In our mouth, on both sides of the throat, there are two flat round fleshy flesh, which are the tonsils.
In the eyes of many people, the tonsils are an organ with little function other than being inflamed. But I’m telling you, that’s not the case.
What do the tonsils do?
The throat is the gateway between the esophagus and the respiratory tract in the human body. Whether you are eating and drinking, or inhaling and exhaling normally, the throat is the only way for foreign substances to enter the body.
Because of this, this area is more likely to be exposed to viruses and bacteria, and once a pathogen is discovered, the tonsils act as the “guardian” of the throat.
The tonsils contain a large amount of lymphoid tissue that produces lymphocytes and antibodies. When pathogens want to enter the body through this, the tonsils respond by producing antibodies to destroy these “enemies.”
So, inflammation of the tonsils is actually protecting us!
What are the types of tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis can be divided into two types: acute and chronic.
Acute tonsillitis often presents: Severe sore throat with swallowing pain, swollen lymph nodes in the jaw, pain that may radiate to the ear.
If symptoms such as fear of cold, high fever, headache, loss of appetite, fatigue and lack of energy appear, it may be acute suppurative tonsillitis.
Babies may also experience convulsions, vomiting, and lethargy due to high fever.
What about acute tonsillitis?
▶Be sure to take precautions, because the pathogens of acute tonsillitis can be transmitted through direct contact or droplets.
▶Stay in bed for more rest, eat liquid food, drink more water, enhance nutrition, and clear stool.
▶Seek medical treatment in time, and the doctor will guide the patient to choose antibiotics and antipyretic and analgesic drugs for treatment according to the specific condition.
The surface of the tonsils is not smooth, but rather bumpy. These bumps are called “tonsillar crypts.”
When acute tonsillitis occurs repeatedly, or because of poor drainage in the tonsillar crypts, it is easy to lead to the growth of viruses and bacteria in the crypts, which will evolve into chronic tonsillitis.
Chronic tonsillitis often presents: sore throat, easy colds, or another flare-up.
Some tonsil crypts are deep and narrow, and they are prone to accumulation of dirt. If infected by bacteria, these dirt will eventually form white particles of different sizes. These particles are called tonsil stones. .
Tonsil stones are the main cause of bad breath.
In children, hypertrophy of the tonsils can also lead to poor breathing, snoring during sleep, difficulty swallowing, and even impaired speech resonance.
Should my tonsillitis be removed?
Many parents are wondering if their child has chronic tonsillitis, does it have to be surgically removed?
The answer is: Not necessarily.
Because the tonsils are an immune organ of the human body and have physiological functions, especially for children, before the immune system is not perfect, the tonsils are very important and can help the body resist various diseasesbacteria, has a certain protective effect.
If the child is too young, removing the tonsils can weaken the child’s immunity. Therefore, it is not recommended to remove babies under the age of five.
In adults, tonsillectomy has little effect on the immune system.
However, when tonsil inflammation occurs frequently, it has seriously affected normal physiological functions, and the following conditions occur:
7 or more episodes in a year;
5 or more seizures per year for two years;
Three or more episodes per year for three years;
Or the tonsils are too large, affecting breathing and daily life.
Consult your doctor to consider surgical removal.
What should I pay attention to in the diet of tonsillitis?
It is recommended that patients with tonsillitis follow the “three taboos” in their diet:
▶Avoid spicy, irritating and greasy foods: such as peppers, peppercorns, five-spice powder, spicy hot pot, fatty meat, skewers, etc. Spicy, irritating and greasy foods will aggravate symptoms.
▶Avoid raw and frozen foods: such as iced soda, iced watermelon, iced juice, iced cola, iced milk, etc. Because the inflammation causes the throat to be red and swollen, and the capillaries are dilated and congested, the iced food will constrict the capillaries, which will block the blood circulation, aggravate the inflammation, and cause the disease to recur.
▶Avoid fishy and tonic foods: such as hairtail, prawns, deer antler and other foods, it will also aggravate the condition.
So, what should a person with tonsillitis eat?
▶Tonsillitis patients should drink more warm water or diuretic drinks, which will help to promote the excretion of toxins from the body.
▶Tonsillitis patients should eat more fresh vegetables and fruits, such as mung beans, asparagus, lotus root, pears, etc., which can supplement the vitamins and crude fiber they need when they are sick.
▶Tonsillitis patients should always gargle with salt water, which can not only flush the secretions from the inflamed part, but also relieve the pain and burning sensation caused by edema and congestion.