Tonsillitis Remedies

Salt Gargle

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Posted by DEXTER (RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA) on 12/18/2008





Replied by Bbb

I don't recommend iodized salt for anything! It is TOXIC! Use sea salt! This has plenty of trace minerals and will give your body a boost to boot!

Salt, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil Gargle

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Posted by Sanjoo (Ahmedabad) on 10/29/2020 7 posts

Add salt + 1 or 2 pinches baking soda to a glass of water at room temp. (you can add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil for increased effect).

Take a sip & start swishing with this water, spit, take another sip & gargle, 1 or 2 times, spit, then another sip of this water, add abt 1/2 tsp of coconut oil directly to yr mouth & then gargle with this mix & spit.

Very effective for bringing down infection of inflamed tonsils.

Swollen Tonsil Remedies

Posted by Brittany (Las Vegas, Nv) on 02/27/2013

Hello my name is Brittany and for the last 7 or 8 months, I have been experiencing very bad throat / tongue / tonsil swelling. I have gone to the ER and but haven't found a cause.... I though it was caused by my birth control so I removed it. I'm still geting the swellingness so ANYONE plz help.

Replied by Joy
(Battleground, Wash)

I use coconut oil in my mouth and it is helping me a lot. Swish around in your mouth for awhile and spit it out and then rinse well. Try again, I use it throughout the day. (there could be some side effect symptoms if it starts to heal you, even an antibiotic can make you feel sick at first.)

Garlic and lemon also are very potent mouth healers.

I also read on this site that milk of magnesia kills MRSA on skin , maybe swish some around in your mouth and spit it out.

Rinse with water afterwards. Hope this helps.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2063 posts

Brittany: Try some Zinc Lozenges, they will probably help. Please update any progress.

Tonsil Stones

Posted by Damita (Hemingway, Sc Usa) on 12/15/2009

Sour taste in mouth, bad breath, tonsil stones

I need a cure for this sour taste in my mouth all the time. Even after I brush my teeth, tongue, the sour taste comes back. I have tonsil stones that come up sometimes, even though I've had my tonsils removed twice. Doctors don't have time to figure out what the problem is and I've had this problem since I was 9 years old. I'm 45 now.

Replied by Jb
(Dallas, Tx)

I'm 18 and get tonsil stones and yes they are such a nuscence and they taste horrible and the taste doesn't go away so I don't even bother with them, I just get rid of them. I take a wooden stick ( the small stick that people use for nail cuticles, the pointy end) and I actually go in the back of my tonsil and fish the stones out of my tonsil. When I first started doing that, I had to do it after everytime I ate because more stones would be back there but after a period of time, the stones would gradually come back less and less and that bad smell would disappear. Maybe if you start taking them out maybe they won't appear as much. It worked for me and I know people with tonsil stones want to get rid of them so really, ... You have nothing to lose. Just don't poke yourself too hard because it will hurt and make sure to have a good grip on the stick so you don't lose it in your throat. Good luck.

Replied by Mike
(Amsterdam, Nh, The Netherlands)

I never had tonsil stones, but I did have for many years one (yes only one side) inflamed tonsil with white dots on it. It actually didn't really cause me any mayor trouble other then occasional strange feeling while swallowing and me being curious looking in the mirror seeing one huge tonsil and one small. (I think it started when I was 15 or so, as I had no pain I nevr got surgery, though I did think about it) One time when pushing from the neck outside while watching in the mirror I saw one of the spots erupt. I was intrigued. At the time I had a severe addiction to squeezing out pimpels (avg. 40 mins a day! ) as one niece I liked mentioned the blackheads on my nose, and it became a therapy of 'sqeezing out the bad in me' I would feel good when 'bad stuff' would gush out the pimpels, especially if it be solid stuff. (yes yuck, what an addiction to have.... Don't understand it myself how I got into that) anyway so added to my routine I also started to use cottonsticks (soaked in plain water to make them soft) to squeeze out the (smelly! ) white stuff. One day, after many month if not a year or so the holes became so big I could actually go in with the cotton stick and kind of clean it inside! The tonsil would have a lot of those 'holes'/crevices, now I read they are called 'tonsillar crypts'. (10-15 or so). After maybe 2-4 years (i really can't remember too clearly) one day the problem just disapeared, and I was kind of dissapointed not to have any nice white guey stuff to be able to get erupted from my tonsils... I still have bad breath and I swear it all started when one day, when I was maybe the last guy to never have kissed in my school, on a party with another school, an fairly ugly girl from the other school sat next to me and complained she never kissed before. When I said I didn't either she told me I wasn't that bad looking, as to not to offend her I told her likewise, bad move as now she proposed we try it out... And ever since that awful day she stuck her tongue deep into my throat (i guess she figured that's the way it is done) I have bad breath in the morning, and I never had it before, and I never got rid of it either. I'm contemplating sometimes doing a really long fast. But i'm sure it (the strain of bacteria feasting in there) will outlive me. Any tips are welcome! (for the bad breath, I am now almost 40) Oh, so for anyone reading this: I do not reccomend getting 'addicted' but in a way I think that cleaning out tonsils by excerting some force on it, so that pockets of puss/bad bacteria can come out could possibly help. I wonder now if it'd have been better to have diped the cottonsticks in salt water or vinegar. In any case except for the occasional feeling of having to throw up (only if you hit the soft tissue surounding the tonsils), touching the tonsils and poking them didn't hurt or otherwise got things worse. It kind of feels awkward, and if a cottonstick is dry it's absorb more bad pus/bacteria but also hurt more, and especially the first few times if you get into a 'crevice/crypt' if it's infected the skin lining inside will be very thin, and easily break and start bleeding (just like your gums if not brushed/flossed regularly). To me it just makes sense to try to push out the bad stuff, instead of flushing only the outside with some disinfectant as you'll never reach the inside that much, (unless its not that bad and not fully blocked).

