Top answers from doctors based on your search:
Disclaimer

can you get tonsillitis from kissing

A female asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Doubtful: If the other person has an active infection, such as strep throat that is untreated, you might still get it. Hoep this helps!
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month
A female asked:
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
30 years experience Infectious Disease
No: No you can't.
1
1 thank
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Possibly: This depends on the cause of the tonsillitis, and the degree to which he was exposed and his immune status and prior exposure to whatever organism is ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Cold: In most cases, tonsillitis is essentially just a cold. You could definitely get a cold from having kissed this person. If he has strep throat, you c ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
42 years experience Dermatology
Herpes: Herpes virus can attack tonsil area as a cluster of small blisters but not common. Tonsillitis is usually due to other viruses or bacteria.
2
2 thanks
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
The really deep kind: Dry-kissing won't transmit it, but it's a fairly common infection in the throat and "kissing of more than filial intensity" can transmit it. If you ha ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Very doubtful: Chlamydia can be transmitted through oral, anal or vaginal sex.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Noble
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: No.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No, not usually: Typhoid fever (Salmonella typhi) is from the stool (poop) of infected people and is not in the saliva. However, if an infected person accidentally tra ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Kissing and STDS: Yes. Herpes. But that is it. You may be able to surprise your health teacher if you can learn and name how many stds there are and which ones are ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possibly not usually: You could get herpes from kissing or chalymydia or gonorrhea in the mouth or rarely HIV if yoiur partner was HIV + and you had a open cut or sore, so ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Unlikely: Chlamydia can be transmitted through oral, anal or vaginal sex.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sunil Mehra
43 years experience Pulmonology
Depends.: Yes viral and other inf causes can spread the bugs.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Staph from Kissing: Staphulococcus aureus is a germ, often called staph, and is normally found on the body in 20-30% of the healthy people. It is passed from person to pe ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes.: Infectious mono is sometimes called the "kissing disease." virus can be shed in saliva for years after the infection. 90% of adults have antibodies t ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: Leukoplakia simply means a white patch. It has to be biopsied to make a definitive diagnosis and to know what you are dealing with.
2
2 thanks
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No, but . . .: Mouth cancer (oral cancer) is not transmitted by kissing. However, doctors believe that some throat cancers are caused by strains of HPV (human papill ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Unlikely: Not likely unless there is mucosal surface contact... And even then i would say the chances are still low. While tonsillitis is a bacterial infection ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Several diseases: Most well known is viral mononucleosis (kissing disease) another virus cytomegalovirus (cmv).Other microbes also spread through saliva and stick to s ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
You bet: Hpv is transmitted person to person by direct contact. If the person you are kissing has warts on their lips or in mouth the virus can be easily tran ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Here are some...: Ureaplasma is known as a bug causing NGU -non-gonorrheal urethritis but with relatively low virulence. For average healthy persons, kissing alone shou ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
No: You cannot.
1
1 comment
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month