Home remedies for tonsillitis

Self-care practices can offer relief from the symptoms of tonsillitis. Tonsillitis, an infection of the tonsils, can stem from either bacterial or viral sources. Typical symptoms include swollen or inflamed tonsils, a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever, hoarseness, bad breath, and ear pain. While viral infections often resolve on their own, bacterial infections may necessitate antibiotics. Additionally, managing symptoms such as inflammation and pain can be achieved with NSAIDs like ibuprofen.

Home Remedies For Tonsillitis

Several home remedies can effectively alleviate tonsillitis symptoms:

Salt Water Gargling:

Gargling with warm salt water can soothe throat pain and inflammation. Dissolve about ½ teaspoon of salt in 4 ounces of warm water, gargle for a few seconds, and then spit it out. Do this two to three times a day and you will see its soothing effects.

Licorice Lozenges:

Lozenges containing liquorice can provide anti-inflammatory benefits, easing discomfort and swelling. Avoid giving lozenges to young children due to choking hazards; throat sprays are a safer alternative. You can get one over the counter from your nearest pharmacy

Warm Tea with Raw Honey:

Warm beverages like tea, especially when mixed with raw honey, possess antibacterial properties that can aid in treating infections and reducing discomfort. You should avoid giving honey to young children under 1 year of age.

This is because they are at risk of getting Botulism, which is a rare yet severe condition caused by Clostridium Botulinum that attacks one’s nerves, causing paralysis, difficulty in breathing and sometimes, even death.

Home remedies for tonsillitis

Popsicles and Ice Chips:

Cold temperatures can help alleviate pain, inflammation, and swelling associated with tonsillitis. Popsicles, ice chips, and frozen treats like ice cream can be particularly soothing, especially for children.


Using a humidifier can relieve throat discomfort caused by dry air. Cool-mist humidifiers are recommended, particularly if the tonsillitis is viral in nature. Alternatively, sitting in a steam-filled room can provide similar relief.

If symptoms persist or worsen, it’s advisable to consult a doctor, especially if experiencing the following;

  1. Fever.
  2. Persistent sore throat.
  3. Difficulty swallowing.
  4. Ear discharge.
  5. If you start experiencing projectile vomiting.

When you visit your doctor, they might do a variety of tests, which will aid in your treatment. These tests include, and are not limited to;

  1. A complete blood panel is needed to see any signs of infection and check your blood levels.
  2. A throat swab for culture and drug sensitivity.

Over The Counter Medications You Can Buy For Tonsilitis

Here are some medications you can buy over the counter at your nearest pharmacy to help with Tonsils;

Pain Relievers: You can buy painkillers such as Acetaminophen to help reduce pain and fever. For fever in children, avoid medications such as Aspirin in children because they cause Reyes syndrome, which can be life-threatening. Other alternatives include Ibuprofen

Antibiotics: Antibiotics can also be used to treat Tonsils. The choice of antibiotics depends on the country’s guidelines for treatment. In most countries, the most common treatment is the use of Oral Penicillin, such as Amoxicillin for 10 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What gets rid of tonsilitis quickly?

To help get rid of the symptoms of tonsils;
1. Get plenty of rest i.e. Get 8 hours of adequate rest.
2. Take over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen that can help with the pain and fever.
3. Properly rehydrate by taking at least 8 glasses of water in a day.
4. Gargle with warm salty water at least twice in a day.

Can lemons help with tonsilitis?

Yes, lemons can help with tonsils. Squeeze lemon into hot water and take it twice daily to help reduce the symptoms of tonsilitis.

What is the medication for Tonsilitis?

In Kenya, the common medication for Tonsils is Penicillins taken orally for at least 10 days. Of course, this will depend on your country’s guidelines. Always visit a trained medical practitioner for a proper subscription.

By Henf Henf

Am Henfrey Wangulu, a Clinical Officer/Physician associate based in Kenya. I am a Tech and Health enthusiast and in my free time, I like Swimming, Art and socializing with other people

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