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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.).

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Dr. Robert Knox
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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsil tissue, which can be either an acute or chronic process. Most of the time, it is caused by infection. In the acute phase, most cases of tonsillitis are viral. Once the problem extends beyond 10 days, it typically ...Read more


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How do you catch tonsillitis?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What to do if I have had tonsillitis for over a month now and I can't get rid of it!?

Tonsillitis: How do you know you have tonsillitis? what have you been treated with? What are your symptoms? What is your medical history and what medical conditions do you currently have? Please consult your doctor or obtain consult through Health Tap Prime.

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What to do if I have had tonsillitis for over a month now and I can't get rid of it!!!?

Seen an ENT yet?: Not sure what you have done as far as treatment, but if you have had symptoms for a month, it may be time to see an ENT.

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What do you suggest if I have had tonsillitis for over a month now and I can't get rid of it!?

What do you suggest if I have had tonsillitis for over a month now and I can't get rid of it!?

Diagnosis: Most cases of acute tonsillitis start with a viral infection. Only secondarily, a bacterial infection may result. It is unusual to have a true infection of the tonsils for a month. You need a culture and also Infectious mononucleosis has to be ruled out. It mono spot test is positive, surgery may cure you because this viral infection leads to repeated episodes of tonsillitis.

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I have had tonsillitis for four weeks now and am on my third course of antibiotics and it still won't go away what can I do about this?

I have had tonsillitis for four weeks now and am on my third course of antibiotics and it still won't go away what can I do about this?

The real issue: You need to know what is being treated hear. Go back to the beginning and start over. Go to the doctor start with blood draw. May all be viral. Just start over

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1 bigger tonsil I have had it for a few years it doesn't seem to be growing also had no problems, noticed size few years ago when I tonsillitis

Get it looked at: You could have one tonsil that is just larger than the other, but tonsillar cancer can occur. You might want to get a doctor to look at it.

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Help, I can't sleep due to tonsillitis. What can I take?

Help, I can't sleep due to tonsillitis. What can I take?

Throat pain/sleep: Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ( (Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus)

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Is it possible for a tonsillitis to move to the left side from a swollen right side after medicating? I don't feel anything on my right, it moved.

Not exactly moving: Tonsils resides on both sides and infections generally involve both. The level of symptoms varies with symptoms and where along the progress of the infection you are. The progress of symptoms during the first 12-24 hours of treatment are mostly predetermined by where you, or each tonsil separately, is on the time/severity timeline. Either way you should be better in 3-5 days or see your doctor.

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Having tonsillitis once every 2/3 months. Don't want surgery cause scare of pain. Does frequent tonsillitis affect the body in anyway in the long term?

Having tonsillitis once every 2/3 months. Don't want surgery cause scare of pain. Does frequent tonsillitis affect the body in anyway in the long term?

Yes, antibiotics: Will become ineffective eventually. And you might get airway obstruction or abscess formation. Follow your doctor's advice. Tonsillectomy should be no more painful than another bout of bad tonsillitis.

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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.