Saturday, December 1, 2007

Itchy and Scratchy.....

Guess who has Tonsillitis????
What is Tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis (ton-sil-lie-tiss) is an inflammation of the tonsils caused by an infection. In tonsillitis, the tonsils are enlarged, red, and often coated (either partly or entirely) by a substance that is yellow, gray, or white. Tonsillitis usually occurs as part of a pharyngitis (throat infection). Tonsilitis usually begins with sudden sore throat and painful swallowing.
Sometimes, tonsillitis reoccurs, and may cause difficulty breathing. If this occurs, your doctor may recommend taking them out. This procedure of removing tonsils from the throat is called a tonsillectomy.
What are Tonsils?
The tonsils are fleshy clusters of tissue that lie in bands on both sides of the back of the throat, above and behind the tongue. The tonsils' major function is to catch incoming germs before the germs cause infections in the throat, mouth, or sinuses. Tonsils contain infection-fighting cells and antibodies that stop the spread of the germs further into the body.
If the tonsils are taken out, the individual will not suffer from more infections than they did when they had their tonsils. There are other tissues in the body that will produce antibodies to fight infection.
What are the symptoms of Tonsillitis?
Each person with tonsillitis may not experience all of the symptoms. Some of the major symptoms of tonsillitis are:
a very sore throat,fever, redder-than-normal tonsilschillsa yellow or white coating on the tonsilsa funny-sounding voices, wollen glands in the neck, bad breath
How is Tonsillitis diagnosed?
Tonsillitis can be diagnosed by performing a rapid strep test, also called a throat culture. To perform the throat culture, the doctor will use a long cotton swab to swipe off some of the stuff on the surface of the back of your throat. The doctor will then test the "stuff" on the cotton swab. This test will determine whether you have tonsillitis and whether it is caused by a bacteria or a virus.
Is Tonsillitis Contagious?
Yes. Tonsillitis usually spreads from person to person by contact with the throat or nasal fluids of someone who is already infected.
How Is Tonsillitis Treated?
Treatment for tonsillitis depends on whether it was caused by a virus or bacteria. If the tonsillitis was caused by strep bacteria (streptococci), the doctor will prescribe antibiotics. If the tonsillitis was caused by a virus, your body will fight off the infection on its own. However, medication can be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms.
How long does Tonsillitis Last?
If tonsillitis is caused by bacteria, with antibiotic treatment, the illness is usually cured within 1 week. However, it may take several weeks for the tonsils and swollen glands to return to normal size.
When tonsillitis is caused by viruses, the length of illness depends on which virus is involved. Usually, people are almost completely recovered within 1 week.
I am off to Gargle, Gargle, Swish, Swish with warm salty water!
Hugz, but no kisses,


Michelle said...

Poor girl.. I hope you feel better really soon! I swear by gargling with salt water. Sending you get well wishes. Michelle

Lori said...

oh Dolly, i hope you feel better soon...i am sick now myself and have just been called off from work...still not sure if i just have a really bad cold or the dreaded flu...i had my tonsils out at age 19 d/t chronic tonsillitis...NOT fun!!! it was right at Christmas and i insisted on eating Christmas dinner and guess who had to go the the ER to get her bleeding throat cauterized??? ugggggh...

Sharon said...

Salt and warm water works wonders Miss Dolly so get busy girl.

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Oh no Dolly!! You poor thing, that is just awful, awful any at any time but just now before Christmas with sooo much to do? Gosh, sending you a huge hug, and we are with Sharon, salt warm water gargle does help:) Get better soon :) J & J xo

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Yikes! Feel better very soon. Susan

Rosemary said...

So sorry Dolly. I have had it. It is really bad!!!
Feel better soon,

The Rose Room said...

Nasty business! Had mine out when I was 31, ouch! Poor you, take care - Rachael

Linda said...

Oh Dolly, so sorry you are not feeling well, gargling is the key. I also use a throat spray too. Sending hugs and get well wishes too. Linda

Mary Isabella said...

Dolly hope you are feeling better real soon.Take care of yourself. Mary

Lori said...

Dolly, Oh do get well soon! I know this is a hectic time of year but all can wait! Wish I were closer to lend a hand! Take care, Lori

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Hi Dolly! I hope I hope you are feeling better soon! It is no fun to be sick...thinking of you :))

I recieved my gorgeous little dove from my Mom this weekend. Thank you so much Dolly. I recieved it the day we went to a Christmas Memorial for my Grandfather... your thoughtfulness really touched me.

