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What should I do if I have tonsillitis?

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If you or your child has tonsillitis because of a virus, it’s a lot like having a cold. The best you can do is try to give yourself relief from symptoms, as you would do with a sore throat or fever. Plenty of rest is a good place to start.

If bacteria are causing it, your doctor may give you antibiotics to kill them and clear up the infection.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Tonsils and Adenoids.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tonsillitis.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health: “Tonsillitis: Should my child have a tonsillectomy?”

Piedmont Healthcare: “When should your tonsils be removed?”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “What is Sleep Apnea?”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Tonsils and Adenoids.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tonsillitis.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health: “Tonsillitis: Should my child have a tonsillectomy?”

Piedmont Healthcare: “When should your tonsils be removed?”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “What is Sleep Apnea?”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2018

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