What Can I Eat When I Have Tonsillitis?

What is Tonsillitis?

What is tonsillitis?

The condition known as tonsillitis is an infection which comes in different forms but essentially it's an inflammation of one or both tonsils within the throat. Determining what to eat when we have tonsillitis can be hard as swallowing is likely to be difficult or even impossible. It may also be difficult to find a variety of foodstuffs to eat when we have tonsillitis, as so many foods are out of bounds -- or at least appear to be. Therefore, this article will provide a brief look at some varied ideas of what you can eat when you have tonsillitis. They should all be both as easy as possible to swallow, yet also varied in their composition and taste.

You might also find some of the comments at the bottom of this page, regarding different experiences of tonsillitis, to be useful and of interest.

Also, an Important Note:

This site is not intended as a tool for medical self-diagnosis. It is merely based on the author's own experiences in the immediate aftermath of having been diagnosed with the infection. As with any other suspected illness or condition, you should consult your registered medical practitioner as soon as possible if you suspect that you may be suffering from tonsillitis.

The Various Stages of What You Can Eat With Tonsillitis

It is likely when you are first diagnosed with tonsillitis that your throat will be extremely sore and that swallowing anything at all -- even liquids -- will be painful. As your condition improves, however, the pain will ease and you'll be able to swallow more substantial foodstuffs on an ongoing basis. I will therefore begin this site with those easiest to swallow and progress as we go along on to what you will be able to eat as you slowly get better. Here's a snapshot of what this will look like:

  • Simple yoghurt
  • Ice cream
  • Ice cream and milk jelly
  • Freshly squeezed fruit juice and smoothies
  • Scrambled or poached eggs
  • Mashed potatoes


Eating Simple Yoghurt With Tonsillitis

Yoghurt is commonly recommended to anyone suffering from tonsillitis. However, there are a couple of points to make note of when considering which type of yoghurt to purchase:

  • It's important not to buy a brand of yoghurt which contains pieces of real fruit. There's a simple reason for this: the fruit pieces will prove difficult to swallow in the earliest stages of your condition.
  • In keeping with healthy eating, make sure you choose low fat yoghurt. This will keep the levels of saturated fats you are likely to be consuming during this time to a minimum.

Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream
Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

Eating Ice Cream With Tonsillitis

Ice cream is another obvious foodstuff to eat when suffering from tonsillitis (or any other form of sore throat). Not only does it slip easily over the palate, but its refreshing coldness can be like water on the flames of the pain and irritation.

  • It is important, however, to choose straightforward ice cream and not a fancy ice cream-based dessert, which may contain solids which will only irritate your throat.
  • Again, look for the low fat option.
  • Also, you can save money by going for the supermarket's own brand. It is the coldness of the ice cream you are most likely to require, not its subtle taste, which your ability to detect may be impaired due to your condition, anyway.

Ice Cream and Milk Jelly
Ice Cream and Milk Jelly

Eating Ice Cream and Milk Jelly With Tonsillitis

You can also mix it up by having ice cream and jelly. Ice cream and jelly is a traditional favourite of millions of children. However, this jelly is a little bit different. This is what I heard was called milk jelly as a young child and attempted to recreate recently for the first time in nigh on thirty years. Unfortunately, it would appear that my memory of the preparation method has become distorted over the years -- so, although it did not turn out anything like I'd intended, it was and is still thoroughly enjoyable.

Milk jelly is incredibly simple to prepare, though it does take several hours to set.

Directions For Making "Milk Jelly":

  1. Take one 5 oz table jelly (jello in the USA) and break it up in to pieces.
  2. Add the pieces to a pyrex measuring jug, followed by enough boiling water to make the mixture up to three quarters of a pint.
  3. Stir until the jelly is fully dissolved.
  4. Pour a three quarter pint can of evaporated milk in to a bowl or jelly mould and add the jelly solution.
  5. Stir well and refrigerate until set.

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

Freshly Squeezed Fruit Juice and Smoothies for Your Tonsillitis

Freshly squeezed fruit juice and smoothies are an excellent way of ensuring that you get all of your required vitamins while your throat is sore and while you're restricted in what you can eat. There is virtually no limit to what can be included in these often extremely nutritious drinks.

Lightly Scrambled Egg with Cheese
Lightly Scrambled Egg with Cheese

Feeling a Little Better With Your Tonsillitis? Try Some Scrambled Egg

Scrambled egg is a step up from the likes of ice cream, but is still fairly easy on an inflamed throat. In order to make the eggs extra light, try adding one tablespoon of milk per two eggs.

Directions on How to Prepare Scrambled Egg:

  1. Beat two eggs thoroughly with the milk.
  2. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Melt a little butter in a non-stick saucepan and pour in the eggs, turning the heat up fairly high initially to start the cooking process.
  4. Once the eggs begin to solidify, turn the heat down to medium and stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  5. Stir as though folding flour in to a cake mixture, with wide, slow movements, rather than stirring voraciously. This will help to keep the eggs light and fluffy, as opposed to them taking on the consistency of coarse gravel.
  6. When the eggs are done, remove them from the heat and fold in 1oz of grated/shredded hard cheese.

A Soft Poached Egg is Also Easy on the Throat With Tonsillitis

If you prefer your eggs poached to scrambled, the short video below describes an easy way to make a perfectly poached egg.

Note: The serving suggestion at the end of the video is not for people suffering from tonsillitis! Try instead dipping some very soft bread into the yolk.

How to Make a Perfect Poached Egg

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Mint
Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Mint

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes With Mint

Mashed potato on its own is probably not one of the most appetising meals. However, there are a great many ways in which we can spice up mashed potatoes, in order to make them more appealing. This is but one suggestion:

Directions on How to Make Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes With Mint:

  1. Peel and chop two Maris Piper potatoes and add to boiling, salted water.
  2. Simmer for 20-25 minutes until soft.
  3. Drain them well and add them to a bowl.
  4. Mash them thoroughly before stirring in a tablespoon or two of double (heavy) cream, one grated/crushed garlic clove and a tsp of freshly chopped mint.
  5. Season with salt to taste and stir well before serving.

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Gordon Hamilton 7 months ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Suggest you seek medical advice, Gina, if you haven't done so already. I hope you feel better soon.

Gina Diaz 8 months ago

This is my 7th day with swollen tonsils. There no white spots or anything. No fever no chills. Just swollen tonsils. And when I talk I sound weird. And it stings a little when I swallow. What should I do?

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Gordon Hamilton 8 months ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hope you feel better soon, Casey. Have you tried smoothies or blended soups (not too hot, though)? You need to get the vitamins in to you somehow.

Casey 8 months ago

I'm on day 3 or 4 of having tonsillitis, I haven't eaten in days and I'm starving. I'm starting to drink now which is a help but when I have milk or yogurt I end up bringing it up a few hours later, not to mention pretty much constant hot/cold spells, and spitting up mucus.

Is there anything dairy free you can suggest or should I just wait it out?

Anonmous 19 months ago

Its day 3 from having this sense wedesday. I was feeling weak but the other day i had a small rossiare chiken and ate it up. Then today when i went to the doctor to see if i had strep or tonsilius or both. It came out to be tonsilius and they prescribed very weird stuff like steroids. Which is turning out verse antaboitics is better for help fixing tonsiluis in a short amount of time. Antaboitics are over time going to work less and less to help fight infection. I found this out today. * and no i don't rember the name of the steroids* but coming from a girl who hates to get sick when she does. It works!! My thoart is clearing up nice and you need to make sure to drink a lot of liquids along with keeping your blood sugar / your energy up. Not allowing yourself to get lazy cause that's when you start feeling crappy. Hope this help :)

Noemi 2 years ago

A year ago a week before thanksgiving i had a small irritation/burn feeling on the right side of my throat and it went away the next day i had the soft serve dole whip for the first time at disneyland and later that day i felt the irritation coming back but didn't think too much about it. A couple days later it was just getting worse and worse by the days i had micro white sore all over my throat under my toung the inside of my lips so i assumed it was the pine apple because i never ate it till that day and my doc wasn't any help..i had the worse thanksgiving! So today im in the same boat! But i didn't eat anything with pineapple and i don't have any sores.i started with a headache and fevers it hurst so much i cant really eat. Am i gona have this every year? Has anyone ever had the same thing happen with pineapple? Could i be allergic?

karma 2 years ago

Even I am suffering from tonsil nd its quiet hard to swallow anything nd my aunt tells me to drink a lot of water but even it is hard for me swallow so what should I do???

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ratnaveera 2 years ago from Cumbum

Great tips for those who are having this health problem. In deed all of them seem very easy ti prepare at home and get nearby shops. Thanks for this useful article as I can send this link to my friend who has been suffering from Tonsillitis. Voted Up!

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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Gab - I'm so sorry not to have seen your comment earlier. I hope you saw a doctor (as I would have reommended immediately) and are now feeling a lot better

Gab 2 years ago

I'm 12 years old and I find it really hard to eat or swallow things. When I saw you said ice cream helps I was pretty happy! I haven't left bed in 2 days and I don't know if I should go to school or not and I'm supposed to be going to a sleepover tommorow and then a party a few days later what do you think I should do?

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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Sheila, thanks very much for such a wonderfully informative and useful comment. I'm sure this will be useful to a great many people. I hope very much that you feel better soon.

Shella 2 years ago

I need to correct this, I apologise.

Tonsillitis can lead to Tonsil Stones also called Tonsillolith, tonsilar calculi. Eating yogurt or any diary products puts you at risk of developing Tonsil Stones when suffering from tonsillitis. Aside from, dairy products cause more phelgm and muscous in the throat and can lead to more inflammation and infections. Gargling with salt water after eating is a way to cleanse any debris from food that can further feed bacteria and serve as breeding grounds. Avoid any acidic foods such as lemon teas, soda or citric juices, as these can irritate the infection and cause further inflammation. Cut down on sugar and avoid caffine, as they both cut down the immune system.

