Tonsillitis Enlarged Tonsil Homeopathic treatment

In these days children in the society are affected by tonsillitis frequently , as there is a wonderful treatment for Tonsillitis in homoeopathy is highly advisable. Surgery is not necessary and advisable now a days because, Tonsils are the “police man” of the throat. It is like a policeman, which guards against infective organism from being invading the body or being localized and cause inflammation in tonsils so it is called as Tonsillitis. Moreover "Tonsillitis" being lymphoid tissues which gives immunity to the body. It produces lymphocytes which are called as an "Antibody" which fight against infective organism and guards the body free from infection.

When we ingest or inhale infected (full of virus, bacteria etc microbe) containing air or food substances, tonsils act as the first line of defense of our immune system. M cells of the tonsils identify and capture the germs. M cells alert B and T cells in the tonsils. This stimulates an emergency immune response in the body.

So, tonsils are the first soldiers to attack pathogens entering from mouth and nose. They also alert the whole immune system about the incoming threatThe tonsils are the two masses of tissue on either side of the back of the throat. Normal tonsils are usually about the same size and have the same pink color as the surrounding area. On their surfaces are little depressions, called crypts, which may appear deep and contain pus pockets or stones. The tonsils are composed of tissues that are similar to the lymph nodes or glands found in the neck or other parts of the body.

Tonsils(Tonsillitis) is an inflammation of the Tonsils, which results in a sore throat. Tonsils(Tonsillitis) can be caused by either viruses or bacteria. Most cases of Tonsils(Tonsillitis) go away without antibiotic medication.Homeopathic treatment boost immunity so that it never reoccur on frequent intervals..


When tonsils are infected, they will look redder than usual and swollen

A grayish-white or yellowish coating may cover part or all of the tonsils

The surrounding area of the throat near the tonsils also may appear red and inflamed. There may be swelling at the sides of the neck as the lymph nodes grow larger while producing cells to fight the infection

Only about 30% of Tonsils(Tonsillitis) in children is caused by strep throat 10% of Tonsils(Tonsillitis) in adults is caused by strep throat.

Because the tonsils are swollen and enlarged, the child may have problem in speaking and may feel difficulty breathing.

In modern medicine , Tonsils(Tonsillitis) is caused by microorganisms, but this statement is not true  homeopaths, immunologists  who argue that it is mainly due to weak Immune system. Whether viral or bacterial, Tonsils(Tonsillitis) is transmitted most commonly from one person to another by social contact such as droplets in the air from sneezing or coughing. Most of the time, Tonsils(Tonsillitis) is caused by a viral infection in school or work places.


The most serious complication of Tonsils(Tonsillitis) is rheumatic fever, which often is accompanied by rheumatic heart disease. Rheumatic fever develops only if the Tonsils(Tonsillitis) is due to a type of bacterium known as group A beta hemolytic streptococcus. It also usually occurs only in children who have had repeated infections that have not been adequately treated with antibiotics

Another complication of streptococcal Tonsils(Tonsillitis) is a type of kidney disease known as acute glomerulonephritis. However, whether glomerulonephritis can be prevented by early antibiotic treatment of streptococcal Tonsils(Tonsillitis) is not clear

A common complication of Tonsils(Tonsillitis) is infection of the lymph nodes in the neck, known as cervical adenitis. This type of infection can usually be successfully treated with antibiotics. Occasionally the infection progresses, an abscess forms, and surgery is required to drain it

Other possible complications of Tonsils(Tonsillitis) include middle-ear infections (otitis media) and sinus infections. More often, however, these infections develop at the same time as, or independently of, Tonsils(Tonsillitis)

Causes of Tonsils(Tonsillitis)

Bacterial Tonsils(Tonsillitis) can be caused by Streptococcus-the organism that causes strep throat. If left untreated, strep throat may lead to a more serious condition called rheumatic fever, which can affect the heart several years later.

