How to Soothe Swollen Tonsils


Tonsils are a vital part of the immune system. These glands are located in the back of your throat to assist in catching germs and parasites from entering your body. However, once the bacterium overpowers the tonsils with an overwhelming infection, they may become swollen and irritated. This type of pain is difficult to absorb because breathing, eating or drinking can be painful when the tonsils are swollen. You can soothe your tonsils to relieve the pain until they become less swollen.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice
  • Glass
  • Tea
  • Broth
  • Ice cream
  • Salt
Soothe swollen tonsils
Soothe swollen tonsils (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 1

Crush ice in a mixer. Pour into a glass or cup. Add water to the ice. Drink without a straw. The cold ice and water will assist in relieving the pain. You may choose another beverage, such as iced tea or soda; however, water helps you remain hydrated and assists in relieving the infection.

Ice water
Ice water (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Step 2

Drink herbal tea with honey. The warm tea soothes the tonsils while helping to heal. Any tea will suffice; however, most herbal teas have minerals to reduce swelling.

Drink herbal tea with honey
Drink herbal tea with honey (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Step 3

Eat ice cream. The cold cream relieves the pain on your tonsils. In addition, the coldness helps reduce the swelling and numbs the nerves so the pain subsides.

Eat ice cream
Eat ice cream (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 4

Drink warm chicken or beef broth. If you are also feeling ill, the broth will alleviate stomach discomfort, hydrate you and soothe your tonsils.

Drink warm broth
Drink warm broth (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 5

Take a hot shower to ease the discomfort from your tonsils. The steam will work together with the hot water on your throat. Breathe in the steam and allow droplets of water to touch the tonsils.

Take a hot shower
Take a hot shower (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Step 6

Swish salt water around your tonsils. Use roughly a shot glass full of water and 1 tbsp. of salt. Mix well, and swish the liquid around your tonsils.

Gargle salt water
Gargle salt water (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • If the pain lingers more than four days, seek medication attention. A doctor may need to prescribe antibiotics to remove the infection.


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