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Treatment of tonsillitis

Treatment of tonsillitis

Treatment of tonsillitis

Treatment of tonsillitis

Operations and procedures

The majority of tonsillitis episodes are viral and self-limiting, lasting from 4 to 10 days, depending on the cause.

Palliative treatments to reduce the discomfort from tonsillitis symptoms include pain relief with anti-inflammatory drugs, fever-reducing medications (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin),sore throat relief (salt water gargle, lozenges, and warm liquids), hydration and rest.

Specific therapy is indicated for streptococcal pharyngitis. Intramuscular benzathine penicillin or a 10-day course of oral penicillin remains the treatment of choice because of the proven efficacy (90%) Erythromycin is a suitable alternative for patients sensitive to penicillin. Certain cephalosporins and macrolides have been reported to achieve comparable cure rates when these drugs were given for 5 days or less. Where the palatine tonsils become so swollen that swallowing is impaired, a tonsillectomy may be performed to remove the tonsils.

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