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How Can You 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
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
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
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
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?
How can I prevent a reoccurance of tonsilitis? I have had two bouts in less then 2 months. What makes someone more likely to catch it? Diet? Genes?
I was treated for tonsillitis yesterday and today I feel worse. Is it possible to have something else with the same related symptoms?
Take the medications: You already examined by the doctor if there is some thing else, your doctor might have informed you, take the medications and call for follow up visit ...Read more
I have had tonsillitis for two weeks now. Past three days I have had uncontrollable coughing which is extremely painful. Could I have something else?
Yes: Tonsillitis is a regional issue involving part of the upper airway. It is not uncommon for areas such as the sinuses to become involved with the infectious process, and or a respiratory irritant could trigger drainage that would set off a chronic cough.A re-visit may sort this out for you. ...Read more
Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is an infection. Infections are generally considered contagious. When you have an infection, you should avoid kissing as you could share your infection with your kidding partner. Bottom line is that you can certainly kiss with tonsillitis, but you risk spreading your infection around. Even coughing or sneezing is enough to spread some infections. Wash your hands often and get well. ...Read more
Tonsil inflammation: Tonsillitis is a general term that describes tonsil inflammation. It can be "acute" when there is a sudden onset, active, often more severe infection, sometimes caused by "strep" or other bacteria/viruses. It can be "chronic" when the inflammation is on-going for long periods of time and causes a sore throat and swollen glands, white cheesy stuff coming out of the tonsils, etc. ...Read more
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
Not usually: Our first president (george washington) died from a complication related to surgery for tonsillitis but generally tonsillitis is not serious... Other than causing severe pain. Complications include a peritonsillar abscess and severe swelling which can block your breathing. More importantly the streptococcus organism can produce toxins which can cause heart and kidney damage. ...Read more
Symptoms can include: throat pain, ear pain (referred from throat pain), swollen tonsils, red tonsils, white patches on tonsils
swollen nodes in upper neck, fever, fatigue, body aches, pain with swallowing, voice change
if symptoms persist or are severe see doctor right away
if any trouble with breathing, go to er. ...Read more
Depends: Tonsillitis can be viral, bacterial and very rarely fungal in origin. If the diagnosis is correct, then the etiology of the inflammation needs to be identified. The treatment follows the specific diagnosis. Viral infections resolve without any treatment. Bacterial infections resolve with the correct antibiotic and if the person has more than 3 or 4 documented episodes, surgery is indicated. ...Read more
Well - you won't: Cure a bacterial tonsillitis at home. Even it is a viral tonsillitis - you are treating the symptoms while you wait for the infection to resolve. For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/. ...Read more
Sore, red throat: Sore throat combined with a stuffy nose is almost always a common cold. Sore throat that looks red will generally be strep throat. You may have ulcers or a white coating on your tonsils, that can be present with a virus or bacterial infection. If you're pretty sure it's not a cold, go see your doctor. ...Read more
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