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What is Tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is inflammation that occurs in the tonsils, located in the back of the throat.

Tonsils act as a defense mechanism to keep germs, bacteria, viruses, or infections from entering through the mouth. They appear as oval-shaped lymph nodes that get swollen due to infection and result in painful symptoms like difficulty in swallowing stiff neck, or sore throat. The early stage of tonsillitis or acute tonsillitis usually gets cured with prescribed medications. However, if the tonsillitis is in the complex stage, i.e., chronic. In that case, the ENT doctor may advise surgical intervention to remove the tonsils to restore the patient’s healthy and productive life.

Tonsillectomy is an advanced procedure to get rid of tonsillitis painlessly. This technique is performed with modern medical instruments to increase the success rate. ENT specialists at Pristyn Care are highly experienced in providing treatment with up-to-the-minute technology.

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Foods to eat during Tonsillitis
  • Oatmeal
  • Broth/Soup
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Fresh fruits smoothie
  • Ice popsicle
Foods to avoid during Tonsillitis
  • Dairy products
  • Spicy foods
  • Hard foods
  • Crunchy foods
  • Acidic foods
Prevention of Tonsillitis
  • Wash your hands before and after every meal
  • Change your toothbrush regularly
  • Avoid sharing your water bottle with people
  • Do not share food with people who are sick
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep the body hydrated
Why Pristyn Care?
  • Highly experienced ENT surgeons
  • Flexible payment options
  • 30 minutes insurance approval
  • Advanced medical technology used to provide the treatment
  • Free-follow up consultation
  • Free transportation on the day of the surgery
Benefits of Tonsillectomy
  • Prevents recurrent tonsillitis infection
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Reduces the risk of bacterial infections
  • Protects against GABHS infection
Why Advanced Tonsillectomy Treatment?
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Painless procedure
  • No visible stitches
  • No scars
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer chances of risks
  • Minimal blood loss



An experienced ENT specialist is upskilled in diagnosing tonsillitis. The doctor will conduct a simple physical examination to identify the complexity of tonsillitis and will ask you about your medical history and current medication if you are taking any.

The physical examination may involve checking the tonsils with the help of a lighted instrument. The light helps the doctor to see how severe the inflammation or rashes are in the lymph nodes or tonsils. In addition, the doctor may put slight pressure on the neck with the fingers to check the swelling of the tonsils and will listen to your breathing through a stethoscope.


Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed by an experienced surgeon to remove the inflamed or infected tonsils. Tonsillectomy is an advanced technique that is minimally invasive and is performed under the influence of anesthesia to make the procedure painless.

Tonsillectomy is usually advised to patients when tonsil infection is not cured through medication or oral treatment. This surgery is done with modern medical equipment that causes no blood loss as compared to traditional procedures. In traditional methods, the tonsils are usually removed with sharp blades that cause larger cuts and make them more prone to infections. ENT surgeons remove infected tonsils through tonsillectomy procedures, which has fewer chances of infection and a faster recovery period.

Why choose Pristyn Care for in Tonsillectomy ?

Best ENT Clinics For Tonsillectomy


Advanced surgery using coblator

At Pristyn Care, you can avail advanced coblation surgery for tonsil removal surgery for better results and quicker recovery as it avoids damaging throat structures other than tonsils.


Experienced ENT surgeons

At Pristyn Care, we have ENT surgeons with 8-10 years of experience in performing advanced Tonsillectomy surgery with successful results.


Over 95% success rate

Tonsillectomy surgery at Pristyn Care has a success rate of over 95%, thanks to our advanced treatment facilities, expert surgeons, and state-of-the-art treatment centers.


Free consultations with diagnostic endoscopy

At Pristyn Care, you can avail free pre and postoperative consultations along with free diagnostic endoscopy for diagnostic confirmation and treatment planning. You will also receive free follow-up checkups with your ENT surgeon after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is tonsillitis painful?

Yes. Tonsillitis can be painful as the tonsils get inflamed and become irritant when something is swallowed. If tonsillitis has advanced symptoms, it can lead to stiffness in the neck, soreness in the throat, etc. Consult the ENT specialist to get rid of painful tonsillitis.

What are the types of tonsillitis?