Alternates to this list include;

- Camolille Tea

Relaxes and soothes, it will calm your infection and cause swallowing to be more bearable/easy. In some cases, it won't hurt any much more than a sore throat from a common cold after consuming a cup. The effects of Camolille last longer than prescribed mouth rinses that aid in numbing the throat. Although these agents often work well with sore throats they don't have a great impact on tonsillitis. Camolille is better than that, and you don't have to gargle and swish Camolille like you would with a prescribed rinse that you shouldn't swallow. You can drink as much of this tea as you desire warm, not hot as this can cause irritation.

- Chicken Broth

Everyone knows this one. Warm chicken broth has been used for illness time and time again and even opened the door for the childhood nostalgia inducing favorite, lipton. In this case, chicken broth with soft noodles and vegetables such as celery, mushrooms, carrots, cucumbers, beets is the best choice. Cooked thoroughly until tender and eaten warm, not hot as this can cause irritation.

- Fresh Rosemary (not dried), Tumeric, Sage and Ginger (capsules)

All have anti inflammatory properties. To avoid lodging or coating the throat with these avoid buying containers off the shelf. Appeal to the local drug store for bottles of capsule ginger, sage and tumeric. Fresh Rosemary bought in a grocery store that has not been dried should be boiled in soup or in water used for tea. Remove the leaves from rosemary and dispose stem.

- Ibuprofen & Antibiotics

Getting antibiotics when you're sick with something worse than the flu or common cold that requires extra help fighting off infection, inflammation, bacteria or fungus is always wise. If symptoms don't add up to a regular cold or are severe. In the case on tonsillitis, this won't always go away on its own. Tonsillitis can be bacterial or viral, in the case of it being viral, you can only depend on it to run its course thoroughly.

- Water and Icecubes

Water is the best thing, always. When suffering from tonsillitis you will have a fever that can cause dehydration. Drinking water warm or cool is fine but extreme heat can cause irritation. Using an icecube to freeze any pain can be a good idea, depending on the case of tonsillitis as it causes pain in the throat that can also affect the ear, anything cold touching this sensitive area might cause sharp pains in your middle ear from the cold. If sucked on slowly, this shouldn't be a problem and as an alternative to icecream to avoid tonsil stones but encourage children to take in liquids or to comfort them try low sugar fruit popsicles as you should be cutting down sugar intake so it does not affect the immune system as negatively.

I hope this information helps. I've been researching this a lot the past 4-5 days as I've fallen ill with Tonsillitis, the camomile tea was a self founded remedy that works absolutely darling.

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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Wow, you have got it bad Shadowjess! Have you tried heating water or soup to blood temperature/lukewarm? That may take some of the sting out if there is no temperature difference between the liquid and your body.

Shadowjess 2 years ago

I'm at last having my first lot of tonsillitis at age 21, and I'm hating it. I've been swapped from a normal antibiotic over to penicillin after two days, due to the first one making matters worse. Now I'm to the stage where I haven't eaten in a week due to the palate, lips and tongue are too sore. Even water now is becoming too painful to drink and anything like (cold) soup just stings the palate. Some food suggestions over then what's above would be really helpful, I did buy some banana's just to softly munch of - sadly same results as everything else.

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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

That sounds like a really bad case, Andria. It sounds at least as though you have seen your doctor so I wish you a very speedy recovery and hope you have found something here to help you out meantime.

Andria 2 years ago

This is my 6th day. I am taking cephalexin 250mg every 6 hours, and i feel like its not working. In the mornings, i cant open my mouth, I need to take Tylenol or ibroprophen for the pain. My neck hurts terribly, and i sweat all night long. My tonsils are really swollen it has spread to my gums . This morning i checked it seems as if it is starting to spread to my tongue the pain is unbearable. I cry every night. :( its pretty bad

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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Wow, kon - that sounds horrific! I'm not sure what country you're in but can you ask to see another doctor? If you are in the UK, you could call your regional NHS out of hours service, usually after 6pm and before 8am. They would advise you and perhaps get you to see an independent doctor. Alternatively, yes - if I were you - I would be going to be local hospital emergency facility. I hope you get it sorted and feel better soon.

kon 3 years ago

I'm on my 8th day of this and I can't bare it any longer, I've been on 2 different types of antibiotics and I'm on a really high dose now but nothing is happening and its getting worse, the infection has moved away from my tonsils but its now in my throat where it feels like the sides are stuck together. Talking hurts and I'm taking ibuprofen and paracetamol every 4 hours and spraying all the time. I'm in agony ears ache head aches I find my teeth really hard because of the pain and I've chewed the inside of my mouth in my sleep, I've not eaten in days the pain is far too much, I'm 23 in the building trade and usually work through when I get tonsillitis but this time I havnt left bed in a week I'm so frustrated I don't know what to do I've been doctors twice they don't even have a proper look just give you antibiotics and send you out on your way...... What can I do? Will the hospital do anything?

Jessica Martinez 3 years ago

I have a sinus infection on top of my tonnsilitis and i'm starving most of the time but my husband and I don't have the food that will help me get better. I didn't have insurance until this month so i'm grateful for that but it started on Christmas eve with a really bad cough then progressed into a double header sickness. I've been resting since I got back from my doctor appointment and am finding it really difficult to talk to my husband and sleep at night. This information has been helpful . ( I'm 22)

Sara M 3 years ago

My throat just started hurting yesterday morning and I have a mass of white at the back of my throat. My right tinsil is swolen and has white dots on it but the other isn't that bad. Im scared because im f

Going to spain on Friday and this isn't the best time but the food suggestions are very helpful.

Ciara 3 years ago

Ive been getting tonsillitis since i was 11, in the past couple of years i've been getting it 4 or 5 times a year, i have it at the moment, all i can say is anything dairy will make your life a lot more difficult, so just stay away from it, i eat eggs and noodles, they're not too bad to eat, you could try jelly, mashed bannana, pasta, sausages, soft fruits, buttered bread, try toast too because it scraps the tonsils which will open up the infections on your tonsils and will help get rid of it faster, take painkillers too, try gargling with hot water and salt or water and disprin, i think tea works best for me but if cold food and drink works best for you stick to that, go to the doctor as soon as you get it, it means less suffering, it should be getting better after 3 maybe 4 days later with the help of a penicillin based anti biotic, if you get anti-biotics make sure to finish them all, if you don't it will come back, once i forgot about them when it wasn't sore anymore and it came back 2 days later just as bad, so make sure to finish them, rest helps too and make sure to get lots of vitamins into you because the anti-biotics will kill the infection as well as your immune system so it's important to eat healthy so you build it back up and you won't get sick a couple of weeks later again, i can't think of anything else to share so i hope you all get well soon.!:)

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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

I haven't had tonsillitis yet but I imagine the torture that one has to go through. I'll keep that as reference. thanks for your kind suggestions :)

Lauren j sheer 3 years ago

Oh i also had a mild case of glandular fever last year which was HELL. I tried to eat an orange today but it completely stung my throat! Plums are quite good as they are very soft, ive been sick 2 times with this too.

Lauren j sheer 3 years ago

Ive always had problems with my tonsils, even when i don't have tonsillitis my tonsils are like golf balls! The doctor will not remove my tonsils because i don't have it enough times a year however when i do get it i suffer massively. When i take my anti biotics i also take ibruprofen, lozenger sweets help and ice pops, cold water. I try to mobilise myself too sometimes that helps it to go much quicker, i suffer terribly with my tonsils! Get well soon all. (Age 16)

Jasper 3 years ago

It's my third day with it. My throat hurts a my gums were swollen and inflamed as well as sensitive. Mashed potatoes hurt... jello, and yogurt is best So far. Am I the only one who's experienced that form of symptoms? (I was diagnosed by a Dr. )

ellie-jane farrant 3 years ago

tonsillitis is so sour I can hardly swallow anything it is a lot of pain as I am 9 years old I find it so hard for me until I read this website I followed the instructions and felt better in about 3 days !

Shadow 3 years ago

Extremly painful to swallow anything and it feels like the pain is never going to be healed... I always wake up really straving but there's absolutly nothing that I can eat because of the severe pain of the tonsillitis. (I'm 11 years old)

Mike 3 years ago

I have strept throat and tonsillitis, I'm on my third day of meds and I notice no difference I'm suppost to work right after school tommorrow and the day after which I don't think will happen, I can't swallow water without a twitch and a very sharp pain. Also sometimes randomly I get like acid reflect and I don't know y. All ur food choices are dairy and I'm lactosintollerent so do u have any dairy free suggestions? Thanks

Help 101 3 years ago

I've had this crud "tonsillitus" for 2-3 days and am in so much pain. I feel like I'm dieing my stomach and ears, head kill!! I am starving but have no appetite, and kinda feel like I have a concussion! Hot and cold flashes.

ray 3 years ago

For thise who said their tonsillitis didn't get better after medication. It happened to me too last week. The 1st doctor gave me antiviral, after 3 days no change. Went to 2nd doc and she found it was bacterial not viral tonsillitis. Took penicillin yesterday & much better now.

Josh 3 years ago

I Started to have a sore throat last friday & went to the docs monday Morning about 10.20am & got diagnosed with tonsillitis & I am now on my 3rd day of antibiotics I take 2 lots (Small Circle tablets) 4 Times a day & I can now swallow water & some lucazade (My Throat doesn't hurt that much) & I can eat ice cream that helps & last night I got about 5 hurs sleep without getting up (10.15ish-3am ) then I woke up at 4.10am & 6.10am was sick twice at 3-4am. Then I Laid in bed till 8ish then had a nice hot bath this morning & Now I am relaxing. So best to rest loads & not do to much & the antibiotics don't usually kick in till the 3rd-4th day.

