Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

White Spots on 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:


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White Spots on 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?

White Spots on Tonsils Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat tonsillitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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