also replace his or her toothbrush after being diagnosed with tonsillitis.Besides, as the condition is also common in kids, they can not take their care by themselves. So, parents have to take good care of them. If you are a parent, you have to ensure:
- Your kid stay at home when he or she is ill and take proper rest
- Ask the doctor if it’s ok for your child to return to school
- Try instilling a habit of using a tissue when he or she coughs or sneezes
- Teach your kid to wash his or her hands after sneezing or coughing
Types of Tonsillitis
Acute TonsillitisThe condition is very common in kids and it is recorded that most kids get it once or twice in adolescence age. In the case of acute tonsillitis, the symptoms can last from a week to 10 days. Besides, the condition improves with several home-remedies or in some cases, antibiotics.
Chronic TonsillitisThis condition tends to last longer and than acute tonsillitis. A patient of chronic tonsillitis may experience long-term sore throat, bad breath and swollen nodes in the neck. The condition is also referred to as tonsil stones.
Recurrent TonsillitisThis condition causes sore throat at least 5 to 7 times in 1 year, or at least 5 times in each of the previous 2 years. Besides, a study revealed genetics are also responsible for the poor immune response to bacteria, which causes strep throat and tonsillitis.
Ayurveda can cure the tonsil infection with its wide range of treatment options and powerful natural extracts. The most beneficial function of Ayurveda is that it heals the patient by strengthening the body from inside. To treat tonsil infection with Ayurveda, a patient can take certain natural treatments that are listed below:
- Tejohwa (Toothache Tree): A person can brush teeth with it and the same is absolute for infection and pain.
- Pippali (Long Pepper): This is very useful for colds and viral infections.
- Maricha (Black Pepper): Used to treat throat infection and most recommended in tonsils.
- Karkatakasringi (Pistacia Integrima): One of the most used ayurvedic herbs for cough, fever, and upper respiratory tract infections.
Homeopathy treatment aims to increase the immunity of the body so it can fight the infection on its own. It helps improve immunity and the natural healing process of the body. Here are the most recommended homeopathic medicines for tonsils cure. In some cases when the patients are in a lot of pain, homeopathic medicines are not the best choice as they take time to build complete immunity.
- Belladonna is the most common homeopathy medicine for tonsillitis. Belladonna has the best anti-inflammatory properties that help in acute and chronic tonsillitis.
- Mercurius Solubish help in pain in the throat, congestion of tonsils and unable to drink or eat anything.
- Bacampicillin – Bacampicillin is a penicillin antibiotic, prescribed for susceptible infections and uncomplicated gonorrhea.
- Cefadroxil – Cefadroxil is broad-spectrum antibiotic, prescribed for certain types of bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections, skin and soft-tissue, pharynx (throat) and tonsils (tonsillitis).
- Cefuroxime axetil – Cefuroxime axetil is a semi synthetic cephalosporin antibiotic, prescribed for different types of infections such as lung, ear, throat, urinary tract and skin.
Best Surgical Treatment of Tonsil Stones
Diet After Tonsil Surgery
The ENT doctor will advise the patient to eat or consume only soft and cold food. These types of food will ensure faster healing and not impose further pain to the patient. The best food that a patient can eat after the tonsil surgery is:
- Jell-O and pudding
- Pasta, mashed potatoes, and cream of wheat
- Low-fat ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, and popsicles
- Scrambled eggs
- Cool soup
- Fruit juice
Complications after Tonsil Surgery
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