Tonsillitis - what helps?


For tonsillitis, adequate hydration is important.

An tonsillitis is extremely unpleasant and everyone affected wants to get rid of them as soon as possible. There are many well-meant advice. Especially when it comes to children or toddlers, everyone has a different advice, so that raises the question: What really helps reliably and quickly against tonsillitis? First, of course, every patient is different and therefore has different preferences and ways to get well. Therefore, the therapy is a little more difficult in toddlers or children, because they can not say exactly what is good for them and what does not.

Listed below are some remedies and therapies that will help treat the tonsillitis and associated pain fast and effectively.

What helps against tonsillitis?

Unfortunately, it is only necessary to wait until the body has recovered and has successfully combated the pathogen before the tonsillitis.

A dreaded complication is the superinfection with bacteria, such as streptococci . If a colonization with bacteria takes place on the viral primary infection, one notices this quite quickly at a rapid deterioration and pus-tingling on the almonds. In this case, a sole treatment with painkillers or home remedies is not sufficient and also in children or infants antibiotics must be given. If this is not the case, in addition to great pain and difficulty swallowing, there is a risk of a systemic spread to the whole body, shortness of breath and complete relocation of the respiratory tract with consequent respiratory distress. Fortunately, antibiotics help in this situation very quickly and prove to be extremely effective. After two days, the worst is usually over. Especially for toddlers, this time is still very traumatic. After all, they do not know if the pain ever goes away and it's difficult to explain. Therefore, in this situation, a reassurance by the parents as important as a familiar environment and as much distraction from the pain. If it has not come to a bacterial superinfection, the viral infection can be treated symptomatically. Here bed rest and possibly decongestant oral or nasal sprays is recommended. They contain vasoconstrictive substances that allow the mucous membrane to swell, allowing better ventilation of the oral cavity. However, they should not be taken by pregnant women and for no longer than 5 days.

What helps against the pain?

Since tonsillitis is an inflammatory process, it is often painful. Only in the rarest cases are the patients painless. Often they feel heavy swallowing and can barely eat or drink. This results from a constant irritation of the pain fibers in the throat-throat area, which are irritated by the swelling and further compressed by food intake. Especially in children, there is also the problem of shortness of breath, because the throat due to its smaller size can still swell much faster. Initially, pain relievers of the NSAID class can be taken for the pain. Thus, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or Aspirin ® are called. Paracetamol is also in this group and has the additional benefit of being taken during pregnancy.

NSAID analgesics are available up to certain potencies without prescription in the pharmacy. In low dosage they have few side effects. However, you should take with a regular or high-dose ingestion that a stomach protection is taken, as the drugs then hit the stomach.

Home remedy for tonsillitis

Understandably, not everyone wants to take tablets directly and children and infants are reluctant to directly painkillers. Therefore, there are also a number of home remedies that work well against the pain of tonsillitis. First of all, adequate hydration is important because the body has an increased fluid requirement at elevated temperatures. It should be tried out, whether cold or rather warm liquid is good. Cold drinks have a decongestant and cooling effect, warm drinks promote blood flow. If the throat is already very irritated - for example, due to a lot of coughing or hoarseness - it is advisable to warm drinks such as chamomile or sage tea. If the swelling and the shortness of breath are in the foreground, it makes more sense to drink cold drinks as the tissue swells and the muscles contract. Both should not be consumed in excess. Furthermore, carbonated drinks should be avoided, as the acid contained additionally irritates the tissue and may also cause heartburn. Smoking should be completely avoided.

Another home remedy for the swelling and the associated pain are Quarkwickel: One spreads a linen cloth about half a centimeter thick with curd and winds it loosely around the neck. Thus, a permanent cooling or heating - depending on preference - generated. The quark wrap can be left on the neck for up to two hours and the procedure repeated several times a day.

In addition, the neck can be cooled with coolpacks. Ice cubes can also be sucked. You can mix these with sage leaves, so that a pleasant sage flavor is created and in addition to the cooling effect also creates an additional healing effect by the sage. So if you do not want to rely directly on painkillers, has a wide range of home remedies that promise a good success on relief and healing.

Really quick remedy, however, only bed rest and against pain painkillers. Home remedies are an effective and natural alternative, however, the duration to onset of the effect is usually longer than with a drug therapy.

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