The symptoms of tonsillitis may differ from one patient to another. Some may have mild symptoms, and others could suffer from advanced symptoms. There are different types of tonsillitis that are classified by their durations:

  • Acute tonsillitis- This is considered an initial stage of tonsillitis with mild symptoms that usually lasts 5-7 days.
  • Recurrent tonsillitis- In this case, people suffer from 4 to 6 episodes of tonsillitis in a year. This may cause a disturbance in life’s productivity.
  • Chronic tonsillitis- This is the advanced stage of tonsillitis that usually lasts more than 4-5 weeks.

Can I prevent tonsillitis from getting worse?

Yes. The germs or infections that cause tonsillitis are contagious in nature. Therefore, it is advised to maintain healthy practices to prevent tonsillitis from getting worse. There are few tips that can be beneficial:

  • Wash hands with soap before eating
  • Take proper rest and sound sleep
  • Gargle with warm saltwater
  • Don’t share your water bottle after getting diagnosed with tonsillitis.

Why should one undergo tonsillectomy for tonsillitis?

Tonsillectomy is an advanced procedure to remove inflamed or infected tonsils painlessly. This technique is evolved and performed with modern technology without making any large cuts to avoid blood loss as compared to the traditional method. In traditional methods, tonsils are removed with blades causing large cuts that may result in heavy bleeding. Experienced ENT specialists in Dehradun advise advanced tonsillectomy as it has fewer chances of infection and faster recovery duration.

Is tonsillectomy surgery painful?

No. Tonsillectomy is executed under the effect of anesthesia that makes the procedure painless. The surgery is minimally invasive, done with a modern-day technology that causes no blood loss and has lesser chances of discomfort during the recovery process.

How long does tonsillectomy last?

The tonsillectomy is a daycare procedure and usually lasts 30-40 minutes. The ENT doctor performs the tonsillectomy surgery with a minimally invasive approach that takes a lesser duration than the traditional method.

What is the cost of tonsillitis treatment in Dehradun?

The average cost of tonsillitis treatment may range between INR 35,000 to INR 55,000 in Dehradun. However, the cost of tonsillitis treatment may vary depending on various factors like:

  • Patient’s age,
  • Fees of the ENT specialist
  • Hospitalization charges
  • Type of anesthesia administered during the procedure
  • Medication
  • Diagnostic tests, etc.

Is tonsillitis covered under insurance in Dehradun?

Tonsillectomy is covered under insurance by some health insurance companies if it is deemed a medical necessity. Pristyn Care has a dedicated team that assists with the paperwork for insurance claims. However, the claim depends on the insurance policy and the terms and conditions set by the insurance provider. Contact us to know more about the insurance benefits.

How long it takes to recover from tonsillectomy?

The recovery duration may differ from one patient to another as every individual has different healing abilities. However, as reported by ENT specialists, patients undergone tonsillectomy can resume normal activities after 3-4 days of the surgery. The doctor gives medication to support the recovery duration that may reduce the discomfort. The complete recovery may take 2-3 weeks, when the patient can get back to a regular routine and can continue strenuous activities.

Is tonsillitis painful?

Yes. Tonsillitis can be painful if not treated in time. However, in the initial stage of tonsillitis, the pain is mild to moderate and can be managed through medication.

Can home remedies cure tonsillitis?

No. Home remedies can not cure tonsillitis completely. It is always advised to consult an ENT doctor to diagnose and treat tonsillitis properly. However, home remedies can subside the symptoms temporarily.

Can tonsillitis get cured through medicines?

At times, the medication can cure tonsillitis if taken on time or in the initial stage. However, it also depends on the severity of tonsillitis, whether it can be cured through medication or not. Get in touch with an ENT expert to get a thorough consultation for tonsillitis.

Does tonsillitis occur through an infection?

Yes. Tonsillitis can occur through infections caused by bacteria or viruses like streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus), adenoviruses, herpes simplex virus, measles virus, Epstein-Barr virus, etc.

What antibiotics are used during tonsillitis? 

Antibiotics are usually prescribed for bacterial tonsillitis and not for viral tonsillitis. Some of the antibiotics prescribed for tonsillitis are penicillin, amoxicillin, clindamycin, etc. However, It is always suggested to get in touch with an ENT doctor to get a proper diagnosis along with a suited treatment for tonsillitis.

Why do white spots occur on tonsils?

