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Tonsillitis

Tonsils are lymphatic structure in oral cavity on both sides of back of the tongue. Infection of tonsils is called tonsillitis. Though it is common in paediatric age group but can present in adults too.

Symptoms of tonsillitis :

  • Pain in throat
  • Fever ( Sometimes )
  • Difficulty is swallowing ( Odynophagia )
  • Drooling of saliva in kids
  • Neck swelling due to enlarged lymph nodes reactive to tonsillitis
  • Lethargy / malaise/ body aches.
  • Change in voice
  • Halitosis ( Bad Breath )
  • Neck pain leading to stiff neck

Treatment :

There are two types of treatment medical and surgical, it depends on the indications.

Medication

If on examination and test it is found that you have bacterial infection then you will be given antibiotics and if it is viral then general supportive treatment without antibiotics.

Home Remedies

If you have a virus (approximately 80 % infections of tonsils are viral) then antibiotics won't help, and your body will fight the infection on its own. In the meantime, you can try some home remedies:

  • Get lots of rest
  • Drink warm fluids help with throat pain
  • Use a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier in your room
  • Gargle with warm salt water
  • Suck on lozenges with benzocaine or other medications to numb your throat
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Avoid diuretics like tea , coffee , alcohol to avoid dehydration
  • Keep on drinking fennel seeds water, it helps in maintaining alkaline ph of mouth to relieve pain

Tonsillectomy surgery

Tonsils are an important part of your immune system, so your doctor will try to help you keep them. But if your tonsillitis keeps coming back or won’t go away, or if swollen tonsils make it hard for you to breathe or eat, you might need to have your tonsils taken out. This surgery is called tonsillectomy.

Usually, your doctor uses a sharp tool called a scalpel to take out your tonsils. But other options are available, including lasers, radio waves, ultrasonic energy, or electrocautery to remove enlarged tonsils.

Discuss your options with your doctor to decide the best treatment for you.

Tonsillectomy Recovery

Tonsillectomy is an outpatient procedure, meaning you won’t need to stay in the hospital. It usually lasts less than an hour. You can probably go home a few hours after surgery. Recovery usually takes 7 to 10 days. You may have some pain in your throat, ears, jaw, or neck after the surgery. For more details on tonsillectomy kindly visit tonsillectomy blog on our website.

Indications for Surgery :

  • Recurrent tonsillitis in a year from last more than 2 years
  • Peritonsillar abscess
  • Unilateral ( One side ) tonsillar hypertrophy
  • Raise ASO titres ( Suggestive of streptococcal infection )

Tonsillitis Prevention

The best way to prevent tonsillitis is through good hygiene, as it spreads by aerosols (Saliva coated bacteria / virus ) :

  • Hand hygiene ( Washing or sanitizing )
  • Not sharing food, drink, utensils, or personal items like toothbrushes with anyone
  • Maintaining healthy social distance from sick or suspected people around.
  • Avoid going to gatherings or office if you are yourself feeling down.

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