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Can you catch tonsillitis from your dentist?

Can you catch tonsillitis from your dentist?

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.). ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Knox
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Tonsillitis (Definition)

Tonsillitis is a condition in which there is a swelling of the tonsils due to a bacterial or viral infection. Common symptoms include fever, and sore throat, ...Read more


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How do you catch tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: You can be exposed to someone who has an infection. These infections can be spread by direct contact, coughing or sneezing, or by eating or drinking something that is contaminated. Can also occur if your bodies immune system is weakened and typical mouth bacteria grow out of control. ...Read more

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Can I catch tonsillitis from someone else?

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. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how people catch tonsillitis ?

Viral/bacterial inf.: Like any upper respiratory infection, you get tonsillitis from some one who is harboring a virus or bacteria in their oral pharynx and they cough, spit or kiss you. ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis, strep and/or pharyngitis catching? Can others catch it from me through common contact while i take antibiotic that works against all 3

Is tonsillitis, strep and/or pharyngitis catching? Can others catch it from me through common contact while i take antibiotic that works against all 3

Possibly: You can transmit an oral or throat infection by close contact in the early phase of the infection. But not likely with casual contact. Furthermore, after you have been on appropriate antibiotics for 24 hours or so, you won't be infectious. ...Read more

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Why do I catch stuff like strep and tonsillitis more than i used to, had two blood transfusions with my hip surgeries, did i catch something from it?

Why do I catch stuff like strep and tonsillitis more than i used to, had two blood transfusions with my hip surgeries, did i catch something from it?

Probably not.: The increase in strep is usually related to increased exposure to people with strep. Stress can lower your immune system strength as well which may be contributing. ...Read more

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What can happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

What can happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

You will either get: Better or develop one of the complications of tonsillitis ie peritonsillar abscess/ retropharyngeal abscess. Since most cases of tonsillitis are viral, treatment would be for comfort and hydration. Untreated strep infections could lead to scarlet fever and rheumatic fever. Recent studies have shown that strep may cause heart damage that shows up much later in life. ...Read more

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What will happen if you don't treat tonsillitis?

See below: It can result in swelling of the tonsils which can close off your throat to swallowing and even breathing. The infection can also spread up to the sinuses and to the brain or down to the lungs. ...Read more

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If I don't have tonsils can I get tonsillitis?

Not usually: Tonsils and adenoids are usually removed at same time. Tonsils usually do not grow back. Adenoids not infrequently can regrow related to incomplete removal of all adenoid tissue. ...Read more