All your effort to treat tonsillitis must be based on the cause of the infection. See you doctor for diagnosis. Tonsillitis is either caused by bacteria or virus. Your doctor will prescribe you medication depending on certain conditions based on the cause, frequency and severity of the infection.
Tonsillitis is very pain and may keep a patient home for quite a while. If diagnosis shows that a strep bacterium is a cause for your infection, antibiotic treatment is recommended. Complete at least 2 days antibiotic treatment before returning to work.
If tonsillitis is caused by a virus, your body will develop antibodies that fight the pathogens enabling your body to heal itself. However, physicians usually recommend specific medication to help reduce fever, pain and other symptoms of tonsillitis. Doctors commonly prefer acetaminophen or ibuprofen for viral transmitted tonsillitis.
If taken in large doses, both antibiotics and acetaminophen may cause serious liver problems. Discuss your medication dosage with your doctor or pharmacist before you begin your treatment program.
If tonsillitis is more severe and interfere with your breathing or general health, your physician may recommend a tonsillectomy. Tonsillectomy is a surgical removal of the tonsils for the purpose of relieving tonsillitis pain and preventing its recurrence.
There are several things you can do to lessen the severity of your tonsillitis.
- Get adequate rest. When you are asleep, your body can better fight infections than it would while you are awake. Try to stay at home until you feel better and without any sign of fever.
- Gargling may help. Gargle with warm water several times a day. Gargling may help soothe throat tissues and relieve underlying pain. Always spit out the liquid after gargling. Some people gargle with salt water, but excessive salt intake may irritate your gums and uvula.
- Drink warm liquids. Warm soothing liquids also help relieve throat pain. Try soup and herbal tea instead of coffee.