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Credit: DR P. How long tonsillitis lasts Symptoms will usually go away after 3 to 4 days. Tonsillitis is not contagious, but the infections that cause it are for example, colds and flu. To stop these infections spreading: stay off work or keep your child at home until you or your child feel better use tissues when you cough or sneeze and throw them away after wash your hands after coughing or sneezing How to treat tonsillitis yourself Tonsillitis usually has to run its course.
To help ease the symptoms: get plenty of rest drink cool drinks to soothe the throat take paracetamol or ibuprofen do not give aspirin to children under 16 gargle with warm salty water children should not try this How to gargle with salty water Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water warm water helps salt dissolve.
Gargle with the solution, then spit it out. Do not swallow it. Repeat as often as you like. This is not suitable for younger children. A pharmacist can help with tonsillitis Speak to a pharmacist about tonsillitis.
They can give advice and suggest treatments to ease a sore throat, like: lozenges.
In primary care settings health clinics , Centor criteria is used to determine the likelihood of group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus GABHS infection in an acute tonsilitis and the need of antibiotics for tonsilitis treatment. Besides, it is also ineffective in diagnosis for tonsilitis in children and in secondary care settings hospitals. The isolation rate can be increased by incubating the cultures under anaerobic conditions and using selective growth media. This small percentage of false-negative results are part of the characteristics of the tests used but are also possible if the patient has received antibiotics prior to testing. However, this method is difficult to implement because of the overlap between carriers and infected patients. Therefore, throat culture is not routinely used in clinical practice for the detection of GABHs. Bacterial culture may need to be performed in cases of a negative rapid streptococcal test.
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