Tonsillitis is the most common childhood ailment. It is caused due to the inflammation of the tonsils. This inflammation is caused by bacteria or virus. Indication of tonsillitis is fever, headache and throat pain etc which makes difficult to swallow the food. It pains only when one swallows food. Tonsillitis can be diagnosed by performing the strep test or throat culture. This test determines whether a person is suffering from bacteria or virus. If it is caused by bacteria the doctor will prescribe antibiotics and if it is caused by virus the body will fight off the infection on its own. Tonsillitis is completely cured within one week. Sometimes tonsils reoccur and may cause difficulty in breathing. In such a case doctor may recommend tonsillectomy, a procedure to remove tonsils from the throat. The main function of tonsils is to catch the incoming germs and to stop the spread of infection to throat, mouth etc. They contain infection fighting cells and anti-bodies that stops the spread of the germs further inside the body. But if the kid gets infection due to tonsils several times over the years, then the doctor may prefer to perform tonsillectomy. It becomes a necessity. It is a very simple and outpatient procedure and the site where tonsils are taken out heals on its own. The parents should leave the discretion to the doctor. Even if the tonsils are removed, the body is protected with other tissues to fight against infections.
Here are some home remedies and natural treatments to give relief from pain caused due to the tonsillitis.
■ As the child complains of sore throat ask him to gargle several times with phitkari. This will relieve the pain and reduce the infection.
■ If phitkari is not readily available, let the child gargle with ¼ spoon of salt added to a glass of warm water.
■ Add triphala powder one spoon full to four cups of water. Boil and reduce to half can be gargled to get relief from tonsils.
■ Make paste of garlic, add little honey and apply to the tonsils with a cotton wick. This will also give relief from pain caused due to tonsillitis.
■ Add little pepper and turmic to a cup of milk bring it to boil and let the child drink to give relief from pain.
■ Plenty of water and orange juice should be taken.
■ The neck should be kept warm and should not be exposed to cold and chill.
■ General hygiene should be maintained like washing hands before the preparation of food etc.
■ Sick child’s drinking glasses and utensils should be kept separate and washed in hot, soapy water.
■ A fresh lime squeezed in a glass of warm water added with four teaspoons of honey and a pinch of salt should be sipped slowly.
■ Gargling with lemon juice or fenugreek seeds is helpful in severe cases. In case of fenugreek seeds take two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds and add to a liter of water and bring it to boil for ten minutes. Let it cool and gargle the entire water the same day several times. It is very beneficial.
■ Plenty of nourishment and rest is needed. As it is very painful to swallow, soft foods and liquids like milk shakes and juices should be given.
■ Avoid taking spicy foods, buttermilk and curds, ice creams and other cold items.
Tonsillitis should not be treated lightly. Home remedies and natural methods of treatment are helpful in giving relief to pain, but medical attention is absolutely necessary. Methods of home treatments are helpful in facilitating the healing and provide relief.
By N Suguna