The treatment for tonsillitis must always be indicated by a general practitioner or an otorhinolaryngologist, as it varies depending on the type of tonsillitis, which can be bacterial or viral, in which case it must be treated with different types of medication. However, in most cases, the doctor may recommend the use of medication to reduce fever and relieve sore throat, such as paracetamol, for example.
During treatment for tonsillitis, it is important to take measures that can help reduce symptoms and contribute to body recovery, such as drinking plenty of water, eating more creamy and cold foods.
It is important to follow the doctor’s recommendations, since, in certain situations, tonsillitis can even become chronic, and a longer treatment may be necessary or a surgery to remove the tonsils may be required. Know when surgery is indicated for tonsillitis.
This is the most common type of tonsillitis, which arises when the throat is infected by bacteria, usually of the Streptococcus and Neumococcal type., generating symptoms such as pain in the throat and presence of pus in the tonsils. In these cases, it may be necessary to use antibiotics, considering the most common ones: penicillin, amoxicillin or cephalexin.
However, there are some people with a history of severe hypersensitivity reactions to this type of medication, called betalactámicos; for this reason, in these people it is necessary to replace these drugs with azithromycin, clarithromycin or clindamycin.
These antibiotics must be used until the end of the blister or during the number of days indicated by the doctor, even if the symptoms have disappeared; to guarantee that the bacteria are completely eliminated and do not generate resistance to drugs.
Asimismo, the doctor can prescribe analgesic or anti-inflammatory drugs, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, respectively, to relieve discomfort during treatment, such as pain and pain in the head. He also knows some home remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms of tonsillitis.
In cases of viral tonsillitis, there is no drug capable of eliminating the virus, unlike in cases of bacterial infection; for this reason, the body itself is in charge of eliminating the virus. To facilitate this work, you should stay at home at rest, drink at least 2 liters of water a day and take supplements with vitamin C, echinacea extract and zinc, which strengthen the immune system.
As in bacterial tonsillitis, in this case the doctor can also indicate the use of analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, with the purpose of reducing headache and sore throat, facilitating recovery.
The treatment for chronic tonsillitis is also carried out with antibiotic drugs, as well as with analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs, and it is always necessary to go to the doctor in case of recurrence.
When chronic tonsillitis arises, the surgery to remove the tonsils can be recommended, which is usually performed under general anesthesia, being able to return home the same day. The recovery from this surgery can last up to 2 weeks and, normally, you can feel pain during this time, for this reason, it is recommended to eat bland foods that are easier to swallow.
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The treatment for tonsillitis in an embarassed woman is delicate and must always be evaluated by a doctor, who must determine its benefits and risks. There is no antibiotic that does not have a potential risk for the fetus, however, those that are safer in the embarrassment are penicillin and its derivatives, such as amoxicillin and cephalexin, or, in case of allergy, erythromycin.
During the treatment for tonsillitis in the embarassed woman, you should keep rest during the entire treatment and drink enough cold fluids, in addition to taking medication for the fever, such as paracetamol, which is the most recommended for embarassed women.
In any case of tonsillitis, during the treatment it is recommended:
- Reposar mientras if tenga fiebre;
- Drink around 2 liters of water a day;
- Eat bland, lukewarm or cold foods;
- Drink plain liquids to not irritate your throat.
Also, if you can drink juices rich in vitamin C that help to strengthen the immune system, such as orange juice, piña or kiwi, it is also recommended to drink echinacea tea throughout the day, as it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and, therefore, it helps to alleviate the symptoms of tonsillitis.
Know other benefits of echinacea and how to use it.
It is important to consult a general practitioner or otorhinolaryngologist in case of symptoms of tonsillitis and, if the diagnosis is confirmed, the medical indications must be followed; because, if not treated correctly, tonsillitis can cause complications such as rheumatic fever, which occurs mainly in children and adolescents between 5 and 15 years of age, with the symptoms of this illness appearing 2 to 3 weeks after the beginning of the disease. tonsillitis.
Similarly, the release of substances during tonsillitis can cause scarlet fever, which is a disease characterized by symptoms such as red spots on the body, rough skin, presence of inflamed lymph nodes in the skin, vomiting and fever; for this reason, if these symptoms arise, it is necessary to immediately seek new medical attention.
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