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7 Things You Should Do When You Have Tonsillitis

Our tonsils, the two masses of tissue at the back of our throat act as filters and they trap germs that could enter our airways and cause infection. They also make antibodies to fight infection.


When there’s too much risk factors, they get overwhelmed by bacteria or viruses. When they get swollen and inflamed, this condition is called tonsillitis.


Tonsillitis usually goes away on its own, lasting only two to four days and the worse, two weeks or more and recurrent especially if we will not follow the following list of advice on how to treat tonsillitis:



Take a Pain Reliever

Tonsillitis is usually accompanied by fever and pain. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are over the counter pain relievers which you can take to help manage these while you are at it.




If you can’t afford a total bed rest, at least refrain from doing anything strenuous and avoid aggravating your condition by staying up late. You should do the opposite – oversleep if you can. You won’t be able to work effectively when you are in pain. One of the possible reasons why you got sick in the first place is because you overworked and did not rest. Your immune system was affected and this is why you caught tonsillitis. The best thing to do is to correct this by getting enough rest and keep that habit even when you no longer have tonsillitis.




Hydrotherapy has been known to cure mild to moderate sore throat accompanied by headache and fever in less than twenty four hours. The same is true with tonsillitis. Drinking warm or very cold drinks will not only help with throat pain but flush off toxins that weakens your immunity. Once your body’s ability to fight off disease is restored, your tonsillitis will be gone in no time.



Eat Comfort Food and Beverage

Flavored gelatins, ice cream and applesauce are known as “smooth foods” that can give comfort to your tonsillitis


Broth soup, caffeine-free tea and warm water with honey can soothe the pain as well as cold treats like ice pops which can also soothe sore throat.



Humidify the Air

A cool-mist vaporizer or a cool-air humidifier in your room can eliminate dry air that may further irritate a sore throat. Sitting inside a steamy bathroom for several minutes is also effective.



Gargle with Warm Saltwater

Children are the ones most prone to tonsillitis. It had been proven that saltwater gargle of 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) of table salt to 8 ounces (237 milliliters) of warm water can help soothe a child’s sore throat.


Anyone who has tonsillitis should gargle the solution and then spit it.


Have your child gargle the solution and then spit it out.



Take Lozenges

Lozenges with benzocaine and other medications that can numb the throat can be effective in managing tonsillitis while waiting for recovery.


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Treating a Tonsil or Adenoid Inflammation or Infection

Unless you were a very healthy child, there’s a good chance that you’ve missed a few days of school when you were little because of tonsilitis or adenoiditis. These conditions are fairly common in young kids as these body parts tend to shrink and disappear as a child get older. They’re pretty much the baby versions of sore throat that need immediate action.



What is a Tonsil or Adenoid Inflammation or Infection?

Tonsillitis or the inflammation or infection of the tonsils is the condition where the soft tissue mass in the throat becomes inflamed and infected. It’s characterized by some swelling and redness.



Adenoiditis, on the other hand, is the inflammation or infection of the adenoids or the lymphocyte-containing tissue at the back of your nasal cavity. It’s also characterized by swelling and redness.



Both the tonsils and adenoids serve protective purposes. As they both contain lymphocytes or the white blood cells that fight off bacterial and viral infections, they can really help keep the body in top shape. However, they’re not completely bulletproof which is why they also get infected. Both conditions are more common in children but can also be experienced by adults, especially tonsillitis.



Adenoiditis, however, is said to be more noticeable in children. Aside from being more common in children than adults, it can also block nasal passages, making its urgent treatment necessary.



Common Causes of Tonsillitis and Adenoiditis

As mentioned above, both conditions are caused by bacterial and viral infections. What causes these infections, on the other hand, is the patient’s exposure to allergens and pollutants.



Risk Factors of Tonsillitis and Adenoiditis

Because these conditions are brought by bacterial and viral infections, it can also cause more complications if not treated effectively. In many cases, it leads to sleep apnea or breathing difficulties in one’s sleep. It also causes snoring which can be disruptive to the patient and their bed partner’s sleep.



In some occasions, both conditions can also lead to upper respiratory tract infection. The bacteria or virus that caused the ailments can travel down the throat and wreak havoc elsewhere. This can then lead to more serious problems later on.



Signs and Symptoms

How can you tell if you or your little one has any of these conditions? Here are a few of its symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • Swollen and tender lymph nodes under the jaw
  • Head and ear ache
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Bad breath
  • Snoring



Treating Tonsil or Adenoid Inflammation or Infection

Treating both conditions are pretty straightforward. In most cases, you only really need to treat it with antibiotics. It’s important to complete the cycle, however, to prevent the recurrence of the infection.



In chronic cases, however, your ENT doctor might recommend the removal of the said body parts altogether. Tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies are considered as minor procedures, however, so you don’t have to worry much about them. They might not even require hospitalization but in some cases, an overnight stay might be needed.



As ENT problem is quite different from case to case, it is suggested to consult an ENT Specialist for the appropriate ENT services.




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Hong Kong based ENT clinic centre

For ENT Services, Audiology & Speech Therapy,

Sleep Disordered Breathing Management,

Hearing Aid Prescription & Medical Cosmetic Services

When It’s More Than Just a Sore Throat in Children

When children complain of mild to moderate pain in their throat, perhaps accompanied by difficulty in breathing and speaking, their previously noisy behavior can be reduced. Parents should look into these symptoms since these are the common symptoms of pharyngitis and tonsillitis. Both of these health issues are treatable but keeping them untreated can result in complications that parents shouldn’t risk. Continue reading

Tonsillitis Symptoms and Treatments

Tonsillitis Symptoms and Treatments


Tonsillitis is an ailment that results in inflamed tonsils, the two pads of tissue in your throat that protect the mouth from infection. Those with tonsillitis suffer from swollen tonsils, sore throats and have difficulty swallowing. While some cases go away after a few days, others require medical attention.



Tonsillitis symptoms include sore throat, fever, reddish, swollen tonsils and white or yellowish patches around the tonsils. In addition, the neck glands may be enlarged, and the voice will sound muffled or scratched. Other symptoms include stomach aches, headache, stiff neck, and in children, drooling. Continue reading

Throat Disorders You Should Not Ignore

Throat Disorders You Should Not Ignore


Throat problems are not exactly rare. In fact, millions of people all over the world are affected by some sort of throat disorder. While most throat problems are harmless, there are those that must really be diagnosed and evaluated by an ENT specialist to ensure that the condition doesn’t worsen and lead to life threatening illnesses.


Here are some problems you should not ignore: Continue reading

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