There are three common causes of Tonsils(Tonsillitis):

Group A streptococcus, which are common bacteria that cause throat infections in 1 in 5 people, including adults. Many people have no symptoms but they can still transmit the bacteria. Group A streptococcus can also cause strep throat. It's also capable under some circumstances of causing more serious illness, such as rheumatic fever.

Various Respiratory viruses, especially cold and flu viruses, account for most cases of Tonsils(Tonsillitis). These infections can be sometimes milder than bacterial infections, but it is often difficult to tell the difference between a viral and bacterial infection.

Infectious mononucleosis, caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, can also produce symptoms of Tonsils(Tonsillitis), especially in children.



What is the difference between Viral and Bacterial Tonsillitis?

• Viral tonsillitis is usually milder than bacterial tonsillitis.

• Initially, both conditions present similarly.

• Viral tonsillitis does not cause pus formation while bacterial tonsillitis does.

• Viral tonsillitis usually resolves on its own while bacterial tonsillitis does not.

• Viral tonsillitis does not need antibiotics while bacterial tonsillitis does.

Symptoms of Tonsils(Tonsillitis)

Find that it hurts to swallow. If the pain is intense, the child may stop swallowing saliva and start to drool,Complain of an earache

  • Have a fever of 101 degrees
  • Complain of a headache
  • Complain of a stomachache (this is quite common).
  • Complain of general aches and pains, loss of appetite and may vomit.
  • Have bad smelling breath.
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty feeding (in babies)
  • Pain with swallowing
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Runny nose
  • Redness of the tonsils and throat
  • Tenderness in the glands of the neck (swollen lymph glands)
  • White patches on the tonsils
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Rash
  • Ear pain (nerves that go to the back of the throat also go to the ear)

Homoeopathic Treatment

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that supports the body’s own healing mechanism, by means of specially prepared remedies. It is possible to treat Tonsilittis with correctly selected Homeopathic medicines. However, it involves careful study of every episode to evaluate the cause that might have precipitated the attack, the exact symptoms, and the factors that make the attack worse or better. Every patient suffering from Tonsils(Tonsillitis) experiences it in a different way: with exertion, when apprehensive, when outdoors, in summer, in winter, on waking, after eating, etc. Persons treated with Homeopathy may be saved from using heavy doses of antibiotics or antipyretic(fever medicines).

Below I have noted some of the basic Homeopathic remedies that can be of assistance in treating an acute attack of Tonsils(Tonsillitis) at home. Constitutional Homeopathic care with the management of an experienced professional Homeopath can help to recover a person’s general health on deeper levels by treating Tonsils(Tonsillitis) from the origin rather than suppressing its symptoms, and in all prospects diminish the tendency towards Tonsils(Tonsillitis). Thus you can rely on Homeopathy for healthy breathing and a healthy life with an enhanced resistance power.

We believe and practice in treating the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc

Homeopathy discerns that the body has within it a controlling and defending force and power. It is only when this fighting power or resistance is disturbed, do we fall ill. The disease is thus not an affection of the parts but a disorder in the patient as a whole. Since one patient differs from another each requires a different medicine based on his individual and mental symptoms.

Homeopathy is highly recommended for treating Tonsils(Tonsillitis)



Self Care Measures

Wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of the virus or bacteria that cause Tonsils(Tonsillitis).


  • Avoid prolonged contact with people with strep throat until 24 hours after antibiotics are started.


  • Get plenty of rest.


  • Eat soothing foods like broths, soups, applesauce, cooked cereal, mashed potatoes, soft fruits, yogurt, cooked eggs, cold foods such as sherbet, frozen yogurt, frozen fruit pops or just plain ice may also be soothing.


  • Avoid spicy foods, acidic foods such as orange juice, which might irritate your tender throat.


  • Gargling with warm saltwater, lemon juice and honey in warm water relieves sore throat pain.


  • Drink extra fluids and increase humidity (moisture in the air) in your home with the help of a humidifier. Humidity helps keep your mucous membranes moist and more resistant to bacteria.


  • Avoiding sneezing or coughing on others.


  • Wash your hands after blowing your nose, after caring for a child with a Strep throat, before cooking and eating.


