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Tonsillitis

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A mass of lymphoid tissue situated between the pillars of the fauces on either side, the tonsil varies in shape and size in different individuals. It is relatively large in childhood, but in elderly people usually shrinks to very small dimensions. On its surface there are from twelve to fifteen depressions representing the openings into the passages, or crypts that run more or less deeply into its substance. The tonsil does not fill the space between the pillars of the fauces right to the top, and the unoccupied space is known as the supra-tonsillar recess; it contains fibrous tissue.

For its size the tonsil is very freely supplied with blood vessels, and its main function appears to be that of trapping toxic material as it passes backward from the mouth. The organ drains into the upper group of lymphatic glands in the neck. It often happens, however, that the tonsil is overwhelmed by the toxin, and becomes its self chronically infected when it is a source of danger rather than a protection.

Diseases of the tonsil:

The tonsil is the usual first site of diphtheritic infection and is probably the usual door of entrance of the germs of scarlet fever and of acute rheumatism. It is one of the routes by which tuberculosis invades the system. The tonsil may be the site of a sarcomatous growth, and is sometimes invaded by a carcinoma from the mouth or throat, or such a tumor may originate in the organ. Unless it is very small a malignant growth in the tonsil is very difficult to eradicate.

Inflammation of the tonsil, or tonsillitis, may assume a variety of forms. The tonsils may be involved in the simple catarrhal inflammation of the throat that occurs in a common cold, but types of acute inflammation also occur in the tonsil itself. The first type is called acute follicular, or lacunar, tonsillitis. The inflammation is superficial and the tonsil is swollen and reddened, but dotted over it are yellowish spots, caused by the accumulation of inflammatory products in the crypts. Generally both tonsils are affected. It is sometimes impossible, without a bacteriological test, to say that the deposit on the tonsil is not due to diphtheria.

The second type is called parenchymatous tonsillitis, that is, inflammation in the substance of the tonsil, and a third is called peritonsillitis, as the inflammation occurs mainly in the connective tissue around the tonsil. These two types are sometimes called quinsy. Peritonsillitis usually ends in suppuration, and the matter presses the already swollen tonsil inwards. Suppuration occasionally occurs also in the parenchymatous and lacunar varieties. The fourth type is that of acute ulcerative tonsillitis, there are various sub-types, as the ulceration is sometimes superficial and sometimes deep, and, moreover, the cause varies in different instances.

Vincent’s angina (after the French physician Henri Vincent of Bordeaux) is a form of ulcerative tonsillitis in which a membrane appears on the tonsil and the ulceration may extend to adjoining parts and even involve its bone. It is caused by a spirillum working in conjunction with a bacillus. Ulceration also occurs in secondary syphilis and in diphtheria. Acute tonsillitis begins with stiffness in the throat and pain in swallowing. The temperature shoots up and is usually high; sometimes there is chill or even a definite rigor. There may be headache and pains in the back and limbs. The tongue is furred, and there is constipation. Pain increases, especially in quinsy, and may shoot into the ear.

Also, on account of the pain and the swelling of the tonsils and neighboring parts, swallowing becomes difficult and, in quinsy, may be well-nigh impossible. The glands below the angle of the jaw become swollen and painful.

Measures to relieve pain:

Certain things may he done to relieve pain and difficulty in swallowing, whatever the nature of the disorder, but tonsillitis cannot be properly treated unless a correct diagnosis has been made, and the possibility of diphtheria ruled out.

The abscess in quinsy will burst in time, but it should not be allowed to do so, as the patient’s sufferings can be curtailed by opening it. Moreover, there is a definite risk of pus being drawn into the windpipe, should the abscess burst when the patient is asleep.

To relieve pain, hot fomentations or poultices may be put to the throat, and sprays containing menthol are soothing. Ice may be sucked, especially before the patient drinks as swallowing will be rendered easier. The bowels should be kept freely open by salines in the morning. Doses of sodium salicylate, or of aspirin, help to relieve pain and are necessary if there is any question of acute rheumatism.

When the tonsillitis is severe, a swab examination should be made to determine the nature of the infecting organism, as the injection of an appropriate serum may be very beneficial.

If there has been a recurrence of attacks of acute tonsillitis, the tonsils should be removed when the patient has properly recovered from the attack. A chronic enlargement of the tonsils is common in children, and is generally associated with adenoids. If the diseased structures are allowed to persist, not only do they interfere with breathing, but they act as foci of infection. A frequent result is enlargement of the glands in the neck owing to tuberculosis infection.

Chronic disease may exist in adults also, although the tonsils are not greatly swollen, and may also poison the system, giving rise to rheumatism and other disorders. The correct treatment for diseased tonsils is to have them removed, an operation described as tonsillectomy. This generally means that the structures must be dissected out, as it is undesirable that even a small portion of diseased tonsil should be left. See: Adenoids.. Diphtheria..

Application and treatment:

It is an inflammation of a tonsil. A tonsil is a small almond shaped mass on either side of the passage from the mouth to the pharynx. The tonsils are composed mainly of lymphoid tissue, are covered with mucous membranes, and contain various minute tube like depressions opening on a free surface called crypts and many lymph follicles which are small secretory or excretory glands.

Inflammation can be readily eliminated by using 727, 787, 880 Hz at very low output for 5 minutes twice daily with positive polarity on one side (right side) and negative polarity on left side.

Follow with positive polarity over entire body and negative on spleen for 3 minutes. Removal of the tonsils removes part of the lymphatic system which is absolutely necessary for the body to aid its elimination.

Tonsillitis

Inflammation from dysfunction in the nervous system and indigestion is from malnutrition and growth retardation combined with negative polarity build ups from lack of lecithin, sodium (whey), and potassium (rice polishing) and calcium from raw milk and acidophilus that sets in the air for 12 hours to make the calcium assimilated in the first 5 inches past the stomach. A primary defect is also malabsorption of fat such as being poisoned from eating oleomargarine, pork fat from bacon, pesticides and food preservatives from fat, fried foods in fat or oils that become indigestible after frying, from lipid substances insoluble in water like fatty acids and soaps, waxes, steroids, and phosphatides.

These substances can clog a lymphatic system and parents need to learn about them. Such substances can cause great harm in the enlargement of tonsils, spleen, liver and lymph nodes. The cause of a sore throat is negative polarity in excess which starts virus to inflame tissues, bacterial infections to grow from air pollution by smokers, automobile exhaust & bad food and liquids. Some names given are pharyngitis, laryngitis, throat cancer, diphtheria, tonsillitis, and swollen tonsils in which the inside of the throat is painful and red color and swallowing is painful.

If the muscle of deglutition has a seizure, swallowing is almost impossible. This should be polarized negative and also positive for 5 to 10 minutes on both sides at the same time. Dryness in the throat, painful coughing, excess phlegm and speech impairment are also problems.