TONSILLITIS By Dr Anmol Arora ( Sr Homoeopathic Physician )

Tonsillitis or inflammation of the tonsils is a painful condition of throat, and in its chronic form it can become a source of recurring episodes of colds. With the winter setting in, it needs a special mention.

tonsils

tonsils

What are tonsils and adenoids?

Tonsils and adenoids are lumps of tissue (similar to the ‘glands’ that are in the neck and other parts of the body).

tonsils

tonsils

The tonsils sit on either side of the back of the throat (pharynx). See the diagram at right.

Adenoids sit where the back of the nose meets the throat. They can’t be seen through the mouth without the use of special instruments.

Tonsils and adenoids are usually larger in children but tend to shrink to adult proportions by the age of eight to 12 years.

Although tonsils and adenoids are part of the immune system (the body’s defence against potentially harmful germs), they are not essential and there is no harm to the immune system if they are removed. Other parts of the immune system in the upper throat continue to function.

What is Tonsillitis and its symptoms ?
Types
There are 3 main types of tonsillitis: acute, subacute and chronic. Acute tonsillitis can either be bacterial or viral in origin. Subacute tonsillitis (which can last between 3 weeks and 3 months) is caused by the bacterium Actinomyces. Chronic tonsillitis, which can last for long periods if not treated, is almost always bacterial.
If tonsils and / or adenoids become enlarged they can:
•    cause narrowing of the airway during sleep; this causes your child to have difficulty breathing (a condition called obstructive sleep apnoea)
•    cause blockage of the nose resulting in mouth breathing and a nasal sounding voice
•    cause snoring, which can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea
•    contribute to recurrent throat infections or tonsillitis (swelling and redness / inflammation of the tonsils)
•    cause difficulty eating
•    cause persistent nasal discharge
•    cause sinusitis (an infection of the sinuses which are air-filled hollow spaces in the bone of the cheeks and forehead)
•    change the growth of the upper jaw and cause changes in the position of the teeth
Chronic adenoid infection (not necessarily accompanied by enlargement) may contribute to glue ear and / or recurrent ear infections due to swelling and redness of the tube between the throat and middle ear (eustachian tube).

DIAGNOSIS

Tonsillitis can be diagnosed from visible symptoms and a physical examination. A doctor will examine the patient’s eyes, ears, nose, and throat and look for signs of swelling, redness, or discharge.
The doctor may also take a throat culture. To do a throat culture, the doctor wipes a cotton swab across the tonsils and back of the throat. The swab is then tested for the presence of bacteria and viruses that cause tonsillitis.
Some tests can be performed quickly. A doctor may suspect the presence of certain disease-causing bacteria almost immediately.
But a longer waiting period is needed for more reliable tests. The cotton swab may need to be incubated for twenty-four to forty-eight hours. During incubation the swab is kept in a warm, moist environment. Bacteria and viruses grow well in this environment. A researcher can then study the material on the swab under a microscope and determine which bacteria and/or viruses are present. With this information, the doctor can make a sound diagnosis of the patient’s condition.
A doctor may decide to conduct exclusionary tests also. An exclusionary test is one performed to find out if some condition other than tonsillitis is present. For example, the patient’s sore throat might be caused by diphtheria. Blood tests will often rule out infections other than those that cause tonsillitis. If no other infections are present, the doctor may decide that the patient’s problem really is tonsillitis.

Homoeopathic Treatment

The treatment of enlarged tonsils with homeopathy has two stages in cases of long standing. Acute inflammation needs to be treated with a different set of medicines and its recurrence to be treated once the acute stage is over. Deep-acting medicines are required to treat the constitution and bring about lasting relief. It is true that this method takes a longer time, but it is also the best one because not only the tonsils are cured but also the patient.
Belladonna
It stands at the head of the list of remedies in tonsillitis. Very useful in acute stages where tonsils are bright red and swollen, and there is difficulty in swallowing fluids
Baryta carb
It is indicated in tonsillitis, with the formation of pus, when the right side of the throat is worse than the left, enlargement of the glands in the neck, under the jaw and behind the ears. It is one of the best remedies for removing the tendency to tonsillitis, particularly in children, who are sensitive to every little exposure to damp or cold weather which leads to a fresh attack of tonsillitis. It is one of the remedies to prevent the return of this condition and changes the constitutional tendency of the patient.
Iodides
Iodides in various combinations are extremely useful in treating inflamed tonsils.
Constitutional treatment
It is aimed at stopping the recurrence of such attacks. Deep-acting medicines like Tuberculinum, Calcarea Phos, Psorinum and Sulphur are often employed.

“Consult for safe and natural way of cure without side effects”

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