Tonsillitis is an infection that affects the tonsils. The tonsils are situated at the back of the throat, both on the left and right side of the tongue. Tonsils are fleshy pieces of lymphatic tissue that helps fight infections and is part of the immune system. Bacteria and viruses can infect the tonsils that results in an infectious inflammation and enlargement of the tonsils called tonsillitis. Tonsillitis can be classified as acute, sub acute or chronic as the case may be.
The cases of tonsillitis are much likely seen in children though it can occur at any age. It is very common in those who spend time with children in school or child care facility, or in those people who are in close contact with such patients and the germ can spread easily. Tonsillitis can be treated by doing nothing or in the worst case, getting tonsils removed surgically.
Even if you do not take treatment it subsides in a few days time; it can be treated with painkillers, saline gargle and in bacterial infections with antibiotics or as the last step by tonsillectomy. You should know that doctors would recommend for your tonsils removed, when the severity is high and the occurrence is often.
A surgery for tonsils removed takes two to three weeks to heal. In the healing period it is commonly seen that the victims get bad breath. Bad breath cannot be tolerated and it is an embarrassment and this condition can persist for three weeks at least. What you can do is to alleviate the bad breath during the period that your throat is healing.
How to treat bad breath?
Take only plain water during the days of healing of your throat. Water will wash out any bacteria that might remain in your mouth. Avoid dairy products and sugary items as these can worsen the problem.
Make saline water with one tbsp. of salt and warm water and gargle your throat area so as to get rid of the bacteria. This should be repeated several times a day.
Brush your teeth and tongue after each meal with a tooth paste that has baking soda ingredient. Baking soda has properties to remove bad odor and helps to eliminate bad breath till the throat takes time to heal.
Use a humidifier pump throughout the night to keep moist the back of the throat, as this helps to reduce the odor. Use a mouth wash that has chlorine dioxide and Zinc as these are known to alleviate odor causing bacteria.
These tips should help you with the bad breath problem after your tonsils removed.Sean Mckelvey on Google+