A 21-year-old member asked:
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my tonsils are inflamed and i can't swallow. are there home remedies that can help?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
28 years experience Family Medicine
Salt water: Sounds gross, but gargling with salt water gives a lot of people relief. If you're having that much difficulty swallowing though, you should see a doctor because you may need an antibiotic and other treatment.
Answered on Feb 21, 2013
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Dr. Ronda Alexander
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Old timey: You can try gargling with salt water or peroxide but, if you can't swallow, things may be more serious than that. Get to your primary doctor asap and see if you have a complicated infection.
Answered on Mar 27, 2014
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