How Long Does Tonsillitis Last & Will it Ever Go Away?

An infection in your throat area can cause inflammation of your tonsils. This type of ailment is called tonsillitis, or sometimes tonsil stones. The infection is most commonly viral but it can also be bacterial.

Tonsillitis is most common in children but you can get this infection even as an adult. You will usually get tonsillitis in the spring or winter months but it can also occur at any time.

If you’ve ever suffered from either infection then you have wondered “do tonsil stones go away?” or “will this pain ever stop!” Well it can but you may have to do something for this to happen.

Tonsillitis 101

Your tonsils consists of 2 small round lumps of tissue that are located at the back of your throat. These small tissues are important to help your body fight infection. They are quite similar to lymph nodes in how they fight off infection. The majority of cases of tonsillitis will get better on their own.

If you get tonsillitis it is important to drink plenty of fluids and to have lots of rest so that your body can fight off the infection. In most cases this will occur within one week and it will not be necessary to see your family physician.

Symptoms

The symptoms of tonsillitis usually include a sore throat but if you have tonsillitis it does not always mean that you will also have a sore throat.

Some of the other symptoms of tonsillitis include bad breath, a painful headache, a high temperature, difficulty swallowing, pain when swallowing, a feeling of tiredness, a feeling of vomiting (especially in children), and abdominal pain (especially in children). You may also have swollen glands or swollen tonsils.

As mentioned previously, by drinking plenty of fluids and getting ample rest you may be able to manage tonsillitis at home. The same goes for treating tonsil stones.

However, if your symptoms are not getting better after a few days or if they are becoming severe, it may be necessary to visit your family physician. Your family physician will ask you which symptoms of tonsillitis you have and then he will give you a thorough examination.

tonsil infection treatmentSeeing a Doctor

The examination will begin by looking inside of your mouth. There are times when the doctor will use a tongue depressor for a more thorough examination.

A tongue depressor will allow your doctor to gently push down on your tongue and this will give him a better view of your tonsils. The doctor may also feel your neck area to determine whether you have swollen glands.

In most cases, your family physician can determine tonsillitis based on the appearance of your tonsils and throat and by the symptoms that you display. It is interesting to note, however, that often the symptoms of tonsillitis are quite similar to those of glandular fever.

Glandular fever usually occurs with young adults or teenagers. A doctor will need to do a blood test to verify if you have glandular fever or not.

If, however, they realise it is tonsil stones that are causing you problems, then they will remove them and recommend suitable treatment afterwards.

Treatment

Tonsillitis can be treated by yourself at home, by taking various medicines, or by surgery. Of course, it is always advisable to discuss any of the above 3 options with your family physician.

He will be able to provide you with sound medical advice on which option is best suited for you.

Do Tonsil Infections Hurt?

Tonsil infections are something that affect a lot of children, and some adults too. They are caused by many different things. Some infections are viral, and some are bacterial.

Any tonsil infection will hurt a little bit, but some are far more painful than others. Seeing as they inflame the tonsils, you may ask “do tonsil stones hurt?” or “does tonsillitis feel sore?”. Well the answer to both is yes, both hurt and can be pretty bad if left untreated.

The tonsils are two pieces of lymph tissue that are located on either side of the throat, and their job is to kill germs. When germs enter your body, they will be engulfed, and that’s what causes the infection. You might not even notice a low grade infection of the tonsils, but more serious infections can be incredibly painful.

How Does Tonsillitis Spread

Close contact with an infected person can lead to you catching tonsilitis. If you kiss them, or if they cough or sneeze on you, then that’s enough to cause an infection.

There are a lot of viruses that will manifest themselves in the form of a sore throat. The viruses that cause colds and flu will give you a mild (annoying but not very painful) case of tonsilitis. The Epstein Barr virus can cause very serious tonsilitis. The Coxsacckie virus can also cause it, and will also lead to blisters on your hands and feet.

In terms of bacterial infections, almost one third of cases of tonsilitis care caused by streptococcus group A. Strep throat, as the infection is called, can be very painful. The pain is made worse by the fact that it also becomes painful to swallow, making it hard to stay hydrated. Many doctors will prescribe antibiotics to help fight strep throat.

