Symptoms will usually go away after 3 to 4 days.
Tonsillitis is not contagious, but most of the infections that cause it are, for example, colds and flu.
To stop these infections spreading:
Tonsillitis usually gets better on its own after a few days.
To help treat the symptoms:
Speak to a pharmacist about tonsillitis.
They can give advice and suggest treatments, like:
A doctor can usually tell it's tonsillitis by asking about your symptoms and looking at the back of your throat.
You may also need:
You should get any test results back within 2 or 3 days.
Treatment will depend on what caused your tonsillitis:
A GP will usually wait for the test results to tell which type you have.
It's very rare that someone needs to have their tonsils taken out.
This is usually only the case if you have severe tonsillitis that keeps coming back.
Complications with tonsillitis are very rare.
Sometimes you can get a pocket filled with pus (abscess) between your tonsils and the wall of your throat. This is called quinsy.
These are signs of quinsy.
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