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Most cases of tonsillitis go away within 7-10 days. When treated with penicillin, strep throat can be cured most of the time with a single course of antibiotics. However, some people may develop rheumatoid arthritis from bacterial-caused tonsillitis and thus may have only a fair prognosis.
Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/14/2014
Joseph Lauro, MD
Erik D Barton, MD, MS
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