There are a number of reasons due to which white spots can occur on tonsils, such as bacterial infection, viral infection, strep throat, etc. However, it is not considered a serious issue and can be managed through medication prescribed by an ENT doctor after a thorough evaluation.

Where exactly are tonsils located in the mouth?

Tonsils are two fleshy lymph nodes that are located in the back of the throat at each side of the mouth. They act as a defense mechanism to keep bacterias or viruses from entering the body.

What are the grades of tonsils?

Based on the Brodsky grading scale, tonsillitis is of 5 grades.

  • Grade 0- tonsils within the tonsillar fossa
  • Grade 1- tonsils just outside of the tonsillar fossa and occupy ≤25% of the oropharyngeal width
  • Grade 2- tonsils occupy 26%-50% of the oropharyngeal width
  • Grade 3- tonsils occupy 51%-75% of the oropharyngeal width
  • Grade 4- tonsils occupy >75% of the oropharyngeal width

Can tonsillitis be cured on its own?

No. Tonsillitis caused by either bacterial infection or viral infection can not be cured on its own. It is always a better option to consult an experienced ENT doctor to get proper treatment to cure tonsillitis completely.

Can homeopathic medicine treat tonsillitis?

Based on some of the clinical trials, it is proved that homeopathic medications can help in treating tonsillitis with reduced chances of recurrence. However, it is recommended to consult an ENT specialist before deciding to take homeopathic medications.

Are there any methods to cure tonsillitis faster?

Yes. With the help of tonsillectomy [surgical removal of tonsils], you can get cured of tonsillitis within a day. But it is always advised to undergo the tonsillectomy from the best hospital and by an expert ENT surgeon to reduce the post-surgical complications and risks.

Can ulcers occur on tonsils during tonsillitis?

Yes. One can develop ulcers or canker sores on tonsils if tonsillitis is not treated properly or left untreated. These ulcers can be very painful and can cause a sore throat, which can be mistaken for strep throat or tonsillitis.

Can azithromycin treat tonsillitis?

Azitromycin can help in treating several bacterial infections. So, in a few cases like bacterial tonsillitis, ENT doctors can prescribe azithromycin along with other antibiotics as a first line of treatment.

Are symptoms of tonsillitis in adults different from children?

In most cases of tonsillitis, both adults and children have the same symptoms such as:

  • Sore throat
  • Trouble or painful swallowing
  • Enlarged, painful neck glands
  • Hoarseness or change in voice
  • Fever or chills
  • Headache
  • Ear pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

Apart from these, some of the different symptoms that can be seen in adults are:

  • red, swollen tonsils
  • white or yellow patches on the tonsils
  • bad breath
  • stomach ache
  • coughing
  • stiff neck

Can pus form on tonsils due to tonsillitis?

Yes. Pus can form on tonsils if tonsillitis is left untreated for a long time. So, we suggest you consult an expert ENT surgeon at your nearest location and get treated in time.

What are the indications for tonsillectomy?

Following are the indications for tonsillectomy [tonsil removal surgery]:

  • Recurrent tonsillitis
  • Chronic tonsillitis
  • Dental malocclusion
  • Tonsils cancer

Can Betadine gargle cure tonsillitis?

When tonsillitis is detected in the early stages, ENT doctors can recommend using antibiotic throat gargles like betadine gargle to treat tonsillitis. But for a permanent cure of tonsillitis, surgery is recommended. To know more, consult our ENT specialists.

How can you get instant relief from tonsil pain?

There are some of the tips that may help you gain instant relief from tonsils pain:

  • Eat an ice popsicle to reduce the tonsils pain
  • Gargle with saline water to lessen the tonsillitis pain
  • Drink soup or something warm

What are the complications of tonsillitis?

It is always a better option to consult an ENT doctor for tonsillitis treatment. Delaying the treatment or leaving tonsillitis untreated can lead to potential complications such as:

  • Infection can spread in the ear resulting in a middle ear infection
  • In rare cases, infected tonsils can develop pus in them, causing chronic pain
  • Disturbed sleep

Can tonsillitis occur only on one side?

Yes. In some cases, an infection can affect one of the tonsils, causing discomfort on one of the sides of the throat.

Can tonsillitis cause fever?

Yes. Generally, tonsillitis occurs due to bacteria or viruses that can affect the body temperature resulting in fever. Contact Pristyn Care to get in touch with an experienced ENT doctor for a thorough diagnosis to get a proper medication or treatment.

