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2 Types Of Tonsillitis And Its Treatment!

Dr. Sumit Mrig 89% (16 ratings)
MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB (ENT)
ENT Specialist, Delhi
2 Types Of Tonsillitis And Its Treatment!

Tonsillitis is a disorder of the tonsils present on the back of your throat. The tonsils acts as a defensive mechanism in the body as they prevent the body from infections. This is a contagious condition and can occur at any age. It is widely prevalent among school going kids.

Tonsillitis may be classified into two types:

  1. Chronic tonsillitis: This type of tonsillitis tends to last for an extended duration with symptoms of bad breath and tenderness in the lymph nodes.
  2. Recurrent tonsillitis: This is a form of acute tonsillitis which repeats itself over a year.

Causes: Tonsils prevent various virus and bacteria from entering the body through the mouth by producing antibodies. The tonsils, however, may become vulnerable to these infections. A virus that causes common cold or the bacteria that causes strep throat may result in tonsillitis. The most common cause of this disorder is the strep bacteria. School going children are especially vulnerable to this disorder because they are most prone to various infections.

The various viruses that may cause tonsillitis are:

  1. Enterovirus
  2. Herpes simplex virus
  3. Epstein-Barr virus
  4. Influenza virus
  5. Adenovirus
  6. Parainfluenza virus

Common symptoms: 
The various symptoms of tonsillitis are

  1. Swallowing difficulties
  2. sore throat
  3. The sore throat may result in bad breath
  4. You may experience fever and chills
  5. Pain in the head, ear and stomach
  6. You may experience stiffness in the neck and the jaw
  7. Swollen tonsils with possible redness
  8. Changes in voice
  9. Symptoms of cold

Treatment: The treatment for tonsillitis is usually antibiotics and in some cases, tonsillectomy. The antibiotics help in getting rid of the bacterial infectionSurgery is only done in cases where tonsillitis is chronic in nature. It is important that you drink fluids and restrict smoking to prevent tonsillitis.

Tonsillitis And It's Homoeopathic Management

Ashwini Homoeopathy 88% (207 ratings)
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
Tonsillitis And It's Homoeopathic Management

Tonsils are a pair of lymph nodes situated at the back of our throat.They are a part of our body's defense mechanism.When these tonsils become enlarged, inflamed and infected it is termed as tonsillitis.

>Causes
A bacterial or a viral infection is the most common cause of tonsillitis.
Esp streptococcus bacteria and epstein barr virus.
This infection is contagious and can spread through the droplet nuclei ie via sneeze and cough and saliva (kissing or sharing beverages). 

>Symptoms 

  • Sore throat 
  • Difficulty in swallowing 
  • Fever
  • Running nose/ nose block
  • Referred pain in ears
  • Painful lymph nodes 
  • If the infection gets worse there can be pus formation in the tonsils. 

>Prevention 

  • Hand hygiene 
  • Covering the nose and mouth while coughing/sneezing 

>Treatment and homoeopathic management 

  • Abundant rest
  • Plenty of fluids 
  • Salt water gargles
  • Soft diet 

>Common homoeopathic remedies 

  • Baryta carb - indicated in infancy.
  • Suppurating tonsils from exposure to cold. Stinging & smarting pains 

Merc sol - shooting pains in the throat, sensation of a lump, has to constantly swallow. Red inflamed tonsils. Pain on empty swallowing. Dryness of throat 
 

Tuberculinum - enlarged tonsils. Dry cough. Sensation of suffocation. Suitable to children who are easily affected by change of weather.

Are You At Risk Of Getting A Sore Throat?

MBBS, Fellowship In FESS, MS - ENT, MS - (Oto-Rhino-Laryn)
ENT Specialist, Faridabad
Are You At Risk Of Getting A Sore Throat?

If you are experiencing pain, irritation, or itchiness in your throat, the condition is referred to as a sore throat. It is likely for you to face difficulty in swallowing food and the pain worsens when you want to swallow. The primary symptom of a sore throat is throat pain. People of all ages can get affected by a sore throat.

Causes
There are several causes of a sore throat. The most common ones are as follows:

Viral infection

  • Viral infections are the most common causes of sore throat.
  • These are the infections that are caused by a virus, like the flu or cold.
  • Measles, chicken pox, and croup are other viral infections that cause a sore throat.

Bacterial infection

Environmental factors

  • Several environmental factors also cause sore throat.
  • Exposure to pollen, mold, pet dander, and several other irritants leads to postnasal drip.
  • This causes throat pain and inflammation.
  • Exposure to dry air, and smoking cigarettes are also common causes of a sore throat.

