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How is tonsillitis treated?

Most cases of tonsillitis clear on their own within about a week without the need for antibiotics. Over-the-counter pain-relief medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (but not aspirin), saltwater gargles and soothing liquids or lozenges may be enough. However, if a bacterial infection is confirmed, antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce the risk of complications.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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Category: Strep throat


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