Tonsils are one of the body’s gatekeepers against infections and diseases. They are located at the back of the throat and in case the throat gets infected by bacteria or viruses, tonsils keep the infection away from spreading further, for instance to the lungs.
Tonsillitis is a very common disease, especially in children. Some people are sensitive in that area and they are more likely to get inflamed tonsils during an acute bacterial or viral infection.
An inflammation of the tonsils causes symptoms like pain, that can be especially severe while swallowing, tenderness, swelling, fever and fatigue. It is not rare that patches of pus form on the surface of the tonsils. This is actually good as it is a sign that the tonsils are fighting the inflammation, expelling the toxins that are accumulating in the form of pus.
The most common causes of the tonsillitis are viruses and bacteria like streptococcus.
Tonsillitis can be cured relatively easily, however, if it is neglected, an acute case of inflamed tonsils may lead to chronic tonsillitis, which is harder to cure and may have more serious consequences for the health. Impaired tonsils weaken the overall immune system and may even allow the toxins to leak into the body, causing illnesses like rheumatic fever.
Generally, if the tonsillitis is caused by streptococcus bacteria, antibiotics will be required as a treatment.
Other ways to cure tonsillitis include several natural remedies that can be applied at home with simple ingredients.
Lozenges with zinc are a good cure for inflamed tonsils, as zinc has antibiotic qualities and also improves the immune system.
Grapefruit seeds have antibiotic properties as well. They can be used in the form of a spray to bring relief to the sore tonsils, or can be taken orally in the form of tablets.
Vitamins are important for treating almost every illness, and in cases of tonsillitis they are essential. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps the body fight the infection off. The same goes for the Vitamin A.
In case a patient is required to take antibiotics, it is important to simultaneously take products that contain Lactobacillus acidophilus complex. This is because our body contains beneficial bacteria that are always present and that play an important role in many normal bodily functions. Antibiotics aim to destroy the bacteria, so along with the “bad” bacteria they kill the “good” bacteria as well, and they need to be restored.
Herbal teas are a very good way to fight tonsillitis. They are soothing for a sore throat and they disinfect the tonsils thanks to their antibacterial properties. The best herbs for this condition are sage, chamomile, lavender and peppermint.
They can be mixed together in a delicious tea that will fight the infection and boost the immune system.
The immune system will also benefit from the Echinacea, a herb that does wonders in cases of common cold, flu, and in a general condition of a weakened immune system.
Finally, there is garlic, known and praised by almost anyone thanks to its extraordinary antibacterial qualities. Garlic can be harsh for the sore tonsils and there is also the smell which few enjoy, but there are capsules containing garlic extract that are available in most drugstores and pharmacies.