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Natural Remedies for Tonsillitis: What Works and When to Seek Professional Help

October 26, 2023
Natural Remedies for Tonsillitis What Works and When to Seek Professional Help

Tonsillitis can be a real pain — quite literally. It is an inflammation of the tonsils, those two small masses of tissue that reside at the back of your throat. These almond-shaped buddies are part of your immune system, helping to fight off germs that enter through your mouth. But sometimes, they become inflamed and infected, leading to the discomfort of tonsillitis.

Learn more: Tonsillitis In Children & Adults: An ENT Specialist’s Guide

If you are one of the many people struggling with this uncomfortable condition, you are not alone. But before you rush to book an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist in Singapore, explore some natural remedies that might provide relief. 

1. Saltwater gargles

Saltwater gargles

Gargling a concoction of warm water with a pinch of salt can help to reduce inflammation and ease throat pain. Plus, salt blocks viruses and bacteria, diminishing the likelihood of infections occurring within the oral and throat regions. However, even though this is a great way to manage the symptoms of tonsillitis, it is not a replacement for proper medical care.

2. Honey and lemon tea

Honey and lemon tea

The combination of honey which has natural antibacterial properties and lemon which is packed with vitamin C, creates the ideal team that fights inflammation and supports your immune system. It is like a cosy blanket for your throat — just what you need to weather the storm of tonsillitis

3. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is no stranger to the natural remedy scene. Known for its bacteria-fighting prowess, it can be your secret weapon against tonsillitis. Mix it with warm water and a touch of honey for a throat-soothing potion. Should your symptoms persist without improvement, it is advisable to consider visiting an ENT clinic in Singapore.

4. Turmeric


Spice up your recovery with a dash of turmeric. Curcumin, the golden compound found in turmeric, boasts anti-inflammatory and antibacterial powers. Incorporating turmeric into your diet or taking it as a supplement might just help calm the storm in your throat. 

5. Probiotics


Supporting your immune system is essential when battling tonsillitis. Probiotics — those friendly bacteria that can be found in yoghurt and supplements, are little warriors that help keep your immune system in tip-top shape. Taking them regularly reduces your chances of developing tonsillitis in the first place. 

When to Seek Professional Help

When to Seek Professional Help

As tempting as these natural remedies are, it is important to know when to call in the professionals. Severe symptoms, persistent pain, or a lack of improvement despite trying various remedies are all signs that it is time to seek medical attention from an ear, nose, and throat specialist in Singapore.

An ENT Specialist possesses the expertise to exclude alternative conditions and provide a precise diagnosis, expediting your recovery process by providing the appropriate course of treatment. 

Dr Gan Eng Cern is a fellowship-trained ENT Specialist with years of experience under his belt. At his ENT clinic in Singapore, he offers a wide range of treatment services for a number of conditions including tonsillitis

Contact us today to get in touch with the team and set up an appointment.

    When Should You See an ENT Specialist in Singapore?

    • Any ear, nose or throat symptoms that you are troubled with or concerned about
    • Persistent blocked nose with mouth breathing or snoring

    Dr Gan Eng Cern

    Dr Gan Eng Cern is a distinguished ENT doctor with fellowship training. In addition to his clinical practice as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Singapore, Dr. Gan has contributed to the academic field as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is recognised for his extensive research work, with numerous contributions to reputable international ENT journals. Dr Gan is also highly sought after as a speaker and has shared his surgical knowledge as a surgical dissection teacher at various prominent ENT conferences and courses.


    • 2020 – Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best ENT Specialist (Expat Living Singapore)
    • 2016 – Best Educator Award (Eastern Health Alliance)
    • 2016 – “Wow” Award (Patient Compliment)
    • 2014 – Eastern Health Alliance Caring Award – Silver
    • 2014 – 19th Yahya Cohen Memorial Lectureship (awarded by the College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine Singapore for best scientific surgical paper)
    • 2012 – Human Manpower Development Award (Ministry of Health, Singapore)
    • 2007 – Singhealth Best Doctor Award


    • MBBS – Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
    • MRCS (Edin) – Member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • MMed (ORL) – Master of Medicine in ENT (National University of Singapore)
    • FAMS – Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore

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