Diagnosis

  • For the diagnosis of a sore throat, a physical examination of your throat is carried out, and your throat will be examined using a lighted instrument.
  • Doctors usually look out for inflammations and white patches that indicate strep throat. Your breathing will also be checked.
  • The back of your throat can be swabbed for examining samples in order to determine the virus.
  • Certain blood tests may also be required to be undertaken.

Treatment

  • The treatment of sore throat depends on the cause.
  • In case your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics for killing the infectious bacteria.
  • The medicines should be taken strictly according to a doctor’s prescription.
  • You should complete the course of 10 days to get effective results.
  • If you stop the treatment at an early stage on noticing improvements, a sore throat can recur soon.

There are certain simple home remedies which are effective for curing the most common forms of sore throat. They include:

  • Gargling with warm, salted water.
  • Consuming warm fluids like soup, tea, and water.
  • Having throat lozenges.
  • Reducing the inflammation using ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
  • Avoiding exposure to allergens and irritants.

In case your sore throat is caused by a viral infection, the virus should be left to run its course. During its course, you will be prescribed medicines like pain relievers and decongestants for relieving the symptoms. Antiviral drugs are also used in some cases for fighting the virus effectively.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Throat Pain - When To Visit A Doctor?

Dr. Mukesh More 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB - ENT
ENT Specialist, Nashik
Throat Pain - When To Visit A Doctor?

Virus is the most common cause of pain in the throat or sore throat and it is often accompanied by cold symptoms like running nose, red watery eyescough and sneezingSmoking, irritants in the air and pollution are the main causes of sore throat. It becomes very difficult to swallow food in such a condition when an individual experiences pain, itchiness or irritation in their throat.

Causes
The main causes of occurrence of sore throat include:

Symptoms of Sore Throat:

  • The Nasal passages get blocked
  • Inability to gulp down food
  • Severe pain in the throat which is followed by coughing
  • Lymph glands get swollen
  • Fever is followed by Chills

When to Visit the Doctor
It is very important to visit your doctor, if the pain in the throat lasts for longer time and it is accompanied by symptoms like joint pain, difficulty in breathing and fever. The primary symptom of sore throat is pain in the throat and other symptoms like hoarseness and white patches on the tonsils also occur under this condition. People of all age groups can get affected with this condition, but it affects mostly children and smokers. People with weak immune system and suffering from allergies are also prone to pain in the throat.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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8 Causes Of Throat Pain!

Dr. Vivek Kumar Pathak 90% (230 ratings)
MS-ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Noida
8 Causes Of Throat Pain!

Virus is the most common cause of pain in the throat or sore throat and it is often accompanied by cold symptoms like running nose, red watery eyescough and sneezingSmoking, irritants in the air and pollution are the main causes of sore throat. It becomes very difficult to swallow food in such a condition when an individual experiences pain, itchiness or irritation in their throat.

Causes
The main causes of occurrence of sore throat include:

Symptoms of Sore Throat:

  • The Nasal passages get blocked
  • Inability to gulp down food
  • Severe pain in the throat which is followed by coughing
  • Lymph glands get swollen
  • Fever is followed by Chills

When to Visit the Doctor
It is very important to visit your doctor, if the pain in the throat lasts for longer time and it is accompanied by symptoms like joint pain, difficulty in breathing and fever. The primary symptom of sore throat is pain in the throat and other symptoms like hoarseness and white patches on the tonsils also occur under this condition. People of all age groups can get affected with this condition, but it affects mostly children and smokers. People with weak immune system and suffering from allergies are also prone to pain in the throat.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Throat Infection - Common Homeopathic Remedies That Can Help!

Dr. Madhuri Bhatt 86% (55 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Ahmedabad
Throat Infection - Common Homeopathic Remedies That Can Help!

Throat infections can affect anyone. Your throat will feel swollen and sore and swallowing may become difficult. The flu and common cold flu virus can cause infections along with allergies, bacterial infections, breathing polluted air or smoking.

Conventional treatment only suppresses the symptoms; it also has side effects. Homeopathy focuses on rooting out the disease from within, instead of just concentrating on suppressing on the symptoms. All the homeopathic remedies gradually treat and cure your disease and have no side effects whatsoever.

