In many cases, you can get sick from kissing someone who is infected with tonsillitis. However, there are some contributing factors:
- First, the longer you spend kissing that person, the more likely you are to get sick.
- Secondly, kissing more deeply raises the risk of infection.
- Finally, if the person you are kissing is not being treated (for example, if they have an active infection of strep throat) you are much more likely to come down with what they need treatment for.
Is Tonsillitis contagious through kissing?
This question is a bit misleading.
Usually, tonsillitis is caused by some other infection, which is what you are most likely to get. The degree to which your partner is infected, the state of their immune system, and their medical history with that infection all contribute to the likelihood of you being infected as well.
For example, if a cold or flu virus is causing the tonsillitis, it is the virus itself that is contagious. If transmitted, it would most likely give you just the cold or the flu, not tonsillitis. This is because tonsillitis itself is not usually described as contagious.
In addition to the cold or flu, tonsillitis is a common symptom of Strep throat or mono. If you catch strep from another person, you would probably end up with tonsillitis, as it is a common symptom of Strep. However, it is important to note that the tonsillitis itself is not what is contagious. It is the Strep throat.
Experiencing mono is similar. If you were to catch mono from someone, you are likely to experience tonsillitis, as it is a common condition of mono. Similar to Strep, it is the mono itself that can transfer, not the tonsillitis.
If caused by a bacterial infection, your partner’s tonsillitis will usually be greatly helped by the right kind of antibiotics. However, if the tonsillitis is being caused by a virus, your partner will have to rely on his or her immune system. If their immunity is strong, they should not have any problem.
It is important to note that antibiotics do nothing to help a viral infection. Your partner will still be contagious no matter how many antibiotics they’ve taken. On the other hand, if your partner is sick with a bacterial infection, they should no longer be contagious after four days of taking the medication.
Unfortunately, this does not guarantee you are home-free. You can have been exposed before they begin treatment or were diagnosed, and your infection is in the incubation period, which describes the period of time between when you are exposed and when you start developing symptoms. Actually, this is the most common time that people expose other people to an infection, because they do not yet know they are sick.
Ultimately, if you end up getting repeat infections, that do not get better with treatment, it can be wise to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor, also called an ENT. In some cases, repeat tonsillitis can become chronic without appropriate, specialized treatment. Chronic cases can even result in pus on the tonsils if proper help isn’t sought.