• Tonsillitis Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • 1 My son has Tonsillitis and finds it very difficult to eat. What foods can I give him so that he doesn't refuse eating?

    You can follow some simple dietary tips so that your son eats comfortably:

    • Increase intake of fluids like lukewarm water, lemon and honey juice to soothe the throat
    • Soft pliable foods like plain pasta, rice, yogurt and puddings can be given.
    • Soups containing vegetables, pasta and soft meat can be consumed.
    • Avoid acidic juices like grapefruit juice, lemonade, orange juice, etc.
    • Avoid cola and caffeine-containing products such as coffee.
    • Avoid giving food items that are too hard and crunchy like pizza crust and crisp cookies.

    Click on Diet & Nutrition to know more about foods to give and avoid in Tonsillitis.

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  • 2 My child is suffering from Tonsillitis. Can I send him/her to school?

    Gauge how well your child looks and feels. If he / she is running a high temperature, is weak and irritable, home rest would be a better option. However, if the attack seems mild, and there is no fever or weakness, you may send him / her to school, provided your child follows some simple measures:

    • They should avoid sharing their handkerchiefs, napkins, spoons, food plates with other children.
    • They must be instructed to wash their hands regularly with soap to minimize chances of re-infection.

  • 3 Is there any medicine that can deal with Tonsillitis without any side effects?

    There is a much better way than conventional medications to get relief from Tonsillitis. Homeopathy is effective in both Acute and Chronic cases. It utilizes minute doses of well-researched remedies to enhance the body's natural healing process.

    Homeopathy treats the patient as a whole through promotion of inner balance at the physical and emotional level by raising the quality of immunity. Homeopathy is a much safer and better mode of treatment, especially in cases of children. It does not cause any unwanted side effects, but gives lasting relief to the patient without any complications.

    There are more than 300 remedies in Homeopathy for the treatment of both, acute and chronic tonsillitis. The sooner it is begun, the better are the outcomes. What are you waiting for? Homeopathy is safe, gentle and effective! Start A Consultation with one of our Experts now!

  • 4 My child has Tonsillitis and our family physician has recommended us to opt for surgical removal of tonsils. Is Surgery the only option for permanent relief?

    Tonsils help the body in its defence against bacteria and viruses by forming antibodies, and so it is essential to conserve them especially in the first 5 years of life.

    However, if your child is suffering from recurrent episodes of tonsillitis or at some point the enlarged tonsils cause upper airway obstruction or difficulty in eating, then surgical removal of the tonsils called tonsillectomy, may be necessary.

    The procedure itself is safe, when done under a skilled surgeon. However, the surgery may have some unpleasant side effects like weakness, nausea, vomiting, ear pain and fever, as well as some major adverse effects like bleeding (because the tonsils are located near certain major blood vessels).

    We recommend you to opt for a second opinion before you decide on going in for a tonsillectomy for your child.

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  • 5 I have Tonsillitis. Are there any simple steps I can take at home to deal with it?

    In the initial stages, Tonsillitis can be taken care of by following some home remedial measures like:

    • Salt water gargling- This acts as a natural antiseptic
    • Lozenges- They help to soothe the inflammation
    • Drinking warm water with honey- Honey is a natural, soothing agent for the throat. Warm water acts both as a soother and mild anti-infective.

    But if the symptoms progress or become worse, it is advisable to begin medical treatment with a professional doctor.

  • 6 Can Tonsillitis be treated by conventional medicines?

    Conventional prescriptions usually follow the rule of symptomatic treatment.

    • Pain is controlled by the use of pain-killers like paracetamol.
    • For inflammation, NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) like Ibuprofen
    • Antibiotics are prescribed usually in all cases of Tonsillitis, whether bacterial or viral.

    If Tonsillitis is recurrent, persistent or if the enlarged tonsils cause upper airway obstruction or difficulty in eating, then surgery is advised.

    However, few points to remember:

    • Pure symptomatic treatment does not guarantee complete cure or freedom from recurrence.
    • Surgical removal of tonsils may permanently eliminate the issues of tonsillitis, but the immune system may suffer a setback since tonsils work in a protective capacity.

  • 7 Can untreated Tonsillitis lead to complications?

    • The ear, nose and throat are closely interlinked with each other, so any infection in one of them can spread to the adjacent organ causing complications like abscess formation (pus collection) or inflammation.
    • Tonsillitis can cause a certain degree of breathing difficulty and initiate snoring in children.
    • Trapped bacteria, mucus and pus may get hardened to form stones within the tonsils.

    Know more about the dangers of untreated Tonsillitis. Click on Complications of Tonsillitis

  • 8 For how long does a single attack of Tonsillitis last?

    If untreated, an uncomplicated case of Acute Tonsillitis lasts for an average of 5 days, whereas Chronic Tonsillitis may last for more than 2 weeks. In many cases though, Chronic Tonsillitis is persistent and refuses to go away without proper medical intervention.

  • 9 My child's best friend is suffering from Tonsillitis. What can I do to protect my child from being infected by it?

    FACT: Tonsillitis is a contagious disease.

    But you can take certain precautionary measures to protect your child from it, especially if they are in constant contact with possibly infected children. HYGIENE is the key!

    • Wash hands thoroughly with soap before and after eating- Make sure that your child has washed his hands frequently and thoroughly with disinfectant soap or liquid hand wash.
    • Avoiding close contact with infected children (in your case, best friend) for few days.
    • Avoid sharing belongings with infected children to reduce the chance of contamination.

  • 10 Does throat pain necessarily mean Tonsillitis?

    Not at all! The throat can become painful because of other diseases too, the common ones are Adenoiditis, Otitis, and Diphtheria. In Adenoiditis, there is an inflammation of the lymphoid tissue present at the back of the roof of mouth. This results in difficulty in breathing and tendency to snore, and is seen almost exclusively in children.

    Otitis is an infection of the ear occurring either as a result of spread of throat infection, or independently wherein it can spread to the throat. The middle ear and nose are internally connected by a narrow canal called the Eustachian tube that is a potential transporter of infection to and fro.

    Diptheria is caused by bacteria - Corynebacterium diphtheria- and produces fever, sore throat, hoarseness, cough and bluish discoloration of the skin. Tonsils get covered with a purplish gray membrane.

    It is always advisable to consult a medical professional to know the exact nature of disease you / your child suffers from. If you / your child are suffering from throat pain, don't wait! Start A Consultation with one of our Experts NOW and start your treatment early!

  • 11 How would I know if I am/ my child is suffering from Tonsillitis?

    Usually, the first symptom that is witnessed is pain in throat coupled with difficulty in swallowing. Throat pain can aggravate on swallowing liquids or solids, and in some severe cases, empty swallowing too can bring on pain radiating to ears.

    Children generally become cranky and irritable and lose their appetite. Later, they may go into a phase of dullness and listlessness. However, the final diagnosis can be made only by a trained healthcare professional, on careful examination and history taking.

    You can read more about the Symptoms of Tonsillitis

    It is important to remember that the tonsils play a minor role in the defence mechanism of the body. So, the sooner they are treated, the better!