Are you experiencing a lot of pain on one side of the throat? Do you have a lot of trouble swallowing food? Well, you are most likely suffering from a tonsil infection, also referred to as tonsillitis.

You can opt for home remedies or medicinal treatment to handle the infection but tonsillectomy might be the ultimate resort to clear the infection completely.

Keep in mind that tonsillectomy is one of the popular minor surgeries performed on children; it can also be done on adults. For instance, are you missing work regularly or unable to perform your daily chores because of recurring tonsillitis or sore throat?

Well, you can remove the tonsils through the tonsillectomy procedure effortlessly. Here is how you can know whether or not you should get a tonsillectomy.

Signs That You Need To Remove Your Tonsils

Tonsils are lymph nodes located on both sides of the neck to the back. They are part of the immune system and assist in fighting infections in the body. However, you can lead a normal and healthy life with your tonsils out.

Since tonsillitis is a common infection among children, tonsillectomy is often performed on children but can benefit adults whenever necessary especially in the following situations.

1. Chronic Tonsillitis

You are likely going to experience tonsillitis when your tonsils are inflamed because of an infection. Along with the infection, you will experience symptoms such as fever and sore throat making it tough to swallow.

Viral infections such as measles and herpes simplex can cause tonsillitis but bacterial infections cause at least 30% of tonsil infections. That’s why tonsillitis if often treated with antibiotics. If it is dangerous or chronic, the infection can only be treated using tonsillectomy.

Note that, the infection will be considered dangerous if you get it more than 5 times a year or about 3 times within a period of 2 years. A research study identified that people who have their tonsils taken out have a lower incidence of the infection recurring than those with their tonsils intact.

Additionally, those who have had tonsillectomy are less likely to suffer from sore throat and related illnesses than those who still have their tonsils.

2. Problems With Antibiotics

Do you have a tonsil infection that is not responding to antibiotics? Do you have allergies to antibiotics? Well, in these situations tonsillectomy is the best choice to treat any tonsil infections.

Additionally, if your body has built up a tolerance to antibiotics, you can treat it by having the tonsils removed.

3. Enlarged Tonsils

Are your tonsils enlarged? Do you have trouble swallowing anything? Do you have trouble sleeping? Note that, with enlarged tonsils, you are likely going to experience sleep apnea, a sleeping condition where you will have a lot of difficulty breathing when you are asleep.

Therefore, you can remove the tonsils and treat the condition accordingly. Children with enlarged tonsils often suffer from sleep apnea and tonsillectomy is the best cure for the issue in this case.

4. Abnormal Growths

Many incidences have been reported of people suffering from cancer of the tonsils. That’s because it has been associated with HPV (the human papilloma virus). The virus can cause cancerous growths in the back of the throat, especially in the tonsils and at the base of the tongue.

Tonsillectomy can be performed to rule out cancer since it is recommended when there is a concern about the mass found in the tonsils or asymmetry, trouble swallowing or if you are experiencing chronic pain on one side of your throat. If there is an indication of cancer, we take the tonsils out immediately.

When Is The Right Time To Visit The Doctor

It is quite common to get a sore throat but it is tough to know the right time to visit your doctor. However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms outlined below, you need to make an appointment immediately.

a) Pain on one side of your throat
b) Difficult or pain when swallowing
c) Fever
d) Hoarse voice
e) A yellow or whitish coating on the tonsils
f) Swollen or enlarged lymph nodes or the glands found in the back of the neck
g) A recurring or severe sore throat

The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia and takes about an hour. There are a few risks such as infection or bleeding but they are quite rare.

Tonsils are lymph nodes located on both sides of your throat that often get inflamed as a result of infection – usually either tonsil stones or tonsillitis. This is usually due to a lack of good oral hygiene.

Below I have explained the symptoms of a tonsil infection (you want to deal with it as quickly as possible so being aware of their symptoms is vital) and what you can do to treat them at home.

tonsil infection symptomSymptoms Of Tonsil Infection

Someone suffering from infection is likely going to experience the following symptoms.

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Bad Breath
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Sneezing

Keep in mind that the infection is very contagious since the bacteria or virus can be transmitted through sneezing, coughing or social contact. That’s why it needs to be treated immediately.

Home Remedies

Here are some home remedies for tonsil stones and tonsillitis. If your condition isn’t that severe then these will be appropriate and they should be enough to treat the infection effectively.

How To Treat Tonsil Infection At HomeSalt Water

You need to gargle with warm salty water since it brings a soothing effect that will kill the bacteria or virus causing the infection. The salt also reduces inflammation providing immediate relief.

Add a tablespoon of salt into warm water and stir it to dissolve completely. Gargle with the mixture without swallowing then spit it out immediately. Repeat the procedure often for quick recovery.

How To Treat Tonsil Infection At HomeLemon

The citrus fruit has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties that can manage the tonsil infection and reduce the inflammation immediately. Lemons also contain a lot of vitamin C that improve the body’s ability to fight infections.

Squeeze the juice out of a lemon into a glass of lukewarm water then add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of salt. Drink the mixture slowly for 2 times every day for a few days.

Also, you can sprinkle some pepper and salt on a slice of lemon and suck on it. As a result, it removes the phlegm in your throat especially if you repeat the procedure for 2 or 3 times every day for a few days.

How To Treat Tonsil Infection At HomeBasil

Basil contains anti-inflammatory and antiviral agents as well as healing and soothing qualities that will boost the recovery process.

You should add at last 10 basil leaves into some water and boil them for 10 minutes. Squeeze one lemon into the solution and sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey.

Drink the mixture 3 times every day for about 2 to 3 days for the best results.

How To Treat Tonsil Infection At HomeTurmeric

Turmeric contains very strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities that can fight tonsil infections and relieve the irritating symptoms.

Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to some hot or salty water. Gargle a few times every day with the mixture right before bed to remove the soreness and inflammation.

You can also add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to warm milk and add a little black pepper. Drink the mixture every night for about 2 or 3 days to speed up the recovery process.

How To Treat Tonsil Infection At HomeCinnamon

Cinnamon contains antimicrobial qualities that prevent the growth and spread of bacteria and microorganisms in the lymph nodes thus reducing swelling, inflammation and pain.

Take a glass of hot water and add some cinnamon powder and honey. Sip on the warm solution slowly then drink it at least 2 times every day for about a week for the best results.

Slippery Elm

Find the bark of slippery elm and add 2 teaspoons of it to some boiling water. Leave it for 5 minutes to steep and strain it.

Take the warm solution slowly for 2 times every day for about a week. You can also mix the bark, cayenne powder, honey and warm water then take the mixture at the same intervals for about 3 days.


You can always opt for medicines or tonsillectomy when the infection gets worse but it is a good idea to start with the home remedies first. They are easy to use and the products can be found in any local store comfortably.

Whether it is you or your child suffering from a tonsil infection, these home remedies can provide immediate relief when used as instructed since they are easy to prepare.

Note that, with the swollen lymph nodes, it will be tough for your child to swallow food so it is a good idea to act immediately before he or she starts losing weight.

Also, if it is you that is struggling with the tonsil infection then I recommend staying away from smoking and alcohol – learn why you should quit weed here.