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Can I catch tonsillitis from someone else?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Yes

Tonsillitis can result from either bacteria or viruses.
Generally, both of these may be transmitted from one person to another & lead to swelling of the tonsils which we call tonsillitis. Often these bacteria or viruses are caught from people who have no symptoms - called "carriers". Only some people who catch the microbes will get the infection. This depends on an individual’s immune system strength.

In brief: Yes

Tonsillitis can result from either bacteria or viruses.
Generally, both of these may be transmitted from one person to another & lead to swelling of the tonsils which we call tonsillitis. Often these bacteria or viruses are caught from people who have no symptoms - called "carriers". Only some people who catch the microbes will get the infection. This depends on an individual’s immune system strength.
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Dr. Matthew Goren
Ophthalmology

In brief: Of course

Depending on what is causing it-- virus or bacteria for example.

In brief: Of course

Depending on what is causing it-- virus or bacteria for example.
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