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How do you get septicemia from tonsillitis?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Spread

The bacterial that have nestled down in your tonsils for a feast can spread into the blood directly or produce toxic byproducts that cause systemic (body-wide) illness.

In brief: Spread

The bacterial that have nestled down in your tonsils for a feast can spread into the blood directly or produce toxic byproducts that cause systemic (body-wide) illness.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
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In brief: Poor Immune Response

This may happen if your immune system does not keep the infection localized to the throat, allowing it into the bloodstream from where it can spreads.

In brief: Poor Immune Response

This may happen if your immune system does not keep the infection localized to the throat, allowing it into the bloodstream from where it can spreads.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. William Walsh
or if the bacteria is virulent enough - this is not typical - or if treatment is not initiated in a timely manner (even then this is not a typical occurrence with tonsillitis).
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