Are your tonsils white and swollen? Feel like someone injected your throat with a vile bee sting that caused your throat to swell like a balloon? If so, you most likely have a tonsil infection.

Tonsil infections are generally classified into bacterial or viral infections. The most common symptom is swollen or inflamed tonsils, also called tonsillitis. However, you may also experience fever, headache, earache, sore throat, chills, and aches and pains. It is also very likely that you will have problems tasting, swallowing, and speaking.

There are several different ways to treat tonsillitis depending on what type of infection it is. For viral infections, you can relieve symptoms by taking pain relievers and throat lozenges. However, there are no prescription drugs for viral infections. Like a cold or flu, the virus will clear up after a few days.

You can help relieve symptoms by bathing in Epson salts, which can stop fever and aches. You can also drink plenty of vegetable juice, which will boost your immune system and help your body fight infection. You can also mix plain boiled water with turmeric and pepper powder, which can coat your throat and stop the pain. Or you can mix lime with salt and water, which can also relieve a sore throat.

To treat a tonsil infection caused by bacteria, you will need to take antibiotics. You should first visit your doctor, who will take a throat swab to confirm the presence of the strep bacteria. He will usually prescribe penicillin, which you must take for the allotted time. If you only take the pills until you feel better, your tonsil infection may come back. You should finish your pills, even if you feel 100 percent better after a couple of days.

Unfortunately, with penicillin or not, some people are prone to chronic or recurrent tonsillitis. In some severe and recurring cases of tonsil inflammation, or when the tonsils are constantly getting infected, you may consider having the tonsils removed. This is also called a tonsillectomy. Although the procedure is considered safe, there are certain costs and precautions that you should consider and discuss with your doctor.

So if you look in the mirror and notice that your tonsils are swollen, you shouldn’t panic. Get some rest and take care of your body so that the infection can clear up and you can return to your normal state, free of swollen tonsils.

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