Tonsil Infection – What Natural Remedies Can I Use?
Has the little tickle in the back of your throat progressed into painful swallowing accompanied by fever and chills or a headache? You might have a case of strep throat contagious to others. The best thing for you to do is being at home resting. Your tonsil infection could be caused by either a bacteria or a virus. If a virus, home care is about all you are going to get. If by bacteria, your tonsil infection will be treated with antibiotics for strep throat. No matter how your throat is being cared for by your physician, natural remedies can help soothe the discomfort associated with a tonsil infection.
Honey and lemon are used as a home remedy for many ailments. A cup of water, heated in the microwave before adding two tablespoons of lemon juice and two teaspoons of honey can help relieve inflammation if drank twice a day. While it doesn’t sound good, another drink combining turmeric, pepper and milk can also help soothe a massively inflamed throat, as turmeric is a natural antibiotic. One cup of milk boiled and then simmered serves a base for one teaspoon of turmeric powder and one teaspoon of pepper powder. Stir this questionable concoction for 2 minutes and enjoy (or hold your nose and enjoy) after a 5 minute cool down period. One time a day for a couple of days should yield positive symptom improvement.
If you happen to catch your symptoms during the strep throat incubation period, eat some garlic. Garlic when eaten in small pieces at the rate of half a clove a day is rumored to ward off bacterial and viral infections and is a natural antiseptic.
Infections of tonsils need immediate attention from a physician however as infections caused by bacteria require medication. Your doctor will also verify that you have a tonsil infection, as opposed to tonsil stones or cryptic tonsils. For these reasons, it is important to see your physician right away if you start noticing signs of tonsil infection such as sore throat, pain, redness, swelling, white spots on tonsils, fever, headaches or pain when swallowing. Your doctor will help you to determine the best course of treatment for you and advise you should you elect to try home remedies for comfort care.