Tonsillitis treatment

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Tonsillitis treatment

Phone or video appointments for £39

NHS trained doctors and clinicians

Prescriptions and referrals sent instantly

Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils, which can often resolve on its own. In some cases, treatment is necessary and can be conveniently accessed by consulting an online GP. The tonsils are small structures at the back of your throat that help in fighting infection. When infected, they can become swollen and painful. Most tonsillitis cases are viral and typically clear up within a week as your immune system fights the infection. Antibiotics are ineffective against viral infections. To manage your symptoms, rest, stay hydrated, and consider simple pain relief methods like paracetamol, lozenges, or saltwater gargles.

Sometimes, tonsillitis can result from bacterial infections, which may require antibiotic treatment. tapGP is a private GP service that can help you assess your symptoms and provide a prescription for antibiotics if necessary. Signs of a bacterial infection may include a fever, white spots or pus on the tonsils and symptoms lasting more than three days without cold or flu symptoms.

The most common antibiotics prescribed for tonsillitis are phenoxymethylpenicillin. However, if you are allergic to penicillin, your doctor may recommend alternatives like clarithromycin or erythromycin. Typically, your doctor will advise taking antibiotics for 5-10 days. It’s important to complete the full course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms improve. While you have tonsillitis, it’s best not to go to work or school to prevent spreading the infection. You can return when your fever improves or after taking antibiotics for more than 24 hours.

If you experience severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swallowing, keeping fluids down, or opening your mouth, along with severe pain or a very high temperature, please seek immediate medical attention, as these could be signs of a more serious infection.

tapGP is a private doctor service that offers online GP appointments, making healthcare accessible wherever you are and fitting into your schedule. With tapGP, you can see a private doctor without needing to deregister from your regular GP. If you can’t reach your own GP or are facing long waiting times, tapGP can step in to provide convenient access to healthcare, advice, and treatment. We can even collaborate with your regular GP to ensure you receive the care you need when you need it. Learn more about tonsillitis.

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