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General characteristics

General characteristics

Quinsy, or peritonsillar abscess, is the name given to a severe form of tonsillitis whereby the tonsils become abscessed.

It can occur after a bout of normal tonsillitis (especially if the tonsillitis is not treated or remains unresolved), other streptococcal throat infection (usually a swab reveals several different pathogens including flu virus) or can sometimes occur without these previous infections as a result of congested salivary glands or sinusitis. The tonsils and the area surrounding them become filled with pus and waste forming an abscess/es. Symptoms include severe pain on swallowing and/or opening the mouth, the whole throat area becomes sore, red and inflamed, foul smelling breath, changes in the voice (due to congestion and compression), dribbling or increased salivation, fever or raised temperature, general feeling of fatigue and unwellness, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, ear and throat area, stiff neck and earache. Tightness and pressure in the throat may give rise to laboured breathing and a sense of fear or discomfort.

If the abscess and infection is not fully resolved complications in the throat may occur.

Healing objectives are to help speed up resolution of the abscess through cleansing and immune enhancing herbs, foods and natural techniques, soothe any symptoms in the meantime, raise the vitality and ensure that you are fully rested and recovered before getting back to normal life.

Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Avoid processed and rich foods for several days, instead try warm homemade soups, herbal teas and warming and nutritional juices such as apple, carrot and ginger.

Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

Include plenty of garlic, onions, ginger and cayenne in your warming homemade soups.

Sip freshly squeezed lemon juice throughout the day and spray it onto the back of the throat regularly.

Useful herbs

Useful herbs

Herbs to reduce the swelling include astringent herbs such as raspberry leaf, sage, agrimony, bayberry or cransebill. Make a tea from a selection of these herbs and take 3 cups daily, gargling with the tea on each mouthful for as long as possible.

Herbs to help cleanse the throat of pus and help keep the lymph nodes clear include the tinctures of wild indigo, figwort, mullein, myrrh, goldenseal and poke root. make a formula using 50 ml of wild indigo, mullein and myrrh with a few drops of goldenseal and poke root added to the bottle. Take half a teaspoon in water 4 times daily.

Herbs such as elderflower, yarrow, thyme and peppermint will help to open the skin, increase sweating, reduce the temperature and help the body with its cleansing. Make a tea from equal parts of the herbs and take a cup three times daily, as hot a s you can drink. For superior action, add a pinch of cayenne to each cup.

Add a generous pinch of chilli/cayenne to each herbal tea or tincture dose to help speed up healing and reduce pain.

Take a teaspoon of echinacea tincture 5 times daily to help enhance the body's immune responses.

Take a few drops of propolis tincture in water 3 times daily.

Adapotogenic herbs such as reishi mushroom and astragalus can help to improve immunity if tonsillitis and other such infections are commonplace for you.

Natural healing

Natural healing

Applying cool compresses or a hot compress (whichever feels right at the time) to the neck can help to bring relief from the pain of swelling.

Add a teaspoon of good quality (wild pollen fed) or manuka honey to all herbal teas for its soothing and antibacterial actions.

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