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Tonsillectomies, and the role your tonsils have in your immune system.
Are your child’s tonsils inflamed,
again? Many parents might find this a nuisance and have them promptly removed. So
much so that it was seen as a rite of passage in the past, as some still do.
Today it is seen by many medical professionals to be a procedure only done
under the most pressing of circumstances, only doing tonsillectomy on severe
cases and considering other issues like dysphagia and sleep apnoea, and
recommending medical management and watchful waiting in less severe cases.
During the period from 1915 to
1960, this was the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the USA and
in many other parts of the world, despite the ambiguity of the effectiveness of
this procedure. This practice started tapering off during the end of the
1950’s, with 1,4 million tonsillectomies done in the USA in 1959 and declining
to around 500 000 at present. This decline was driven by the discovery of the
pivotal role that tonsils played in the immunity of a child. Just to emphasize
this fact, the incidence of infectious diseases in children that had undergone
this procedure in this time showed a corresponding and marked increase, so much
so that the American Journal of Public Health ran an editorial summarizing the
link between tonsillectomy and polio http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1620872/pdf/amjphnation00361-0092.pdf).
It was only during this time of advancement of medical
research that it was realized what an important role tonsils have in the immune
system of a child (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palatine_tonsil). Tonsillar B
cells were found to produce all the five major Immunoglobulin (Ig, aka
antibody) classes. Furthermore, they produce specific antibodies against diphtheria toxoid (whooping cough),
poliovirus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Staphylococcus aureus
(common cause of skin infections such as abscesses, respiratory infections such
as sinusitis, and food poisoning, and the lipopolysaccharide of E. coli).
These antibodies then help to prime the immune system in the rest of the body.
Further unexpected links to our health were found as
Out of experience, managing and preventing tonsillitis is
relatively easy. To help prevent tonsil infections, start off by following
basic health and hygiene precautions.
·Avoid close contact with others that are sick
·Instil a culture of proper hand washing in
·Children should not share toothbrushes or eating
·Wash and disinfect surfaces and toys.
·Do not smoke around your child.
Home treatment of tonsillitis
can be as follows:
Gargling with lukewarm salt water solution including two
drops of Axhilirit if the child is old enough, normally eight and older.
DO NOT GIVE ASPERIN IF YOUNGER THAN 20 DUE TO THE LINKS WITH
Drink warm or cool nutritional liquids like soup, tea, juice
or rehydration drinks.
If you would like to treat the condition without the
normally prescribed antibiotics, the following have been found to be effective
in treating chronic tonsillitis:
·Pineapple extract with bromelain
·A few tablespoons of fenugreek seeds simmered
for roughly 30 minutes in one litre of water and then cooled in the fridge. Use
it to gargle 3 times a day.
·Lime is one of the most popular natural remedies
for tonsillitis. Mix fresh lime juice in warm water with honey and salt and sip
on this combination for pain relief from swollen tonsils.
·Boil milk and add a pinch of turmeric powder and
black pepper powder. Drink this concoction before sleeping for a minimum of
three nights in a row for an effective inflamed tonsils remedy. It also helps
with the pain.
Please note that if this condition should persist despite
home treatment, consult with your medical professional.
Before having your child’s tonsils removed, make sure that
the benefits outweigh the risks, despite the possible irritation factor to a
child or parent, because once they have been removed, there is no turning back.