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What are tonsils and what is tonsillitis?

The tonsil is a large bTonsilitisody of lymphoid tissue only a part of which is visible on inspection. It consists of an upper pole, a body and a lower pole .The upper pole is usually buried in the muscle of the soft palate of the mouth.

Severe Inflammation of tonsils is called tonsillitis. They normally help to filter out bacteria and other germs to prevent infection in the body. The tonsils may become so overwhelmed by a bacterial or viral infection that they swell and become inflamed, causing tonsillitis. The infection may also be present in the throat and areas around it, causing inflammation of the pharynx. The pharynx is in the back of the throat, between the tonsils and voice-box (larynx).

Functions of the tonsils

  • Play a major role in body immunity mechanism and antibody reaction most probably in children.
  • Helpful in forming lymphocytes which protect our body as a defense mechanism
  • Traps the germs that enter the body by its antibodies and drains into the lymph node for elimination.
  • Kill bacteria that enter into the tonsil through the blood stream.
  • Monitoring the quality of the air, food and water which enters our body.
  • The tonsils work as a filter which fights and protects the entire human system against the foreign organisms.
  • Prevent spread of infection from nearby areas such as mouth, sinuses, post -nasal part etc.
  • Produce antibodies, which fight against the infection, stopping its further spread.
  • When bacteria or virus attack the body, they initially have to face the tonsils.
  • In fighting towards the germs and microbes the tonsils get inflamed is simply a symbol of the local defence mechanism at work.
  • In the process, they produce lymphocytes and antibodies to generate the required immune response.

Why are the tonsils inflamed?

Tonsillitis is very common, especially in children. Middle socio-economic group and urban population are more affected. There is considerable controversy regarding the importance of the role of the tonsil in the body’s defense against disease . Upper respiratory organisms multiply in the tonsillar crypt. Surrounding lymphoid tissue manufactures antibodies against these organisms. There is physiological enlargement of the tonsils between 3 to 6 years age group . In tonsillitis there is generalized inflammation of the masses of the tonsil and usually accompanied by a degree of inflammation of the fauces and pharynx.

Causative organism:

  • Hemolytic Streptococci, a form of bacteria, are the most common cause.
  • Streptococcus Pneumoniae, Staphylococci & Hemophilus influenzae also can cause tonsillitis.

What are the features of tonsillitis?

  • Tonsil enlarged, red & swollen
  • High rise of temperature with sore throat.
  • Pain in throat on swallowing and pain radiates to ear
  • Tongue is furred
  • Breath is offensive
  • Constipation is common
  • Urine is scanty.
  • Abdominal pain due to mesenteric adenitis
  • Cervical glands are tender
  • Rawness at the back of the throat

Complications of tonsillitis

  • Upward infection to Ear, nose & sinuses
  • Downward infection to larynx,
  • Downward infection to trachea
  • Downward infection to bronchi
  • Adjoining tissue–
  • Peritonsillar abscess

Does Homoeopathy help?

Our body is unity of all the organs and their collective functioning, whether it be skin, kidney, lungs, or brain. They are linked to each other. A disorder in any part is apt to manifest at some other place. Homoeopathy directs its treatment process towards the underlying vital operations. It treats the whole patient by analyzing all the symptoms pertinent to the person.

The treatment of tonsillitis doesn’t depend on external applications, or antibiotics (which harm the ‘good’ army of the body even while killing the causative organisms). Rather it needs a radical approach that will cure the roots of the disease process. Homeopathy has the power and capability to achieve just that.

Homeopathy is known worldwide to be the best treatment option for inflammatory disorders. Tonsillitis is no exception. Homeopathy not only provides good symptoms control, but also prevents relapses, strengthens the immune system and achieves a permanent cure. Homoeopathic medicines do excellent work and act curatively in acute and chronic tonsillitis.

General management

  • Attention should be given to general health
  • Nutritious diet
  • Gargle with saline water
  • A concentrate made by boiling fenugreek seeds in water is also advisable.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid intake of solid foods, substitute by softer foods like soups & juices
  • Avoid smoking
  • Is contagious so hygienic measures should be undertaken.