Tips To Prevent Tonsil Infections

The tonsils are highly prone to infection primarily because it is their function to fight infection causing bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth.

There are however a number of measures that can assist the tonsils in their function and prevent them from getting infected.

1. Gargle

Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargle with the solution for a few minutes at least twice a day. Alternatively use an antibacterial mouthwash or ask your pharmacist for a gargle that is safe to use on a daily basis.

This will help disinfect the tonsils and prevent an infection mainly from bacteria.

2. Oral Hygiene

A good oral hygiene routine can help eliminate and reduce bacteria in the mouth and better enable the tonsils to cope with combating these microorganisms.

Brush teeth and floss at least twice a day and visit the dentist at least every six months to a year. This will help prevent or eliminate periodontal diseases that could contribute to tonsil infections.

3. Suck A Lozenge

The moment a sore throat starts to appear, suck on a throat lozenge to help neutralize the bacteria or other cause of the inflammation or start of an infection. A sore throat often leads to a tonsil infection and vise versa.

4. Boost The Immune System

A strong, healthy immune system is better able to protect the body against bacteria and viruses as well as infection. Take a vitamin and mineral supplement to build a stronger immune system and eat a healthy, balanced diet.

5. Watch What You Eat

It is best to avoid allergens such as dairy, gluten and sugar which all contribute to the spread and growth of bacteria. This does not mean that these foods should be avoided altogether as they form an important part of a balanced, nutritious diet.

However, people who are prone to tonsil infections should limit their intake and ensure to brush, floss and gargle after consuming foods that contain allergens.

6. Wash Your Hands

General good hygiene, like washing your hands regularly during the day, will help eliminate bacteria and viruses and prevent them from entering the body.

Keep in mind that we use our hands to eat (even with utensils) which exposes the mouth and therefore the tonsils to all the bacteria and viruses that we have come in contact with throughout the day.

Prevention is always better than cure and stopping a tonsil infection before it starts is far easier than recovering from one.