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Summerville, SC
A 26-year-old female asked:

Is tonsillitis contagious ? can i return to work ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: Most forms of tonsillitis are triggered by viral or bacterial infection. Strep A would be contagious for up to 24 hrs after you start antibiotic treatment. Viral infections are generally contagious until at least the fever is gone, but some longer. Whether or not or when your employer would let you return to work is up to them.
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Newark NJ, NJ
A 37-year-old female asked:

Is acute tonsillitis contagious? And if so should I stay home from work?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Usually: Whether viral or strep, acute tonsillitis is usually contagious. If strep, they are not contagious after a full day on antibiotics. With viral it would be at least as long as they have fever.
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Last updated Aug 5, 2020

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