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Q. What is the treatment for coughing fits and severe tonsillitis?

Answered by
Dr. Jeremy David O'kennedy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 29, 2017 and last reviewed on: May 27, 2019

Hi doctor,

I am a 18 year old female, who is suffering from coughing fits and severe tonsillitis. The coughing fits only come when I am lying down, and I bring up mucus which kills my throat.

Dr. Jeremy David O'kennedy

General Medicine HIV/AIDS Specialist Internal Medicine


Welcome to

Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well.

  • Tonsillitis can be caused by certain viruses or bacteria. The family of bacteria which typically causes tonsillitis are called streptococci. Streptococcus is also one of the most common and important causes of tonsillitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It is therefore not uncommon for bacterial tonsillitis to progress to bronchitis or pneumonia if not treated effectively.
  • The tonsils form part of the pharynx (throat) and often cause severe inflammation in the surrounding throat and vocal cords, leading to throat irritation and coughing. The infection can however like I mentioned, easily spread to the lower airway, causing airway inflammation and obstruction leading to coughing fits.
  • I strongly recommend you see a trusted physician as soon as you can so that you can be examined and antibiotics can be prescribed. If the cause of your tonsillitis is is bacterial, then steroid inhaler pumps in conjunction with mucolytics (medications which loosen mucous and phlegm) can also be used to open airways and calm coughing fits.

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