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Suggest treatment for swollen tonsils that's making it hard to swallow and tonsil stones

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Dr. Michelle Gibson James

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Posted on Wed, 14 Nov 2018 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: my tonsil is swollen which makes it hard to swallow. it was bleeding a little bit earlier. also there are a lot of tonsil stones present which I tend to cough up. what should I do?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
topical and oral pain killers, gargle

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Swelling of the tonsils is most commonly due to an infection. Infections can be viral or bacterial but viral infections are more common of the two.

If there is also a prolonged fever present then the infection may be bacterial.

You should:-

(1) Gargle with salt water or soluble Aspirin

(2) Use a topical pain killer such as Chloraseptic spray or gargle or Covonia throat spray or Difflam

(3) Use an oral anti inflammatory pain killer such as Naproxen or Ibuprofen or Cataflam

If there is no improvement then you should consider seeing your doctor for assessment.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask questions.

Regards,
Dr. Michelle Gibson James,
General & Family Physician
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James 25 minutes later
can I get these over the counter
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
yes

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Yes, they can be obtained over the counter.

Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr. Michelle Gibson James,
General & Family Physician
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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