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What is best medical treatment for tonsilitis?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Antibiotics

I am a huge fan of an antibiotic called clindamycin.
Tonsillitis usually involves mouth organisms either primarily or secondarily. Clindamycin is very effective against mouth bacteria whereas a lot of other antibiotics aren't. I'm aggressive with tonsil infections treating with antibiotics even with a viral cause. This is because bacterial superinfection occurs as the virus weakens the tonsil.

In brief: Antibiotics

I am a huge fan of an antibiotic called clindamycin.
Tonsillitis usually involves mouth organisms either primarily or secondarily. Clindamycin is very effective against mouth bacteria whereas a lot of other antibiotics aren't. I'm aggressive with tonsil infections treating with antibiotics even with a viral cause. This is because bacterial superinfection occurs as the virus weakens the tonsil.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Shawn Kosnik
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Sometimes surgery

Also, removing the tonsils (tonsillectomy) is a good medical treatment in certain patients.
This is especially true if you have frequent or recurring tonsil problems. If this is the case, set up an evaluation with an otolaryngologist (ent surgeon) to see if surgery may be indicated for you. Go to http://www.Entnet.Org/healthinformation/tonsillitis.Cfm, for more information.

In brief: Sometimes surgery

Also, removing the tonsils (tonsillectomy) is a good medical treatment in certain patients.
This is especially true if you have frequent or recurring tonsil problems. If this is the case, set up an evaluation with an otolaryngologist (ent surgeon) to see if surgery may be indicated for you. Go to http://www.Entnet.Org/healthinformation/tonsillitis.Cfm, for more information.
Dr. Shawn Kosnik
Dr. Shawn Kosnik
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