What is Tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis (pharyngitis) is an acute tonsillitis infection of the throat that is caused by various microorganisms. Since it is an inflammation of the throat (pharynx) and tonsils it is also known by the name tonsillopharyngitis. It is manifested by local inflammation of the throat, usually accompanied by fever and other general symptoms.
It usually occurs in the colder months, and most commonly affects children. Since the primary focus of this article is if tonsillitis is contagious, that will be enough for the introduction. In the next few articles you will be able to find out more about types of tonsillitis, tonsillitis treatment (penciling treatment), tonsillitis medicine and the difference between virus and streptococci tonsillitis.
Is Tonsillitis Contagious?
The first question all my patients who have this vicious acute disease ask is: “Is Tonsillitis Contagious?” That is often because they are concerned if they can infect their children, since children are the most dangerous category. All forms of tonsillitis are contagious mostly. Why mostly?
The common phrase is: “Tonsillitis is contagious.”, but this varies depending on individual factor. Some patients have stronger immune system then others, so it is likely they will not get infected by tonsillitis, while the others have weaker immune system and they will most probably get infected.
It is not rare situation when a patient questions me:”How come my boyfriend didn’t get tonsillitis infection and you said tonsillitis is contagious?” The answer lies in a stronger immune system of her boyfriend. But thinking this way is a matter of gambling with your health. Every disease, even a minor flu, leaves strong marks and scars on your body, therefore it is better to prevent then heal. Once you got a tonsillitis infection it will weaken your body and allow other viruses to contaminate your system.
If you have children or older people near you and suffering from tonsillitis, you must avoid them. Their immune system is very weak and sometimes if tonsillitis is not treated right, it can develop into some more serious diseases. You should wear surgeon masks over your mouth.