Tonsillitis is nothing more than an inflammation of the tonsils, which are two oval-like accumulations of lymphoid tissue located in the nasopharynx. In addition to swelling, symptoms of tonsillitis include sore throat, trouble swallowing, a stiff neck, fever, headache, and white or yellow spots on the tonsils that indicate infection. Tonsillitis is usually caused by bacterial or viral infections. Treat tonsillitis at home, with antibiotics or surgery, depending on the cause of the disease and how often it occurs.
Method 1 of 2: Home treatments for tonsillitis
Step 1. Get plenty of rest at home
Don't talk too much.
Step 2. For instant pain relief, hot lemon, honey and sugar are very helpful
Step 3. Drink a lot and eat soft foods to relieve pain and discomfort
Water helps prevent dryness and dehydration. Decaffeinated hot tea with honey can relieve sore throat. Cold ice, oddly enough, eliminates the feeling of discomfort in the throat
Step 4. Gargle with warm water and salt
Dissolve one teaspoon (5ml) salt in a glass (236ml) warm water. Gargle, spit, and repeat as needed to relieve sore throat caused by tonsillitis.
Step 5. Remove any irritants that may worsen your tonsillitis symptoms, such as dry air, cleaning products, or cigarette smoke
Buy a humidifier that will add moisture to the air.
Method 2 of 2: Treating tonsillitis with drugs
Step 1. Buy medications that do not require a doctor's prescription
For example, sucking tablets that soothe a sore throat. Take according to package directions.
- With your doctor's approval, you can also take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These are over-the-counter medicines that relieve sore throat and lower fever.
- Doctors usually prescribe medications for tonsillitis only if the disease was caused by a bacterial infection.
Step 2. Take antibiotics as directed by your doctor
Your doctor may tell you to take penicillin for 10 days if the tonsillitis was caused by a bacterial infection.
Ask for another antibiotic if you are allergic to penicillin
Step 3. Complete the course of antibiotics even if you feel better
If you don't take the entire course of antibiotics, your tonsillitis symptoms may return or get worse. The infection can also spread to other organs, such as the kidneys.
Ask your doctor what to do if you forget to take your antibiotic dose
- Stay in bed and drink a lot for several days.
- If antibiotics don't work or you have chronic tonsillitis, you may need to resort to tonsil removal. Frequent tonsillitis is considered if it occurs many times within 1-3 years.
- Try to be calm and relaxed. Measure the temperature every hour to make sure it doesn't rise.
- Hot milk with honey should help. Heat a glass of milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, add a teaspoon of honey and stir.
- Doctors perform tonsil surgery, during which two tonsils are removed from the nasopharynx. In addition to being the ultimate treatment for tonsillitis, this surgery also relieves sleep breathing problems and other breathing problems associated with enlarged tonsils. This is a one-day operation, but full recovery takes 7 to 10 days.
- Gargle with pure olive oil extract every morning for about 15-20 minutes. Olive oil helps draw bacteria out of the throat.
- Green tea with honey may relieve pain a little.
- Cold drinks and juices also provide relief, as does barley sugar.