Is tonsillitis contagious by air?

The tonsils are composed of lymphatic tissue and are located at the back of the throat. The tonsils play an important role in preventing the entry of harmful agents into the body. The germs that enter the mouth and nose during breathing must pass through the tonsils before they enter the upper respiratory tract. As a result the tonsils fight off these microorganisms and prevent disease from occurring. The tonsils thus are a part of the body’s immune system. In some cases, the tonsils become infected by viruses or bacteria. This leads to an inflammation of the tonsils. This condition is referred to as tonsillitis. Tonsillitis infection that is caused by viruses is contagious and can spread through contact with infected nasal or throat fluids. It could also spread through contact with airborne infected droplets that emanate from a person while sneezing.

When tonsillitis recurs, the condition is termed as chronic. Chronic tonsillitis symptoms include soreness of the throat, difficulty in swallowing, headache, coughing and fever. The tonsils may also swell and become red. In some cases, small pus-filled areas may also develop on the tonsils. There is also pain in the neck area and while opening the mouth. Tonsillitis bacteria are usually the streptococci strain of bacteria. Some people may also develop chronic cryptic tonsillitis in which small pits and pockets develop on the tonsils. These are known as crypts and they contain trapped particles of food which develop into white growths. These growths are commonly referred to as tonsil stones. This condition may pose problems during breathing. Choking may also occur as the stones continue to grow over a period of time and therefore obstruct the airway.

Tonsillitis creates difficulty in swallowing and hence one is unable to eat regular food. Therefore tonsillitis food should consist of smooth foods such as soups or flavored gelatin. It is also important to drink plenty of water and fluids. Include fruit juices, lemonade and vegetable juices into the daily diet. There are also some home remedies for tonsillitis. Turmeric is effective in treating infections and hence you may drink a glass of warm milk to which some turmeric has been added. Saline solution gargles are the most popular natural treatment for tonsillitis as they are very beneficial for easing a sore throat. Pain and discomfort in the throat may be relieved through gargles with a mixture of honey, ginger juice and water.

answered by G M

Tonsillitis can either be bacterial OR viral. It usually spreads from person to person by contact with the throat or nasal fluids of someone who is already infected. So YES, itis contagious by air or when you eat/drink after someone.



answered by m



Tonsillitis is caused by Virus and it is not infected when you eat or drink after someone.


Drink plenty of water , hot water , herbal tea or chicken soup will help to relieve congestion.


answered by S S

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