This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
The treatment is practically the same as that described for acute catarrh of the pharynx, but should be much more energetic. During the first stage of the disease, benefit may be derived from holding pieces of ice in the throat and packing the throat with pounded ice wrapped in a towel. At intervals of from two to three hours, alternate hot and cold applications should be made to the throat. The burning and dryness characteristic of the first stage of the disease may be relieved by mucilaginous gargles and drinks. Packs, tepid sponging. and the use of large compresses about the trunk, are measures which may be advantageously employed to subdue general fever. If suppura tion threatens in spite of efforts to abort it, it should be encouraged by the use of inhalations of steam and hot fomentations applied to the throat instead of the ice-pack. When the case is taken in time, the measures described will be found the most universally successful in aborting the disease. When suppuration has evidently taken place, and the swelling in the throat has become soft, showing the presence of matter, much time may be saved by lancing the tonsil to evacuate the pus. In most cases, rapid recovery will take place, the tonsil returning to its natural size. Now and then a tonsil remains permanently enlarged. One attack of this disease predisposes to another, so that persons sometimes become so susceptible as to suffer an attack of tonsillitis from the slightest exposure.