How to get rid of tonsils in children?

The tonsils are those tiny, almond-shaped organs that can be seen on both the sides of your throat. The main function on these organs is to fight off the germs that may enter the body through your nose, throat or mouth. However, there are times when the tonsils get infected while they are trying to fight off the harmful germs that have invaded the body. This infection in the tonsils is referred to, as tonsillitis. Every year, thousands of people, especially children, are affected by tonsillitis, since it is a very common ailment. While tonsillitis is not really a cause for concern, it can lead to a few uncomfortable symptoms like fever, headaches, sore throat, difficulties in swallowing, body ache and weakness. Moreover, the inflammation in the mouth is usually visible, when the mouth is open. In case of a severe infection, pus may also be visible in the tonsils. Hence, to prevent the infection from spreading any further or from worsening most people consult a doctor for relief from the symptoms and to control the condition. If you asked a doctor for methods on how to get rid of tonsillitis, you would probably be told to take medication. However, in addition to the antibiotics that are often used to treat the condition, the doctors may also recommend the use of a tonsillitis remedy, in order to expedite the healing process.

Tonsillitis can be caused by bacteria as well as viruses. If you are looking for options on how to get rid of tonsillitis without antibiotics, it is important to first undergo a test and diagnose if your condition has been caused by a viral infection or a bacterial one. Most cases of bacterial infections need medical treatment as well as household remedies for tonsillitis. However, in case of a viral infection, the only way of treating the condition is by using tonsillitis home remedies. Antibiotics are generally only prescribed if the infection is a bacterial one, because they do not work on a viral infection. Hence, for getting rid of tonsils caused by a viral infection, you will need to rely mostly on the most commonly used home remedies for tonsils. Since this condition is more common in children than it is in adults, it is important to note that a tonsillitis remedy used for adults will probably not be suitable for children.

Home remedies for tonsillitis in adults

People suffering from either form of tonsillitis are usually advised to follow a liquid diet for a couple of days. The liquids that are permitted in this diet are milk, warm water (with lime or honey), fresh fruit juices and vegetable juice. Milk is not only a good tonsillitis remedy, it also helps soothe a sore throat and reduces the discomfort caused by the condition. Grown ups should drink a glass of pure, warm milk, to which a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder have been added. For maximum effectiveness, this concoction should be consumed for three nights in a row. In juices, a combination of carrot juice, beetroot juice and cucumber juice is regarded as the most effective home remedy for tonsils. The recommended proportion for this juice is 300 ml of carrot juice, 100 ml of beetroot juice and 100 ml of cucumber juice. Of course, it is perfectly acceptable to drink each of these juices individually too. It is also important to drink at least one glass of lime water each day because lime has properties that can help cure acute tonsillitis, making it an excellent tonsillitis natural remedy. For better effectiveness squeeze a fresh lime into a glass of warm water and then add a few teaspoons of honey and a ¼ teaspoon of salt to it, before sipping it slowly.

Gargling is another important tonsillitis remedy, since it helps soothe the throat and alleviate the infection. It is best to make a gargle solution at home, using fenugreek seeds. Boil a liter of water and add 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds to it. Allow them to simmer together for at least half an hour, before cooling the water. The entire gargle should be used in the same day. Some people also apply an ice pack to the throat every few hours throughout the day, for relief from the pain. Another effective tonsil home remedy is taking a hot Epsom salt bath every alternate day, or preferably everyday.

Home remedies for tonsillitis in children

It is important for parents to consult a doctor for information on tonsillitis treatment. However, parents should also know how to get rid of tonsillitis at home, because the child tends to feel more comfortable with home remedies, which prompt faster recovery. Some older children may be able to take the home remedies for tonsillitis recommended for adults. However, alternative remedies for tonsillitis for children include:

  • Getting plenty of rest and sleep: The child should be asked to rest his or her voice as much as possible.
  • Drinking a lot of fluids: Children are a lot more prone to dehydration than adults are. Hence a child should be encouraged to sip fluids every half an hour, to moisten the throat and prevent itchiness.
  • Ice cream: Strange as this may sound, ice cream and popsicles can have a very soothing effect on a sore throat, especially in the case of tonsillitis.
  • Humidifiers: A dry atmosphere could lead to throat irritation, which will aggravate the infection. Hence, to make the child more comfortable, it is best to use a humidifier in the child's room at night, to add more moisture to the environment.

