Defined as inflammation of the pharynx commonly referred to as "sore throat ", Pharyngitis may be original viral or bacterial.
Mainly affecting children of school age, this inflammation the duct located at the back of the throat, between the larynx and the nasal mucous membranes, may be acute or chronic.
Constituting one of the most frequent causes of consultations in ENT and general medicine, pharyngitis is different from laryngitis, and its severity varies depending on the environment in which the subject is.
Can be contagious if not treated effectively, pharyngitis can be treated naturally.
Causes and symptoms of pharyngitis
There are 2 forms of pharyngitis:
- The chronic pharyngitis:
characterized by a angina which lasts over time (> 21 days), this form of pharyngitis can be caused by irritating substances (tobacco, toxic products, etc.), excessive strain on the vocal cords, allergies or even dry mouth.
- The acute pharyngitis:
Due to viral infections, this form of angina is transmitted by air transmission (sneezing) or by direct physical contact (hand). It usually occurs after a pneumonia or bronchitis.
As for the manifestations, sometimes associated with ENT disorders (sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose), pharyngitis is characterized by:
- a severe sore throat causing difficulty in swallowing (dysphasia)
- a cough (sometimes) dry and painful.
- a hoarse voice.
When it is viral, the main symptoms pharyngitis are: loss of appetite, headache, slight fever (<39 ° C) but also asthenia (fatigue). There is also (in rare cases) a skin rash, submandibular and / or cervical lymph nodes.
Relieve pharyngitis with herbs
To calm a sore throat, hydration is first and foremost. To do this, it is recommended to drink:
- of the'solarized water: thanks to its diuretic properties, this vital water speeds up the body's metabolism. It is obtained by exposing water (in an uncolored glass bottle) to the sun.
- Gingerfor his actionanalgesic and anti-inflammatory.
Dosage : peel, grate a root of ginger. Pour a tablespoon of it into a bowl of hot water. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon + 1 teaspoon of honey. Let stand before drinking (3 times a day).
Some patients consume them raw or candied.
- Onion or garlic (peeled and cut) to soothe the mucous membranes.
Dosage : Peel and cut a bulb of ’onion/garlic. Pour the pieces into a bowl of hot water. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon + 2 teaspoons of honey. Drink it 3 times a day.
in 250 ml of hot water, pour a tablespoon of thyme. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon + 1 tablespoon of honey. Let stand before drinking. This medicinal plant is an anti-infective, expectorant, antibiotic, antiseptic, antioxidant and antibacterial very
Likewise, to calm sore throats and oral infections, phytotherapists advise - in the form of gargling - some medicinal plants (Belleonne, Sage, Cassis, Mercurius solubilis, Marshmallow, Chamomile) For their antitussive properties, emollient and lubricating.
Treatment from the first symptoms, pharyngitis is not serious. However, without effective treatment, it can spread to the tonsils and cause tonsillitis.
After an infectious winter disease, certain plants including ginseng and sea buckthorn are indicated to promote convalescence. A 1-month cure is essential to stimulate the immune system and prevent a relapse.