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Does gargling vodka help tonsilitis

A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You would be: better off gargling warm salt water.

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
I won't go for it: Vinegar is diluted acetic acid. The acids can destroy the enamel of teeth, can also cause inflammation as oral mucosa is very soft and sensitive. Go f... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Suggestions: Cepacol lozenges, tylenol, (acetaminophen) and advil. If it continues then get culture to make sure not strep. Novacaine gel can help.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Probably not: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. William Carlos
Critical Care 20 years experience
Spray: I would get a bulb suction (rubber -- the kind we suck out kids noses with) and fill it with water and try to squirt it at the back tonsil/pill to try... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jennifer Frank
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: Morgan - you can get a throat infection more than once, even if you were treated with antibiotics. Most throat infections are viral and can take seve... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
ENT doc: Good start to symptomatic treatment. See ENT doc. Tonsils may have to be removed.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tonsillitis spread: Yes, tonsil infections can "spread" to include pus accumulation in the areas next to the tonsils called the peritonsillar space to cause a peritonsill... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Well - you won't : Cure a bacterial tonsillitis at home. Even it is a viral tonsillitis - you are treating the symptoms while you wait for the infection to resolve. For ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 36 years experience
Tonsillitis: It usually runs 7-10 days, see PCP to get a throat culture to rule out Strep. You may need an antibiotic.

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