Although it is relatively safe for most people to use a tonsillitis remedy for soothing the pain and discomfort caused by the condition. However, it is best to consult a doctor, if home remedies for tonsillitis mentioned above do not relieve the condition within a few days. For cases of tonsillitis that recur frequently, chronic tonsillitis home remedies may not be very effect. Therefore, in such instances, a surgery for tonsillitis, known as tonsillectomy, may be required.

answered by G M

To begin with, the treatment for tonsillitis is dependent on the severity of the condition. Normally, it is recommended to seek medical expertise to deal with a severe condition of tonsillitis. Your doctor will typically prescribe a course of antibiotics which will help in alleviating the condition. In the event that the antibiotics are not effective and your condition worsens, it is possibly an indication of chronic tonsillitis, which can only be treated surgically through the removal of your tonsils. The surgical procedure is thought to be absolutely safe and harmless by the medical fraternity. However, because the tonsils are a part of your body's lymphatic system, the removal of the tonsils may lead to a reduction of the body's capacity to protect itself against respiratory infections.

It is important to bear in mind that doctors will opt for surgery as their final alternative. Their decision is normally based on the frequency of the tonsillitis attacks as well as the duration of the infection and its capacity to spread. Usually, the course of antibiotics is effective enough to resolve the infection in a week or two weeks at the most.

You can, of course, opt to use some of the home remedies available to complement the healing action of the antibiotics. One of the most effective treatment options available at home is honey. Not only is honey believed to be highly effective as an antimicrobial, in recent times, studies have shown that it can be quite beneficial as an antibiotic agent. Remember to warm the honey a bit in order to enhance its healing properties. Ideally, it is preferable to place the spoonful of honey, in the rear of the mouth. Allowing the honey to remain at the base of the mouth for a few moments and then swallowing it is considered to be useful in getting rid of the symptoms. According to folk therapists, the warmth of the honey is what helps in reducing the swelling of the affected areas, and eliminating the bacteria present. Another useful treatment option is ginger which is also believed to be an extremely effective antimicrobial.

Take some juice extracted from a piece of fresh ginger and mix it with some freshly squeezed juice of a lemon. Have a spoonful of this mixture every hour for relief from the symptoms of tonsillitis. Ginger can be even more effective if used directly. Placing a slice of ginger in the rear of the mouth is also believed to be of great benefit. You can also use turmeric to treat tonsillitis. Turmeric, which has antiseptic properties, should be taken in a powdered form and mixed with a glass of milk containing salt. Consuming this concoction regularly can help in alleviating your condition.

answered by G M

Tonsillitis is an acute inflammation of the tonsils. Chronic tonsillitis refers to the condition in which there is enlargement of the tonsils accompanied by repeated attacks of infection.

Dried figs, boil, soften and then mash into a paste. This will soothe and help lessen the pain. Add honey to this and eat the stewed figs with just a little water/ syrup and this is ideal for the hoarseness.

Lime, half a fresh lime and squeeze into a glass of warm water, mix with two teaspoons of honey and a pinch of salt, sip slowly, this will help soothe soreness in the throat.

Milk has been found valuable in this disease. A glass of pure boiled milk, mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder, should be taken every night for three nights. It will provide great relief from tonsillitis (tonsils).

Raw vegetable juice is also beneficial in the treatment of tonsillitis. The juices of carrot, beet and cucumber taken individually or in combination are especially valuable. Formula proportions found helpful, when used in combination are carrot 150ml, beet 50ml and cucumber 50ml to prepare 250ml of combined juice.

The throat may be gargled with hot water mixed with a little salt and lime juice several times daily. This will help draw out fluids from the inflamed throat, their by relieving discomfort.

Hot packs may be applied to neck. A warm water bath will also be helpful.

Tonsillitis can be successfully treated by the natural home remedy outlined above. Surgery for the removal of the tonsils will be necessary only in very rare cases, when tonsils are seriously diseased, rugged and contain hopelessly incurable pus pockets.

answered by C

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