Inflamed Tonsils Treatment
Most tonsillitis is due to a viral infection and requires little more than supportive care. General measures for tonsillitis may include rest, plenty of liquids, throat lozenges, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever. Tonsillitis that is due to a bacterial infection will also be treated with antibiotics. Most cases of tonsillitis resolve in 7 to 10 days. Surgery to remove enlarged tonsils may be recommended for those who suffer multiple episodes of bacterial tonsillitis.
Specific treatment for tonsillitis may include:
- Drink plenty of liquids:
- Warm broth or caffeine-free tea with honey
- Take nonprescription medication for sore throat:
- Gargle with warm salt water:
- 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water
- Use a vaporizer or humidifier:
- Dry air can further irritate the throat
- Avoid exposure to smoke
- Corticosteroids for tonsillitis:
- Antibiotics for tonsillitis:
- Penicillin (Benzathine, Permapen)
- Amoxicillin (Trimox, Amoxil, Biomox)
- Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin)
- Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
- Vancomycin (Vancocin, Lyphocin)
- Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever control:
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Surgery for tonsillitis:
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Inflamed Tonsils Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of tonsillitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having tonsillitis again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Inflamed Tonsils Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat tonsillitis:
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