  1. Belladonna: Belladonna is the best homeopathic remedy for throat infections. Belladonna is also good for Tonsillitis (swollen and red tonsils with white patches inside your throat) and difficulties in swallowing.
  2. Hepar Sulph: If you have a splinter-like sensation in your throat along with soreness, Hepar Sulph can be very beneficial in treating the symptoms.
  3. Phosphorus: Phosphorus is the best medicine for "clergyman's throat" (agitated tickling in your larynx when you speak).
  4. Lachesis: Difficulty in swallowing fluids when you have a sore throat is best treated with Lachesis. Chronic tonsillitis is also treated with Lachesis.
  5. Ignatia: If you feel like you have a lump in your throat and you cannot gulp food easily, Ignatia can work well.
  6. Bryonia: Bryonia is used to treat dry cough along with a sore throat.
  7. Drosera: Spasmodic, dry coughs with a sore throat are best treated with Drosera.
  8. Merc Sol: Red, swollen and sore throats are treated with Merc Sol. Throat problems that worsen with weather changes can be taken care of with this medicine.
  9. Arsenicum Album: If your common cold also gives you a sore throat, then you can opt for Arsenicum Album. This medicine is also useful if you have watery and thin nasal discharge.
  10. Aconite: Burning and a painful sore throat induced by common cold and sneezing are treated well with Aconite.
  11. Causticum: Sometimes your throat can get sore from shouting or if you talk loudly at a stretch. In such a situation, Causticum can prove to be beneficial.
  12. Argentum Metallicum: If your throat is sore and feels raw and worse after straining your voice, then Argentum Metallicum is helpful.
  13. Chamomilla: Chamomilla is mostly prescribed to children with sore throats and mucus formations in their chests.
  14. Baryta Carbonica: Enlarged tonsils, painful and sore throats in children are best treated with Baryta Carbonica.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Tonsillitis - Things You Must Know About It!

Dr. Sadat Qureshi 89% (153 ratings)
MS - ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Bhopal
Tonsillitis - Things You Must Know About It!

Tonsillitis is a condition, which is characterized by infection of the tonsils in your throat. The tonsils are a pair of lymph nodes that are situated in the throat; its primary function is to protect the body from various infections. Although the disorder can occur at any age, it is majorly common among children. A large number of bacteria or viruses can cause this disorder, but the most serious symptoms occur when it is caused by the streptococcal bacteria.

Causes

The first defense mechanism of the body is made up of the tonsils. They synthesize white blood cells which fight against infections. Although tonsils combat these infections, at times, they can fall prey to the same, thus resulting in tonsillitis. Tonsillitis can be caused by both virus and bacteria; however, it is mostly caused by the former. Kids and school going children are very vulnerable to this disorder as they can come in contact with harmful viruses and bacteria very easily.

Symptoms

You will experience symptoms such as a sore throat, bad breath and have difficulty in speaking. Swelling of the tonsils will also make swallowing of food a difficult affair. Other symptoms of tonsillitis are stomach cramps, fever and headaches. The neck and the jaw may also feel tender due to the swollen lymph nodes.

Treatment

If the symptoms are mild, then it usually does not require any specific treatment. For severe symptoms, antibiotics are prescribed to combat the bacteria that caused the infection in the first place. Chronic cases of this disorder warrant a surgery known as tonsillectomy. This is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. In case of dehydration, intravenous fluids are administered.

In addition to these treatment methods, there are certain home remedies that you can follow. The tips you can follow are:

  1. Keep yourself well hydrated
  2. Use a humidifier
  3. Gargle with lukewarm water mixed with salt, regularly

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Tonsils In Hindi - टॉन्सिल के लक्षण

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 89% (52 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Tonsils In Hindi - टॉन्सिल के लक्षण

टॉन्सिल्स क्या होते हैं? टॉन्सिल्स गले के पीछे स्थित नरम ऊतकों का जोड़ा होता है. टॉन्सिल्स लसीका प्रणाली का हिस्सा होते हैं, जो संक्रमण से लड़ने में मदद करते हैं. संक्रमण से प्रतिक्रिया के आधार पर इनके आकार और सूजन में भिन्नता होती है. हालांकि, टॉन्सिल्स को हटाने से संक्रमण के प्रति संवेदनशीलता में वृद्धि नहीं देखी गयी है. टॉन्सिल्स अपने यौवनारंभ के निकट आकर सबसे बड़े आकार तक पहुँच जाते हैं और इसके बाद धीरे-धीरे उनका क्षय होने लगता है. हालांकि, अगर गले की चौड़ाई से टॉन्सिल्स आकार की तुलना की जाये, तो यह माप छोटे बच्चों में सबसे बड़ा होता है. आमतौर पर प्रत्येक टॉन्सिल 2.5 सेंटीमीटर लंबा, 2.0 सेमी चौड़ा और 1.2 सेमी मोटा होता है.


