Cure A Tonsil Infection

A tonsil infection, also known as tonsillitis, causes the tonsils to become inflamed and swollen, often appearing white. In addition to pain while swallowing and talking, tonsil infections may cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, chills and sore throat. Tonsil infections can be caused by a virus or by bacteria. Either way, tonsil infections can be cured with proper treatment.


1. Visit your doctor to determine the cause of your tonsil infection. For bacterial tonsil infections, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics, usually penicillin. The entire course of antibiotics must be taken to fully cure the infection. Continue taking the medication until it is all gone, even if your symptoms have disappeared.

2. For viral tonsil infections, take an analgesic such as Tylenol and suck on throat lozenges to dull the sore throat. Soak in an Epsom salt bath to ease fever-related symptoms. Get plenty of rest. Drink 100% fruit or vegetable juice to boost your immune system and remain hydrated.

3. Mix a cup of boiling water with several sprinkles of turmeric to make a hot tea to coat your throat and ease the burning tonsil pain. Or gargle with 2 to 3 tsp. of pure lime juice in salt water for as long as possible to attempt to ease the pain.

4. Consider having a tonsillectomy — and operation to remove your tonsils — if you suffer recurrent tonsil infections. This may be the only way to fully cure your condition.

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