• CSOM- chronic suppurative ear disorder
  • Quinsy - peritonsilar abscess
  • Headache with sinusitis
  • Act as a septic focus which may cause septicaemia
  • Obstruction causing choking
  • Rheumatism and heart strain in case of infection with haemolytic streptococci bacteria.


Clinical examination - A thorough examination of the tonsil and pharynx has to be done for evaluating the tonsil enlargement and inflammation. The tongue has to be depressed for getting a better view. Usually, clinical examination reveals the red and swollen tonsil with coating or spots with lymph node enlargement behind the lower jaw and neck.

Culture and sensitivity test - Tonsillitis can also be diagnosed specifically by performing a strep test (throat culture). No growth in the culture reveals viral infection. In this case, it is better to avoid antibiotics. The growth in the culture indicates bacterial infection. Physicians often do sensitivity test to select the potent medicines.

Blood tests - leucocytes and ESR will be high

In suspected cases, biopsy has to be done to rule out diphtheria, etc.

General treatment

  • 1. Focus on infection
    2. Relief of pain or symptoms

Self treatment

  • General health
  • Nutritious diet
  • Well-ventilated room


  • Rest
  • Warm saltwater gargling for soothing effect
  • Plenty of liquids to avoid painful swallowing of solid food


  • Acidic drinks like cold beverages
  • Tin packed foods with preservatives
  • Spicy and chilly foods
  • Smoking
  • Alcoholic drinks

Allopathic treatment

  • For acute infection - Anti-inflammatory, antibiotics, anti-septic
  • For relief of pain- analgesics
  • For Allergic conditions- Anti-histamine drugs

These methods of drugs are prescribed to manage the situation or condition. In course of time, the disease becomes resistant to antibiotics or any medicines. Also, stopping the medication half-way may cause the infection to come back with complications. Antibiotics will have no effect against viral tonsillitis which occurs commonly with common cold. So, patients suffer with viral tonsillitis without treatment.

Surgery - As a last resort, to reduce recurrent infection in tonsils, they are removed. The procedure of removing tonsils from the throat is called a tonsillectomy. It simply frees the airway or swallowing obstruction due to swollen tonsils, but won't guarantee the stoppage of the infection which recurs and spreads inward.

Before the age of 8, tonsils removal should be strictly avoided since it plays a main role in the immunity of the children and may provoke serious complications if removed. But, after that, if the condition is absolutely necessary, i.e. mass is huge in size and fibrosed, obstructing the passage of digestion or respiration and doesn't respond to medicines, it is better to go in for surgery than treating for the sake of easing the deglutition and freeing respiration.

Homeopathic approach - Tonsillitis is not a pure surgical complaint. It can be cured in 70-80 per cent of cases. In Allopathy itself there is lot of controversy in doing surgery and removing the tonsils. But as the disease becomes resistant to antibiotics and not knowing what else to do, they deviate to surgery.

Homeopathy follows Nature's rule, so it never admits removal as a cure. It means healing as making healthy, not removing. If you are going to remove the tonsils, it is just like removing the guards who often get attacked by burglars while safeguarding us, which is not wise. If you are going to off or remove the red light, it won't raise an alarm in future to warn you.

Regarding treatment, betterment is important, not the system of medicine. Treatment can be availed of from any system of medicine, in any way, which may ease and comfort the living without any future side-effects. Homeopathy is the finger-post on the cross-roads of healing which directs the way to safe and permanent cure. Homoeopathy has no side-effects. It comforts modern living. Homeopathy deals more with patients than diseases. It never focuses on the causative factors of disease, viruses or bacteria, but focuses on the characteristic symptoms of disease i.e. in Homeopathy, medicines are not going to act against the disease or kill the bacteria directly, but our resistance is made to climb up giving no chance for recurrence due to re-infection of the same bacteria or virus.

The earlier you treat, the speedier and more complete the cure. In this natural way of healing, the immune power is increased against that disease, so that recurrences can surely be avoided. In Homeopathy, medicines are usually selected with the mode of onset and character of the disease, exciting cause, thirst, sweat, shivering, mental restlessness, characteristic symptoms of patient, appetite, sleep and stool habit. A well-selected remedy quickly supports the body mechanism and clears the complaints at the earliest.

Some of the common medicines used against tonsillitis are Aconite, Belladonna, Bryonia, Rhus tox, Pulsatilla, Pyrogen, Thuja, Lycopodium, Apis mel, calcarea flour, Hepar sulph, Kali bich, Silicea, Nux vom, etc. These medicines should be taken under the advice and diagnosis of a qualified homeopath.

Doctor's Profile

Dr S Chidambaranathan,
Homeopathic Consultant


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Published On : Feb 08, 2010


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