Tonsils are lumps of tissue at the back of the throat. Tonsillitis is an infection of the throat. This infection causes the tonsils to become red, tender, and puffy (swollen). If germs (bacteria) caused the infection, an antibiotic medicine will be given to you. If your tonsillitis is severe and happens often, you may need to get your tonsils removed (tonsillectomy).


  • Rest and sleep often.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • While your throat is sore, eat soft or liquid foods like:

  • Soup.

  • Ice cream.

  • Instant breakfast drinks.

  • Eat frozen ice pops.

  • Gargle with a warm or cold liquid to help soothe the throat. Gargle with a water and salt mix. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of water.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • If you are given medicines (antibiotics), take them as told. Finish them even if you start to feel better.


  • You throw up (vomit).

  • You have a very bad headache.

  • You have a stiff neck.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You have trouble breathing or swallowing.

  • You have bad throat pain, drooling, or your voice changes.

  • You have bad pain not helped by medicine.

  • You cannot fully open your mouth.

  • You have redness, puffiness, or bad pain in the neck.

  • You have a fever.

  • The patient is a child younger than 3 months and has a fever.

  • The patient is a child older than 3 months and has a fever or problems that do not go away.

  • The patient is a child older than 3 months, has a fever, and his or her problems get worse.

  • You have large, tender lumps on your neck.

  • You have a rash.

  • You cough up green, yellow-brown, or bloody fluid.

  • You cannot swallow liquids or food for 24 hours.

  • The patient is a child and cannot swallow liquids or food for 12 hours.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.