टॉन्सिलाइटिस क्या है?
टॉन्सिल्स एक रक्षा तंत्र के रूप में कार्य करते हैं. वे संक्रमण से आपके शरीर की रक्षा करने में मदद करते हैं. जब टॉन्सिल्स संक्रमित हो जाते हैं, तो इस स्थिति को 'टॉन्सिलाइटिस' कहा जाता है. टॉन्सिलाइटिस किसी भी उम्र में हो सकता है और बचपन में होने वाला एक सामान्य संक्रमण है. पूर्व-स्कूली आयु से लेकर मध्य-किशोरावस्था के बच्चों में अक्सर टॉन्सिल्स का निदान किया जाता है. टॉन्सिलाइटिस के लक्षणों में गले में खराश, टॉन्सिल्स में सूजन और बुखार शामिल हैं. यह स्थिति संक्रामक होती है और विभिन्न वायरस और जीवाणुओं के कारण हो सकती है. उदाहरण के तौर पर, स्ट्रेप्टोकोकल बैक्टीरिया, जो कि स्ट्रेप थ्रोट एक जीवाणु संक्रमण जिसके कारण गले में सूजन और दर्द होता है) का कारण बनता है. स्ट्रेप थ्रोट के कारण होने वाले टॉन्सिलाइटिस का यदि उपचार न करवाया जाये तो गंभीर जटिलतायें पैदा हो सकती हैं.
टॉन्सिलाइटिस का निदान आसानी से किया जाता है. इसके लक्षण आमतौर पर 7 से 10 दिनों के अंदर ख़त्म हो जाते हैं. टॉन्सिलाइटिस के मामूली केस में जरूरी उपचार की आवश्यकता नहीं है, खासकर जब ये वायरस, जैसे कि ज़ुकाम के कारण हुआ हो. टॉन्सिलाइटिस के अधिक गंभीर मामलों के उपचार में एंटीबायोटिक दवा या टॉन्सिलेक्टोमी (टॉन्सिल्स को निकालने के लिए की जाने वाली सर्जरी) शामिल हो सकते हैं.


टॉन्सिल के लक्षण
टॉन्सिलाइटिस के संकेत और लक्षण टॉन्सिलाइटिस सबसे ज्यादा पूर्व-स्कूली आयु वाले तथा मध्य-किशोरावस्था के बच्चों को प्रभावित करता है. टॉन्सिलाइटिस के साधारण संकेतों और लक्षणों में शामिल हैं

1. लाल और सूजे हुए टॉन्सिल्स टॉन्सिल पर सफेद या पीले रंग का आवरण या धब्बे गले में खराश निगलने में परेशानी या दर्द बुखार गर्दन में उपस्थित मुलायम ग्रंथियों (लिम्फ नोड्स) का बढ़ना खरखरी, धीमी या भारी आवाज़ सांसों की बदबू पेट में दर्द (खासकर छोटे बच्चों में) गर्दन में अकड़न सिरदर्द
2. बहुत छोटे बच्चों में जो अपनी बातों को कह पाने में असमर्थ होते हैं, उनमें टॉन्सिलाइटिस के ये लक्षण शामिल हो सकते हैं – निगलने में मुश्किल या दर्द होने की वजह से लार टपकाना खाने के लिए मना करना असामान्य रूप से चिड़चिड़ा होना डॉक्टर को कब दिखाएं.
3. यदि आपके बच्चे में ऐसे लक्षण हैं, जो टॉन्सिलाइटिस का संकेत कर सकते हैं तो इसका सटीक निदान प्राप्त करना महत्वपूर्ण है. अपने डॉक्टर से बात करें अगर आपका बच्चा ये अनुभव कर रहा है.
4. गले में खराश जो 24 से 48 घंटों के दौरान नहीं जाती है निगलने में दर्द या परेशानी अत्यधिक कमजोरी, थकान या चिड़चिड़ापन यदि आपके बच्चे में इनमें से कोई लक्षण है तो तुरंत ध्यान दें. कई बार लोग इसे हलके में लेते हैं और लापरवाही कर बैठते हैं.
5. इसके कई लक्षणों में से एक ये भी है कि इसमें सांस लेने मे तकलीफ और निगलने में बहुत ज़्यादा तकलीफ होने लगता है. कई बार तो आपको लार टपकाने जैसी समस्याएं भी नजर आ सकती हैं. टोंसिल के ये लक्षण दिखने पर आपको तुरंत किसी चिकित्सक से संपर्क करना चाहिए. ताकि आप अपनी परेशानी से निपट सकें.

Virus In Your Body Can Cause Tonsillitis!

