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how can you actually get tonsillitis?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Inflammation: Tonnsilitis is an inflammation of your tonsils. It may be viral or it may be a strep infection. An evaluation is important to determine if it is strep because strep can be serious if not treated.

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A 16-year-old member asked:

Are you able to smoke with tonsillitis?

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Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
NO: If i told you "no, " does mean that you (or your spouse) will stop smoking? Do yourself and you children a huge favor - stop smoking!
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Smoking, aside from the long-term negative effects, also affects healing. I know surgeons who have stopped doing elective surgery on patients until they are smoke free for 4 to 6 weeks. We have many aids to help you quit. The biggest aid is wanting to quit. Even cutting down helps. Good luck
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can I catch tonsillitis from someone else?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 21 years experience
Yes: Tonsillitis can result from either bacteria or viruses. Generally, both of these may be transmitted from one person to another & lead to swelling of the tonsils which we call tonsillitis. Often these bacteria or viruses are caught from people who have no symptoms - called "carriers". Only some people who catch the microbes will get the infection. This depends on an individual’s immune system strength.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can tonsillitis be fatal?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Ask George Washingto: It is rare to dies from tonsillitis. This could occur with acute airway obstruction... Unlikely, or spread of the infection or abscess formation. George washington actually died from complications from a "quinsy tonsillectomy." a surgical procedure to drain an abscessed tonsil...
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you catch tonsillitis from your dentist?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
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 and is by definition contagious.. It's not like a viral infection that is easily spread via mucosal surface contact and through the air and expelled droplets and/or inanimate objects (door knobs, keyboards, etc.).
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A 34-year-old member asked:

In what way is tonsillitis diagnosed?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Examination: A physical exam, looking in your mouth is the tried and true method. Also a throat swab for strep throat helps identify the cause as occasionally a blood test does.

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