Jennifer 4 years ago

I currently have tonsilitis. Yesterday all I ate was ice cream mixed with some milk so that it wouldn't be too hard. I woke up during the night, crying and panicking due to the pain. I then remembered what I was taught when I had my tongue pierced. No dairyproducts.

I boiled some water with salt and gurgled and now I'm sucking on ice cubes and it barely hurts. Just a tip.

Mark 4 years ago

I find hot Ribena and honey works a treat

Kate 4 years ago

I currently have had tonsillitis for the past two weeks with no signs of it getting better. I was told, as with colds and flus, under no circumstances to eat anything with milk in as it can make you sick. And learnt the hard way to believe my doctor! I've been having normal fruit flavoured jellys and spaghetti hoops in tomato sauce! Working better the last three days - I realise there are other posts similar, but wished to voice my opinion anyway :)

Melbatoast83 4 years ago

I've had strep/bacterial tonsilitis 6 times since last Christmas, it is terrible!!!!! I have it right now and I can barely swallow. A couple of things that work for me are avocados (they are so mushy & not acidic!) and toast with lots of butter, dipped in decaf tea so it's not scratchy. Good luck other sufferers...

Bfthfgjhnfg 4 years ago

Well, I know for a fact you arent supposed to have acidic things like oranges. I know, I have tonsillitis right now.

Cassie 4 years ago

Been about a week with Strep Tonsillitis...Which is tonsillitis and strep throat together...very painful...I have found that vanilla icecream feels alright and Milk is kind of soothing...Most important, I have had this sever times in like the past 5 years...well tonsillitis... and the first few times they put me on antibiotics, I ended up with thrush which is a yeast infection on the mouth so I make sure to eat a cup of yogurt WITH ACTIVE YOGURT CULTURES, at least once a day...Sometimes it helps to soothe my throat but be sure to get the cream pie kinda they don't have fruit in them...Hope you all get to feeling better...

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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Morgan. Sounds as though you've had an especially hard time. Did the doctors not give you any advice on what you should eat? If I were you, whatever I ate, I would tread very, very carefully and see what suits you and what doesn't. Maybe some blended soup? I wish you a swift recovery and hope some of the ideas here are helpful to you.

Morgan Burnett 4 years ago

I've had tonsillitis AND strep throat for the past week and a half. At first my tonsils got so big i couldn't talk or swallow (I could but it was VERY painfull, i twitched whenever I swallowed) And i couldn't breathe well through my mouth. I was sent to the hospital, until they got smaller. Now I'm home. I can't eat or drink anything fruity, and I've been living on tea and noodles for the past 3 days. anything else like strawberry yoghurt or orange juice or anything else BURNS my tonsils. What should I eat?

gayatri 4 years ago

my doctor told me i have tonsilitis but as such i have no sore throat but i choke a lot.. specially if i drink a lotta water in one go.. also my doctor said to stay away from cold food.. did any one else also experienced d same choking thing?? m 20.. and does it mean tht if i have it once.. i will keep having it now? off and on? though m feeling better... when would be the best time to return to my daily routine.. m in bed since two weeks now..

sarah smith 4 years ago

i actually found,no matter what i eat,it doesn't stay down,i had come ice-cream, yoghurt, mash potato and after half an hour,i was sick,bringing it up again:( im actually very hungary but i don't know what else to eat! has anyone got any other ideas?

Harry 4 years ago

Isn't it strange how I can eat grapes a lot easier than I can swallow water

Oatcake 4 years ago

Thanks do much for this, I've not had tonsillitis since I was a small child and now I'm 31 and have the most awfully, swollen sore throat, painful glands and the shivers I didn't know of anything I could eat... And I'm pretty hungry after 3 days of not eating much! Thanks again for your advice... Will be sending my hubbie out for ice cream and nutrition shakes!!

Russell 4 years ago

I found Lemsip(lemon-paracetamol mix),Up and Go or Sustagen(Nutritious Supplements)and protein shakes with water a good way to keep nutrients up whilst keeping pain down.If the dairy cases mucus build up rinse mouth and follow up with warm lemsip.Posting from Australia where all these are freely available.

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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Abby. Good that you're feeling better. Thanks for sharing your experiences here. I'm sure they'll be useful and beneficial to many people.

Abby 4 years ago

Thanks so much for posting this it really helped me. I think I will recover soon from tonsillitis since I was able to eat some egg and a croissant(slowly)this morning tonight I'll try mash potatoes. It still hurts to swallow but the swelling has gone down a lot. I found it really hard to have bananas, oatmeal and oranges. I really enjoyed jello, mango, smoothies, Popsicle, tea, and soup specially canned ones because the veggies would dissolve in my mouth so it was really easy to swallow. The first two days I only had soup and on my 3rd day I had jello and mango tried some other fruits but they were too rough. Gargling hot water with salt helped a lot. I also covered my neck with a scarf even at night but I loosen(don't wanna choke). Also always stay warm and cover always.

dunno123 4 years ago

very glad to hear ice cream is on this list ^^ only got my antibiotics yesterday and one of my tonsils are covered in spots and swollen up to 3/4 of my mouth! thank god its only the 1 haha. Showing my parents immediately :)

Jamie 4 years ago


This is now my 8th day of tonsillitis, it's slowly clearing up slightly but woke up this morning for work feeling very dizzy with a headache and earache. All i've been able to eat is soft pasta with an unsalted butter and even then had to chew it down to really small pieces.

Everything else stings, it's either too sweet or too salty. Also i've been wearing a scarf for a few days which seems to keep my neck warm. I live in London and the weather isn't exactly warm and because I have to work I think the cold air hurts my throat even more. So if you can stay in bed and sleep!

Hope you all feel better soon!

Tana 4 years ago

Hi Everyone,

This is day three of my tonselitis or hell,as I call it. It all started about 3 weeks ago with my daughter starting nursery, since then I caught an eye infection, stomach bug, flu, cough.....for three weeks I also had constant throat pain, now for three days I have tonselitis, just after my daughter had and my husband is still suffering with it, but not as bad as myself. It is so hard having a high temp,shivers,aches everywhere,swollen glances,headaches and still look after a baby at the same time, with nobody around to help. What also sucks is her first birthday this weekend and we might not be able to go ahead with the party - this really sucks, I habe never been in so much pain.


I found that I could eat my daughter's fruit jars ok, but only half and then the other half later as it hurts so much. Tried ice cream which was fine, but made me little sick, I'm so hungry, that I feel sick and weak, could eat a pig on toast :-) or sausages would do. Just hold your fingers crossed that we can celebrate my daughter's birthday.

Hope you all get well soon....

Best of luck


Shanae 4 years ago

I have tonsillitis now and about to try these suggestions I hope they work! :)

Anna 4 years ago

i got a high temperature on tuesday morning and i haven't been at school all week. on wednesday i started to notice a sore throat and found everything hard to swallow. i also had regular headaches and if i stood up too quickly i felt light-headed.on wednesday night i went to the doctor and told me i had tonsillitis, he prescibed me a white medicine as i am unable to swallow tablets. its now FRIDAY nd there is no difference! i woke up this morning at twenty to seven and got sick. yesterday i bought a callipo ice-cream and it was heaven!! it was short but very soothing. i'm goin to town today to get more ice-cream!! please help because i need to be well by tomorrow!! :(

John 4 years ago

I've had tonsillitis symptoms since last Thursday. However, I only consulted a GP on Monday. She prescribed some anti-biotic and told me to return for injection whenever the fever kicks in. Th fever kicked in yesterday (Tuesday). I'm on medication now, and the symptoms and the pain doesn't seem to go away.

The pain is terrible and I could not swallow anything down my throat!!!

I am starving now as I have not been eating, HELP!!!!!

Zoe 4 years ago

Hey, I find chocolate protein shakes blended together with ice and peanut butter work really well for a meal when you've got tonsillitis! Gives you all the nutrients you need.

med student 4 years ago

ppl with painless lumps in your neck, please go to your doctors ASAP!!

dem 4 years ago

can please someboby help me i cant even swallow water please im in pain right now it is so hard to swallow water food all :(

skyashton 4 years ago

it is so painful to swallow coz of tonsilitis what should i do? :(

Zoe.d 4 years ago

Thank you, and I wish everyone the best of luck with their sickness! Xo

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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Sorry to hear that, Zoe. I suppose the good thing is that at least you now have a definite diagnosis and can be given the most appropriate treatment. Hope you feel better soon.

Zoe.d 4 years ago

Thank you for replying! :) and thanks your kind words. So they told me last Wednesday that it was tonsillitis, and I got my blood tests back today and it's actually glandular fever! :( perfect timing for grade 12 haha! ;(

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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

I hope you feel better soon, Zoe. I had glandular fever when I was 15 and it was Hell - but the good news is, I did recover completely! Take care and good luck to you and all suffering from this horrible affliction.

Zoe.d 4 years ago

Im 16 and this is my 5th day with tonsillitis, I can't talk, swallow or walk on my own. I've had blood tests just to make sure that it's not glandular fever but I only find that out next week. I've never had it before and I've never been in so much pain :( unfortunately the best medication is amoxil, which I'm allergic to, so I have to take the second best medication, but the side effects are stomach pains.. And it's awful :( this is also my final year of school, so I really hope I can just get over it quickly! I've read a lot of the comments about dairy. I live in Australia, and we have a milk drink called 'up and go' it's a drink with heaps of nutrients in it, and it's seems to be helping, although I am getting a bit of mucus but I need to get some nutrients into me! I'm also going to try ice cream! I never thought of it :) I've lost 5kgs already, so hopefully the ice cream can stop me from losing weight haha :)

Analicia Taitague 4 years ago

i just got tonsillitis & have not eattin anything but candy and popcycles.... its horrible

Kanri 4 years ago

Hello there. I'm currently on day 3 of my bout of tonsillitis and I've had numerous afflictions since I was eight years old. There are a lot of ways to get tonsillitis, and depending on if it's bacterial or viral has a lot to do with treatment and the duration of the sickness, which means going to a doctor is very important! Here are a few "home remedies" that have gotten me through this:

1. Hot or cold. Whichever soothes the most, stick to it! Hot works best for me, which means I do a lot of tea, preferably with lemon or apple infusion for the vitamin boost and not so concentrated that it burns. If you prefer cold, fruit smoothies are a popular choice.

