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A 20-year-old male asked:

hi doc! i've had tonsillitis for 3/4 days now. started antibiotics yesterday. how long will these take to work? and how long does tonsillitis last?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends.: Tonsillitis is often not bacterial. When it is bacterial it responds in a few days for certain. When it is viral it may not get better for 4-5 days. Maybe your doc did a culture or rapid strep test?

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