Gargling with warm, salty water may help ease the discomfort of tonsillitis, which can accompany tonsil stones. Salt water also flush out small debris such as mucus, food particles and other materials accumulated in the tonsils. Take care that not to swallow and spit them out. This is a very effective known home remedy for Tonsil Stones.
If you suspect strep throat, or if your child has been in close contact with another child diagnosed with strep throat, see the doctor right away. Until your child is seen by a doctor, you should keep her away from other children as much as possible. Your pediatrician will take a history and examine your child’s throat. Sometimes the appearance is “obvious strep.” A test, known as a rapid strep test, can be done in the office; the doctor takes a throat swab and tests the sample. This takes approximately five minutes and is around 95 percent accurate in diagnosing strep. However, in some cases the rapid strep test will miss true cases of strep throat in children. A negative rapid strep test should be followed by a throat culture. This involves taking another throat swab and placing the contents of the swab on a special culture that will grow strep bacteria if present. This test takes forty-eight hours to complete and is considered the most accurate. A negative throat culture can almost completely rule out strep as the cause of your child’s symptoms.
Some people are more susceptible to getting strep throat repeatedly. Often, doctors will prescribe tonsil removal to prevent further infections. "Tonsil removal is a great treatment option for recurring tonsillitis. It's not healthy to be on 3-4 antibiotics per year," said Silvers. "Adult onset tonsillitis is often triggered by LPR or silent reflux. The acid can kill some of the healthy bacteria flora that protect us, making us more susceptible to tonsil infection, bronchial infections and sinus infections. If reflux treatment doesn't reduce or resolve recurrent tonsillitis then the tonsils should be removed."