Years ago, young children had their tonsils removed. Surgery was once the standard treatment for tonsillitis, an inflammation of the tonsils caused by a viral or bacterial infection. It commonly occurs in preschool and school age children.
Many had their healthy tonsils removed without even having inflammation; just because the doctor recommended it.
Tonsillitis typically causes a child’s tonsils to become visibly red and swollen. You may also notice patches of white discharge on infected tonsils.
Symptoms of tonsillitis include:
- Severe sore throat
- Difficult or painful swallowing
- Fever and chill
- Enlarged, sore glands in the jaw and neck
- Changes in or loss of one’s voice
Tonsils are a pair of specialized lymph nodes located on either side of the throat, just behind and above the tongue. They’re part of the body’s immune system that helps protect you from microorganisms that can cause infection. Tonsils store white blood cells to engulf bacteria and viruses as they enter through the nose and mouth.
When bacteria and viruses are engulfed by white blood cells, a low-grade infection in the tonsils may result. This minor infection stimulates the immune system to form protection against future infections. Sometimes the tonsils may be overwhelmed by a bacterial or viral infection, and they swell and become inflamed. The result is tonsillitis.
Tonsillitis usually occurs as part of pharyngitis (throat infection). In older children, illness usually begins with sudden sore throat and painful swallowing. A child may also experience loss of appetite, malaise (a generally ill feeling), chills and fever. Glands in the neck and at the angle of the jaw may be swollen and tender. In infants, tonsillitis can include symptoms that appear to be less centralized in the throat, such as poor feeding, runny nose and a slight fever.
To prevent tonsillitis, avoid exposure to anyone who already has tonsillitis or a sore throat. At home, when someone is infected with tonsillitis, be sure to keep drinking glasses and eating utensils separate and wash dishes in hot, soapy water. All family members should wash their hands frequently.
Here are suggested techniques to cure tonsillitis:
- Two enemas. One in the morning, another in late afternoon.
- Gargle with salt water every two hours on the first day, then night and morning each day thereafter until the infection is gone. Mix one teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of warm water; make sure the child spits it out after gargling.
Other external/physical therapies:
- Soups, veggie broths, herbal teas and honey.
- Bed rest is essential for quick and complete healing.
- With fever, wear cotton socks dipped in cool vinegar water (equal parts vinegar and water)/ Renew every half hour.
- With acute tonsillitis, start a therapy with cold neck wraps renewed every 30 minutes.
- Take foot baths, apply compresses on the throat and use body wraps to promote sweating.
- Renew moist, cold calf wraps every half hour help to assist in lowering fever.
- Apply a hot clay pack on the throat.
- If there is much discharge, apply hot, flax seed neck wraps.
- Liquid whey concentrate brushed on the throat disinfects and helps speed healing.
- If the tonsils are excessively swollen, melt a couple of ice cubes in the mouth.
- Drink two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice with a glass of hot water and honey to soothe and heal the throat.
- Massage the thumbs and big toes.