Treatment of Tonsillitis
In case of a viral infection, it is best to use at-home care is best suited for treating tonsillitis. Here are some of them:
• Encourage rest
• Provide comforting foods and beverage
• Provide adequate fluids
• Humidify the air
• Prepare a saltwater gargle
• Avoid irritants
• Offer lozenges
• Treat pain and fever with appropriate medication after consulting the doctor.
In case of a bacterial infection, the doctor is likely to prescribe an antibiotic. Penicillin is usually prescribed for a period of ten days for tonsillitis.
Surgery may be an option to treat tonsillitis if it recurs frequently, is chronic, or doesn't respond to treatment by antibiotics. Surgery performed to remove the tonsils is called tonsillectomy. A surgery may also be recommended if tonsillitis results in difficulties, such as:
• Breathing difficulty
• Obstructed sleep apnea
• A peri-tonsillar abscess that doesn't respond to antibiotic treatment