Tonsillitis most commonly affects children between preschool ages to mid-teenage years. Recurrent tonsillitis has become one of the major cause for absence of children from school now a days. Parents visit the pediatrician frequently due to their child falling sick every fortnight.
Tonsils are two oval shaped tissue pads at the back of the throat (one on each side) which act as the first line of defense against bacterias and viruses that enter the mouth and thus make tonsils vulnerable to catch infection and get inflamed which decreases as the child grows up thus the chances of infection also decrease with age.
Tonsillitis means inflammation of tonsils.
CAUSES OF TONSILLITIS:
#Bacterial (most common streptococcus pyrogens)
- Sore throat
- Difficulty or painful swallowing
- Bad breath
- Hoarseness of voice
- On examination tonsils are red, swollen and white or yellow coating or patches may be seen on the tonsils along with enlarged lymph nodes in the neck region.
The child would refuse food on account of pain while swallowing.
RISK FACTORS OF TONSILLITIS include young age (5-15 years) and during school years as exposure to germs is maximum during school age due to close contact to other children.
COMPLICATIONS include peritonsillar abscess (collection of pus behind the tonsil), spread of infection to surrounding tissues.
Homoeopathy is a rapid, gentle way to health and is very effective in treating diseases of children. There are many homeopathic medicines which not only help the child getting relieved from the current infection but also would boost his immunity and prevent from recurrent infection. Thus the child is able to live a healthy life, is able to grow and develop well.
Homoeopathic medicines which are very effective in treatment of recurrent tonsillitis include- baryta carb, merc sol, silicea, sulphur, graphites, agraphis, hear sulph, psorinum, calcarea carb, tuberculinum etc.
Medicines often help the child to lead a near normal life and medicines are chosen depending on the presenting case.