Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils.
The tonsils are lymph nodes in the back of the mouth and top of
the throat. They normally help to filter out bacteria and other
microorganisms to prevent infection in the body. They may become
so overwhelmed by bacterial or viral infection that they swell and
become inflamed, causing tonsillitis. The infection may also be
present in the throat and surrounding areas, causing pharyngitis.
Tonsillitis is extremely common, particularly in children.
Symptoms of tonsillitis include a sore throat,
(which may be experienced as referred pain to the ears), painful/difficult
swallowing, coughing, headache, myalgia (muscle aches), fever and
chills. Tonsillitis is characterized by signs of red, swollen tonsils
which may have a purulent coating of white patches (i.e. pus). Swelling
of the eyes, face, and neck may occur.
It is also important to understand that symptoms will be experienced
differently for each person. Cases that are caused by bacteria are
often followed by skin rash and a flushed face. Tonsillitis that
is caused by a virus will develop symptoms that are flu-like such
as runny nose or aches and pains throughout the body.
Acute tonsillitis is caused by both bacteria
and viruses and will be accompanied by symptoms of ear pain when
swallowing, bad breath, and drooling along with sore throat and
fever. In this case, the surface of the tonsil may be bright red
or have a grayish-white coating, while the lymph nodes in the neck
may be swollen. The most common form of acute tonsillitis is strep
throat, which can be followed by symptoms of skin rash, pneumonia,
and ear infection. Extreme tiredness and malaise are also experienced
with this condition with the enlargement of the lymph nodes and
Chronic tonsillitis is a persistent infection
in the tonsils. Since this infection is repetitive, crypts or pockets
can form in the tonsils where bacteria can store. Frequently, small,
foul smelling stones (tonsilloliths) are found within these crypts
that are made of high quantities of sulfur. These stones cause a
symptom of a full throat or a throat that has something caught in
the back. A foul breath that is characterized by the smell of rotten
eggs (because of the sulfur) is also a symptom of this condition.
Other symptoms that can be caused by tonsillitis that are not normally
associated with it include snoring and disturbed sleep patterns.
These conditions develop as the tonsils enlarge and begin to obstruct
other areas of the throat. A person's voice is generally affected
by this type of illness and changes in the tone of voice a person
A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure in which the tonsils are
removed from either side of the throat. The procedure is performed
in response to cases of repeated occurrence of acute tonsillitis
or adenoiditis, obstructive sleep apnea, nasal airway obstruction,
snoring, or peritonsillar abscess. Sometimes the adenoids are removed
at the same time, a procedure called adenoidectomy. Tonsillectomy
remains one of the most common surgical procedures in children.
Homeopathy medicines are effective in treating the recurrent attacks
of acute tonsillitis as well as chronic tonsillitis. In a significant
number of children, homeopathic treatment can help prevent recurrence
of frequent tonsillitis, thus helping children avoid tonsillectomy.
Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for Tonsillitis
Homeopathy treats 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. A miasmatic
tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into
account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The medicines given
below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete
and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms
listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this
disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional
indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy.
To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit
Medica section. None of these medicines should be taken without
#Baryta Carbonica. [Bar-c]
Hughes places this remedy among the most prominent ones for acute
tonsillitis, saying that, in his hands, it has been of almost unfailing
efficacy; he uses the 6th. It is especially of use when the trouble
is in the parenchyma of the glands, and suppuration rarely follows
its use. It suits comparatively mild cases, who have an attack from
any exposure. it removes the predisposition to attack. Belladonna
is more superficial, and Apis has oedema.
It is very useful in cases where every cold settles in the tonsils,
especially in children who have a chronic enlargement of those glands.
The chief use of Baryta has been, however in chronic enlargement
of the tonsils and it undoubtedly has been very often wrongly prescribed
here, as it corresponds to comparatively few cases. 372 In a tendency
to tonsillitis in scrofulous children with enlargement of other
glands it will be found useful. Like Belladonna it seems to have
an affinity for the right side. Children requiring Baryta are backward
Baryta iodide is preferred by Goodno, and Tooker mentions Fucus
vesiculosus in chronic cases.
#Calcarea phosphorica. [Calc-p]
In chronic enlargement of the tonsils in strumous children this
remedy stands well in typical Calcarea cases. The tonsils are flabby,
pale, there is a chronic follicular inflammation and impaired hearing.
It efficacy in adenoid hypertrophy is well known and attested.
#Calcarea iodata. [Calc-i]
Enlargement of the tonsils similar to Baryta. They are hard, red
Red swollen tonsils covered with a network of capillaries.
Chronic enlargement of the tonsils, which are covered with small
#Ferrum phosphoricum. [Ferr-p]
Chronic enlarged hyperaemic tonsils; smooth swelling.
This remedy is the chief one at the commencement, it the case has
passed the stage where Aconite or Ferrum phosphoricum would be indicated.
There is redness and swelling, but the deeper the redness and the
more the swelling, the less is Belladonna indicated. At the commencement
of an attack it exceeds Apis in value, as Apis only involves the
mucous surface. The neck is swollen and stiff externally, ulcers
form rapidly and the right side is worse. In the acute paroxysms
of the chronic from Belladonna is very useful.
Gelsemium, painful spot deep in tonsil,
hurting out of proportion on swallowing, red, inflamed throat, pain
streaking to ear, rapid progress. The 2x will often abort, when
in the chilly stage.
Amygdala Persica has dark injection
of the fauces, sharp pains, and difficult swallowing.
Especially in the follicular form, with pain at the root of the
tongue or extending to the ears when swallowing. The parts are dark
blue; the tonsils are large and blue, and there is intense dryness,
smarting and burning and in the throat.
Ignatia. Raue says that Ignatia is
almost specific in follicular tonsillitis. Small superficial yellowish
white ulcers; plug in throat, worse when not swallowing.
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.
Where there are lancinating pains, splinter-like and much throbbing
with rigors showing that abscess is on the point of forming and
it is desired to hasten it Hepar will be well indicated. Parts extremely
sensitive to touch. Pain shoot into ears.
Silicea. When the abscess has broken
and refuses to heal, especially in rachitic children. Fistulous
This remedy is rarely of service at the onset, but later in a more
advanced stage than that calling of Hepar, when pus has formed;
great swelling; whole fauces deep red; the tonsils darker than any
other part; ulcers form; saliva tenacious; breath foul; pains less
than Belladonna, but the general health is worse. Stinging pains
and difficult breathing from the swelling. Pseudo membraneous deposit
on tonsils and pharynx.
#Apis mellifica. [Apis]
Oedema is the watchword of this remedy. Useful in the simple form,
not in the parenchymatous form, the throat is swollen both inside
and outside. The superficial tissues alone are involved, not the
parenchyma, which calls for Belladonna. Numerous points of beginning
follicular secretion are present.
Dark angry looking parts. Swelling is very great and there is much
tenderness extremely. Left tonsil with tendency to go to right,
pains shoot to ear on attempting to swallow, aggravation from hot
drinks. Peri-tonsillar abscess. It is also a very useful remedy
for a severe from of rheumatic pain following tonsillitis. The pus
degenerates and becomes thin and offensive.
#Kali muriaticum. [Kali-m]
Almost a specific in follicular tonsillitis. No
remedy has given the writer such satisfaction. The throat has a
gray look spotted, with white. It is a valuable remedy in acute
or chronic tonsillitis with much swelling. The 6x trituration is
a reliable preparation.