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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

Dr. Robert Knox
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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsil tissue, which can be either an acute or chronic process. Most of the time, it is caused by infection. In the acute phase, most cases of tonsillitis are viral. Once the problem extends beyond 10 days, it typically ...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?

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 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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I've had tonsillitis as a child. But now I have it as an adult. Are the risk higher as an adult?

I've had tonsillitis as a child. But now I have it as an adult. Are the risk higher as an adult?

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

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Which is more painful - adult tonsillectomy or tonsillitis?

Which is more painful - adult tonsillectomy or tonsillitis?

Depends: After tonsillectomy, most people have significant pain for several days. Many tonsil infections can also be quite painful.
Remember, after tonsillectomy, you will never have tonsillitis or it's associated pain again! ...Read more

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I have bacterial tonsillitis and its re occuring. I'm an adult so what would the risks of a tonsillectomy be?

Tolerable: Recurrent bacterial tonsillitis is an indication for tonsillectomy. The operation is one of the safest surgeries but there is a significant recovery phase. ...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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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis symptoms: 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

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What are symptoms of tonsillitis?

Fever, pain,: Difficulty with swallowing. If you have pain when opening your mouth, you need to see a doctor right away because it could signify underlying abscess that might require surgical drainage. ...Read more

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What is medicine for tonsillitis?

What is medicine for tonsillitis?

Depends on cause: Treatment of tonsillitis depends on the cause and severity of the inflammation. A doctor will take a history, perform an examination and order appropriate tests to determine the cause and recommend a treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a tonsillitis?

Sore throat: Sore throat, sometimes vomiting, fever, difficulty swallowing, muffled voice

mostly sore throat. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Can tonsillitis be cured if so how?

Medicine: Most tonsillitis is caused by a virus so the treatment is to manage the symptoms until the virus gets better. Some is caused by strep or other bacteria and you would need to see a health care provider to tell. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

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

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In what way is tonsillitis diagnosed?

Examination: A physical exam, looking in your mouth is the tried and true method. Also a throat swab for strep throat helps identify the cause as occasionally a blood test does. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I have tonsillitis?

See an ENT doc.: Let an ENT doctor make that decision. If you look in the mirror, and open your mouth and you see 2 red swollen areas in the lateral wall of the back of the throat with yellow purulent exudate, you have tonsillitis. ...Read more

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Can I die from tonsillitis if I ignore it?

Yes: Particularly if an abscess develops. The tonsils are close to the spinal cord. An abscess in that area can be devastating, requires surgery to drain, and a lot of antibiotics. It can compromise the wind pipe and make it impossible to breathe. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to soothe tonsillitis?

Soothe tonsillitis: Pain control with otc Motrin or Ibuprofen can be helpful. Hydrogen peroxide gargles are also useful. For best improvement, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is tonsillitis and what are the symptoms?

Tonsils...: ...Are the lumps on the two sides of the throat; when they are inflamed, that's called tonsillitis. Symptoms are usually: sore throat, fever, stomach ache is also possible, as well as difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be fatal?

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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Can smoking cause tonsillitis?

Can smoking cause tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: When we say this, we specifically mean an inflammation of the tonsil due to infection. So smoking on its own does not cause it. Can it contribute? With all the bad things that it does including its effect on blood flow, yes. But it is not causing your tonsillitis per se. ...Read more

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Did smoking caused tonsillitis?

Did smoking caused tonsillitis?

It can: Smoking cigarettes or other substances weakens your body defenses and can lead to throat and sinus infections. ...Read more

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What is the cure for tonsillitis?

Antibiotics usually: Appropriate antibiotics will often resolve the problem. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

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