2. Be wary of dairy. For some infections, consuming dairy (especially chocolate!) causes a heavy mucus discharge in the back of the throat which will give you hours of discomfort and spitting. Again, not a problem for everyone, but definitely a problem for me.

3. Ibuprofen is your friend. Acetaminophen can work too.

4. Vitamin C and immunity boosters! I can't stress this one enough. One of the very best things you can do is give your body the nutrients it needs to fight off the infection naturally. I recommend a C-boost drink (I have a local brand that is an organic fruit juice with 2800% of daily Vitamin C intake in a liter plus tons of antioxidants) and consuming about a liter a day. Pill form could also work, but I recommend consuming from natural sources. Doing this has gotten me over an infection in 3-4 days. No fooling!

5. REST!! Sleep and relaxation really help take the stress off your body. What helps me is to soak in a warm bath before trying to sleep, which helps relieves some the neck pain and psychological stress. And even when I find sleep difficult, I park a television and a stack of books on the side of my bed and make sure I enjoy myself.

I hope this helps someone out there! Don't worry! It will all be over soon!

dumdum 4 years ago

I would personally avoid dairy at all costs. Well this is based on the fact that I have suffered from severe tonsillitis once or twice a year for most of my life. Since going dairy free about 4 years ago I haven't had it once. Dairy, especially milk, coats the throat and provides a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

Also, Covonia throat spray is about the best thing I found to ease the pain. It stings like bloody murder for about a second and only takes the edge off but it works far better than any other throat spray I've tried. Antibiotics are the key, along with something like low dose Diazapam to help you sleep.

Good luck. I feel your pain!

Prisca 4 years ago

I'm on my 5th day of having tonsillitis now, as well as having a cold! So i can't breathe through my nose and it hurts to breathe through my mouth as well! As well as having a pounding headache, tiredness, fever and sore neck! Its the first time i've had tonsillitis and i never knew the pain would be this bad! I just want to cry because i feel so helpless! I'm 19 and at university but all i wish is that i was at home for my mum to take care of me! But i feel like i'm being a bit overdramatic since i know so many people that have had tonsillitis, so i haven't gone home (also the thought of a 4 and a half hour train journey while i feel like this is enough to make me change my mind!)

I noticed that a lot of people on here say to avoid all dairy when you have tonsillitis but i've found one of the only things i could eat in the first couple of days was porridge! I make porridge with half semi-skimmed milk and half water and let it cool down quite a bit before i eat it so it's not very creamy but the warmth meant it didn't hurt my throat as i ate it. However it did nothing to soothe my throat other than when i was eating it! But just wanted to point out that you shouldn't automatically rule dairy out!

Daniel George 4 years ago

Hello, today i found eating popcorn was good. after chewing it was nice and soft but had little sharp bits to scrape my throat. Scraping of the throat hurts like heck, but it does help the healing process. in the UK if you get yout tonsils removed the hospital will give you toast (toasted bread) to eat. it seems a bit harsh but speeds up the healing.

Troatproblem 4 years ago

My sisters on 8 and she cries all night she doesn't eat anything in the morning and only drinks water all day I feel so sorrai for her she's always cold too she had it for 1 week already:L I need help her get well but the food you recommend she doesn't want to eat what should I need help. hope people help ma sister well:DTHANK YOU For reading:)

Gabby12 4 years ago

Hey so I came down with tonsillitis yesterday and googled what to eat when you have tonsillitis. This is the first thing that came up so I looked at it and my mom had already made me a smoothie and so she went to the store and bought ice cream(witch really helped)I recommend the vannila, and she bought throat coat tea, this is a natural tea with many plants I recommend it :-) thank you this really helped

kaitlyn 4 years ago

i had very bad tonsills i went to the care doc on saturday he gave me this calpol one tastes like oranges and it spices my troat and the other tastes like sand yuk i have a big lump on the side of my troat and if that is not gone by wednsday i have to go to my doctor he will send a letter to kilkenny and kilkenny will send me a letter

AIMZEL 4 years ago

hello to everyone, i have a tonsil for almost 1 month but i didn't feel pain until now..i have one like a ball in right side i don't know what to do to remove this please help me THANKS A LOT..:(


Emma :) 4 years ago

hi my names Emma this is about my 7th time of having tonsillitis and I hate it it's my 2nd-1/2 day and I'm actually pre good I got it from kissing a boy and then another boy not being a slut just being drunk :s so as soon as my mum got me from my friends I made her take me to the free doctor and he gave me some tablets so I've been living off tablets iceypoles and strepsils all I want IS A HUGE HAM AND LETTUCE SANDWICH !!!!

amandawalsh 4 years ago

hey, im 16 years old and i'v only had tonsil stones before , i was confused about the difference between tonsillitis and tonsil stones so i looked it up turns out i have tonsillitis.... yay for me! :/ i only starting seeing the white part in my tonsils last night, i looked at them today and they got worse my moms in saint john until tomorrow, so i wanted to go to the hospital tomorrow but its going to storm ... i find gurgling warm water and salt helps a little and swallowing honey i'v been taking ibuprofen 400's one and a half and it works really good , i cant get any ice cream until my mom comes back , last night i woke up at 3 am my throat hurt real bad so i gurgled warm water and salt then swallowed some honey and took a ibuprofen and a half and went to sleep when i woke up for my exam my throat was SOOOOO!!! much better it still hurt a little but as long as i could eat and drink i was good to go

i don't wanna get my tonsils removed.

i was wondering if once you get tonsillitis are you more likely to get it more often (if you don't get your tonsils removed) the information on here is a really big help im not as scared about it now , thank you all sooo much xoxo best wishes to everyone , i hope the pain goes away soon .

Jess 5 years ago

Gargling with aspirin was like magic for me.

Louiza 5 years ago

You guys this is horrible. I cant sleep,i cant eat. I cant even take my pills. That's how swollen my throat is.. Sometimes i cant breathe and i panic and choke on my saliva..i have almost 15 teas everyday,it helps for a while but then the pain comes back..i will try the ice cream tho. It sounds a lot better. And when i get better im gonna get these bitc**s removed.

Keenan 5 years ago

Is it possible to get tonsilitis if your tonsils have been removed? Keenan in pain

Nicki 5 years ago

So I got a sore throat a couple days ago (Sunday) but I'm gunna go to the doctor when the clinics open. Its 4:30am (Tuesday) and I haven't been able to sleep or talk in those couple days. Swallowing anything is excruciating. I just turned 20 and I've never had this before:S Coughing is so painful I can barely do it:(

I find cold drinks are painful now but at the first sign of a sore throat I had smoothies and milkshakes at it was good but now that I have no voice it's a no no. But I've been drinking warm chai tea and it's a temporary pain reliever. Another awesome trick is eating a spoonful of straight honey. The first swallow is painful (obviously) but it soothes your throat like nothing else, and it's not dairy so you won't have to worry about the mucus. Even though it's pure sugar, your body could use it.

Another awesome trick is making a steam tent and breathing through your mouth. Just boil some water and put it into a bit bowl with a couple ice cubes (you don't want it so hot you burn yourself) and put a small towel over your head. Also a warm/hot cloth on your neck helps with the swelling too.

One last thing, if you can manage even half a lemon neo citrine (I have to have TONS of sugar and honey in it so it's really sweet and doesn't burn from the acidity,) it'll help with your cough and throat and help you get some much needed sleep.

Hopefully these tips are helpful, all the other ones definitely were:) Get better everyone!!:)

Christine 5 years ago

I'm on day 3 of Tonsillitis. Viral I'm guessing. Doctor didn't see any white spots to indicate strep throat. It's been killing me to swollow, and makes for a lousy sleep. I've discovered a few things though.

1. Ibuprofin seems to relieve some of the pain. I suspect because it is an anti-inflammitory....but that is just my theory.

2. Swallowing with my tongue in the mouth close and tongue pulled away from the tonsils helps SO MUCH. It's hard to describe, but i consciously try and push my tongue downward...sorry I can't describe it, but it alleviates 90percent of my swallowing pain!!

3. Cold ice cream is wonderful for me....but I think the amount of mucous a person gets from it is entirely dependent upon several factors..... again my perspective would suggest responses would vary based on several things, such as:

1. Do you have a runny nose kind of cold with your swollen tonsils? How severe is your cold. Mine is mild, so milk/dairy doesn't seem ot bother me much.

2. Are you consumming a product with whole milk or 2% or 1% or skim. I find that 1% milk is my favorite. I get that milk flavor with out the syrupy richness of cream...which in my opinion may help stir up a mucous or phlegm. (I do LOVE my whipped cream though...just not when I'm feeling this lousy:-(

Anyhow.....I recommend using a different placement of the tongue to swallow and well as an anti-inflammatory as the best approach to pain relief....at least at this point. I haven't tried other methods I've seen on the internet such as crushed aspirin gargled with a dark soda (not to be swollowed), or gargling with tumeric and warm water. (I may try the tumeric tomorrow as it's supposed to be a natural/homeopathic approach to help with pain...in my limited understanding), nor have I gargled with warm salt water, or honey...etc. etc..

I think it good to remember that what works for one doesn't always work for another.

