What is tonsillitis?

Tonsils are 2 lymph nodes present on each side of the back of the throat. Our tonsils function as a defense mechanism to help prevent the body from getting infections. Tonsillitis is the condition when the tonsils get infected. Tonsillitis is a very common illness among young children but can occur at any age. An individual or child having tonsillitis may have a sore throat, swollen tonsils, and a high fever.
Tonsillitis is commonly caused by a virus infection, but a bacterial infection can also be the cause of tonsillitis. The appropriate treatment for tonsillitis mainly depends on the cause of the infection. So, a thorough diagnosis is very important to decide the accurate treatment. Surgery to remove tonsils, known as a tonsillectomy, can be performed when tonsillitis occurs frequently, does not respond to nonsurgical treatments, and causes severe complications.

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  • Common viruses like rhinovirus, enterovirus, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, etc.
  • Bacterial infections such as strep throat
  • Throat pain and tenderness
  • High fever
  • Redness in tonsils
  • A white or yellow coating on the tonsils
  • Painful blisters or ulcers on the throat
  • Ear pain
  • Trouble eating and swallowing
  • Swollen glands in the neck or jaw
  • Bad breath
  • A scratchy voice
  • Stiff neck
  • Exposure to bacteria at a very young age
  • Frequent exposure to germs that can cause tonsillitis
  • Take your prescribed pain medications whenever you feel pain. Also, avoid taking aspirin.
  • Complete the antibiotic medicine course. Don’t stop taking antibiotics just because you feel better.
  • Keep a track of all your medicines and take them as directed by the doctor.
  • You may experience bleeding after surgery for 4 to 8 days. Drink ice water and sit down if the bleeding is minimal. If you bleed excessively, contact the ENT surgeon right away.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol while your throat is healing.
  • Wrap a bag of crushed ice in a towel and place it on your neck for relief.
  • Don’t take shower or wash your face with hot water.
  • Avoid eating foods that are spicy, hot, or have sharp edges.
  • Do not gargle or let the brush touch the backside of your throat. Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth gently.
  • Don’t blow your nose, sneeze, or cough.
  • Use a cool humidifier to moisten the air and soothe your throat.
  • Limit your activities for 7 to 10 days after surgery.
  • You may get sick easily after the surgery. So, stay away from people who are sick and have a cold, sore throat, or flu.
  • Don’t drive or return to work without getting permission from your doctor.
  • Visit your doctor for follow-ups and contact the surgeon immediately if you have symptoms like worsening throat pain, high fever, red face/neck, swelling, itchy skin, or rashes.

Frequently Asked Question

An individual of any age can get tonsillitis. But tonsillitis is most common among kids or teens. If your child is having a sore throat frequently, accompanied by pain and fever, you should visit our ENT doctors, who are great with kids and will suggest you the best treatment.

Yes, tonsillitis is contagious. Sneezing and coughing can pass the germs causing the infection from one person to another.
The most common cause of tonsillitis or tonsils infection is a viral infection. But bacterial infections such as strep throat can also cause tonsillitis and are very common among children and teens.
Antibiotics can only work for tonsillitis caused by a bacterial infection. Your ENT doctor will prescribe you antibiotics to provide rapid symptom relief and reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others. Antibiotics for viral tonsillitis should never be taken as it is ineffective and it also increases your risk of complications like antibiotic resistance and gastrointestinal distress.
Tonsillitis or tonsils infection is very common and most people have tonsillitis at least one time in their lifetime.

Tonsillitis treatment for children and adults in Mumbai

Tonsillitis can cause uncomfortable symptoms in both children and adults. If your child is suffering from frequent tonsillitis infections, your child’s performance in academics or other activities in school might be compromised and your child may remain cranky, irritated and may not eat well (due to pain while swallowing). Symptoms of tonsillitis are quite similar in adults but may affect them differently. Tonsillitis among children and adults can be effectively treated with tonsillectomy surgery. Our ENT doctors for tonsillitis in Mumbai are great with young kids and are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating tonsillitis. Our doctor will perform a full examination and thoroughly diagnose the condition to determine the condition and its best possible treatment.  Please call us or connect with us using the form present on this page to meet with our expert ENT doctors for tonsillitis in Mumbai. 

When should you meet an ENT doctor for tonsillitis?

You should visit an ENT doctor if you have symptoms of tonsillitis such as-

  • A high fever higher than 38 degrees Celsius 
  • Stiffness in neck
  • Muscle weakness or general tiredness
  • Having a  sore throat for more than 2 days

Tonsillitis can sometimes cause more severe complications. Severe tonsil infection can cause swelling in the throat and make breathing difficult. You should seek immediate medical advice if you experience severe symptoms of tonsillitis, such as the ones mentioned above. Want to discuss your tonsillitis with an ENT specialist? Get in touch with us to meet with the best ENT doctor for tonsillitis in Mumbai for tonsillitis treatment. 

What will happen when you visit an ENT specialist for tonsillitis? 

Our ENT doctors are trained and experienced in treating tonsillitis in both children and adults. To diagnose tonsillitis, the ENT specialist will do a general examination to check for swelling around the tonsils. The doctors may also check the exterior of the throat to look for signs of enlarged lymph glands or other complications such as a rash. The doctor might also take a swab of the infected tonsils area and send it to the laboratory for closer inspection. A swab test is taken to find out whether the cause of the tonsils infection is viral or bacterial. If the patient’s swab comes out inconclusive, the doctor may need a complete blood cell count for further diagnosis. 

Reasons that a tonsillectomy is right for you or your child 

  • You or your child has recurrent episodes of tonsillitis accompanied by pain, discomfort, and fever 
  • You or your child has chronic tonsillitis that does not clear up with home remedies and antibiotics
  • You or your child has frequent ear infections due to tonsillitis
  • Having breathing difficulties because of enlarged tonsils
  • There are abscesses forming in the throat 

If you are suffering from tonsillitis, we realize how difficult things can be sometimes. Our ENT doctors will provide you the best treatment and you surely will get relief from tonsillitis and its troubling symptoms. Whether you are an adult or child, our ENT doctors will provide you the best tonsillitis treatment in Mumbai. You can visit our best ENT clinic in Mumbai to meet with our ENT specialists. 

How to prepare your child for a tonsillectomy?

  • Talk to your child about how he or she is feeling and give your strong reassurance and support. It is normal for kids to be scared or anxious. As a parent or guardian, you should talk to the child and assure them everything is safe and okay. 
  • Explain to your child that tonsillectomy will make him or her healthier and provide relief from the painful symptoms of tonsillitis.
  • Be with your child before and after the surgery as children often feel better when their parents or someone they trust is around. 
  • Tell your child about what he or she can expect after the surgery. The ENT doctor will brief the parent or guardian about it prior to the surgery. 
  • Reassure your child that the surgery does not remove any important organs from the body and that he or she will not look or feel any different afterward.

Our ENT specialists treat conditions that affect the ear, nose, throat, and neck in children. Our doctors specialize in minimally invasive ENT surgeries using the latest surgical techniques and approaches.

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