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Tonsillitis is an infection in the tonsils which can be easily treated. Often tonsillitis will resolve by itself but sometimes you might need treatment which is easily accessed by seeing an online GP. The tonsils are two small structures at the back of your throat that help your body to fight infection. If they get infected they can become enlarged and painful. Most cases of tonsillitis are caused by viruses. They will usually resolve on their own in about a week as your immune system fights the infection. Antibiotics do not help with viral infections so the best things to do to help with this can be rest, drinking plenty of fluids, simple pain relief like paracetamol, lozenges or salt-water gargles.
Sometimes, however, tonsillitis can be caused by bacterial infections that may need to be treated with antibiotics. tapGP is a private GP service that can discuss your symptoms and give you a prescription for antibiotics if needed. If you have a fever, white spots/pus on the tonsils, more than three days of symptoms and no cold/flu symptoms you might be more likely to have a bacterial infection and need antibiotics.
The most common antibiotics used for tonsillitis treatment is phenoxymethylpenicillin, however, if you are allergic to penicillin you may be prescribed clarithromycin or erythromycin instead. Usually, your doctor will advise 5-10 days of antibiotics. It is important to keep taking the antibiotics until they are finished, even if you start to feel better. You should not go to work or school if you have tonsillitis as you can pass it on to others. Once your fever has resolved or you have been taking antibiotics for more than 24 hours you can return to work or school. If you have trouble breathing or swallowing, difficulty keeping fluids down or opening your mouth, severe pain or a very high temperature please contact a doctor urgently as these might be signs of a more serious infection.
tapGP is a private doctor so can provide GP appointments online, wherever you are that can fit into your schedule. TapGP enables you to see a private doctor, but you don’t have to deregister with your own GP. You can see an online GP with tapGP if you are can’t get to your own GP or the waiting times are too long. tapGP can work with your own GP to ensure you have convenient access to healthcare, advice and treatment as you need it. Learn more about tonsillitis.