So if your tonsil is hurting as it's almost exploding with bacteria: try at first to squeeze them using your fingers in your neck, or with a cottonstick push on it in several ways to see if the bacteria stuck inside can find a way out. It's gross, I know, but the tonsil does get a better chance of recovery I think. One time my wisdom teeth got pulled, and they fogot to give antiinfamatory gargle, only pain killer, and it got so much infected that I got a huge neck. The doktor back home (i was on holliday in cuba and used cheap dentist there, they were excellent in the surgery, just messed up with the aftercare) amde a small incision, and out came all the dark smelly stuff, and overnight all my problems, which gotten worse over the coarse of one week, were over instantly! I feel opening up, and letting out infectious matter of an infection is better then taking massive doses of antibiotics, although there are times antibiotics can work miracles, it doesn't make sense to me that if you know where the bacteria are, and have access to it, why not get them out?

Tonsil Stones
Posted by Lisa (Bowie, Maryland) on 04/17/2009

I've been reading about the cures for tonsilitis, but has anyone heard of tonsil stones and how to get rid of them. I get them regularly, and the dtr says just gargle with salt water, but they keep coming back. He says they are harmless. Does anyone have a remedy??

Replied by Brass_Ga
(Lithia Springs, Georgia)

check the section for bad breath. I do remember coming across it there good luck!

Replied by Tonsil Flush
(Denver, CO)

I use a machine that shoots water through my teeth on the lowest setting and place the tip near the opening on each tonsil or where I see the stones and flush them out with a short burst of water. This also helps take care of bad breathe. read the china study also cutting down on animal protein for bad breathe.

Vitamin C, Zinc, Fish Oil

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Posted by Samuel (Sugar Land Tx) on 03/30/2017

A million thanks to earth clinic and the Op. I had a magnificent case of tonsillitis. Nothing was helping and coconut oil seemed to be making it worse. I tried vitamin c, zinc and fish oil just like the Op and in two days I got my voice back and I can swallow comfortably. Simply amazing!

Vitamin C, Zinc, Fish Oil
Posted by Chocolategeek (Manila, Philippines) on 04/03/2012

I always had tonsillitis as a child but never underwent a tonsillectomy. Now, as an adult, I hardly have it because I've become conscious of supplementing my diet with Vitamin C and zinc, which helps strengthen my immune system.

Lately, though, I've run out of both Vit. C and zinc, and in my laziness did not replenish my supply. A few weeks later and I have severe tonsillitis. I am a voice over artist and was mad at myself because I couldn't work for several weeks while I was ill. Swallowing my own saliva felt like a hundred tiny daggers slashing at my throat.

I tried warm water gargles with salt, sipping ginger brew, gargling and drinking green tea (which I drink 2 liters of every single day anyway, but it wasn't enough to cure my tonsillitis), warm water and vinegar gargles, eating raw garlic (this ALWAYS stops the start of flu-like symptoms and makes me instantly better the next day, but this time it only burned my tonsils! Eeek! ). Nothing worked and if anything, the pain and swelling even increased.

I did not want to take antibiotics. So finally, I had a brilliant idea and bought me some Vit. C and zinc again, but this time, I added fish oil capsules to the mix. I read that it's very good for pain and inflammation. Each day for seven days, I took 1 gram Vit. C (500 g after breakfast and 500 g after dinner), 30 grams zinc (15 g per dose, taken with the Vit. C), and a 1000 mg capsule of fish oil with the evening supplements.

Within two day, my tonsils were getting progressively smaller and the pain was only slightly uncomfortable. By the time I'd completed one week of taking the supplements, I was working again and feeling a LOT better. The week after that, I pared it down to 500 g Vit. C and 15 g zinc daily, and 1000 mg fish oil every other day. It has helped maintain my immune system's powers. HTH!

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