Sore Throat and Tonsillitis Symptoms and CuresFitness Gear & Equipment
Most sore throats are due to pharyngitis - inflammation of the pharynx. Pharyngitis often accompanied a head cold or a post-nasal drip (when nasal mucus drips down the back of the throat). Inflamed tonsils (tonsillitis) appear as two red swellings at the back of the throat. Tonsillitis is more common in children and young adults, and it is often caused by bacterial infection.
- Prickling sensation in the throat
- Pain or difficulty in swallowing
- Glands below the jaw may be swollen and tender
- Feeling of being under the weather
- Fever, especially in bacterial infections
- Stomach ache and/or vomiting in tonsillitis sufferers under 12 years of age
Advice includes warm baths and mustard footbaths (make this fun for small children by bringing their bath time toys into play). Fairly young children can sniff warm water up the nose - teach older ones to gargle. Practitioners of naturopathy might prescribe a 2-3 day fruit and vegetable juice fast for the acute stage of tonsillitis for older children, and suggest a rest built into a child's daily routine to counteractive excessive stresses and strains.
Vitamins and Minerals
Let your child drink freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, suck frozen juice ice cubes, take a little broth or vegetable soup if hungry (spare your child's body heavy meals while it is trying to fight infection). Fresh fruit jellies and ice cream made from whole-food ingredients such as soya milk, flavored with fruit juice or puree, and are other popular choices. To help prevent recurrent attacks of tonsillitis (or pharyngitis), institute a whole-food regimen rich in natural vitamin C and bioflavonoids, found in citrus fruit, berries, peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Specific dietary supplements include the antioxidant vitamin A (beta-carotene), C and E to boost immunity, and help to repair the inflamed mucus membranes covering the throat and tonsils. Junior zinc lozenges sucked close to the sorest throat area ease stinging pain.
Fenugreek, horehound and marshmallow are popularly prescribed by medical herbalists in the form of teas and gargles. Aloe vera juice or gel mixed with tepid water makes an excellent gargle for an acutely sore throat. Propolis, a substance produced by bees to reduce the risks of infection in their hives, is a most effective remedy for tonsillitis and pharyngitis. Suck a propolis lozenge, or a teaspoon (5 ml) of brown sugar containing 4-5 drops of the tincture, 3 times a day for rapid relief. Alternatively, just add the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon or lime to half a tumbler of hot water, and stir in a heaped teaspoonful (5 ml) of organic honey.
Hoarseness or loss of voice can follow throat irritation caused by talking or shouting too much. Other causes include a dry, smoky atmosphere, and infection or inflammation of the larynx (voice box). Steam inhalations of aromatherapy essences reduce the swelling and inflammation and soothe the pain. Useful essence for this, and for sore throats in general, include niaouli, rosemary, lemon, cajeput, hyssop or myrrh.
Take remedies every 2 hours for up to 10 doses: Gelsemium 6c for a horrible taste in the mouth, pain in the neck and ears, when the child is unwilling to drink because swallowing is so painful, and is hot and cold in turns; and Baryta mur. 6c for pain and soreness on the right side of the throat and neck, when glands are swollen and tender, and the child is thirsty and has dry lips.
Doctors usually advise a healthy diet, plenty of exercise and vitamin supplements to reduce the risk of colds and sore throats. Antibiotics are normally prescribed only for tonsillitis, and for sore throats that are caused by bacterial infection.
- Steer clear of those with colds or sore throats
- Avoid kissing and facial contact, and other sufferers' dirty tissues
- Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated areas full of smoke and fumes, and encourage children to play outside
- Boost immunity with antioxidant nutrients
- Do not panic at the sight of a streak of blood in nasal or throat discharge (inflamed tissues easily bleed)
- However, do not ignore repeated bleeding, even in tiny amounts
- Increase fluid intake, especially in children (fevers produce sweat, leading to dehydration)
- A youngster with tonsillitis may complain only of stomach ache or sickness, due to swollen lymph glands in the abdomen (though many seem not to experience throat pain at all)