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TREATMENT OF TONSILLITIS
BY ANTIBIOTICS

In case of a proven streptococcus, antibiotics are undoubtedly the medicine preferred by most doctors and therefore also by most patients. Unfortunately, resistance of streptococcus to antibiotics continues to increase and people are thus beginning to face the unpleasant phenomenon of acute and chronic tonsillitis. 

TREATMENT OF TONSILLITIS WITH ANTIBIOTICS

The most efficient antibiotic for strep throat is Penicillin, or  Erythromycin in patients with an allergy to penicillin. Antibiotics usually start to have effect within 24 hours. If the patient takes antibiotics, it is important to take them regularly and to use the entire prescribed amount of antibiotics until the end of the treatment in order to prevent a return of the bacteria or its multiplication. 

The treatment of tonsillitis with antibiotics is undoubtedly the most frequent manner of treatment, which is mostly very effective but also has SEVERAL PITFALLS:

1. If the tonsillitis is caused by a virus and not bacteria, then antibiotics will not be effective at all and their use will only weaken the immune system and make the entire treatment more complicated. Our only weapon against viruses is our immune system. That is why it is so necessary to have a correct diagnosis and to discover the cause of the illness. If the tonsillitis is caused by a virus, it is not desirable to weaken the immune system with antibiotics, on the contrary, we should support the immune system and treatment of viral tonsillitis should consist especially of a sufficient supply of vitamins, rest, sufficient control of fever (only if necessary, as fever itself is one of the most important tools of our immune system), we should drink a sufficient volume of liquids etc. 

2. Tonsillitis may be caused by bacteria, which is resistant to treatment with antibiotics. Unfortunately, the resistance of bacteria has been increasing dramatically (see the WHO report). This fact significantly complicates treatment of tonsillitis with antibiotics, because if treatment of tonsillitis with antibiotics is not successful and streptococcus survives, tonsillitis returns very quickly despite seemingly being cured and the immune system weakened by antibiotics has a far less strength to fight the bacteria. This means that the patient usually slips into a vicious circle of failed attempts for treatment with antibiotics. It is very difficult to get out of this circle and the frequent solution is the removal of the tonsils, tonsillectomy, which is a controversial intervention from the complex point of view of 21st century medicine. 

The resistance of bacteria in case of tonsillitis usually does not mean that antibiotics would not work at all. Rather, it is common that antibiotics improve our health quite quickly and they suppress the bacteria. The problem is they are not able to kill 100% of the bacteria, which then remain in our bodies and at the earliest opportunity, usually already in several days or weeks after ending the treatment with antibiotics, a new wave of acute tonsillitis returns.

In case of recurring acute or chronic tonsillitis, the doctor usually sooner or later recommends a tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils). Nevertheless, it is necessary to understand that tonsils have an important role and before we permanently remove them, we should try to save them with all available means, even without antibiotics. Tonsillitis without antibiotics can often be quite successfully cured e.g. with an intensive treatment with Streptokill. Moreover, Streptokill does not destroy the immune system and physically improves the appearance of tonsils, so there is a far lower risk, after curing tonsillitis that it will come back. This risk is reduced further, if you treat your tonsils with Streptokill at any moment, when you feel even a slight “scratching in your throat”. The condition of tonsils will then continuously improve, until their correct shape and appearance is improved, and above all their function.

 

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