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Is Tonsillitis Contagious By Adults
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
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
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
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
Yes: Anyone at any age can have infected tonsils. More common in kids. See an ENT for evaluation. ...Read more
Common issue: Tonsillitis is a common, usually minor problem in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. It is somewhat more worrisome for kids 4-10 who may have some airway compromise due to tonsil & adenoid growth. At any age it can be complicated by abscesses or other issues. Individual experiences & therapeutic needs must be based on history & exam. ...Read more
I have bacterial tonsillitis and its re occuring. I'm an adult so what would the risks of a tonsillectomy be?
I know it's rare, but can adults get tonsillitis? I've had this odd feeling of lump in my throat. Been checked. No answers.
Sure.: If the tonsils are still there, they can still become infected. ...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
Tonsillitis Symptoms: Acute tonsillitis, that is less than two weeks' duration, leads to sore throat, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and fever. The usually cause is a virus, but bacterial infections may occur, but are much less frequent. Chronic tonsillitis is all of the above, but usually without the fever. Go see your doctor. ...Read more
Usually not: Tonsillitis is an annoying issue but usually very treatable. Strep throat should be treated with antibiotics to prevent some scary complications like scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, kidney inflammation or abscesses of the peritonsillar space. Also, severe swelling of tonsils (and adenoids) with mono or other infections and cause airway obstruction. So get a tonsil infection checked out! ...Read more
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