For many people the idea of getting their tonsils removed may not be the most attractive option in the world. It is very painful and although it is today more or less an outpatient procedure the pain and discomfort is still something that will be at the very least an inconvenience.
For adults the procedure can be a lot more painful than it is for children – and also interrupt their personal and professional life.
However, in certain circumstances it may not be necessary to actually go under the knife – a few simple home remedies can usually sort out the problems associated with tonsil issues. For example, you can very easily get rid of tonsil stones at home, you just need a mirror and your finger.
But first it is essential to know if the health issues are related to the tonsils. Here are a few warning signs that the tonsils may be the source of those health problems.
If you are having continual problems with a sore throat, a runny nose or coughing and sneezing it might not just be a cold or a mild dose of the flu – it might be related to an infection of your tonsils.
If that is the case then there are some home remedies that you might like to try before going to the doctor – but be aware – these are just stop gap measures – if the symptoms persist it is always a good idea to go and see a professional.
So what are the first things you can do at home to treat a potential tonsil infection.
The first thing is to keep yourself hydrated. And this means drinking plenty of liquids. Cold or warm is up to you – whichever soothes the throat best, although I’ve heard chamomile tea works really well for sore throats!
Drinks such as tea or a clear broth are both great. There are also sports drinks which provide hydration that are great for keeping your electrolyte balance in tune.
If you find that cooling drinks help then perhaps try an iced lolly or Popsicle. Those can provide immediate relief from the pain in the throat.
Over the counter medication can also help. Medication such as that which contains ibuprofen can help alleviate the pain. However, be aware that medication containing aspirin can have long lasting effects for those under the age of 20 – try and avoid it. It may lead to Reye syndrome, a very rare but potentially serious condition.
One of the symptoms of a tonsil infection is a dryness in the throat. Using a humidifier during the night can help to alleviate the symptoms. Installed near the bed these devices allow the throat muscles to relax and may also assist in preventing snoring – which can make symptoms worse.
Of course there are other simple solutions to making a tonsil infection, or any throat infection, more bearable. Using medicated throat lozenges is one of those. But if there are younger members of the family these should be avoided due to the potential choking hazard.
The key here is to use good judgement. If the symptoms do not disappear after a long period of time it is then absolutely vital to visit a professional.