There is another bacterium, called N. gonorrhea, which can cause tonsillitis, although this kind of infection is comparatively rare. Some people will experience tonsillitis bouts brought on by allergies, or by smoking or long-term exposure to cigarette smoke.

Treating Tonsillitis

If you have a tonsil infection, then there are a few things that you can do to treat it. For mild sore throats, many people manage the pain by gargling soluble aspirin. Do not swallow the aspirin, simply gargle it and then spit it out. Gargling mild saltwater can help as well, but again, do not swallow the solution.

Try to stay hydrated, drinking water, or unsweetened teas. Some people feel that drinking tea with honey can help to soothe the pain and that the honey can also help to fight the infection.

If you are in a lot of pain, then taking throat pastilles with a mild analgesic in can numb the tonsils while you wait for your body to fight the infection or for the antibiotics to work. Sadly, a lot of this will end up being ‘wait and see’ when it comes to healing times.

If you get recurring tonsil infections, then the doctor may suggest having the tonsils removed. This surgical procedure is usually recommended only if a person has seven or more tonsil infections in one year, or if the person suffers from sleep apnea or other breathing difficulties which may be improved by having your tonsils taken out.

The Types Of Gum Infection & How you can Treat Them

The gum is the tissue at the roots of the teeth and covers the affricate sections of the jaws. It is a very sensitive tissue to both injuries and infection. This therefore implies that any damage that is not taken care of in a timely and proper manner cause lead to chronic effects to not only the gums but also the teeth and the entire jawbone.

The most common term that is used to describe gum infection is periodontitis or simply the periodontal disease. The disease generally affects the gums and its ‘environments’ which include the teeth and the jawbone. It originates from contamination associated with soft deposits that coat the root of the teeth and hence affects the gums.

Once in the gums, the bacteria manifests itself properly causing an infection. The growth of this infection contributes to swelling, pain and over sensitiveness between the jaw and the gums. The reaction of the body to the inflammation is to damage the affected tissues and that is why the gums appear to have faded. If not treated, the infection goes deeper to the gums and could lead to teeth loss. There are variations of periodontal disease:

Gingivitis

This is the most common method the disease manifests. It is common with expectant women, people that have diabetes which is not contained, those using steroids and birth control pills and those under medication that is use to control blood pressure.

It is basically caused by the contamination’s that coat the root of the teeth. They only affected the soft tissues of the gums without including the jawbone or the teeth. The most common symptom is swelling of the gums and bleeding when someone is brushing their teeth.

Chronic periodontitis

It is gingivitis that has progressed and this time the jawbone and the teeth are affected. It is classified with regard to the extent of the damage. The most visible symptom is widening in the gaps of the teeth, bleeding and damage of the bone.

Aggressive periodontitis

Aggressive periodontitis is attached to symptoms of gradual loss of the gum and the bone tissues. It is the same as chronic periodontitis but just as the name suggests the manifestation is even faster in this type. It is common with the people who smoke and can also be transmitted genetically.

Periodontal ‘ulcer’

This type manifests itself as a boil on the gingival tissue at the root of the teeth where it divides and hence logically affects the mechanism in which the tissues and the teeth attach. Common symptoms include loss of teeth and bones and swelling of the gingival pockets.

Aggressive periodontitisNarcotizing periodontitis

This is not caused like the rest but are a result of other diseases or medication that is used by a person. The gingival tissues die with this type. It is common with those people who are positive and also the ones that smoke.

All the above methods in which the disease manifests require immediate treatment by a periodontist to stops the infection from affecting the teeth and the jawbone. Common treatment methods would include: improved dental hygiene after professional cleaning, antibiotics in cases where the infection has spread to containable lengths and surgery where the condition has been escalated to levels that cannot be contained by professionals.

Another thing to note is that some of the non-cannabinoid parts of weed can cause gum disease in a similar manner to tobacco. So if you’re into smoking then you should learn how to quit weed, or at least limit your usage.