The tonsils are located in the back of the nose and throat. They aid in protecting the respiratory tract from infection but frequently become inflamed and infected while doing their job.
Tonsillitis is an inflammatory infection of the tonsils caused by invasion of the mucus membrane by microorgansisms, usually hemolytic streptococci or viruses. The symptoms are sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, fever, malaise, and enlarged lymph nodes on both sides of the neck. The infection lasts about five days.
Causes of tonsillitis
Usually a bacterial (often streptococcus, or “strep” as it is called) or a virus infection.
- Young children day care centers )both children and teachers)
- Living, working, or being in crowded places.
- Having a chronic illness, such as diabetes.
Sign and symptoms
- Sore throat and pain when you swallow
- Tonsils are redder than normal
- Throat may have white or yellow patches
- Swollen glands on either side of jaw
- Ear pain
- Loss of appetite may be there in young children
Complications of tonsillitis
Chronic tonsillitis may result in chronic upper airway obstruction, causing sleep apnea or sleep disturbances, cor pulmonale, failure to thrive, eating or swallowing disorders, and speech abnormalities. Febrile seizures, otitis media, cardiac valvular disease, abscesses, Glomerulonephritis, subacute bacterial endocarditis, and abscessed cervical lymph nodes may also be noted. Scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, and heart disease may also occur, but these conditions are not as such common.
Diagnosis of tonsillitis
- Throat culture may reveal the infecting organism.
- A complete blood count usually reveals leukocytosis
- Needle biopsy helps differentiate cellulitis from abscess.
Homeopathic treatment for tonsillitis
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat tonsilitis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat tonsillitis that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of tonsillitis:
Baryta Carb – after each cold, attack of tonsillitis; picking sensation when swallowing. Sensation as of a plug in the throat, worse when swallowing solids and from empty swallowing.
Tonsils tend to suppurate, specially the right. Chronic induration of tonsils.
Belladonna – tonsillitis, parts bright red. During swallowing sensation as if throat were too narrow. Symptoms of congestion. Worse from swallowing liquids. Right side is most affected.
Alumen – predisposition to tonsillitis, catarrh of fauces and throat; throat sore and dry when talking or swallowing fluid; pricking sensation in both sides of throat and great dryness.
Hepar Sulph – chronic tonsillitis with hardness of hearing; sensation like fish bone in the throat; stitches in the throat extending to the ear.
Calcaria Phos – chronic tonsillitis with inflammation of the middle ear; throat pains more worse when swallowing.
Calcaria Carb – elongation of valve and inflammation of the tonsils; sensation as if the throat were contracted when swallowing. Pain in throat extending to the ear.
Baryta Iod –hypertrophy of tonsils; chronic enlargement and induration of tonsils; swelling of lymphatic glands, it often prevents suppuration.
Apis Mel – stinging burning pain when swallowing; dryness in mouth and throat; red and highly inflamed tonsils; worse heat or hot drinks, better from cold or cold drinks.
Silicea – deep ulcers, even gangrene; tonsils swollen each effort to swallow distorts face; tonsillitis, when the suppurating gland will not heal; pricking in throat, as from a pin, causing cough; left side.
Lachesis – great remedy for tonsillitis; pus from tonsils; tonsils swollen, left worse with tendency to right; inability to swallow, threatening suffocation.
Lac can – tonsils inflamed, shining very sore, swollen so as almost to close the throat; suppuration from left to right, or changing from side to side, or both tonsils equally effected; whole posterior portion of throat edematous.
Psorinum – tonsillitis, sub maxillary glands swollen; throat burns, feels scalded, pain when swallowing saliva, ulcers on right side, with deep-seated pain and burning in fauces.