How to treat tonsillitis
Is there a certain instance in your day-to-day routine that you had a hard time in swallowing your food? Initially you would try to open your mouth to check for some odd occurrences, only to find out that your tonsils are redder than the usual. Then as your day goes on perhaps you'd encounter a fickle chill in your body caused by an unexpected fever that could be associated to your inflamed lymph nodes. More often than not these circumstances are mistaken to be just a plain sore throat, but unknown to us this case is known as tonsillitis.
Infected by a bacteria or a virus?
Typically when tonsillitis strikes children ages 5 to 15 it is caused by a virus that there would be no specific treatments required aside from giving them ample time to rest, by having a lot of fluid intakes or if unendurable uneasiness sets in by taking up appropriate medication to alleviate the pain.
However, if the tonsillitis is caused by bacteria specifically known as streptococcus more popularly known as strep throat the treatment required would be by means of antibiotics. Normally, it is identified when there is a slight or total covering of some yellow like substance known as pus on your swollen tonsils accompanied by intolerable headaches. Dehydration and ear pain are also apparent symptoms of strep throat.
How severe could it be?
Often times we tend to neglect this infection thinking that it won't lead to something fatal that would require us to undergo a certain surgical procedure. But, contrary to this notion a simple tonsillitis might lead into a chronic tonsillitis, which is characterized by the continuous inflammation of the tonsils and regular incidents of sore throat more than five times a year.
If you would encounter the aforementioned continuity of inflammation the best resolve would always be to consult a doctor for you to be able to undergo prescribed treatments to completely cure the said infection. In addition to that for him to be able to determine if it would be more convenient for you to undergo tonsillectomy depending on your medical history, especially when there is already a difficulty in swallowing and breathing on your part or the suffering of obstructive sleep apnea and halitosis.
Natural treatment for tonsillitis
Since our body has its own system of fighting the symptoms the best thing that we could do is to help avoid the discomfort instigated by the infection by means of the following:
- gargling of warm salt water at numerous times daily
- avoiding cold drinks but instead taking hot beverages such as tea
- prevention of eating crispy food
- taking pain relievers which could only apply to children 6 months above like acetaminophen
- using humidifier or vaporizer in the rooms where you usually stay