And in conclusion: I also rely on prayer, drinking plenty of fluids and rest. My best wishes to those of you out there suffering this way.


Kiran 5 years ago

Im having this for almost a week now , it hurts kinda bad,this article helped me out a lot . Good One.

Mocha 5 years ago

hey..i'm considering removing mine.

every night i have blistering fever for the last 3 days

Nonny 5 years ago

hi everyone ive had tonsilitis almost every 6 months last year and it was horible. ive also endured an eardrum blockage for 4months. my voice have become horse and i snore a lot (LOL). the pain has stopped thou but im getting the tonsils out in June...*cant wait*!! in my own experiences oranges, bananas, avocados, and sour milk are a very bad idea for tonsilitis, hence ive decided to stay away from them completely until after surgery. ice cream is the best (a doctor once recommended).

Nikki 5 years ago

oops today i discovered for the first time ive got tonsillitus and thought i better read up on what foods and drinks i could have and i started to read this very helpful page sat eating chocolates and a big glass of milk hmmm ooopsy! Will be searching my cupboards for lots of cold and fresh fruitful things :) wish i had some ice cream. Does anyone know if shouting makes it worse? Im a bit of a shouter you see :/

Ricky 5 years ago

tonssilites are basically caused due to resdues of calcium gatherings in throat. if you are having them quite regularly check your food contents and try to avoid dairy based products as they can make thing go further wrong. Pain killers and and luke salted water can help. Goggling with luke salted water helps as sodium cloride presipitate calcium based substances and help recovering quicker

Stephanie.A 5 years ago

im 22 years old female and i had my tonsils removed here in California a few days ago... day 1 and 2 i was feeling ok, i was talking but not so good.. day 3 was terrible! my pain level was 8 and i was crying and crying was making it worse. the pain meds only do so much for me.. my body temp. burns it off and swallowing is the worse pain in the world. i haven't eaten since tuesday [the day before surgery] all i can have is jello, ice cream, ice water, broth and smoothies.. the only time i dnt feel pain is when i have more of my meds than i should have at nite to sleep... but i have cottonmouth too much salivia at once, my teeth hurt, my jaw, my ears and today is only day 4... i feel like i made a wrong choice but once this past im hoping everything will get better... day 4 is coughing a lot.

Jawster 5 years ago

Put a hand towl in ice water and let it soak, then place on the skin on your neck in the area you feel the pain, numbs it enough to eat easier and the pain isn't too bad for a few hours as well :-)

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

It really gets more and more intriguing following all these comments. I can only reiterate what I have said so many times before in that I thank you all very much for relating your experiences and asking your questions but I urge always that you seek professional medical advice in the first instance. Thereafter, we can all share our experiences.

I know it's unrealistic but I hope that no one is suffering from this scourge at the holiday period and I hope everyone reading this has a wonderful and tonsillitis free New Year! :)

hamish 5 years ago

i have read a lot of the comments and i don't understand how cold stuffs can soothe the pain, they actually make the condition worse n avoiding spicy food is recommended.this is the 4th Time i've got it this year n am sure it's because i had way too

Angelique 5 years ago

Umm.. Is it alright if I eat noodles with seafood in it? My mum told me not to eat any meat during this period

Angelique 5 years ago

This is my third day from my first experience with tonsillitis. My throat actually feels better now after having some medication prescribed to me. Is it totally curable? Cause from the posts, it sounds as though it comes back.

tonsillitis sufferer 5 years ago

My mom freaks out when i eat ice cream but it actually works a pain reliever

Claire 5 years ago

I was diagnosed with tonsillitis on Wednesday and started taking Penicillin on Wednesday evening. I am just starting to feel better now (Saturday). Anti-biotics do work but take a few days to kick in. I frequently get tonsillitis but with varying debilitating effects each time. This bout has been the worst so far. I am trying to decide whether to ask for them to be taken out - any advice whether this is worthwhile? I get the infection about 4 times a a year and have done for 25 years :-(

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Cassie, I'm sorry you are feeling like this but it is very important that you get to see a doctor. Although medicine won't be an instant cure, it is necessary to make you better. I hope you feel better soon and in time to enjoy yourself over the holidays.

Cassie 5 years ago

Hi i'm 12 and I'm preety sure I have tonsilitus... I have had this before...but not this bad. If I swollow i will be dying of pain. Everything I try to eat i puke it back up... I'm starving and trying to eat cold things.. like flavored ice. But its not helping... PLEASE help I feel like im going to die if i don't eat.... Thank's! :)

Boccari 5 years ago

It all started 3 days back with a noisy tummy, diziness, a slightly sore throat, sweating and feeling extremely cold the next minute,difficulty to breathe, full time saliva in my mouth. 1st diagnoses stomach colic.I had to rush back to the doctor yesterday and the 2nd diagnosis, sever tonsilitis.Pain is unbearable. Cant eat, drink anything.I cried my way though drinking very soft porrigde and fresh milk today as I had not eaten for 2 days and I feel very week. My sister tried a healthy veg soup for me but it burns my tonsils bad. The rain just stopped and I am going to the store for a cols ice cream and smooth youghurt. I am starving. I cant even take my pills without crying out Loud.Its the worste feeling ever.

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author


I don't know what country you're in but certainly here in the UK, removing tonsils is a last resort in modern times for tonsillitis. Please, go see your doctor and get some proper medical treatment and advice. You'll probably find that it is simply some form of medicine you will be given as well as some top tips. The longer you wait, the more discomfort and pain you will be in and the problem will only get worse. You'll be glad in the long term that you did. Good luck and please come back and let us know how you get on.

Lisa 5 years ago

Im really scared because im young and never had it before and i am terrified of the doctors so i dont want to have them taken out, but i don't want the pain of when i swallow:(

please help...

Jo 5 years ago

I was told I had tonsillitis yesterday my throat hurt but I felt okay. Today I was up since 4am being sick can't even keep water down my throat is burning I'm hot one minute and cold another. I need to eat as it's 2.30pm now but I'm scared it will make me sick again. Any suggestion would be great?

Daniel 5 years ago

I got told from my doctor I have glandular fever and tonsillitis :/ FML

Crystal 5 years ago

I talked to my doctor today about the whole dairy thing and he kinda laughed about it, he said there is always an argument about dairy while being sick and he said if you ask me it doesn't change anything. And while having tonsillitis I have been eating yummy vanilla ice cream once a day and it has helped sooth my throat more than you can imagine!

Mac 5 years ago

Was diagnosed with viral tonsillitus just yesterday morning(wednesday), and its now thursday and my tonsils have got worse, they are nearly all white with puss, finding it difficult to breath and talk properly, i also find it quite hard swallowing, im 16 and i have never had this before so i was very surpised, i have only suffered with tonsil stones before, i just want them gone, i haven't been subscribed any antibiotics as its a viral infection, how long will this last for?

Many Thanks.

Tilly 5 years ago

I have had tonsilitis for 3 days and if you get 2 scoops of lemon sorbet in a 250 ml glass then put water in it to make it drinkable with a straw, it soothes your throat really well!

Kerry 5 years ago

I have acute tonsilitis & glandular fever diagnosed by the hospital and have to say, this is the worst sore throat that I've ever experienced.

So bad at night that I can't sleep on my back, tonsils covered in pus both sides, can hardly swallow, and my neck is swollen like a golf ball under each jaw.

Have been on anti biotics for 7 days , 2000mg of penicillin a day and no better, probably as throat caused by a virus (glandular fever) rather than bacterial.

I feel for everyone on here and hope my throat starts to feel better soon. Having never had tonsilitis and now having had it acutely with glandular fever, I have to say its one of the most painful things I have ever experienced)

I'm going to try all the suggestions on here as losing weight fast. Get better soon everyone x

georgie 5 years ago

Also to Rach with regards to your 7 year olds tonsillitus, it can last months on end some people have been known to have it for 6 months others on and off constantly throughout a year, if antibiotics are not strong enough to treat the tonsillitus a doctor may advise to have tonsils removed which happened to me, especially if eating has practically ceased. I hope your daughter gets well very soon as its a nasty infection especially for a child.

georgie 5 years ago

i had dairy products when i had my tonsils removed due to tonsilitus and lived off of hot chocolate, tomato soup, porridge and ice cream...its absolutely fine in my honest opinion.

Bryan 5 years ago

Chocolate ice cream Is hurt don't try it

mikezx6r 5 years ago

Will smoking cigarettes and drinking beer make tonsillitis worse

Josh 5 years ago

Hey, I have had an awful case of tonsilitis for coming on 4 days now. I can't talk, swallowing proves a challenge, therefore eating is almost out of the question. Today I picked up some water soluble aspirin, gargling this solution in a highly concentrated form seemed to help slightly but I find gargling salt-water to be more effective. Good luck everyone :)

Rach 5 years ago

We have gone through the mentioned food suggestions, but my daughter- 7 year old- is really not wanting to eat at all!! She has had this bout of tonsillitis for 4 weeks now- she has had 3 bottles of antibiotics (not penicillian as she is allergic), and still has pus spots on the tonsils that I can see and has already lost 2kg. She is not describing pain upon swallowing at the tonsil area, but it is uncomfortable further down her throat.

For regular tonsillitis sufferers- is this length of time relatively normal to be so uncomfortable? and does eating cause so many problems after so long?

Denise 5 years ago

Day 6 of my tonsillitis initially had the chills and achy feelings which then left me with a sore throat. Had this condition as a child but don't remember it being quite so painful. Not eaten very much for the past 4 days mainly water and yesterday some liquified soup and ice lollys. Everything hurts so much and you just want to cry as you eat it.

