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Tonsillitis (cont.)

Tonsillitis Prevention

  • Wash hands frequently to prevent the spread of the virus or bacteria that cause tonsillitis.
  • Avoid prolonged contact with people with strep throat caused by bacteria until 24 hours after antibiotics are started.

Tonsillitis Prognosis

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

REFERENCES: Tonsillitis and Peritonsillar Abscess. Tonsillitis Cause.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/14/2014
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