Jeanne said...

Sorry to hear you are under the wewather Dolly. I hope you feel better soon!

Kathleen Grace said...

How awful! I hope you are feeling like your old self soon! Make sure you drink plenty of warm tea for your throat:>)

Dolly said...

Aww... Thank you for all the love & hugz, my dear sweet friends!

I am plugging right along, at a much slower pace though, like the energizer bunny I have to keep going and going and going!
I don't have time to be sick!

My taste buds are on salt over load and my tummy is wanting something other then warm tea or ice cubes! :-)

Stay warm you all, and no kissing ~ tis germ season!

Luvs ya, Dolly

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Dolly :( I am so sorry you are so sick!!!! I hope you feel lots better soon! It seems like everyone in the group is getting sick :(

Love ya Dolly :) Get lots of rest so you are better for Christmas!!

Amy said...

Oh that is crummy...hope you have a speedy recovery!

Back Through Time said...

Hope you get to feeling better soon!! Ugh, no salt water, yuck but if it works do it! take care of yourself

Alice W. said...

Yikes!!! I have never had that...and hope I never do...but I wish you the best recovery!!!

Wendy said...

Well Miss Dolly

I hope this makes you fell a little better. Your beautiful Christmas Stockings came yesterday and they are just exquisite I just love them.

thank you so very much, I hope your nasty throat clears up soon.

Always Wendy :)

Sandi said...

Dolly, I hope you feel better soon. Thank you for your kind words on my blog. I don't know why they haven't tried the soy formula-it does sound like a solution, and they've tried everything else. I'm hoping to have an update later today and that some of these tests come back with answers.
Thank you again. I usually think I am just writing to myself. It was so nice to get a comment.

Kathy ~ Shabby Roses said...

Hi Dolly,
Sorry to hear you are sick! I used to get that a lot when I was younger...not very pleasant at all!!
Hope you are all better very soon.
Kathy :)

Nunnie's Attic said...

Oh yuck! I had my tonsils out before I even went to kindergarten so it's been a long time. But somehow you never forget that pain. Hope you're feeling better!


Miss Rhea said...

I hope you get feeling better soon Dolly. :)

Inspired Tokens said...

Oh my....I hope you are feeling better soon. Nothing is worse than a very bad sore throat. Take care and sending best wishes.

Be Inspired Always said...

Oh Dolly, I hope you feel better real soon. I hate being sick but that has got to be the worse.

Take Care of you.

I'm new to your blog, please feel welcomed to come and visit mine.


Alison Gibbs said...

Oh Dolly, poor you. my 24 yo son has just got over tonsilitis yet again. It is terrible.
Take care.

Michelle said...

Dolly, I hope you are feeling better. Michelle

Stephanie said...

Oh sweet Dolly, please feel better soon!

Big ol' Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh Dolly, I'm so sorry to hear that you aren't well. I hope you are better very soon!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Brenda said...

Hope you feel better soon.

Charmingdesigns said...

AIR KISSES TO YOU!! Anything we can do to keep the kitty from getting those crystals??? We just brought him home...he's much perkier! Laurie

Sam I Am said...

awww sorry you've got a yucky throat :(
thats no fun at all!!!! hurry up and get better... I'll be sending you some warm salt water vibes :)

Nancy Maxwell James said...

oh dear! it is the worst! I hope you are feeling better!


Awwww Miss Dolly i am so sad for you :(
I get that yukky tonsilitis LOTS. Its so icky poo i know. Poor Poor Dolly.

Hope you feel better soon chickadee.

Luv ya Bunches,

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

You poor dear. Hope you are feeling better soon.

vickie said...

Hugs, and warm salt water to you, cheers! Hope you are feeling better. Love everyone of your items in your Etsy shop!

Bertie said...

Dolly, I'm in that sick bed, too. Getting over bronchitis and still coughing. I'm doin' the salt water gargle right next to you! Don't breathe on me and I won't breathe on you. Hugs, tho.

Take care, my friend and I hope we both feel better soon.

Aunt May's Cottage

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Feeling any better yet?

Well wishes and blessings,


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