The Perfect Home Remedies For Tonsillitis

Most kids with tonsillitis complain of a sore throat but a cough lozinge won’t fix this painful condition.

Perfect Home Remedies For Tonsillitis

Very Sore Tonsils

In an acute condition the tonsils become inflamed, tender and swollen, the neck glans swell and the child feels unwell. Cold or influenza symptoms or other respiratory infection symptoms may accompany such an acute condition.

Dealing With Chronic Tonsillitis

In a chronic condition the tonsils remain constantly enlarged and the child will frequently have bouts of very sore throat. Such a chronic condition frequently occurs with allergies.

Managing and Combating Chronic Tonsillitis

Strengthening your immune system is a fundamental healing principle in naturopathic medicine, and below are recommended doses of vitamins and other supplements to manage and combat chronic tonsillitis:

  • Vitamin C 200 – 500mg three times daily
  • Bioflavonoids 100 – 500mg daily
  • Beta-carotene 10,000 – 25,000iu daily
  • Zinc 10 – 15mg daily

You can also include immune system building herbs such as:

  • Astraglus
  • Echinacea
  • Garlic
  • Goldenseal
  • Licorice Root
  • Thyme

Mix them with herbs that help drain the lymphatic system and ease the discomfort of the sore throat, such as:

  • Burdock
  • Calendula
  • Cleavers
  • You can also relieve pain with analgesic herbs such as:
  • Wintergreen
  • Willow
  • Meadowsweet
  • Propolis lozenges can also help relieve some of the pain

Please take note that the above herbs require professional expertise to correctly ascertain which herbs to use and the appropriate dose, depending on the age of your child. So I strongly recommend you track down a Naturopath or other health professional who knows a lot about herbs and vitamin supplementation.

Addressing Allergies

Sometimes the body has difficulty distinguishing self from non-self and the immune system gets confused and attacks the body’s own tissues. This creates what is called an autoimmune response.

When the immune system attacks harmless or beneficial substances such as pollen or foods it provokes an allergic reaction and the body responds by releasing substances like histamine which produces inflammation.

The inflammation causes swelling and over-mucus production that leads to various symptons including nasal congestion, asthma, eczema, intestinal discomfort.

Why I am explaining this, is because allergies have also been implicated in chronic tonsillitis.

To overcome the allergic reaction try the food allergy test challenge procedure. This involves eliminating common allergy producing foods from your child’s diet for one to two weeks. Then begin adding them back one by one every three days and watch for a reaction. Any adverse reaction from your child will allow you to know what foods to avoid feeding him or her.

The most common allergy producing foods include:

  • Dairy products
  • Wheat
  • Citrus
  • Peanuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggs
  • Gluten
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate
  • Food coloring and additives

This particular health challenge can prove a real pain – not only to the poor child who will be suffering from a very sore throat and generally feeling unwell- but also for parents caring for their sick child, especially if their ill-health goes on and on and becomes chronic.

When I was a child doctors recommended whipping out troublesome tonsils. Mine were taken out when I was eight because I had been chronically ill for years with many a painful sore throat. About the only benefit I remember was having lots of ice-cream to eat after the surgery.

Today doctors perform this surgery less and less which very wise as your tonsils are the gateway of our immune system defense, being the mechanism to protect our bodies from invading microbes.

With the program I’ve suggested above you have many of the right tools to stop tonsillitis from turning chronic by supporting the immune system to do its job as it should.

Persevere with these remedies, get the professional help as necessary, and you will find yourself winning the battle against this nasty illness.

Imelda Despres

Imelda Despres is our writer for the Baby, Health and Beauty categories. She was a nutritionist for 5 years before joining the team. When she's not researching, she enjoys weekend getaways with her family at the lake.

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