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Does tonsillitis ever spread?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Tonsillitis spread

Yes, tonsil infections can "spread" to include pus accumulation in the areas next to the tonsils called the peritonsillar space to cause a peritonsillar abscess.
Lymph nodes in the neck can get infected as well. Untreated tonsillitis has the potential to lead to blood poisoning or sepsis. Streptococcal tonsillitis can be complicated by inflammation of the kidneys.

In brief: Tonsillitis spread

Yes, tonsil infections can "spread" to include pus accumulation in the areas next to the tonsils called the peritonsillar space to cause a peritonsillar abscess.
Lymph nodes in the neck can get infected as well. Untreated tonsillitis has the potential to lead to blood poisoning or sepsis. Streptococcal tonsillitis can be complicated by inflammation of the kidneys.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Pablo Arango
It can also "spread" because it is contagious through your saliva
Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Occasionally

Strep tonsillitis is the usual culprit and the strep organisms can release toxins in the blood causing a rash, arthritis, heart disease and other serious problems rarely!

In brief: Occasionally

Strep tonsillitis is the usual culprit and the strep organisms can release toxins in the blood causing a rash, arthritis, heart disease and other serious problems rarely!
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