Feeling slightly better this morning and managed to eat some scrambled egg which went down without too much pain. Hopefully I will be able to eat tomorrow as the restriction on food alongside anti biotics is giving me nausea and cramps. Never thought having tonillitis could be so debilitating :(

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kira 5 years ago

i was diagnosed with tonsillitus since wednesday, and i only saw the doctor on thursday morning. he game me anti-biotics but didn't exactly say what to eat and do. all i eat now is chicken soup and water. when can i move on to something else?

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Lee. Someone has read it already! :) Unusual idea but sounds like it could be of great help to a lot of people. Thanks for sharing it.

lee uk 5 years ago

Not sure if anyone will read this but I've got it too and found I press the tip of my tongue just above my top teeth on the roof of my mouth and keep it there whilst swallowing I can swallow even pasta with no pain - it might help someone out there?

chrissyB 5 years ago

I can't speak for anyone else, but have found that with acute tonsilitis both tomato soup and real orange ice llollies, really burnt my throat. I have found the best things are soy ice cream to sooth the pain, and an easy thing to eat is tuna flakes in mayonnaise. Good source of protein and relatively easy to swallow. I think the best advice for tonsillitis is to neck several ibuprofen every 5 hours and ride out the pain.

bianca moraru 5 years ago

what fruits are you allowed to eat?

susan 5 years ago

Hi, I've had tonsillitis for 3 days now, and its the first time i've had it. But I must say its the most painful thing i've ever experienced. I can't speak, I can't eat or drink anything, and I haven't slept for 2 nights, and the antibiotics hasn't helped at all. I was just wondering if there is anything else at all that could help soothe my throat, because i've tried throat numbing strepsils and attempted to eat an icy pole, but nothing works.

Lauren 5 years ago

Hi, ive had tonsillitis for 5 days now. Does anyone think that it will be going soon. Today is the first day that ive managed to eat. Ive had a few tomatoes and an ice lolly. But i still find it hard to drink. Ive been taking nurofen every 4 hours, but today the pain has decided to stay away and i feel a bit more alive. Do you think it could be going?..

sharon 5 years ago

hi, i went to urgent care on sunday an i was told i had strep throat, but since its gotten worse, even wit medication. now tuesday, im in worse pain an my tonsils are completely covered in white...wondering if i should go see another doctor...

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hello, Jeanette

I'm sorry you're sick and alone. One is bad enough without the other. You will hopefully find lots of ideas throughout the text and comments on this page which will help you but hopefully, whatever country you are in, you will have access to a doctor. That really should be your first port of call. I hope you feel better soon.

jeanette 5 years ago

hi,, i have a tonsillities, fever, in my ears a paining then i have headache, so can u pls, help me wat kind of food i will eat in wat is the donts, mean to say wat is the food is not allowed, bec, im leving alone here my family stay in the another country. so no body takecare of my so i need to be strong here.thanks.its very hard to be come sick that ur alone,

Jenny 5 years ago

I think this is the worst case of tonsillitis I've ever had in the last 19 years of my life! I simply can not eat, drink and sleep properly. The best food I've had would have to be a really ripe cold pear for breakfast and dinner. Before I got sick I was kind of losing my voice and sounded like a dog. There is nothing worse than having tonsillitis and your mother made your fav food!

ceriann 5 years ago

today i tried drinking orange juice today and i felt like my throat was on fire! my friend who is a nurse said even though hard foods are tough on your throat when you have tonsillitis you should eat hard foods because it gets rid of all of the spots on your tonsills.

ceriann 5 years ago

i have tonsillitis and my throat stings, i even threw up yesturday. but i was worried that if i eat things that have acid in them it might make me be sick again. will it??? i think it help when i eat icy poles because it soothes my throat.

becky 5 years ago

i just had my tonsils removed and my mom gave me mash potatoes and i was up a lot last night coughing up mucus and it hurts and then i was like to my mom did those potatoes have milk in it and yeah they did that's why so don't have dairy products mucus sucks!

Chloe 5 years ago

I'm nearly over my often reaccuring tonsillitis thanks to much needed antibiotics and I honestly didn't eat for 6 days, I could barely manage a glass of water but I wasn't even hungry!

Ebs 5 years ago

hello i just 2 days ago got tonsillitis and i believe that you just have to deal with it all. because or else you will starve yourself. i believe spaghetti in a tin is really good but try to get ones that show on the packet that the noodles are not long. icecream was really good for me from your saliva place on a tissue and that way it doesn't hurt. have difflam (gargle) which numbs the throat and the you can swallow tablets. panadol worked for me as well as i had really high and low fevers. but strepsils and honey and lemon strepsils are good as well as honey and lemon in hot water.

i don't no what to eat fully as it really hurts for me and i cannot eat really hard things but I will work this out later but yesterday i had raisin toast and it hurt when i swallowed it but i was so hungry. nutragrain works for breakfast.

hope this helped

Assy 5 years ago

IS pineapple and banana good to eat when u have tonsillitis?

Assy 5 years ago

I am from the philippines and I am currently employed as an Online English teacher, so our voice serves as the bread and butter of our job. And is it just normal that I sometimes feel very cold and right after that I sweat or feel warm? Thanks again

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author


Thank you for commenting here and I am sorry to hear of your condition. I am obviously not aware of what country you are in but how can you lose your job for being ill???

Like I have posted here so many times before, tonsillitis is a personal experience and we all know it differently in what we can eat and what is comfortable for us.

I wish you the best of luck in feeling better soon and strongly recommend you challenge any attempt to cost you your job! :)

Best wishes,

Gordon Hamilton

Assy 5 years ago

Hi. It's my third day of having tonsillitis, i just wanna make things clear if its really okay to eat ice cream? like vanilla ice cream from mcdonalds? Please help me,im in despair. I cant talk for two days and its killing me and i myt lose my job :( thanks!

Ally 5 years ago

Hi All,

Just diagnosed with Tonsilitis today. I saw 3 doctors over the course of the weekend. I actually took myself to the ER when the first doctor just thought it was an asthma attack. I was finding it hard to breathe and couldn't eat, but I think I was just in a panic due to the fact that food kept feeling like it was getting caught. The other 2 doctors agreed that I would need an anti-inflamatory and some anti-biotics. I've just started taking the meds this morning and I have been able to eat a little today, which is awesome because I hadn't eaten in 2 days, I had only been drinking water. So today some yoghurt, a protein bar which I chewed into mush, half a banana smushed, and some ice cream, success! I ate! at least it's something...going to check in again with the doc. tomorrow, hopefully I'll be clear soon...gosh I really want that pizza I've been dreaming about!

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

If you're comfortable with it, I don't see why not. Good luck! :)

laurenv 5 years ago

thanks for the help! i go crazy without food (lol) so i am eating mac&&cheese and mashed potatoes. think that's good to eat?

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

I am only speaking from personal experience Lauren but it took a few days with me. Why don't you call your doctor tomorrow for advice?

laurenv 5 years ago

yes he did give me medicine... i still have puss on my right tonsil and its hard to swallow... been taking medicine since saturday... do u think i should be better by now?

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, LaurenV

Hope your doctor gave you some medicine. Remember, medicine does take time to work but if you are getting worse you should go back to your doctor.

Hope you feel better soon.

laurenv 5 years ago

hi, i had a sore throat starting monday went to the doctor on saturday and now i have tonsillitis. it is now late moday and my throat still hurts a lot and i can barley swallow. should i be better by now? please help im worried!

naturalsolutions 5 years ago

Is the icecream really advisable to eat when you have a tonsillitis? I thought we have to avoid cold foods and drink when we are suffering from tonsillitis.

Sabrina 5 years ago

Hi, I also have tonsillitis like a lot of you. I'm used to having those...I think I've had as much as 20 in a couple of years. And I have to say that UNSWEETENED APPLESAUCE works soo well for me. It doesn't feel acid at all (not like raw apples:they are painfull)! I'm telling you, you should try it

Rikkie 5 years ago

I had this illness and every time I swallow liquid or eat something. It feels like something blocking on the back of my throat, it doesn't hurt though its just the stuff or mucus or something that's blocking it.. Is that normal or I need to see my Doctor? Pls help..

Greggory 5 years ago

I started this week with a minor throat problem, but then developed Tonsillitis AFTER starting a prescription of antibiotics (although it hasn't been officially called it, I can basically deduce it down to it)... I've barely eaten because, well, it's nearly impossible to eat. Hopefully all these foods will help. Thanks!

Dal 5 years ago

Hate having tonsillitis cant eat drink or sleep

Sammy 5 years ago


I heard that eating or drinking cold stuff isn't good if you have tonsillitis, is that true?


Eric Power 5 years ago

hey , i was in the doctors yesterday morning and he told me that i have severe tonilitus and an anti - septic throat . ive had this before and to be honest its not as bad as my previous experiences with it . i was just wondering , as i haven't been eating at all , would it be ok to order spicy chicken later tonight ???

Jas, 5 years ago

Yuck! I have tonsillitis and it's horrible, I can't eat, drink or anything! Helppp

Elmira 5 years ago

I've had a blocked nose and a sore throat and then Bang I have tonsillitis, i went to my doctor and she gave me a suscription for penicillin cyrup, it Works in just 1 day, but you have to drink it for about 5 days until symptoms clear so i suggest that to everyone :D All i eat right now is basicly coco pops in cold milk :D Ice cream and mashed potatoes :D I feel better already and i can Actually speak! I was quiet for 2 days!

