What to do in case of recurrent swollen tonsils?

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Swollen tonsils is identified as a symptom of diseases like tonsillitis, strep throat, and glandular fever. So, in case you have swollen tonsils, there are chances that you might be suffering from any of these diseases. However, under proper care and treatment, swollen tonsils can be cured. But, in a few cases, you can suffer from recurrent swollen tonsils even after undergoing pharmacological treatment.

In this article, you will get to know what exactly can be done to prevent or cure the recurrence of swollen tonsils.

Consult with the ENT doctor and get diagnosed with the medical condition that causes swollen tonsils:

First things first. If you start noticing swollen tonsils, make sure to consult with the nearest ENT doctor. During the consultation, discuss all your past and present medical and medication history. Upon further evaluation of your tonsils and thorough throat examination, ENT doctors can recommend undergoing a few culture tests and laboratory tests. Once the tests are completed, based on the findings or results, you can be diagnosed with either tonsillitis, glandular fever, or strep throat.

If you are a resident of Gurgaon or any other city like Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, etc.-we suggest you visit Pristyn Care. Pristyn Care is one of the best and safest healthcare providers where all the ENT doctors are highly experienced and well trained in providing effective treatment for your swollen tonsils. 

Medical therapies to treat bacterial and viral infections that cause swollen tonsils:

As diagnosed by ENT doctors, swollen tonsils can be a result of either tonsillitis, glandular fever, or strep throat. Tonsillitis can be caused due to either bacterial or viral infection. Group A Streptococcus can cause strep throat and glandular fever is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Now, based on the cause of your disease [bacterial or viral infection] that results in swollen tonsils, ENT doctors can plan either surgical or nonsurgical treatment options to cure your swollen tonsils.

To treat bacterial infections that cause the recurrence of swollen tonsils, your doctor can prescribe antibacterial medications like cephalosporin, penicillin, clindamycin, etc. as a course based [for a few days or weeks or months]. You should follow all instructions suggested by your doctor during the entire course of antibiotics and should not stop in between the course as if you feel better and relieved from the swollen tonsils. The main reason to finish the complete course is to avoid the spread of bacterial infection to other healthy parts of your body. And to avoid the recurrence of infection.

If viral infections are the main cause of the recurrence of swollen tonsils, your doctor recommends not to take antibiotics as they can’t kill the viruses. Usually, in case of viral infections, your doctors can recommend undergoing tonsillectomy where swollen and inflamed tonsils are removed entirely.

Surgical option to reduce the swollen tonsils: Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure where your infected and swollen tonsils are removed completely. It can be performed by ENT doctors using different techniques like cold knife dissection, cauterization, ultrasonic vibration, and laser tonsillectomy. Out of all these techniques, laser tonsillectomy is the best and safest way to remove swollen tonsils as it involves fewer incisions, quick recovery, less chance of infection, and a high success rate.

If you plan to undergo tonsillectomy in Gurgaon or Delhi or Bangalore or any other city, we recommend you to visit Pristyn Care where ENT doctors are experts in performing tonsillectomy with minimal or no risks.

Lifestyle and dietary changes with home remedies to reduce the swollen tonsils:

To prevent and to reduce the effect of swollen tonsils, your doctor can recommend a few lifestyle & dietary changes.

  • Drink fluids to keep you hydrated and to reduce the tenderness of the throat.
  • Wash your hands often before touching your mouth or nose as they can carry viruses and bacteria that can cause tonsillitis, strep throat, and glandular fever.
  • To reduce the cough, you can take lozenges which can help you to stop coughing and also helps in soothing the irritated tissues of the throat.
  • Take over-the-counter [OTC] painkillers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen to reduce the pain caused by swollen tonsils
  • You should try to avoid sharing food or utensils with someone who is suffering from tonsillitis.
  • You have to gargle your mouth with warm salt water regularly to avoid getting infected by viruses and bacteria.
  • Your toothbrush can carry viruses and bacteria over a long time, so you have to replace it frequently.

Follow all the lifestyle modifications and dietary changes to keep away the viruses and bacteria that can cause swollen tonsils.


As a result of diseases like tonsillitis, glandular fever, and strep throat, one can suffer from swollen tonsils. Swollen tonsils can cause some serious health concerns like the formation of ulcers in the throat, difficulty swallowing, severe throat pain, and disturbed sleep. However, even after proper medications and surgical procedures, one may notice the recurrence of swollen tonsils. In such cases, primary or revision of tonsillectomy is recommended where tonsils are completely removed surgically and prevents the recurrence of swollen tonsils.