  • Throw away used tissues.


  • Throwing out your toothbrush as soon as you feel sick. Replace it again when you are well. Bacteria can collect on the bristles and reinfect you.


  • Stay away from irritants like fumes from paint or cleaning products, cigarette smoke can irritate a sore throat.


  • Wash dishes, drinking glasses, knives, forks, and spoons in hot, soapy water.


  • Keep sores and cuts clean because strep can get in there and cause problems, too.


  • Since stress may increase your risk of illness, try to manage the tension in your life


  • If a toddler with Strep throat has been chewing or sucking on toys, wash these objects thoroughly in water and disinfectant soap, then rinse well.


  • Do not allow a child who has been diagnosed with strep throat to return to school or day care until he or she has been taking treatment for at least 24 hours and symptoms have improved.

Hence, to relieve the symptoms of  throat by promoting the immune system with the help of a safe, natural and effective treatment consider Homeopathy


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Homeopathic Remedies(medicines) for Tonsillitis (ENLARGED TONSILS)

ARS-IOD - Scrofulous affections. Tonsils swollen, burning, Persistently irritating, corrosive discharges, Breath fetid and glandular involvement .

BARYA CARB - Suppurating tonsils from every cold, stitching and smarting pain, worse for empty swallowing. Can swallow only liquids. Tonsils inflamed with swollen veins. 

CAPSICUM -Tonsillitis, burning and smarting sensation as from cayenne pepper, not better by heat, Constriction of throat. Intense soreness, Inflamed, dark red, swollen

DROSERA - Dry, but not shining, mucous membrane. Muscles of pharynx swollen. Deglutition painful; incessant cough, sometimes ending in vomiting. Colour of throat of a dark coppery red. 

FERR PHOS – Chronic enlarged hyperaemic tonsils, smooth swelling. Right sided. The typical Ferr Phos subject is nervous, sensitive, anaemic with the false plethora and easy flushing. Prostration marked. Worse Night, 4-6pm, touch, jarring, motion. Better for cold applications 

GUAIACUM - One of the most useful remedies at the commencement of an attack, especially of catarrhal tonsillitis. The characteristics are violent burning, headache, throat hot, chill and aching in back and limbs; abscesses form quickly. In the 1x frequently repeated it will often abort. 

HEP.SULPH - Sensation as if a plug and of a splinter in throat. Quinsy with impending suppuration. 

ECHINACEA - Tonsils purple or black, grey exudation extending to post.nares and air passages. 
Eucalyptus, Tonsils enlarged, ulcerated and throat inflamed.

IODUM - Persons of a scrofulous diathesis, dark complexioned with enlarged lymphatic glands 
Great emaciation, ravernous appetite. Acute exacerbation of c/c inflammation. Hot patients, worse in warm room, better walking in open air .

KALI MUR - Valuable remedy in a/c or c/c tonsillitis with much swelling. Almost a specific in follicular tonsillitis. Throat has a gray look, spotted with white .

KALI-IOD - Suited to pale, delicate, subjects with glandular swellings. Extreme sensitiveness of parts affected. Nocturnal aggravation. Discharges are ichorous, corrosive and green

LACHESIS - Left tonsils affected, tendency to go to right. Throat purplish. Sense of constriction, as if something was swollen which must be swallowed. External throat extremely sensitive to touch
Liquids more painful. Pain radiates to ear. Better hot drinks. Worse after sleep

LAC CANINUM - Begins on left side, changing from side to side every few hours or days. Sensitive to touch externally. Constant inclination to swallow, painful almost impossible. Pain extends to ears
Sore throat and cough are apt to begin and end with menses. Probably no remedy presents a more valuable pathogenesis in symptoms of the throat

MERCURIUS - More advanced stage, when pus has formed, great swelling, whole fauces deep red
tonsils darker than any other parts, ulcers form. Profuse sweating without relief. Profuse salivation, breath offensive. Tongue large flabby with imprint of teeth. Moist tongue with thirst. Worse at night, damp, cold rainy weather

MERCURIUS IODATUS FLAVUS - Right sided. Throat affections with greatly swollen glands. Tongue coated thickly yellow at the base. Constant inclination to swallow. Better for cold drinks

MERCURIUS IODATUS RUBER - Left sided with marked glandular swelling. Parenchymatous tonsillitis. Will often abort peri-tonsillitis if given frequently .