How long does a tonsillectomy operation take?

The tonsillectomy operation is an outpatient procedure and may last 30-40 minutes. However, the duration of the tonsillectomy surgery may differ from one patient to another depending on the severity of tonsillitis and the type of anesthesia used during the surgical procedure.

What is the difference between adenoids and tonsils?

Adenoids and tonsils play similar roles, i.e., to keep bacteria or viruses from entering the body. However, both of them are located in different places. Adenoids are located behind the nasal cavity. Whereas, tonsils are located in the back of the throat on each side of the mouth.

Are there any side effects of tonsils removal?

Usually, tonsils removal surgery is performed with advanced medical technology along with the expertise of an experienced ENT doctor. However, there are potential side effects of tonsils removal operation which may vary from one patient to another depending on their healing capabilities, some of them are:

  • Discomfort in the neck, ear, and jaw for a week
  • Mild to moderate pain in the throat for 7-14 days
  • Vomiting and nausea in first few days post tonsils removal
  • Low-grade fever for a week

Is tonsillitis contagious?

The bacteria and viral organisms due to which tonsillitis is caused can be contagious and easily spread by sneezing or coughing. It is always advisable not to share food or water during tonsillitis to avoid the transmission of infection. Get in touch with Pristyn Care’s ENT doctor to know the details about the tonsillitis treatment.

What dietary habits should the patient follow after tonsillectomy?

After you’ve had a tonsillectomy, it is very important to take care of your nutrition and diet to make sure that your recovery is not impeded. Food habits you should adopt during the recovery period after tonsillectomy are:

  • Most patients experience an upset stomach and nausea for a couple of days after the surgery due to the anesthesia. During this period, it is best to go slow with foods and liquids. In fact, you can even avoid solid foods entirely on the day of the surgery.
  • Make sure to consume at least 2 to 3 ounces of water each hour to prevent dehydration. You can also consume other liquids such as apple juice, grape juices, electrolyte drinks, flat sodas, ice pops, and broth.
  • Once you can handle clear liquids and are sure you don’t have any lingering nausea, you can start drinking dairy products like milk, smoothies, ice cream, shakes, and malts. 
  • Your throat may feel irritated for a week so opt for easy-to-swallow dost foods such as daliya, creamy cereals, soup, paneer, pureed fruits, yogurt, and mashed potatoes during this period.
  • You should also avoid crunchy, spicy, and fatty foods during this period. Once your throat feels normal, you can resume your regular diet.

Which foods should be avoided after tonsillectomy surgery?

During your recovery period, it is important to focus on the proper diet as certain foods may improve recovery while others may impede it. Some foods you should avoid during your recovery period are:

  • Avoid all red foods such as jell-O, cherry ice pops, tomato-based products, and red drinks for at least a week after the surgery. These foods make it harder to discern if there is any bleeding or infection from the incisions.
  • Avoid crispy and crunchy foods as the jagged ends of these foods can scratch and irritate the surgical site. It is best to avoid chips, crackers, and other fried items for at least a month.
  • Avoid hot meals for a few days. Instead, take room temperature meals to avoid irritating the surgical area.

What are the complications of tonsillectomy?

Although relatively safe, tonsillectomy is major surgery. If not performed properly, it can lead to serious complications. That’s why it is necessary to select an expert ENT specialist for your tonsil surgery. Possible complications of tonsillectomy surgery are:

  • Pain and infection
  • Post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV)
  • Airway obstruction with respiratory compromise  
  • Minor postoperative bleeding 
  • Hypopnea
  • Failure to relieve the symptoms
  • Nasal regurgitation

In children below 5 years of age, tonsillectomy can even cause serious complications like hemorrhage, anesthetic death, infection, nasopharyngeal stenosis, patulous eustachian tube, and hypernasality.

How to book an appointment at Pristyn Care for a tonsillectomy in Dehradun?

You can book an appointment with the best ENT specialists for tonsillectomy surgery near you by the following methods:

  • Fill in the ‘book an appointment form on the page. Our care coordinators will reach out to you to book your appointment based on your problem and location.
  • Call us on the number on this page to talk to our care coordinators directly.
  • Download our dedicated patient care app and look through our database of ENT specialists.
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