Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Strep Tonsil Infection Treatment

Treatment for streptococcal tonsillitis includes antibiotics. General measures for tonsillitis include rest, plenty of liquids, throat lozenges, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever.

Surgery may be required in those with evidence for a peritonsillar abscess. The surgical removal of enlarged tonsils may be recommended in children who suffer from recurrent episodes of strep tonsillitis or have trouble breathing or sleeping due to enlarged tonsils.

Specific treatment for streptococcal tonsillitis may include:

Strep Tonsil Infection Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of streptococcal 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?

Strep Tonsil Infection Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat streptococcal tonsillitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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