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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)

An inflammation of the tonsils, which can be either acute or chronic, and is ...Read more


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How contagious is mononucleosis?

How contagious is mononucleosis?

Somewhat: Transmission during acute disease is unusual since most of these patients are i'll and not in the mood to be with others. However, in convalescence and years afterwards, ebv will be silently excreted in saliva. Called the kissing disease, infection can occur during this time by exposure to saliva. ...Read more

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How contagious is strep throat?

How contagious is strep throat?

Yes: Yes it is. Generally thru close contact through aerosol spread from breathing, sneezing, etc. Also perhaps through contact with a glass, toothbrush and the like. Also from material on the infected persons hands. ...Read more

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How contagious is croup?

How contagious is croup?

LIke a common cold: Croup is caused by a virus and is contagious. To put it in perspective, it is as contagious as a common cold. Good hand washing with soap and water or with hand-gel will decrease the risk of transmission. ...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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How long is mono contagious?

How long is mono contagious?

Until better: Most viral infections, including mono, are infectious most at the outset, even before you fall ill. Once you are feeling better, you are usually no longer infectious. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is strep throat contagious?

Docs, usually how long is strep throat contagious?

Contagious: 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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How contagious is measles?

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How contagious is measles?

Extremely: Measles is transmitted via the respiratory route and an infected person can infect others up to 7 days prior to showing symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. It is important to protect yourself against this infection with the the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination. ...Read more

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How long is bacterial conjuctivitus contagious?

How long is bacterial conjuctivitus contagious?

Not long: Bacterial conjunctivits (not viral conjunctivitis) in adults requires some breakdown of the surface of someone exposed. Bacteria cannot penetrate the normal defenses unless the eye has had surgery, is traumatized or has some surface disturbance. Anti-bacterial topical medications provide an excellent treatment and so the bacterial count will drops rapidly in 2 days or so. ...Read more

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How long is pneumonia contagious?

How long is pneumonia contagious?

Depends: Most pathogens that cause pneumonia are not contagious. Some organisms like MRSA can spread to healthy contacts and cause colonization. Some organisms like the virus, influenza can cause pneumonia and are contagious during the illness. Drug sensitive tuberculosis is contagious until several weeks into effective multi-drug therapy. ...Read more

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How contagious is shingles?

How contagious is shingles?

Very, sort of.: When a person has chicken pox they never completely get rid of the virus. It hides in nerve cells. As immunity falls over time the virus can reactivate, travel to the skin and causes shingles. If you have never had, or been vaccinated for, chicken pox you could catch chicken pox from someone with shingles. Shingles exposure is also dangerous for pregnant women and the immune suppressed. ...Read more

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How contagious is mrsa?

How contagious is mrsa?

Quite: Though not as bad as viral respiratory diseases, MRSA is contagious since it is spread by direct contact (skin-to-skin) with a person colonized or infected with the bacteria, or by contact with an inanimate object (a "fomite") that has MRSA on it such as soiled clothing that has come in direct contact with a person with mrsa. ...Read more

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How long is strep throat contagious without antibiotics?

How long is strep throat contagious without antibiotics?

Continues: A person who becomes infected with group a strep will often feel better without antibiotic rx after a few days. However, the germ can remain active in the nose/throat & mouth for days/weeks or more. ...Read more

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How long is a viral URI contagious?

How long is a viral URI contagious?

Several weeks: In a healthy 48 year old, your immune system should eradicate a viral upper respiratory tract infection in about 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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How long is strep throat contagious and what is the incubation period?

How long is strep throat contagious and what is the incubation period?

Depends: Strep can be carried in a contagious state indefinitely.Once treated, the spread is minimal after 24 hrs. Some people can pick up and carry the germ without infection, ever, while most would become symptomatic within 24-48 hrs. ...Read more

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How long is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

How long is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

Ask the French: Probably more important to get that darned thing drained so you don't develop serious complications. And as far as being "contageous,"you've probably got residual inflammation for a few days after it is drained, so as long as you don't cough in someone's face or do any French kissing you won't pass it on. It may recur if no antibiotics are taken (or even with) so keep an "eye" on it for a while ...Read more

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How contagious is herpes?

How contagious is herpes?

Very: Herpes virus can be shed even when person is asymptomatic, and can occur with very close contact. See: http://stdtesting.Com/how-many-people-have-herpes --for more information and helpful links. ...Read more

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How contagious is kissing with inflamed tonsils?

Inflamed Tonsils: Hello, any infection may be contagious especially when it is active. Inflamed tonsils could be due to a virus or bacteria. It would be bet to avoid kissing while your partner is actively infected. ...Read more

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How long is viral sore throat contagious to others?

How long is viral sore throat contagious to others?

1 to 2 weeks: A viral pharyngitis lasts an average of one to two weeks, i believe the virus may be viable during that time and therefore, you should not cough or get close to children or adults who are healthy. A pediatrician or an infectious disease specialist are the 2 specialties in medicine that would be most knowledgeable to answer this type of question. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

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