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Tonsillitis Treatments

Tonsillitis: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment of tonsillitis begins with preventing the spread of the virus or bacterium that can cause it. Prevention measures include avoiding contact with people who have tonsillitis. Preventive measures also include covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you sneeze or cough and washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. It is also important to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, with unwashed hands which can transmit the viruses and bacteria from your hands into your body.

It is a good idea not to share glasses, silverware, or personal items, such as mouth guards and toothbrushes and to regularly disinfect surfaces that commonly harbor bacteria and viruses, such as telephones and computer keyboards, especially if they are shared.

Once a person has tonsillitis, treatment includes measures to help keep up strength and hydration and to relieve symptoms so that one is comfortable enough to get the rest needed to recover without developing complications.

Treatment includes plenty of rest and using over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed to ease symptoms, such as fever, headache and sore throat. Aspirin should never be given to children or adolescents who have a fever because of the risk of developing a life-threatening disorder called Reye's syndrome. Good care also includes drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and gargling with warm salted water to ease sore throat.

Antibiotics are only prescribed for tonsillitis that is caused by a bacterial infection, such as in strep throat. The most effective antibiotics for strep throat is generally penicillin. Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses that cause tonsillitis. However, antibiotics may be prescribed if a person develops a secondary bacterial infection as a complication of viral tonsillitis, such as a bacterial sinusitis.

Rarely, surgery may be recommended for a person with repeated severe bouts of tonsillitis or tonsillitis that lead to complications, such as peritonsillar abscess. This is called a tonsillectomy, the surgical removal of the tonsils.

Treatments for Tonsilitis

The following treatments are listed for Tonsilitis in our knowledge base:

  • Antibiotics
  • Penicillin
  • Erythromycin
  • Pain medications
  • Bed rest
  • Fluids
  • Surgical tonsil removal - a standard treatment in the past, now much less commonly used (mainly for recurring problems).
  • Adenoid removal - not commonly required.
  • Analgesics
  • Lozenges
  • If the tonsillitis is caused by bacteria, then antibiotics are prescribed, with penicillin being most commonly used. Erythromycin is used for patients allergic to penicillin
  • Gargling with a solution of warm water and salt
  • Chronic cases may indicate tonsillectomy

Alternative Treatments for Tonsillitis

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Tonsillitis in various sources may include:

  • Aconite homeopathic remedy
  • Mercurius homeopathic remedy
  • Hepar sulph homeopathic remedy
  • Lachesis homeopathic remedy
  • Belladonna homeopathic remedy
  • Apis homeopathic remedy
  • Lycopodium homeopathic remedy
  • Baryta carbonica homeopathic remedy
  • Phytolacca homeopathic remedy
  • Silica homeopathic remedy
  • Lac caninum homeopathic remedy

Drugs and Medications used to treat Tonsillitis:

Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Tonsillitis may include:

  • Cefdinir
  • Omnicef
  • Cefditoren
  • Spectracef
  • Cefpodoxime
  • Vantin
  • Orelox
  • Ceftibuten - mainly used to treat tonsillitis caused by H. influenaze or M. catarrhalis
  • Cedax - mainly used to treat tonsillitis caused by H. influenaze or M. catarrhalis
  • Dirithromycin
  • Dynabac

Unlabeled Drugs and Medications to treat Tonsillitis:

Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Tonsillitis may include:

Treatments for Causes of Tonsillitis

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Tonsillitis:

More causes: not all possible causes for Tonsillitis are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Tonsillitis.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Tonsillitis:

The following list of conditions have 'Tonsillitis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Tonsillitis:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Tonsillitis' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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