What is Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is a condition in which the tonsils become inflamed due to infection caused by bacteria, viruses or other germs. The symptoms of tonsillitis include sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, swollen lymph glands, fever, and headache.

what is tonsillitis


Acute tonsillitis

This is a short-term inflammation of the tonsils, usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection.

Chronic tonsillitis

This is long-term inflammation of the tonsils, which can be caused by repeated episodes of acute tonsillitis or other factors like allergies.

Recurrent tonsillitis

This condition occurs when a person experiences multiple episodes of acute tonsillitis within a year.



  • Viral infections, such as the common cold or flu.
  • Tonsillitis can also be caused by bacterial infections, such as strep throat.
  • Other factors that can contribute to tonsillitis include allergies, smoking, poor oral hygiene, and exposure to air pollution or other irritants.


  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fever
  • Swollen tonsils & glands in the neck
  • Bad breath
  • Hoarse voice
tonsillitis symptoms


Diagnosis of tonsillitis is usually based on a physical examination, including a visual inspection of the tonsils, as well as a medical history and a throat culture or other diagnostic tests to confirm the presence of a bacterial infection. 

Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
Gargle with saltwater to reduce inflammation.
Eat soft, cool foods like yogurt and ice cream to soothe the throat.
Avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Don't consume hot, spicy, acidic, or crunchy foods that can irritate the throat.
Refrain from drinking alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate the body and exacerbate the symptoms.


Non-Surgical Treatments

Antibiotics: Antibiotics are the first line of defence against bacterial tonsillitis. They work by killing the bacteria causing the infection. However, they are not effective against viral tonsillitis.

Pain relievers: Pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) can help reduce pain and fever associated with tonsillitis.

Saltwater gargle: Gargling with warm salt water can help reduce inflammation and pain in the throat.

Rest and hydration: It is important to rest and stay hydrated to help the body fight off the infection. Resting allows the body to conserve energy and focus on healing, while hydration helps flush out toxins and improve overall health.

Throat lozenges: Throat lozenges or sprays can help soothe a sore throat and reduce pain. They typically contain ingredients such as menthol or eucalyptus that have a cooling and numbing effect on the throat.

Surgical Treatments

Tonsillectomy: A surgical procedure in which both tonsils are removed. It is usually recommended for people who have recurrent tonsillitis or breathing difficulties due to enlarged tonsils.

Risks and Complications

  • Recurrence
  • Chronic tonsillitis
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Spread of infection
risks and complications of tonsillitis

If left Untreated

If tonsillitis is left untreated, several complications can arise:

  • Abscess formation: Untreated tonsillitis can lead to the formation of abscesses in the tonsils.
  • Spread of infection: The infection can spread to other parts of the body, such as the ears, sinuses, and lungs.
  • Difficulty in breathing: The swelling of the tonsils can cause difficulty in breathing, especially during sleep.
  • Rheumatic fever: In rare cases, untreated tonsillitis can lead to rheumatic fever, a serious condition that can damage the heart, joints, and other organs.
  • Chronic tonsillitis: If the infection becomes chronic, the tonsils may need to be surgically removed.


The cost of tonsillitis treatment is between 40,000 INR to 1,20,000 INR in India. However, the cost of this treatment also depends on the type of surgery, procedure, facilities provided by your chosen hospital, etc.

Financial Options

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Insurance coverage

Tonsillitis treatment is mainly covered under health insurance. Most of the time, the insurer will cover a particular amount for surgical treatment of tonsillitis. However, the amount to be covered under insurance depends on the type of policy.

It is important to know that medical treatment for tonsillitis will not be covered under the insurance policy, it will only cover the cost or expenses of the surgical treatment, but to claim this, you will have to be hospitalized for 24 hours.

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Tonsillitis is a medical condition where the tonsils, located at the back of the throat, become inflamed and swollen. It is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection, and common symptoms include sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Tonsillitis can also cause bad breath and ear pain. 

Treatment for tonsillitis depends on the severity of the symptoms and the cause of the infection, with options ranging from over-the-counter pain medication and throat lozenges to antibiotics or surgical removal of the tonsils in severe cases.

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The first signs of tonsillitis may include sore throat, difficulty in swallowing, swollen lymph nodes, fever, and tender or swollen tonsils.

Tonsillitis is not usually a serious condition and can be treated with medication and home remedies.

The fastest way to cure tonsillitis is to rest, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, and take prescribed medications like antibiotics, pain relievers, and throat lozenges.

The best medicine for tonsils depends on the cause of the infection and severity of the symptoms. Antibiotics like penicillin, amoxicillin, or erythromycin may be prescribed for bacterial tonsillitis, while pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help relieve discomfort.

Soft and easy-to-swallow foods like soups, broths, smoothies, and mashed potatoes are best to eat with tonsillitis. Caffeine, alcohol, spicy, acidic, and crunchy foods should be avoided.

Removing tonsils is a surgical procedure called a tonsillectomy, performed in cases of recurrent tonsillitis, obstructive sleep apnea, or other related conditions. The surgery is done under general anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Foods that are spicy, acidic, hot, or crunchy should be avoided with tonsillitis as they can irritate the throat and worsen the symptoms. Dairy products like milk, ice cream, and cheese may thicken the mucus and make swallowing more difficult.