Lucy 5 years ago

I've had tonsillitis for about 3 days now and it is so painful to swallow. Never had it like this before and I have a lot more sympathy with people that have it now! Personally, I find cold things really helpful as they help to numb your throat a bit. If you can handle it, toast is also a good one as it stops muck and mucus building up on your tonsils. Also, didn't have a clue about the dairy thing so thanks everyone! Hope everyone feels better soon!!!

emily 5 years ago

I've had tonsillitis the past few days, and all I have basically eaten is jelly & ice-cream and everyday the infection has gotten worse ! I am basically starved to death and I also have a craving for sausages, is there ANY way I can eat solid foods with tonsillitis before I die ? :L

christy 5 years ago

I had strep for about two weeks and it unfortunately turned into tonsillitis. The pain was so bad i could barely open my mouth to speak, and even harder to take my medicine. I have found some relief in certain foods and I find that drinking very warm things such as chamomile tea or soup help me, and I also find relief by slowly drinking ice water or very chilled yogurt. Like so many have mentioned, everyone has a different tolerance to different types of foods and temperatures; i just tried what sounded soothing to me and most things I have tried have given me some type of relief. Hope anyone whose currently suffering with tonsillitis, strep, or a bad sore throat feels better soon!

natashaa 5 years ago

my god my tonsilitis are so bad i got an allergic reaction to my anitbiotics and i was rushed to hospital.. They gave me injections to calm my swelling down its now my fourth day of having tonsilitis i went and seen another doc and today my temp was 40.6 they cant take them out cause its the first time iv had it -_- ice cubes r probz the best to calm the pain a bit

leah 5 years ago

i currently have tonsillitis and this is the eighth time in 8 months, this time its on the left side of my throat and my uvula keeps sticking to it, it is excruciatingly painful to swallow and all iv'e been able to swallow is strawberry jelly but my stomach is rumbling constantly i need something to eat that will fill me up that is easy to swallow?

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

LeMarie, when I had tonsillitis, I certainly didn't feel drunk or have stomach cramps. As per previous advice on this page, however, it is qualified medical advice and attention you should obtain as soon as possible. The Internet is a wonderful tool but no Internet site should be used as a substitute for proper, traditional diagnosis by a qualified medical practicioner. I would urge you to see a doctor as soon as possible and hope that you feel much better soon.

Le-Marie Culbert 5 years ago

Yesterday morning I woke up with the feeling of sinus. Then it got better. But every time I get up I feel dizzy and my throat burns. When I drink Mango juice or coffee it burns. I thought first I'm getting a Flu, but I don't sneeze or cough, I just feel very drunk, then cold then hot, or tummy cramps. Could it be the signs of Tonsillitis, my tonsils at the back are also swollen. Can you please help me with answers.

Jess 5 years ago

This is the third day I've had tonsillitis and I have eaten much in that time. The first day I was ok with ice cream but once the antibiotics kicked in I got a reaction to it. Any dairy will have the same reaction for me but it depends on the antibiotics and the person. So instead of that I've been having jelly and ice-blocks. If your having the same problem you could try that. If your not lucky you.

Steve 5 years ago

I have tonsillitis at the moment and when I went to the doctor she suggested that I should avoid any cold liquids as it may irritate my tonsils. She was right, I didn't listen and had some cold juice and it caused coughing and mucus build up. So you could try avoiding any cold liquids such as cold water, juice, yoghurt and ice-cream. Soft fruits and vegetables seem to be the easiest thing for me to get down and my favorite is olives. Also to make the pain go away to make it easier to swallow I take an anti inflammatory such as Nurofen

aaron 5 years ago

i have had tonsillitis for over a week now. i had a horrible fever for a week. i didn't know that i could eat ice cream. im going to the doctor tomorrow to ask his opinion. hopefully i can eat the ice cream then be able to drink lots of water, even sipping water is excruciating.

Evelyn 5 years ago

I had tonsilitis 3 times and this is my 3rd one also i been having trouble sleeping because i kept feeling a ticklish feeling my throat

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

It seems that doctors feel that way nowadays, Jacqui. I haven't had mine out and this page came about through my own experiences. Glad you found all the many comments useful! :)

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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

Some great ideas here. I remember when I had my tonsils out, I lived on ice cream and occasionally tapioca. I had my tonsils out in the 70's. My daughter has had tonsilitis twice in the past two years, but the doctors seem to be reluctant to take them out nowadays. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

Rintin 5 years ago

my mom says that im fine and that it will clear up soon but i don't really believe. I will ask her to take me to the docters, thanks for the advice!

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Rintin, it may seem obvious but if you haven't already, you really should consult a doctor. I hope you feel better soon.

Rintin 5 years ago

I don't know what i have but my throat hurts like crazy, i feel slightly like throwing up and i have a headache. also i am freezing one minute and sweating the next i have had this for 2 days now. Any advice????

richy 5 years ago

im pretty sure she meant 18....

Teddy 5 years ago

Tracy, why is your mom not helping you answer these questions?

tracy 5 years ago

hi im 8 ive justfound out that i have tonsillitis ,yet i find it hard to breath plus i have fits in the night only when im in my bed yet when i sleep on the sofa its fine ?????

shauna 5 years ago

I have tonsillitus now and I've never thrown up so much before, yesterday all I had was a yoghurt and it made it a lot worse, I haven't eaten anything but that in over 24hours and my stomach is really beginning to hurt, I have no appetite so what's good to eat? Dairy doesn't work for me.

Illness 27 5 years ago

I have had a sore throat since Tuesday night. Went to doctors and I have got tonsillitis. I am 19 years old and never had it before.

Every one is unique. No one has the same methods to help cure anything. Therefore some foods and drinks help certain people. But not everyone.

I have found that ice cream has helped me. Its soothing my throat and helps the pain. Especially while taking tables. As if I get it stuck I have some ice cream to take away the horrible taste.

Some say no to ice cream but I say it's down to you. In my opinion if you don't try the foods and drinks you won't no what helps.

meganjay. 5 years ago

hello,im megan and im 14.

last year i got Tonsillitis about every month and it was not really that bad, but i got it yesterday and now my throat is really sore! i can harldy swallow.

last night i couldn't go to sleep and i threw up;is that normal when you have Tonsillitis?

i was wondering if jelly would help or icey poles?

and my back and outside of my necks really sore, plus i get headaches all the time.

please help.

lea chan 5 years ago

i'm having a tonsillitis today. it keep on coming back. for the third time. i think because i didn't follow what my doctor said that i should take antibiotics for 1 week. but i stopped drinking during the 3rd day because it feels better already. you guys should follow doctor's instruction. by the way milk is a big no no. as well as egg and anything with caffeine. my doctor said that i should eat pineapple.

Gemma  5 years ago

In so much pain, was diagnosed with tonsillitis 3 days ago and it still doesn't seem to be getting any better, in fact it feels like they are swelling more, I have had probably the equivalent of a bowl of soup throughout the last three days but I will try some of the ideas on here! Thanks for the advice!

Preference I Guess 5 years ago

So many people are saying dairy products are good or bad to consume while having tonsillitis. I have had tonsillitis for 5 days now and just yesterday, I tried eating ice cream. I spit up some snotty, ice creamy stuff, sure. I didn't mind though. It didn't hurt at all. After I finished my bowl of ice cream, I chugged a bottle of water without pain. I suggest, if you don't mind spitting up that stuff, eat ice cream before you eat your actual meal. It numbs the tonsils and tastes great.

sarah 5 years ago

Was diagnosed with tonsillitis this morning and have barely been able to eat anything for 2 days... Everything hurts or tastes foul! Has anyone else experienced this taste distortion? I'm also sweating like mad one minute and shivering cold the next. The only thing that's actually helped is peanut butter on toast. My throat has actually been soothed by the roughness... I won't be suffering tomorrow will I? Lol

sarah 5 years ago

Was diagnosed with tonsillitis this morning and have barely been able to eat anything for 2 days... Everything hurts or tastes foul! Has anyone else experienced this taste distortion? I'm also sweating like mad one minute and shivering cold the next. The only thing that's actually helped is peanut butter on toast. My throat has actually been soothed by the roughness... I won't be suffering tomorrow will I? Lol

lifa 5 years ago

tonsils are that dangerous,i thought so,but guess what they are not.HUBS IS THE BEST!!!!THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO COMMENTED

Brittany 5 years ago

I went yesterday to a doc. and i also have tonslitis plus a double ear infection. the pain is horrible and anything i eat hurts popsicles, yogurt, bread anything . i barley swallow my pill its horrible i haven't found anything to help it yet

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Sounds terrible, Brandon. I hope you feel better soon. What you of course need to do is make sure you get plenty liquids in to you. It may not be pleasant but simply allowing ice cubes to dissolve in your mouth is one way of doing this. Freeze some fruit juice in ice cube trays to vary the flavours and make it a bit more pleasant.

Brandon  5 years ago

Hi Guys

I'm 13 and Ive developed tonsillitis and strep at the same time! Ive tried very much drinks from water to apple juice to orange juice, it's all causing horrific pain in my throat and chest even when I eat anything is there anything I can do? I can hardly take my anti biotic without being in dying pain.

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hope you all feel much better soon. Ice cream was definitely the right option for me as well. Perhaps it depends on different metabolisms?

Charlotte 5 years ago

Hi Guys

I developed tonsilitis for the first time two days ago and couldn't even bear to swallow. After reading this site I was slightly scared to go with ice-cream (being dairy and all) but I have had the same experience as the MAJORITY of people here....plain ice cream is the easiest and best thing to eat and at least it has some calories in there to stop you feeling more weak and ill. I literally couldn't make myself eat anything else....it's been a godsend.

Steph 5 years ago

I just got tonsillitis :( A lot of these comments are really great.

My two cents about dairy:

There are some reasons why dairy may cause you to feel like you're producing more or thicker mucus--but many studies prove this to be wrong (look it up).

Maybe it's an allergy thing (some degree of lactose intolerence is common).

It isn't really proven one way or another (Google "dairy and mucus," and you'll see what I mean).

Good luck, all! And I agree: if you use common sense, you'll be alright.

Judgementalfish 5 years ago

You really shouldn't trawl through these sites when you've got said illness. My theory is, try ice cold water, try warm tea, porridge, whatever, everyone is different, so what might be a nightmare for one person, may be a god send for another. All these comments make it sound like having a glass of milk is going to kill you. It's ridiculous.

