Tonsillitis – Symptoms, Treatment & Cure

Posted on Healthcare By DoctorUna - Published on 2019-12-30


Are you feeling feverish? Do you also experience severe throat pain? If the answer is yes, then you may be suffering from tonsillitis. Tonsillitis affects the tonsils and causes inflammation in the entire throat area including the oval pads of tissue found at the back of the throat. 

Tonsillitis symptoms in adults involve inflammation and swelling in the throat and tonsils area. The other signs of tonsillitis include feeling feverish, difficulty in swallowing anything and tenderness in the lymph nodes.   

Chronic Tonsillitis

Infection of the tonsils that occur repeatedly at regular intervals can be termed as chronic tonsillitis. In the case of chronic tonsillitis, these persistent infections can cause the development of crypts in the tonsils. And these tiny pockets within the tonsils can encourage bacterial growth. Due to the presence of bacteria, foul and smelly stones are formed inside these crypts. 

Symptoms of Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is a common disease that affects mostly children and adolescents. Common signs of tonsillitis include:

  • Swollen tonsils
  • A whitish coating on the tonsils 
  • Sore throat 
  • Difficulty in swallowing 
  • Fever
  • Enlarged lymph nodes 
  • Bad breath 
  • Persistent stomach ache 
  • Neck stiffness 
  • Headache 

Tonsillitis Treatment 

If the cause of tonsillitis is due to viral infection, doctors may suggest plenty of rest and fluid intake. The patient usually recovers within 10 days. If your child is suffering from tonsillitis you should help him get good rest and sleep. He should be given lots of fluid drinks and water to prevent dehydration. He must be given warm liquids like tea, broth, and water with honey. Gargling with salt water can also give some relief from the sore throat condition. Children above the age of four years can suck tasty lozenges to soothe the throat irritation. 

List of Antibiotics for Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis that has been caused by bacteria must be treated with a course of antibiotics. 

  1. Penicillin oral intake is a common antibiotic medicine 
  2. Ibuprofen and Advil are other medications for fever
  3. Acetaminophen or Tylenol can reduce throat pain and fever

Ideally, your child is advised by  to take the complete course of antibiotics even after the symptoms vanish fully. An incomplete course may result in the spreading of the infection to other organs in the body and puts your child at risk of contracting rheumatic fever or kidney inflammation. 

Medical specialists can also recommend performing surgery to remove infected tonsils to prevent it from turning into chronic tonsillitis. 


In how many days can you recover from tonsillitis?

People recover from viral tonsillitis within a span of 7 to 10 days period. When the condition is treated with prescription medications like antibiotics, the patients can begin to feel marginally better within a day or two. 

Does tonsillitis clear up on its own? 

Tonsillitis condition is triggered due to a viral or bacterial infection. Individuals affected by tonsillitis recover on their own. Treatment is only suggested to ease the pain. If you are suffering from strep tonsillitis condition, then the doctor may prescribe antibiotics. 

How painful is tonsillitis?

One of the prominent symptoms of tonsillitis includes sore throat, swollen tonsils, painful throat conditions, and difficulty in swallowing. 

How to cure tonsillitis in 4 hours?

You can get some relief from the tonsillitis symptoms by getting enough rest, drinking warm liquids to ease the throat pain, and frequently gargling with lukewarm saltwater. 

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