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Is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

Is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

Depends: A peritonsillar abscess is a serious complication of an acute tonsillitis. It is not that the abscess is contagious, but that the etiology of the tonsillitis, if is viral or bacterial can be contagious. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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How long is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

How long is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

Ask the French: Probably more important to get that darned thing drained so you don't develop serious complications. And as far as being "contageous,"you've probably got residual inflammation for a few days after it is drained, so as long as you don't cough in someone's face or do any French kissing you won't pass it on. It may recur if no antibiotics are taken (or even with) so keep an "eye" on it for a while ...Read more

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I was wondering if a peritonsillar abscess is contagious and if so what's the likelyhood my toddler will get it if exposed.

Be careful: The bacteria that are causing your abscess can be transmitted to others through your saliva. Do not share food or drinks and do not kiss on or near the mouth of your children. Wash your hands frequently. ...Read more

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I have a boil/abscess under my arm. Doc was unable to express anything to test whether it was MRSA, etc. Are boils contagious? I'm worried about my kids getting MRSA. Can they be tested or should they be treated to prevent them from getting it?

I have a boil/abscess under my arm.  Doc was unable to express anything to test whether it was MRSA, etc.  Are boils contagious? I'm worried about my kids getting MRSA.  Can they be tested or should they be treated to prevent them from getting it?

Yes and no: We find in excess of 60% of these boils/abscesses have MRSA and routinely treat them as such without culture. The MRSA germ is prevalent & your kids are as likely to get it from the shopping cart or school contacts as they would with being around you. If they have no issues, I find little reason to look for it. MRSA is not AIDS or EBOLA, the whole issue is overhyped. ...Read more

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I have a boil like lump on leg small but hurts alot what is it do u think it's contagious are boils contagious before the pus comes out I'm scared ?

I have a boil like lump on leg small but hurts alot what is it do u think it's contagious are boils  contagious before the pus comes out I'm scared ?

Keep area clean: The boil on the leg should be kep clean and washed daily. The are is not contagious if it is covered and washed appropriately. If the area grows increases in redness and pus continues to drain would recommend visiting an urgent care for possible drainage and antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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What do you do when child has an abscess on his s?

What do you do when child has an abscess on his s?

Open & drain Vs med: Occasionally these respond to a warm compress with spontaneous drainage & oral meds can assist the process but many recur. Those that are large or located near the anal outlet often require incision and drainage. Some can be done in an office & some may require day surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of abscess?

What are the symptoms of abscess?

Inflammation: Abscess is the result of acute suppurative inflammation and inflammation produces, pain, swelling, redness, local warmth and loss of function of the affected part. There may be fever, malaise etc. Depending on the location and size of the abscess. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an abscess?

Let me explain: An abscess (latin: abscessus) is a collection of pus (dead neutrophils) that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue in which the pus resides due to an infectious process (usually caused by bacteria or parasites) or other foreign materials (e.g., splinters, bullet wounds, or injecting needles). It is a defensive reaction of the tissue to prevent the spread of infectious materials to other. ...Read more

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How to ease abscess pain for a baby?

Med tx: Acutually, if a baby has an abscess - that warrants prompt medical attention. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more