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Are ear and throat infections contagious?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
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In brief: Yes

If they are infections, they are contagious.
Fluid in the ears can be caused by allergies and would not be contagious. Same with drainage in the throat. If it a bacteria or virus, it is contagious. If it is allergies, it is not.

In brief: Yes

If they are infections, they are contagious.
Fluid in the ears can be caused by allergies and would not be contagious. Same with drainage in the throat. If it a bacteria or virus, it is contagious. If it is allergies, it is not.
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Viral cause is

Most all ear, nose and throat infections begin with a viral illness.
The viral illness is certainly contagious. A secondary bacterial infection, such as strep, is also quite contagious.

In brief: Viral cause is

Most all ear, nose and throat infections begin with a viral illness.
The viral illness is certainly contagious. A secondary bacterial infection, such as strep, is also quite contagious.
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