NITRIC ACID - Suited to thin persons of rigid fibre, dark complexions, black hair and eyes. Catches cold easily. Sensation of splinter in throat, worse from touch. Extreme fetidity and corrosiveness of all discharges. Chilly, loves salt and fat. Depressed and anxious. Worse, evening and night, cold climate. Better riding in car.

PHOSPHOROUS - Adapted to tall slender persons of sanguine temperament. Great susceptibility to external impression. Thirst for very cold water. Burning sensation in throat. Hoarseness and aphonia, worse evening. Worse lying on left side. Worse evening, thunder storm, from warm into cold air. 

PHYTOLACCA - Pre-eminently a glandular remedy. Right sided tonsillitis, dark red colour, uvula large dropsical, almost translucent. Burning as from a coal, of fire or red hot iron, dryness. Sensation of lump in the throat. Pain shoots from throat into ears on swallowing. Quinsy. Worse hot drinks

PSORINUM - Especially adapted to psoric constitution. In chronic cases when well selected remedies fails to relieve or permanently improve. Great sensitiveness to cold. Tonsils greatly swollen, difficult painful swallowing. Profuse offensive saliva. Tough mucus in throat, must hawk continually. Eradicates tendency to quinsy. Worse for change of weather. Better for heat

PULSATILLA - Mild, gentle, yielding disposition. Symptoms ever changing. Discharges are thick, bland and yellowish green. Aversion to fatty, warm food and drinks. Thirstlessness with dry mouth.
Desires open air. Worse for warm close room, in the evening. Better open air, cold air and room

SANGUNARIA - Right sided tonsillitis. Burning sensation. Circumscribed red cheeks
Tongue white, feels scalded. Quinsy

SEPIA - Left side inflamed, much swelling with little redness. Sensation of lump in throat. Waked with sensation as if had swallowed something which has struck in the throat. Contraction of throat when swallowing. Sepia is chilly, indifferent. White or gray coating at the base of tongue. Intolerant to cold and closed places

SILICEA - Cold, chilly, hugs the fire. Wants plenty of warm clothing, hates drafts, hands and feel cold, worse in winter. Scrofulous rachitic children, much sweating about the head. Ailments, caused by suppressed foot sweat. Periodical quinsy, pricking as of a pin in tonsil. Colds settle in throat. Bad effects of vaccination

SULPHUR - When carefully selected remedies fail to produce a favourable effect, especially in acute cases. Chronic sore throat. Burning and dryness in throat. Complaints that are continually relapsing. Scrofulous, psoric, chronic diseases that result from suppressed eruption. For lean, stoop shouldered persons, standing is the worst position. Children dislike washing. Worse when standing, and for warmth of bed

TUBERCULINUM - Tubercular diathesis, tall, slim, flat, narrow chest. Active and precocious mentally, weak physically. When symptoms are constantly changing and well selected remedies fails to improve. Patient takes cold from the slightest exposure. Emaciation rapid and pronounced. Enlarged tonsil. Aversion to meat

THUJA - Swelling of tonsils and throat. Accumulation of a large quantity of tenacious mucus in mouth. Throat feels raw, dry, as from a plug, or as if it were constricted when swallowing. Ill effects of vaccination. Sweat only on uncovered parts or all over except head, stops when he wakes. Profuse sour smelling fetid at night. Worse in cold damp air, at night, 3am and 3pm

A detailed history followed by constitutional treatment by a good and qualified homoeopath is necessary to treat gout. It is not advisable to resort to self-medication for any disease. The above mentioned drugs are just a few of the remedies for gout and are mentioned solely to create awareness about the efficacy of homoeopathy in this disease.

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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