Drinking carbonated beverages, such as soda, can help ease your tonsil discomfort. If you have an upper respiratory infection, it’s best to avoid drinking these drinks.
You can also consume other beverages that don’t contain carbonation, such as water, tea, or coffee, to help ease your symptoms.
What can you eat when?
If you have tonsillitis, you can eat a diet high in non-starchy vegetables to help ease your symptoms. Try to avoid spicy, salty, or acidic foods.
If you have a sore throat, you may also want to avoid drinking alcohol or taking hot baths. This can increase your risk of a more serious infection.
What other treatments are there?
Lifestyle changes can help you manage your tonsillitis symptoms.
- Reduce your stress levels.
- Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Use a neti pot to rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
- Use a humidifier to keep your air moist and avoid dry air.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
- Take vitamin B supplements.
You can also ask your doctor about medical treatments. Depending on your symptoms and the severity of your infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
You should only use antibiotics if you have an infection caused by a bacteria. Some antibiotics are more effective at treating sore throats than others.
While antibiotics can help clear your tonsillitis, they won’t make your tonsils grow back. It’s important to follow up with your doctor after you finish treatment to ensure that your tonsillitis doesn’t come back.
Can you have tonsillectomy?
If your tonsils are swollen and painful, you may want to have them removed. Tonsils are part of your immune system and are part of your tonsillectomy.
Removing your tonsils helps prevent the spread of infection to other parts of your body. It’s a common procedure that’s usually done as a last resort.
When you have a tonsillectomy, you’ll have a throatwash. A surgeon will remove the tonsils and wash them with a saline solution before closing your throat with stitches.
Talk to your doctor about the procedure and its risks.
You can have a tonsillectomy at any age. The surgery is usually done between the ages of 12 and 15. It can be done sooner if the tonsils are blocking your airway.
You may need a tonsillectomy if you:
- Have a tonsil infection that won’t go away, especially if you have trouble breathing
- Have repeated tonsillitis, especially if they last for more than 6 weeks
- Have a family history of tonsil cancer
- Have a weak immune system
- Have an infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus
- Have a tonsil cancer that won’t respond to treatments
- Have a tonsil infection that won’t go away
- Have mouth pain
If you’re going to have a tonsilllectomy, you should also ask your doctor about possible complications.
They may recommend that you:
- Use a humidifier to keep the air moist.
- Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
- Stop drinking alcohol.
- Avoid hot baths and hot tubs.
- Stop using oral or nasal decongestants.
- Avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) or aspirin.
- Avoid aspirin and other blood thinners.
- Avoid getting oral contraceptives.
- Avoid taking aspirin.
- Avoid getting vaccinations.
You may need to have a tonsillectomy, followed by an evaluation by a sleep specialist.
How long does it take to get rid of tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis usually clears up within 2 to 4 weeks. It can take longer if you have more severe symptoms.
Recurring tonsillitis is more serious.
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to help treat it. You may need to take several courses of antibiotics. It’s important to take the full course of antibiotics.
Your doctor will monitor you for side effects of the antibiotics.
Your tonsils may become swollen and painful if you don’t take the full course of antibiotics. This is a common side effect of antibiotic treatment.
After you finish the antibiotics, you may need to take a few weeks off from school or work to allow your body to heal.
If you’re at risk for complications from tonsillitis, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication.
Tonsillitis in children is more serious. It can be life-threatening if it isn’t treated.
Your doctor may prescribe a steroid, such as prednisone, to help reduce swelling and pain. You may also need to take an antiviral medication, such as acyclovir.
You may also need to take antibiotics for a longer period of time.
What is the long-term outlook for tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis is usually a short-term illness. It usually clears up within 2 to 4 weeks.
If you have tonsillitis that doesn’t clear up after 2 to 4 weeks, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. If you have severe tonsillitis, you may need surgery.
However, the outlook for your tonsillitis is better if you treat it early.
If you have a weak immune system, you’re at risk for other infections. If you have repeated tonsillitis, you’re at risk for tonsillar cancer.
If you smoke, you’re at risk for oral cancer. You’re also at risk for heart disease and stroke.
In the long term, you may need to have a tonsillectomy.
You may also need to have frequent checkups with your doctor to monitor your throat.
It’s important to follow up with your doctor if you notice any changes to your throat.
These may include:
- A change in the size, shape, or color of your tonsils.
- A change in the texture and feel of your throat.
- A change in your voice.
- Redness, swelling, or pain in your throat.
- A swollen lymph node in your neck.
- An open sore in your throat.
How to prevent tonsillitis?
The best way to prevent tonsillitis is to practice good oral hygiene.
In particular, wash your hands regularly and use only water when you brush your teeth and mouth.
You can also prevent tonsillitis by avoiding people who are sick with the Epstein-Barr virus.
You should also avoid having contact with someone who has mouth sores. They may have the same infection that’s causing your tonsillitis.
What’s the outlook?
Tonsillitis is a common condition that can be treated with antibiotics. If you have recurring tonsillitis, you should follow up with your doctor.
It can be a sign of a more serious condition. If not treated, tonsillitis can lead to throat cancer. If you have a family history of tonsil cancer, talk to your doctor about your risk.
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