I've went to the doctor last Sunday (July 31st) and have been taking antibiotics for the past 10 days (still taking them) and I just got my recheck today (August 9th). I feel way much better. No pain, no fevers, etc. The abscess is really small, like dots. I asked if it was contagious when I was there and the person I asked told me "as long as you're getting better, it shouldn't be contagious". I would like to hear from other people. Thank you in advance.
Peritonsillar Cellulitis is a bacterial infection. A bacterial infection is contagious and when you have one in your throat it can be spread by sharing drinks (cups, straws, etc.) and utensils, by kissing, and if you put your fingers in your mouth and touch something. You are usually contagious until you are on antibiotics for 2 to 3 days. If you think you may have passed this on to anyone you should let them know and tell them to get checked by a doctor.
I agree with above ...
Except for one issue and I could be wrong.
Peritonsillar cellulitis is a diagnosis.
What is important is the organism.
I'm sure they took a throat swab before starting the antibiotic.
Strep is worrisome.
FYI - untreated strep throats with high fever can cause heart valve damage.
The only issue is the contact. I think I would avoid direct contact (kissing) until you have completed the entire course of antibiotics. The only way to know for sure midway through is to do another throat culture to see if it's entirely cured.
An expensive kiss ... Lol.
Comment above was correct with it being bacterial.
Btw... Viruses do NOT respond to antibiotics.
Prevention,as mentioned, is the key to spreading to loved ones. I'd like to add using a Kleenex when coughing and frequent hand washing with an anti-microbial soap.
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