What to do in case of acute inflammation of the tonsils

Inflammation of the tonsils can be quite painful. There are a number of things you can do to reduce inflammation and pain.

Symptoms of inflamed tonsils

One of the first indications is simply a sore throat and/or pain when swallowing. If you take a look in the mirror, you will see a swelling at the back of the throat, possibly accompanied by white or yellow dots on the tonsils. Another common side effect is bad breath. The lymph nodes in the neck may also be swollen if the infection is severe and you may also develop a fever.

Causes and medications

Inflammation of the tonsils can be caused by a virus, bacteria or in some cases a fungus.
If the inflammation is not too strong, it will go away on its own. If the cause is bacterial, a course of antibiotics is sometimes necessary to get rid of the inflammation.

Do’s and don’ts

You can of course take painkillers if the pain becomes too much, but there are also a number of other tips that may help relieve your pain. Moreover, there are a number of clear don’ts when it comes to food and drinks.

Eating ice cream or drinking ice water works best for the pain. The cold numbs the painful area and also reduces the swelling. To speed up the healing process you can rinse with salt water, although this is of course less tasty. Massaging the neck and throat is painful but also gives good results. A small amount of garlic ensures better blood flow to the tonsils and faster removal of waste products. Garlic has both antibacterial properties (thanks to allicin) and an antiviral effect. Garlic helps reduce respiratory irritation and generally inhibits the growth of mold. If you don’t have garlic at home, use raw onion or cayenne pepper.

If you have inflamed tonsils, many foods and drinks are not recommended. In any case, solid food hurts a lot to swallow, so you should seek relief from soft food. Dairy products increase the mucus layer in the throat, which in combination with the swollen throat can lead to breathing problems. You should also avoid: orange juice, hot drinks, alcoholic or carbonated drinks and fruit. You will probably eat less than usual, but make sure you eat enough so that your body can strengthen.

Inflammation over

If the inflammation has gone, you probably have small grooves/scars in the throat. It is a good idea to ensure that no food scraps get stuck in it, otherwise the story will start all over again.