Is Bacterial Tonsillitis Contagious?

Q:
Is bacterial tonsillitis contagious?

A:
Yes.

The germs that cause viral and bacterial tonsillitis are contagious.

The bacteria that can cause tonsillitis pass easily from person to person through close contact. Learn how to spot someone who may have tonsillitis so you can stay away. And practice good hygiene so you and children in your care can stay well.

Here are some tips for your children to prevent tonsillitis:

  • Wash his or her hands thoroughly and frequently, especially after using the toilet and before eating
  • Avoid sharing food, drinking glasses, water bottles or utensils
  • Replace his or her toothbrush after being diagnosed with tonsillitis

 

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