What are the different types of tonsillitis?
There are three types of Tonsil infections
Acute Tonsillitis: The condition is very common in kids and it is recorded that most kids get it once or twice in adolescence age. In the case of acute tonsillitis, the symptoms can last from a week to 10 days. Besides, the condition improves with several home remedies or in some cases, antibiotics.
Chronic Tonsillitis: This condition tends to last longer and than acute tonsillitis. A patient of chronic tonsillitis may experience long-term sore throat, bad breath and swollen nodes in the neck. The condition is also referred to as tonsil stones.
Recurrent tonsillitis: This condition causes sore throat at least 5 to 7 times in 1 year, or at least 5 times in each of the previous 2 years. Besides, a study revealed genetics are also responsible for the poor immune response to bacteria, which causes strep throat and tonsillitis.
What are the best home remedies for tonsillitis?
The following home remedies for tonsillitis are highly effective and are trusted by many.
- Saltwater gargling - Gargling the throat with salt water can soothe the pain caused due to the infected tonsils. Saltwater gargling can also reduce inflammation of the throat.
- Tea with honey - Warm beverages are highly effective in treating tonsillitis. When raw honey is added to tea, the antibacterial properties provide relief from tonsillitis pain.
- Humidifiers - Dry air can irritate the tonsils and result in painful tonsillitis. Hence using humidifiers may prevent sore throat and provide relief. Humidifiers soothe the discomfort in the throat by adding moisture to the air.
- Medicated lozenges - Medicated lozenges soothe and numb the throat. These lozenges contain anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the irritation and inflammation of the tonsils and reduce swelling.
What happens in tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy is the surgical procedure in which the surgeon removes the infected tonsils from the individual's throat.
Tonsillectomy is a daycare surgery where the patient is allowed to go home the same day after the surgery. Tonsillectomy is done through an open mouth and involves no cuts and incisions through the skin.
There are two types of tonsillectomy.
- Conventional tonsillectomy - Both the tonsils are surgically removed.
- Intracapsular tonsillectomy - In this procedure, the surgeon removes the affected tonsils tissue, but also leaves a small layer to protect the underlying muscles.
In both procedures, the patient recovers fast, feels no pain after the surgery, and has a very minimal risk of suffering from bleeding
Tonsillectomy takes about 20-30 minutes to get completed. Depending upon the severity of the condition, the surgical time may vary.