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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?

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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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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes/Yes: Acute tonsillitis may be caused by bacteria (most common streptococcus or "strep"), by viruses, and then very uncommonly by other organisms. You should not be going to work or be in contact with others until all fever is gone for 24 hours, if bacterial until you have completed a minimum of one day of antibiotics, and not until YOU are feeling better and strong enough to return to work.
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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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