How to Avoid Tonsillitis

Updated March 23, 2017

Tonsillitis is caused by streptococci bacteria, with symptoms including malaise, headache, pain in the extremities and pain in the tongue when swallowing. Tonsillitis is contagious. A simple cough or sneeze can pass the virus or bacteria from person to person. Unless you live on an island with no exposure to strangers, there is a good chance that you'll be exposed to the streptococci bacteria at some point. You can help protect yourself, though, from catching tonsillitis by following a few simple steps.

Wash your hands frequently. Tonsillitis is usually transmitted through infected droplets in the air. These droplets can land anywhere--on a computer keyboard, dining room table or kitchen counter top. If someone in your home or workplace is sick, assume that his germs are all around. Use soap and water to thoroughly clean your hands throughout the day so that you don't transfer those germs to your mouth.

Wash any utensils a sick person has used in very hot water, and avoid eating or drinking after them. Whether it's your best friend, spouse or child who is ill, you can catch tonsillitis from putting anything in your mouth that has been in hers.

Avoid kissing a sick person. Mouth-to-mouth contact is the surest way to catch what he has. There is no relationship that spares you from catching someone else's germs.

Wash and disinfect surfaces and toys. Take antibacterial wipes with you when you go out. Surfaces like shopping trolley handles can easily be wiped down before you use them.

Kill bacteria in the mouth before tonsillitis strikes. A saline gargle used daily can help stave off infection. Other potential preventatives include mixing baking soda with regular toothpaste to brush your teeth or using cidar vinegar as a mouthwash.

Drink sufficient quantities of water. Water prevents your throat from becoming the kind of dry environment that facilitates a bacterial infection.


Eat healthy, stay away from tobacco, and get plenty of exercise. These simple actions will help you to develop a strong immune system, which makes it tougher for viruses or bacteria to take hold in your body. Ask friends to let you know if they're sick, and promise them to do the same for them. Many infections can be prevented by employing this simple courtesy.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Saline gargle
  • Baking soda
  • Cedar vinegar
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About the Author

Dana Sparks has been a professional writer since 1990. As a staff reporter, she has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and she is also the author of two published novels. Sparks holds a Bachelor of Arts in business.