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More on Tonsillitis Treatment

Do you know how to treat tonsillitis when you are at home? Kindly remember, different causes would need different treatment.

Tonsillitis causes may be divided into two, they are virus and bacteria. If bacteria are the cause of your tonsillitis, usually you will be prescribed antibiotics and/or penicillin.

On the other hand, if virus is the cause of your tonsillitis, you may have a blood check to find the type of the virus.

In our previous article, we have written about Tonsillitis treatment in general. Now, we present you more about tonsillitis treatment, such as home care and other related subjects.

Home Care
Here are some suggestions which might help you to treat tonsillitis in your home and help you to recover:

  • Increase fluid intake.
  • Consume paracetamol for your pain.
  • Kindly put attention to the correct dose, especially when you look after sick children.
  • Take a lot of rest.
  • Consume cool foods (i.e., ice cream).
  • Consume soft foods.
  • If you have children and they suffer with tonsillitis, stay calm when they refuse to eat. Your children would eat after they feel better. You may give them soup, juice and other easy to eat foods.
  • Gargle with warm salt water would help you to relieve your sore throat.
  • The use of lozenges and throat sprays might help.

Expectation

  • Health improvements in the first two days. Ninety percent of tonsillitis patients will be better in one week.
  • A quinsy (a set of pus around one tonsil) might form in small number of patients. For this reason, severe pain happens on one area of the throat so that would be difficult to breathe and swallow. In this case, minor surgery might be needed.
  • You should make sure to finish all prescribed antibiotics even if you feel better, otherwise it can lead into further problems.
  • In young children (below seven years old), repeated attacks of tonsillitis may happen since the defences against inflammation are not fully developed.
  • As your child grows older, the number of tonsillitis attacks would reduce.
  • Surgery would be suggested only when it is highly necessary.

Prevention
Tonsillitis is infectious, but you still may apply the following suggestions:

  • Keeping yourself and your child away from people with upper-respiratory infections until fever, pain and other symptoms disappear.
  • Not sharing toothbrushes.
  • Washing the hands frequently.
  • Keeping tonsillitis patient’s eating and drinking utensils separate from others.
  • Avoid lip or mouth contact with tonsillitis patient.

You should remember to consult with your doctor, clinicians and other healthcare professionals to get a better knowledge and information about tonsillitis treatment and prevention.

This article is not intended to be the only source of information about tonsillitis treatment and prevention.

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