Tonsil Infections: How to Treat Swollen Tonsils

If you have a tonsil infection, you probably feel like you have a hundred bees in your throat each time you swallow. While this is more than just slightly uncomfortable, there are some things you can do at home to make yourself more comfortable.

Tonsil infections are caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. Tonsillitis refers to swollen tonsils. But you may also have a headache, fever, ear pain, or the chills. It’s probably difficult to talk, swallow, or taste anything.

If your tonsil infection is caused by a viral infection, there are no antibiotics or other medications that can help cure it. Sore throat lozenges and over the counter pain medications may help, but it will usually take a few days for the symptoms to disappear.

During this time, there are some home remedies that may help ease the pain. Mixing tumeric and powdered pepper with boiled water may lessen the burning in your throat. Drinking juice that is full of antioxidants will help your body fight off the infection. Gargling with warm salt water may also provide relief.

However, if your symptoms are due to a bacterial infection, you will need to get a prescription for antibiotics in order to get rid of the infection. A visit to the doctor will be in order because you will need to have your throat swabbed to make sure your symptoms are due to strep bacteria.

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