Tom  5 years ago

I have had tonsilitis now for about 4 - 3 days, and swallowing anything has seemed impossible. What i found really soothing was Sorbet, as it has the same sensation as ice cream but without the dairy problem, but its beyond frustrating not being able to calmly drink water, and im running out of ideas and feeling weaker each day, what can i do for immediate relief from the pain? Im currently on anti biotics and have tried mouthwash (mint and salt) difflam and panadol, nothing seems to soothe the pain, any ideas?? I'm desperate.

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Good luck, Christopher. Hope you get it sorted.

You may be right, gez. I still maintain, however, that I personally found it beneficial :)

gez 5 years ago

Isn't ice cream only recommended when you have had your tonsils out???

Cristopher wazoo 5 years ago

I am currently enduring tonsillitis for the second time this year. I essentially ignore it now and indulge in foods that don't feel so pleasant going down (i.e. for lunch yesterday I had a classic double with fries from wendy's lol). I have a specialist appointment soon and I want these suckers out, especially as a university student it puts quite the damper on my studying efforts. Stay strong

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks for your comment and your information, Sami. I hope that you feel better very soon.

sami 5 years ago

My aunt lives next door to me and is a nurse. she also told me this about dairy, but as my sister can't have dairy theres plenty of goats milk and soya yogurts.

I had scrambled egg today and it was pretty good, I got distracted by something on TV and didn't really notice i was eating it, and it didn't really hurt much at all. Everything seems so bland after a while of eating soup and yogurts.

Oddly, the best thing, i find to eat, that has a nice taste and is easy to swallow is pots of baby pureéd fruit. It sounds a bit odd, as most pots of baby food are really terrible, but these are just fruit pureé watered down a bit.

I never remember having this much trouble with food when i had tonsilitis when i was little, but the i was probably kept happy with icecream!

Thanks for the great article, i've never thought of mashed potatoes before so I'll probably make a meal out of it tomorrow!

everything hurts 5 years ago

i got told i had tonsillitis yesterday and have been eating soup and soaking bread in it, everything else hurts too much especially ice cream i don't know how all the comments on ice cream are so positive, it stings my throat so much because its so cold, any more ideas please

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

A lot of people seem to have different experiences Chrisy. If it's working for you, I'm sure it will be OK until you see doc. Good luck!

Chrisy p 5 years ago

I have not been diagnosed yet seeing doc tomorrow but I find soup apple juice an a bit of ice cream then a glass of water is good

Is that ok

limes 5 years ago

Okay thank you, I will and are noodles and mash potato good for tonsilitus?

Scared to try anything other than frozen poppas...

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author


It sounds like you need to return to hospital or at least get some sort of further medical attention/advice as soon as is at all possible.

I hope you feel better soon.

limes 5 years ago

I have recently been to the hospital as of my fever getting worse and my neck swelling that I couldn't breathe, I thought I had glandular fever... Anyway, walking around makes me want to faint n lying down makes me want to be sick, I have an empty stomach too.. I haven't slept all night and I can barely swallow my capusule with water, im in so much pain.. Any ideas to make me feel better, or ny thing I can eat? :/

Thank you x

ouch 5 years ago

no dairy promise i feel my throat is hurt but i ignored it! i don't know milk is not good for those who have tonsil now im suffering it hurts so much and my tonsil became red... thanks for those who give their comments!

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Ezgi, my personal experience is that you certainly can - provided it is not too hot. To be honest, if you are sensible and logical about it, you can eat whatever is comfortable for you. I can assure you I did! :)

Ezgi  5 years ago

Can I eat hot things like soup etc

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Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Cupcake

Thanks for your visit and I'm sorry to hear of your problems. Did your doctor give you any suggestions as to what you should eat and when you should start to feel better? I presume that you have been given some form of medication for your condition?

Sadly, this is not a medical diagnosis site and I strongly urge you to bear that in mind. What I would suggest is that if you do not feel any better within the timescales which your medical practitioner gave you that you make a return visit without delay.

I very much hope that you feel better soon and that you will return soon to let us know how you are getting on. Hopefully, you will be totally cured.

Best wishes,


cupcake 6 years ago


I've just been diagnosed with tonsillitus today (Monday) after starting with a sore throat on Friday.

I have been eating very little over the last 2 days but have been managing to cry my way through a bowl of soup with bread soaked in it.

Today however I can't even manage that; everything other than water feels like acid and leaves a really bad burning sensation in my mouth and my throat! Is this normal with tonsillitus?

I've had tonsillitus twice before (years ago) but it was never this bad. Any suggestions anyone, I could do with a boost of something other than water.

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Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Wow, Jack - that is a question and a half.

A good diet for one person is not necessarily good for another. Medical conditions are one example of what can make that determination. Age and sex are others.

Were I pushed, I would describe a good diet to be one which contains variety, plenty of fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) and above all, balance.

If you ever find the definitive answer, please let me know! :)

Jack thompson 6 years ago

So what would you recommend a good diet to be?

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Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Well, technically, probably yes - but there's no need to get so despondent! Try talking to a counsellor of some sort.... Life can go on! :)

Gave 6 years ago

Can I eat mcdonalds after having it 3 days?

Kaitlyn 6 years ago

I am going to my doctor soon, I was just seeing if people had similar symptoms as I do to seek what foods I should eat and what to avoid in the time being. Thank you, I too wish to get well fast.

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Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you all for your comments on here and it certainly seems that there is a wide reaching variety of opinion.

Kaitlyn - Please consult a registered medical practitioner as soon as possible. This site is NOT one designed to provide qualified medical diagnosis or any form of substitute dor same and you may be in need of advice and treatment which it can not and was never designed to provide.

I very much hope that you feel better soon.

I'm Worried... T.T 6 years ago

I'm not sure what I have, but one side of my throat is sore and seems like the left hurts when I swallow. I've had it for three days. It's irritated when I drink citric or eat orange and when I began to drink water. And i feel as if there's something in the back of my throat when I swallow on the left side. I've never had tonsilitus or any of that sort, just normal cold sore throats. I'm worried. Can anyone help? -Kaitlyn

confused 6 years ago

Everyone is saying NO DAIRY! And that is what I have heard for a long time, that dairy can cause mucus when you have tonsillitis. But SO MANY PEOPLE are saying that they had dairy when they had tonsillitis and it was fine.....so I am pretty sure to NOT have dairy, but how can these people not get mucus from it?!?

Mumu 6 years ago

No! No, dairy stuff!

I have tonsillitis right now I have a tiny amount of milk in tea that is it.

Try soup with small bits of bread and butter in it, (the butter helps it slide down the throat)

My tonsils are really bad right now so I am just not eating anything -_-

But if you do have a gap in-between your tonsils unlike me, do that ^

Mike 6 years ago

I don't agree atall... i brought some vanillia haggen daz... hurt for about 5 mins of eating it... then all of a sudden it soothed my throat for a good 3 hours... the only things ive eaten is soup, trifle, tea, and ice cream and its the best food i could recommend... so im my opioion its dairy for the win.. :)

farouttrout 6 years ago

Thanks for all of the suggestions, but never have dairy.

kerry 6 years ago

Dairy is a big NO NO.....causes mucus but sorbet and fruit popsicles are good. Applesauce and warm tea are two things I am going to.try.today. The thought of orange juice sounds.terrible on my poor sore throat.

Max 6 years ago

I'm suffering with bad tonsillitis, for the 12th time this year, and i'm getting them removed in 10 days. I've tried basically everything, and none of it works. Sorry to be a pessimist but I'm not quite sure there is much you can do.

ari 6 years ago

There is an ice cream brand called Tofuti. It's absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like regular ice cream. It has no dairy in it. It is soy based. But they load it with sugar pretty much so it tastes even better than regular ice cream! That fixes the milk problem :)

I actually just got back from the ER yesterday with a bad case of tonsillitis and pharyngitis. I need to go out and get some

jas 6 years ago

Yes you should avoid dairy, for that reason that it can build up mucus which may make you cough or add to the bacteria (or something). However, soya milk is not the same, as made with soya beans, so you can continue to have smoothies with banana and berries, but use soya milk, you can also use it in porridge and rice pudding and mash potato, all of which ive been eating in the last few days of tonsillitis. :)

Lois 6 years ago

Reading this page whilst eating a bowl of porridge. Thought this was a great idea and was very pleased with myself as it's going down quite well on 2nd day of tonsillitis, but then I got to the last few comments about strep loving dairy. Arghh! Best have plenty of fruit juice to wash it down. :-(

disarster 6 years ago

last night i had some milk based products and during the night i had to kepp coughing up mucus it was horrible so here a little advise, dont have dairy!

You got it wrong! 6 years ago

Milk based products make things worse, you get mucus build up at the back of your throat and constantly have to cough to clear it, plus there's bacteria in milk that strep loves. You should drink lsots of water, suck on ice cubes, eat things like fruit lollies. To begin with avoid, like the plague, anything with milk, orange juice, chocolate (of any sort - it coats your throat and makes it worse) and anything solid. Once the symptoms start to disappear (it's VITAL you finish your course of antibiotics) then you can introduce more solids into your diet.

Chloe 6 years ago

I have had tonsilitis six times in a year once every month i have been on antibiotics for 6 months i am use to this now and they still wont do anything. when i have it i always find that icecream soothes the back of my throat and numbs it a bit so i don't get much pain swallowing it and if i need to take a tablet i always eat a bit of icecream before it helps swallow. Hope this helps all of you and hope you don't have to suffer like me x x

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martycraigs 6 years ago

These are great suggestions for someone who has tonsillitis or has just had their tonsils removed. Ice cream is probably the most popular option when the individual is younger in age!

Thanks for sharing this information.

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