When should antibiotics be administered for the treatment of tonsillitis?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Most cases of acute pharyngitis are self-limited, with clinical improvement observed in 3-4 days. Clinical practice guidelines state that avoiding antibiotic therapy for this time period is safe and a delay of up to 9 days from symptom onset to antimicrobial treatment should still prevent the major complication of GABHS (ie, acute rheumatic fever).

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