How Long Does Tonsillitis Last?

How long does tonsillitis last?

The time tonsillitis lasts depends on the causes and treatment methods of the tonsillitis.

Viral Tonsillitis
Numerous viral infections can cause tonsillitis, including mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr, influenza, croup, laryngitis and herpes simplex, with widely varying times to onset; however, most viral tonsillitis clears in 2 to 5 days.

Bacterial Tonsillitis
Bacterial tonsillitis, usually Streptococci A (“strep throat”), causes illness within 2 to 7 day, and most symptoms subside within about 5 days, but the tonsils may remain swollen for 3 to 4 weeks.

The average recovery time of tonsillectomy for kids is about a week, while for adults is about two weeks.


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