First of all, let me start by telling you this was horrifying for me. I was completely disgusted during this whole process. Reader beware! This post contains real pictures of this nastiness…. I’m embarrassed but I think this might be helpful to someone out there!
It all started around 1 pm when I suddenly felt aching body chills and wanted nothing but to lay down in my bed. With two kids running around and a million unpacked boxes in our new home, this was NOT what I wanted. I had no choice, I went to bed. My throat started getting sore and I could feel something on my tonsil. It felt kind of like a popcorn kernel was stuck in the back of my throat. I didn’t do anything that evening besides drink water and chicken broth. I was just too miserable.
The next morning I could see a large white spot on my tonsil and it was swollen. I was surprised at the size. Of course, I kept taking pictures through this whole process because I really wanted to know what was going on and track the progress.
How I started to cure it:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar solution. Apparently germs have trouble surviving in the acidic environment ACV creates. I started gargling aggressively with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. If you haven’t experienced this, you should try it. Wow. I pretty much choked on it and it started coming up my nose. FYI: it burns. Test out the dilution for what works for you. I could handle about 1/4 of the glass filled with ACV and 1/4 filled with water. I will say that once you get used to it, it actually feels pretty soothing.
2. Bone broth. I drank A LOT of this. Nice and warm and soothing and FULL of nutrients to help your body put up a good fight. Learn more about bone broth here.
3. Cayenne pepper and honey mixture. This is where the story gets interesting. Don’t worry, I have pics that will demonstrate the impact THIS had! I took a little honey (about a teaspoonful) and mixed in a sprinkle of cayenne (about 1/8 teaspoon). You don’t need a lot of the cayenne! I then improvised and used this “tool” (flat side not pointy side) to apply the mixture directly to the white spot. Don’t worry, that “tool” is no longer in my silverware drawer. It has been moved to the medicinal cabinet. 🙂 I applied the mixture and the white spot came off (more like OUT). I had no idea that it was actually gunk inside a HOLE in my tonsil! Apparently we have holes (nooks and crannies) in our tonsils and bacteria and other lovely things can get in there. Then BOOM! You have white gunk. If the gunk hardens it is called tonsil stones and that leads to the whole tonsillitis nightmare. I had no idea. You can see the progression in the pictures below…
Lots of overly dramatic gagging and nasty mucus response to the cayenne later, the white gunk was gone and I just had a gaping hole that freaked me out. I aggressively started gargling once more and drank more bone broth. Once the gunk was removed the healing process really kicked in high gear. Within 24 hours the gaping hole was closing up and the swelling decreased significantly. By 48 hours I was back to normal and resumed unpacking and all the normal crazy that is my life!
4. Sea salt water gargle. This is another option I started doing toward the end of the healing process. 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt to one cup of water. Works great and is a great thing to start doing at the first sign of a sore throat according to Dr Michael Smith at Carolinas Natural Health Center.