ExitCare ImageTonsillitis is an infection of the throat. This infection causes the tonsils to become red, tender, and puffy (swollen). Tonsils are groups of tissue at the back of your throat. If bacteria caused your infection, antibiotic medicine will be given to you. Sometimes symptoms of tonsillitis can be relieved with the use of steroid medicine. 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 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda 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.

  • You have a rash.

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

  • You cannot swallow liquids or food for 24 hours.

  • You notice that only one of your tonsils is swollen.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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