Dr. Vivek Kumar Pathak 90% (230 ratings)
MS-ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Noida
Virus In Your Body Can Cause Tonsillitis!

Tonsillitis is a disorder of the tonsils present on the back of your throat. The tonsils acts as a defensive mechanism in the body as they prevent the body from infections. This is a contagious condition and can occur at any age. It is widely prevalent among school going kids.

Tonsillitis may be classified into two types:

  1. Chronic tonsillitis: This type of tonsillitis tends to last for an extended duration with symptoms of bad breath and tenderness in the lymph nodes.
  2. Recurrent tonsillitis: This is a form of acute tonsillitis which repeats itself over a year.

Causes: Tonsils prevent various virus and bacteria from entering the body through the mouth by producing antibodies. The tonsils, however, may become vulnerable to these infections. A virus that causes common cold or the bacteria that causes strep throat may result in tonsillitis. The most common cause of this disorder is the strep bacteria. School going children are especially vulnerable to this disorder because they are most prone to various infections.

The various viruses that may cause tonsillitis are:

  1. Enterovirus
  2. Herpes simplex virus
  3. Epstein-Barr virus
  4. Influenza virus
  5. Adenovirus
  6. Parainfluenza virus

Common symptoms: 
The various symptoms of tonsillitis are

  1. Swallowing difficulties
  2. sore throat
  3. The sore throat may result in bad breath
  4. You may experience fever and chills
  5. Pain in the head, ear and stomach
  6. You may experience stiffness in the neck and the jaw
  7. Swollen tonsils with possible redness
  8. Changes in voice
  9. Symptoms of cold

Treatment: The treatment for tonsillitis is usually antibiotics and in some cases, tonsillectomy. The antibiotics help in getting rid of the bacterial infectionSurgery is only done in cases where tonsillitis is chronic in nature. It is important that you drink fluids and restrict smoking to prevent tonsillitis.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Common Winter Ailments - How Homeopathy Can Help?

Dr. Prashant Sharma 89% (18 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Jaipur
Common Winter Ailments - How Homeopathy Can Help?

The colder temperatures and climate changes that occur during winters are connected with a group of medical issues, which can weaken your body. Herbs, medicines, therapies, healthy diets and lifestyle changes can give helpful results. However, for some, homeopathy conveys quick and long-lasting results to these issues even as they are simple to utilize. Yet, they must necessarily be prescribed by a doctor. Here are a few homeopathic treatments for some of the common winter ailments:

Joint pain or arthritis

  • Actea spicata – Useful when there is pain in the joints and every touch or movement of the bones hurts
  • Apis – Helpful when there is redness and swelling and warmth may cause pain
  • Arnica – One of the best solutions when a patient feels bruising pain. Movement causes a lot of pain in this condition.
  • Bellis perrenis – Works the best when joint pain occurs and increases in the cold and icy wind
  • Berberis vulgaris – Very effective when a patient feels rheumatic pain, which gets more painful from standing or due to any movement

Bronchitis

  • Aconite – Taken when there is pain in the chest from exposure to cold and cool dry winds. It gets worse in the evening and hinders the sleep.
  • Bryonia alba – A cure for dryness of mucous with pain that is frosty
  • Ferrum phos – Helps cure bronchitis in its initial stages, which is more terrible around evening time
  • Opecacuanha – Used to cure bronchitis with rattling of mucous. It is better for the patient to go outdoors and rest. Also he/she may realise this is more regrettable during winters.
  • Phosphorous – Helps cure painful bronchitis with loss of voice or roughness in the throat. The situation might be more terrible at night, from breathing in chilly air.

Chilblains

  • Agaricus – Better for moderate movement, when conditions get worse in the open or chilly air
  • Crot. horridus – When the chilblains are worse in the morning or during soggy, wet climate
  • Hepar sulph – When the blains get worse with the frosty air and leaves water like skin that is saggy

Common Cold

  • Aconite – For colds that happen all of a sudden from icy, dry climate or frosty winds and the condition becomes more terrible during the evening
  • Allium cepa – For colds from icy, soggy climate with harsh nasal release
  • Arsenicum collection – For colds with wheezing and blazing of bodily fluid. They become more awful from chilly or wet climate.
  • Euphrasia – For colds with much thin flat mucous, which get more awful in warm air and at night.

Cough

  • Aconitum napellus – For coughs that happen after exposure to cool and dry chilly winds. The cough increases during the evening, in a warm room or in chilly air.
  • Belladonna – For dry sensitive cough, which is more terrible during the evening and while resting
  • Drosera – Used to treat whooping cough and other uncontrollable coughs, where the patient ends up choking and vomiting
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