Medical treatments and home remedies that you can opt for if you have tonsillitis
Tonsillitis occurs due to a common virus and the condition is identified as the inflammation of the tonsils that are found on both side of the throat. Most people suffer from chronic tonsillitis and suffer from repeated attacks of the infection while in some people; tonsillitis is known to occur once in a lifetime. The condition is usually caused due to exposure to sudden cold and the symptoms are sore throat, pain in swallowing, fever, headache and body pain, inflamed and red tonsils and general weakness. While in most cases of acute or one-time tonsillitis, a doctor’s consultation is not needed and the infection is known to get over within 7 to 10 days with saltwater gargle, intake of proper fluids and adequate amount of rest. However, here is a guide that will help you get an insight on the medical treatments available for tonsillitis and the various home remedies that you can try out to cure tonsillitis.
1 Medical Treatments
Antibiotics and Paracetamol
In case the cause of your tonsillitis is bacterial infection, there are chances that your doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics. The most common antibiotic consumed for the treatment is Penicillin. It is imperative for you to complete the entire course of antibiotics for as many days as the doctor says even if the symptoms go away before that. Incompletion of the full course of antibiotics can result in spreading of infection to other body parts or rheumatic fever or serious inflammation of the kidney.
Paracetamol is also given to treat fever. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen are given to minimize pain in the throat.
Tonsillectomy or surgery to remove tonsils is commonly used to treat frequent bouts of tonsillitis or even bacterial tonsillitis that do not show improvement even after antibiotic treatment.
If the patient is suffering from the following complications then surgery is the most sought after method of treatment:
More than seven attacks of tonsillitis in a year
- Breathing difficulty
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Difficulty in swallowing, especially chunky foods like meat
- Difficulty in talking
- Bleeding tonsils
Tonsillectomy is generally done as an outpatient process and the patient is likely to recover completely within a month’s time.
3 Home Remedies for treatment of tonsillitis
There are truckloads of home remedies that you can try out to treat acute tonsillitis at home.
One of the most effective home remedies for treating tonsillitis, lime is one easily found item in the kitchen that you can make the most of, to cure the condition. Mix the juice of fresh lime in a glass of warm water and mix common salt and honey in it. The drink should be sipped slowly and consumption of this drink thrice on a daily basis is likely to cure tonsillitis.
Drink a glass of hot milk mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder every night before going off to bed. The pain of tonsillitis gets most irritating during the night, and drinking hot milk will not only ease out the pain but also play a vital role in arresting the inflammation and treating the condition completely.
5 Carrot juice
Carrot is known to be a storehouse of vitamin A and is rich in antioxidant properties; all this makes carrot a vital cure of tonsillitis by aiding in reducing the toxins and alleviating the condition. If the tonsillitis is caused as a result of constipation (which is a common case with many) then carrot juice being an effective carminative is a highly beneficial natural remedy.
6 Fenugreek seed
Boil 3 tsp of fenugreek seeds in 1 liter of water and use the entire liquid as gargle at frequent intervals for the day. Regular gargle is a very common and the most effective home remedy for the treatment of tonsillitis.
7 Warm water
Warm water gargle is the most common home remedy that is practiced since ages for effective home treatment of tonsillitis. Mix a pinch of common salt in lukewarm water and gargle with it 3 to 4 times for quick relief. You can also mix alum in warm water as it reduces inflammation and pain.
So, if you are suffering from this disturbing issue of tonsillitis, I think you are now well equipped with the knowledge to deal with the condition effectively. Be happy! Be healthy!