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Tonsillitis (cont.)

What home remedies help soothe tonsillitis pain?

  • Throat pain and fever may be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Ease sore throat pain by gargling frequently with warm salt water (8 ounces of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of salt).
  • Throat lozenges may provide temporary pain relief.
  • Drink plenty of clear liquids to avoid dehydration.

What medications treat and cure tonsillitis?

Because most cases of tonsillitis are caused by viruses, your body will fight off the infection and the illness will run its course. In these individuals, antibiotics are not necessary. However, in people with bacterial tonsillitis, antibiotics are generally prescribed. The penicillin class of antibiotics is the most commonly prescribed.

  • The penicillin may be given as a single-dose injection (a shot) or it may be prescribed orally (pills taken by mouth).
  • If you are allergic to penicillin, alternative antibiotics will be prescribed.
  • Treatment with oral antibiotics is typically prescribed for 10 days.
  • It is important to take all of the pills prescribed, even if the symptoms go away and you feel better before finishing the course of antibiotics.

Steroids may be prescribed in certain individuals with tonsillitis in order to decrease the inflammation.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/30/2015
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