Potential Complications of Strep Throat As long as you treat strep throat, your condition should improve within a week. The frontal sinuses in the forehead and sphenoid sinuses deep in the skull are not present at birth. The decision as to when an ear tube is necessary is complex and beyond the scope of this discussion. There are various treatments to get rid of them, without having your tonsils removed — which can be dangerous as people get older. The eustachian tube is a narrow tube running from the air pocket behind the tympanic membrane to the back of the nose.