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What happens if tonsillitis does not clear up after a course of penicillin?

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Dr. Mark Deutsch
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In brief: Bacteria resistance

Tonsillitis can have different causes.
Antibiotics are indicated for tonsillitis with a positive culture for strep. Some bacteria are resistant to penicillin causing antibiotic treatment failure. If the symptoms have not resolved after appropriate antibiotic therapy then re-check is indicated. Perhaps the cause is not bacterial.

In brief: Bacteria resistance

Tonsillitis can have different causes.
Antibiotics are indicated for tonsillitis with a positive culture for strep. Some bacteria are resistant to penicillin causing antibiotic treatment failure. If the symptoms have not resolved after appropriate antibiotic therapy then re-check is indicated. Perhaps the cause is not bacterial.
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