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Hello. What is your age? are you having any fevers, chills, runny nose or cough?
Do you suffer from allergies now and then?
Do the tonsils appear enlarged or red?
The two most common causes of enlarged painful tonsils are viral and bacterial infections. If you are otherwise healthy, your body should be able to clear any infection within a few days to a couple weeks. If the tonsils become large enough to reach the midline of your throat or you begin to see liquid pus or plaques on the tonsils, this might indicate an infection that is not clearing. Similarly, fever over 101.5 would be concerning and might require a culture and antibiotic treatment. In the meantime, gargling with warm salt water ever 2-3 hours can help to lift off any dead cells, debri or tonsil stones stuck in the tonsilar crypts. This reduces inflammation and generally feels better. Ibuprofen or naprosyn may help with the inflammation as well.