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How contagious is tonsillitis?

Pass it by the mouth: Normally tonsillitis is not contagious unless the infected mucous lands on another person's mucosal membranes. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid kissing, drinking or eating from the same kitchenware of a person with tonsillitis. Cough with your hand covering your mouth, wash your hands and avoid sneezing on people. Those are the general precautions to be least contagious. ...Read more

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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 contagious can chronic tonsillitis be?

Not very: Chronic tonsillitis is a "chronic condition" not an "infectious" condition. What that means is that although your tonsils may be chronically infected with bacteria, you do not pass this infection to other people. It is not like a flu or a cold. ...Read more

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Is tonsillitis contagious?

Is tonsillitis contagious?

Yes: Generally it is, whether caused by a virus or a bacteria. Some people are more susceptible than others. ...Read more

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Is chronic tonsillitis contagious? If you have chronic tonsillitis can other people get it?

Is chronic tonsillitis contagious? If you have chronic tonsillitis can other people get it?

The : The short answer- possibly. A person with chronic tonsillitis that is caused by group a strep is contagious until they are 24 hours into a course of antibiotics. A person with chronic tonsillitis that is caused by other conditions such as acid reflux or enlarged tonsils is not contagious. As you may have guessed, the only way to find the answer is to see the doctor. ...Read more

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My friend is having tonsillitis in work but is tonsillitis contagious through talking?

My friend is having tonsillitis in work but is tonsillitis contagious through talking?

Not likely: Talking no, kissing, sharing eating utensils and cups and not washing hands well, or others not covering their coughs are much greater risks for spreading tonsillitis germs. ...Read more

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Tonsilitis fever broke out, still contagious?

Tonsilitis fever broke out, still contagious?

That depends on the: Cause. If you have strep throat you will be contagious until you have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours and for up to 3 weeks if you are not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has tonsilitis. Is it possible my sore throat/pain to swallow after cold gone is this? Is it contagious? Had it 2.5wks.

My 3yr old has tonsilitis. Is it possible my sore throat/pain to swallow after cold gone is this? Is it contagious? Had it 2.5wks.

Yes, possible: Tonsillitis is usually caused by bacterial infection which is contagious. Depending on which bacteria, some cases are more contagious than others. If you have had symptoms that are not going away after a few days on their own, or you develop fever, swollen glands or rash, you need to be checked yourself. You don't want to keep giving this back and forth to each other for months. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pharyngitis and tonsilitus together? Is it contagious? Can it reoccur? How can I make sure it doesn't happen again?

Is it possible to have pharyngitis and tonsilitus together? Is it contagious? Can it reoccur? How can I make sure it doesn't happen again?

Sure: Yes, since tonsils are located in your pharynx, it is common for both to be infected at the same time. If it is caused by an infection, you will be contagious. Some causes are more contagious than others. As for stopping it form happening again, that is more difficult. Make sure you use good oral hygiene, don't share eating utensils (silverware, cups, bottles) with others and keep away from sick. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be cured?

Yes: Antibiotics work well for most tonsillitis; for recurrent tonsillitis (several times a year), see your ENT for risk reduction. ...Read more

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Can you die from tonsillitis?

Rarely: Tonsillitis is a treatable infection. Left untreated, in rare circumstances, the infection may spread to other tissues, cause septicemia and death. Tonsillitis may be followed by renal and heart disease. ...Read more

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Contagious (Definition)

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