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Doctor insights on: Contagiousness Of Tonsillitis

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Does tonsillitis ever spread?

Does tonsillitis ever spread?

Tonsillitis spread: Yes, tonsil infections can "spread" to include pus accumulation in the areas next to the tonsils called the peritonsillar space to cause a peritonsillar abscess. Lymph nodes in the neck can get infected as well. Untreated tonsillitis has the potential to lead to blood poisoning or sepsis. Streptococcal tonsillitis can be complicated by inflammation of the kidneys. ...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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If tonsillitis spreads throughout the body can you die?

Sepsis: If a bacterial tonsillitis were to spread into the blood stream to cause bacteria in the blood it could certainly become life threatening. ...Read more

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Can someone with gangrene that wont take care of it properly cause germs to spread?Ive been going to meetings with her and gotten tonsillitis and stre

Wet versus dry: Dry gangrene looks like black mummified tissue and will drop off by itself. Wet gangrene is associated with gas below the skin and can spread rapidly. It can be fatal if not treated promptedly. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis spread to other areas of throat?

Yes: Multiple potential areas of spread, although these are relatively uncommon complications. ...Read more

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Can kissing spread viral tonsillitis?

Can kissing spread viral tonsillitis?

Yes: Any active viral illness may shed contagious particles in the saliva.Those causing tonsillitis are usually acquired through some chance contact with such material. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be spread by a small kiss on the lips or only through french kissing?

Can tonsillitis be spread by a small kiss on the lips or only through french kissing?

Either way: Innoculation (giving a germ from one person to another) can occur with what you think is a minor exposure if the person ill has a high level of germs. So if they are really sick, especially in fever periods or while they have a lot of gunk on their tonsils in this case, they could infect you with just a small kiss. Obviously, the longer and bigger the exposure, the greater the risk of transmission. ...Read more

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Bad case of tonsillitis was cultured as herpes simplex 1. Can this spread?

Bad case of tonsillitis was cultured as herpes simplex 1. Can this spread?

Oral herpes: Oral herpes is contagious but also very common. You can spread to others but transmission is lessened by taking antiviral medication such as valtrex (valacyclovir). Avoid kissing or sharing sodas or toothbrushes until the infection resolves. Even without sores there is a chance of spreading this to others. About 80% of people have oral herpes or herpes simplex one. ...Read more

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Can tonsilitis be spread through kissing and once it os spread will the infected person get the sickness straight away or could be few years later?

Yes: Infectious diseases are routinely spread in oral mucous.The incubation period until a susceptible person becomes infected depends on the illness, but is generally no more than a few days.I am not aware of any illness that waits months or years until it emerges. However, some conditions like oral HPV may infect early without symptoms but show up as pre-cancerous lesions in the throat years later. ...Read more

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Had a very tiny white spot (only 1) on right tonsil for 3 days, idk if its food or tonsilitis. Could it spread? How to tell the difference?

Symptoms: Tonsillitis is usually manifested by sore throat, swollen lymph nodes in neck and fever. 1 exudate (white spot) may or may not indicate tonsillitis. If you are better now it was probably viral and should resolve. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What causes tonsillitis?

What causes tonsillitis?

Infection: The tonsils can be infected with bacterial, such as strep or with a virus. ...Read more

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