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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

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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The day before I got tonsillitis I kissed someone, will he get it too?

Possibly: This depends on the cause of the tonsillitis, and the degree to which he was exposed and his immune status and prior exposure to whatever organism is causing your tonsillar inflammation. How do you know he did not give you the tonsillitis. ...Read more

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I kissed someone and the day after he was diagnosed with tonsillitis will I get it now too?

Cold: In most cases, tonsillitis is essentially just a cold. You could definitely get a cold from having kissed this person. If he has strep throat, you could get that too. Whether you will develop tonsillitis as well is impossible to predict. ...Read more

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Can kissing spread viral tonsillitis?

Can kissing spread viral tonsillitis?

Yes: Any active viral illness may shed contagious particles in the saliva.Those causing tonsillitis are usually acquired through some chance contact with such material. ...Read more

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Can you get tonsillitis from kissing not on the lips?

Can you get tonsillitis from kissing not on the lips?

Doubtful: If the other person has an active infection, such as strep throat that is untreated, you might still get it. Hoep this helps! ...Read more

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I have tonsillitis but no fever can I still kiss my boyfriend?

I have tonsillitis but no fever can I still kiss my boyfriend?

Tonsillitis: Hello, if you have tonsillitis, that means you have inflammation in that area. The most common type of inflammation would be infectious. Without a fever doesn't guarantee that you aren't contagious. Yes, you could kiss your boyfriend but would he get sick? He could. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be spread by a small kiss on the lips or only through french kissing?

Can tonsillitis be spread by a small kiss on the lips or only through french kissing?

Either way: Innoculation (giving a germ from one person to another) can occur with what you think is a minor exposure if the person ill has a high level of germs. So if they are really sick, especially in fever periods or while they have a lot of gunk on their tonsils in this case, they could infect you with just a small kiss. Obviously, the longer and bigger the exposure, the greater the risk of transmission. ...Read more

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When you have infected tonsil and it's lymphoma can you kiss someone and they get tonsillitis?

When you have infected tonsil and it's lymphoma can you kiss someone and they get tonsillitis?

Needs clarification: Infected tonsils and lymphoma are two completely different things (lymphoma is a type of cancer). Having said that, yes if one has an acute tonsillitis, they can spread it to someone if they are playing tonsil hockey (kissing) with someone else....[unfortunately that will be the only hockey we will see for awhile due to the nhl lockout : (]. ...Read more

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Hey two questions, I have Tonsillitis and my boyfriend wants to know that if I kiss him will he get it? He has the flu shot.

Hey two questions, I have Tonsillitis and my boyfriend wants to know that if I kiss him will he get it? He has the flu shot.

He may become ill: If you kiss each other. Even if he had the flu shot, it is not known what type of organism is causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get tonsillitis/bacterial infection from kissing boyfriend?

Is it possible to get tonsillitis/bacterial infection from kissing boyfriend?

Infections: Unless your boyfriend was acutely ill and direct contact was made it is unlikely to spontaneously get sick from transfer of saliva. Then again mononucleosis can be transferred from saliva which can cause sore throat, swelling of lymph nodes and general malaise. ...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 it okay to kiss my boyfriend who is healing from tonsilitis?

Probaqbly not: A healing tonsillitis may be the result of infectious mononucleosis or other viral infection. You have just described the most common route for transmission of an upper respiratory infection that I know of. My advice, if it is not to late, no kissing until your boyfriend is completely recovered. ...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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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 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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Can I kiss my girlfriend even tho she has had tonsilitis for two days?

Can I kiss my girlfriend even tho she has had tonsilitis for two days?

Probably not: Since you don't know what is causing her tonsillitis (viral, bacterial), it is best to wait until after she has recovered from it. You may get away without catching the infection but why take the risk- she can live without your kissing (unless she is Snow White)for a few more days? ...Read more

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Can tonsilitis be spread through kissing and once it os spread will the infected person get the sickness straight away or could be few years later?

Yes: Infectious diseases are routinely spread in oral mucous. The incubation period until a susceptible person becomes infected depends on the illness, but is generally no more than a few days. I am not aware of any illness that waits months or years until it emerges. However, some conditions like oral HPV may infect early without symptoms but show up as pre-cancerous lesions in the throat years later. ...Read more

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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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Contagious (Definition)

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