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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have acute exudative tonsillitis. I am on day three of the antibiotics for it. Am i still contagious? And if i kissed my boyfriend, would he get it?

Not contagious: The contagious period ends 24-36 hours after beginning antibiotics. Prior to this you could give it to your boyfriend. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has bacterial tonsillitis and its NOT strep throat. After 5 days of antibiotics will it still be contagious? Will I get it if we kiss?

My girlfriend has bacterial tonsillitis and its NOT strep throat. After 5 days of antibiotics will it still be contagious? Will I get it if we kiss?

Tonsillitis : Once you are without fever for 48 hours and on antibiotics for 48 hours , you should no longer be contagious ! Still use your clinical judgment . She may have other viral symptoms not mentioned here and can pose a risk . Stay healthy! ...Read more

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Should i kiss someone if I have tonsillitis?

Should i kiss someone if I have tonsillitis?

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

Contagious (Definition)

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