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What is Tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis refers to the infection of the tonsils (glands on either side of the back of the throat). Tonsils are a part of the lymphatic system, which are responsible for maintaining our immunity. The inflammation of these glands leads to symptoms of tonsillitis. This infection tends to be common in children but is noted to develop in adults as well.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

The symptoms of tonsillitis may be as follows:

The symptoms often tend to be painful and may lead to great discomfort. Young children may experience other accompanying symptoms such as nausea and stomach pain.

What are the main causes?

Tonsillitis is a viral or bacterial infection and often follows a cold. Hence, the symptoms of common cold such as runny nose, cough, and fever may slowly transition into the symptoms of tonsillitis as they turn more severe.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Immunisation against tonsillitis is not possible and hence, it cannot be prevented easily.  An individual may suffer from tonsillitis more than once a lifetime.

The diagnosis of tonsillitis can be done by the examination of the symptoms and via laboratory analysis of the throat swab to identify the organism.

In case tonsillitis has been caused by bacteria, then taking antibiotics is the most effective form of treatment. However, in case tonsillitis is caused due to virus, then medications may not help to eliminate the cause. The following measures can be taken to ease the symptoms:

  • Taking paracetamol for reducing fever
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Consuming enough fluids
  • Eating soft foods
  • Gargling with salt water
  • Using pain relief medication (only after consulting the doctor).
  1. Medicines for Tonsillitis
  2. Doctors for Tonsillitis
Dr. K. K. Handa

Dr. K. K. Handa

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Dr. Aru Chhabra Handa

Dr. Aru Chhabra Handa

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Dr. Yogesh Parmar

Dr. Yogesh Parmar

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Medicines for Tonsillitis

Medicines listed below are available for Tonsillitis. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
Blumox CaBLUMOX CA 1.2GM INJECTION 20ML103
BactoclavBACTOCLAV 1.2MG INJECTION99
Mega CvMEGA CV 1.2GM INJECTION98
AzibactAzibact 100 Mg/5 Ml Redimix Suspension21
AtmAtm 100 Mg Tablet Xl20
Erox CvEROX CV DRY SYRUP84
MoxclavMoxclav 1.2 Gm Injection95
NovamoxNOVAMOX 500MG CAPSULE 10S0
Moxikind CvMoxikind Cv 1000 Mg/200 Mg Injection92
PulmoxylPulmoxyl 250 Mg Tablet Dt50
AzilideAzilide 100 Mg Redimix22
ZithroxZithrox 100 Mg Suspension20
AzeeAZEE 100MG DRY 15ML SYRUP27
ClavamClavam 1000 Mg/62.5 Mg Tablet XR352
AdventAdvent 200 Mg/28.5 Mg Dry Syrup47
AugmentinAUGMENTIN 1.2GM INJECTION 1S105
ClampCLAMP 30ML SYRUP45
AzithralAzithral XL 200 Liquid 60ml152
MoxMox 250 mg Capsule27
Zemox ClZemox Cl 1000 Mg/200 Mg Injection135
P Mox KidP Mox Kid 125 Mg/125 Mg Tablet12
AceclaveAceclave 250 Mg/125 Mg Tablet85
Amox ClAmox Cl 200 Mg/28.5 Mg Syrup39
ZoclavZoclav 500 Mg/125 Mg Tablet159

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References

  1. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: US National Library of Medicine; Tonsillitis.
  2. Healthdirect Australia. Tonsillitis. Australian government: Department of Health
  3. Victorian Agency for Health: Government of Victoria [Internet]; Tonsillitis.
  4. InformedHealth.org [Internet]. Cologne, Germany: Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG); 2006-. Tonsillitis: Overview. 2013 Mar 27 [Updated 2019 Jan 17].
  5. Government of Western Australia Child and Adolescent Health Service [Internet]; Tonsillitis.
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