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Dr. Dale Tylor answered:

Can you tell me some home remedies for swollen tonsils?

Infectious or not?

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If you have strep tonsillitis, it is recommended you receive antibiotics. Swollen tonsils can be acute (sudden onset, usually from infection, rarely from tumors) or chronic (usually just someone with large tonsils). If there is some pain, you can start with saline gargles or using a "water pik" to rinse out the tonsil crypts. Sometimes oral steroids (rx) can help. See an ENT if they stay large
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Dr. Bernstein Joel answered:

Can you tell me of any home remedies for swollen tonsils?

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I firmly believe that swollen tonsils require a diagnosis because at age 46, the diagnosis could range from nothing at all to chronic tonsillitis to lymphoma. You should see an ENT doctor. In regard to home remedies, of course, you could gargle with an antiseptic, saline, but swelling of the tonsils mean lymphocyte hyperplasia (increase in number) and that requires a diagnosis.
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Dr. Ray Holt answered:

My tonsils are inflamed and I can't swallow. Are there home remedies that can help?

Salt water

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.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

I have a white spots/sores on my tonsils/mouth/throat. For four days and I have no ride to the doctor + no public transport. Any home remedies?

Herpangina

Herpangina
Read about this and see if it is a match. Any pharmacy can give you a topical oral anesthetic, which is all that will help if this is indeed herpangina.
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My son has cold because his nose tonsils are big so what can I do for him at home?

Large tonsils

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Your child does not have a cold because of his large tonsils although a cold can temporarily enlarge the tonsils. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can make your child sound nasal. If there is chronic snoring, he may need to be evaluated for sleep apnea.
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Dr. Gabor Racz answered:

Just had my tonsils out and i'm in so much pain. Is there anything I can do at home for the pain?

Ice cream

Try some ice cream The cold can be pain relieving and get the swelling down that contributes to pain.Cepacol spray may help Wait , all pain stops sooner or later!
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Dr. Bernstein Joel answered:

Is there anything i should do for my brother when he comes home from hospital? (just got tonsils out)

Reassurance

Narcotic
Tonsillectomy is a very painful operation, requiring at least 10 days for recovery depending on your brother's age. If there is no post-operative hemorrhage (1% of cases), then treating the postoperative pain with a good narcotic and drinking plenty of fluids is all that is necessary. Keep reassuring him that he will be better in about 10-14 days. Antibiotics are rarely necessary.
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Home treatment for swollen tonsils and pain when swallowing, slight cough, white patches and spots on tonsils?

You need medicine

Cough
Nope. This surely sounds like an infection and most likely Strep. This can kill if not treated. Please get to the doctor.
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I have thrush on the back of my throat on my tonsils. What at home things can I do if I can't afford medication?

Thrush?

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How do you know it's thrush? Oral fungus is pretty uncommon in otherwise healthy 19 year olds. Are you having pain? Discomfort ? Or does it just look funny? Tonsillitis can cause whitish exudate which could be misinterpreted as thrush. I think you need someone to look in your throat.
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I have a really bad infection on my tonsils, how can I kill the bacteria at home without having to go to the Doc.? (White dots on tonsils)

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Salt water gargles might help you get ahead of it, but if having fevers or chills, you really need to see a Dr.
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