Seitenstrangangina: what to do?

Seitenstrangangina: what to do?

A lateral angina (Angina lateralis) is a relatively rare pharyngitis. It often occurs as a result of a cold. Typical symptoms are sore throat, earache, and difficulty swallowing. Depending on the severity of the disease, home remedies may suffice to treat the side strand angina. In some cases, however, treatment with an antibiotic is necessary.

Lateral strand angina: infection as the cause

In the case of a side-strand angina, the lymphatic vessels in the lateral rear pharyngeal wall are primarily affected. These are referred to as ‘side strands’. About the involvement of the lymph nodes, lateral angina differs significantly from normal pharyngitis, such as that which occurs with a cold. This is an inflammation of the pharyngeal mucosa.

Lateral angina is often the result of a cold. The cold already weakens the lateral strands and can be colonized more easily by pathogens such as bacteria or viruses. The disease can occur unilaterally or bilaterally.

People who have had their tonsils removed are particularly susceptible to side-string angina. Since they lack the protective function of the tonsils, pathogens can quickly get into the throat.

 

Typical symptoms of a side strand angina

Symptoms such as a sore throat and difficulty swallowing occur with side-string angina, like normal pharyngitis. Likewise, swollen lymph nodes sensitive to pressure are typical of the infection.

In addition, those affected can suffer from earache in the event of a side strand angina. Due to the proximity of the lateral strands to the Eustachian tube, which connects the ear and the nose and throat, a middle ear infection is also a possible complication in a more severe course.

Other symptoms of lateral angina include:

  • Reddened and swollen lymph channels that may be covered with white specks
  • headache
  • body aches
  • exhaustion
  • Fever

Since a side strand of angina is contagious, you should avoid contact with infected people and pay attention to careful hygiene (e.g. washing your hands frequently).

correct diagnosis

Signs of a cold accompanied by an earache are typical signs of lateral gangrene angina. The doctor can confirm this suspicion by examining the upper pharynx: If the lateral strands are red, swollen and possibly spotted with white, a lateral strand angina is likely. With the help of a swab of the throat mucosa, the doctor can check whether bacteria or viruses caused the infection. This is important because antibiotics may be helpful in the event of a bacterial infection.

 

Treat collateral angina with antibiotics.

A side strand of angina usually heals without problems – complications rarely occur. In mild cases, no antibiotic therapy is necessary. It is often sufficient if the patient rests extensively and drinks a lot of liquid. Throat wraps, tablets and nose drops can also help relieve symptoms. Painkillers with paracetamol are recommended for fever or pain.

You should consult a doctor if the symptoms do not disappear after a few days. This also applies if you suffer from a high fever or severe pain. The doctor can then decide whether an antibiotic should be used to treat the collateral angina. Antibiotics can prevent complications such as an abscess or a middle ear infection when used in good time.

Therapy with home remedies

In the case of lateral gangrene, the use of home remedies makes sense in any case. In milder cases, these are sufficient as sole therapy; in more severe cases, they are used in addition to an antibiotic. Possible home remedies are:

  • Chamomile or sage tea
  • Inhale with chamomile tea
  • Gargle with salt water
  • Warm neck wrap

If you rely on homoeopathic remedies, Phytolacca is recommended for the treatment of side-strand angina.

Duration of a lateral strand angina

As a guideline, a lateral angina should heal within three to six days. At least the fever and difficulty swallowing should have disappeared after this period. If this is not the case or severe symptoms occur, you should consult a doctor. Timely treatment is essential to prevent complications such as a middle ear infection, tympanic effusion, an abscess in the area of ​​the tonsils and subsequent diseases.

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