When people think of tonsillitis, they immediately think of a child with red, swollen glands. In many cases, people would consider having their tonsils removed to avoid tonsillitis in the future, but this is a treatment that can be avoided.
The fact is that tonsillitis is a common condition that affects both adults and child. Also, surgery is not always the best option as it can cause even more problems (the throat may be more vulnerable to infection after removal).
This article will provide information on the top ways to naturally treat tonsil infection.
What Is Tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis is a medical health problem caused by infections and viruses that are "bacterial". The majority of cases are a result of the polymicrobial virus known as Streptococcus pyogenes.
Of course, there are many different types of bacteria in the body including the tonsils; but not all of these bacteria are bad. Many of the bacteria and fungi in the throat belong to the healthy microflora assisting to combat harmful bacteria, such as the polymicrobial virus.
The tonsils are two oval-shaped pads located in the back of the throat and are responsible for blocking any "bad" bacteria from entering the body via the mouth – although they aren’t always successful in doing so.
Acute or short-term tonsillitis is experienced when the pads are infected with viruses or bacteria. The most common symptom of tonsillitis is inflammation, but the tonsils may also appear to have blisters on their surface.
There are of course other tonsil infections you can get. One of these is tonsils stones and it can often get confused with tonsillitis – both have similar symptoms.
Treatment is also very similar for both so the remedies in this article can also be used to treat tonsil stones as well.
What Are The Different Symptoms Of Tonsillitis?
The most common symptoms of tonsillitis include swelling, a sore throat, painful tonsils, and problems swallowing. However, the individual may also experience difficulty in talking, pain in the neck and ears, headaches, bad breath, and redness of the glands.
What Are The Ways To Naturally Treat Tonsil Infection?
While surgery to remove infected tonsils is a common treatment, there are many other types of methods to naturally treat tonsillitis.
It is a fact that the body repairs itself when a person sleeps; therefore, it makes sense that you should rest when ill.
To help speed up healing, it is important that you get plenty of rest and prioritize sleep during this period. Give yourself a break from stressful daily tasks so that you can reduce any stress being placed on your body.
When the body is under stress, it burns energy and if you have limited energy you will not heal.
2. Gargle with Salt Water
While this may be slightly painful, one of the best ways to naturally treat tonsil infections is to gargle with salt water. The salt water should be warm and can be easily made using one teaspoon of salt to each eight ounces of water.
It is advised that gargling be used by patients that are eight years old and older because they understand how to gargle effectively. You should gargle at twice per day, in the morning and evening, and make sure the mixture reaches the back of throat.
If you don’t want to use salt water, apple cider vinegar can be a suitable, and possibly even better, substitute. It has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties so it will be extremely helpful.
Gargling an antibacterial solution is a very common, natural way to remove tonsils stones.
3. Raw Honey
Raw honey is one of the oldest and most effective treatments for any sore throat issues, including a tonsil infection. The raw honey should be mixed with a herbal tea before consumed and should be done so at least once during the day, ideally at night before going to bed.
The honey can be mixed with ginger or cinnamon for an "extra kick" as both these ingredients have their own restorative properties. Raw honey is one of the most effective home treatments because it contains antiviral components and will speed up natural healing.
4. Liquorice Root
A popular natural treatment for inflammation in any condition is liquorice root. Evidence has found that this item has a numbing quality that will help lower pain and reduce the level of swelling. If you have tonsillitis, it is recommended that you suck liquorice and combine this with gargling warm salt water.
5. Vaporizers and Humidifiers
While vaporizers and humidifiers are not natural ingredients that can be used to treat a tonsil infection, they are less invasive than surgery. Humidifiers and vaporizers are devices that help moisten the dry air, and this can reduce any feeling of pain or discomfort in your throat.
The pain is reduced because you constantly breathe in the moist air. When the air is clean, thanks to the devices, the air passages will be less vulnerable to bacteria and your body can heal.
As can be seen, there are many ways to naturally treat the different kinds of tonsil infections. I recommend you pick one that suits you best and commit to do it on a regular basis.
It is only with this commitment that you will see results.