What increases my risk for tonsillitis?

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Adults rarely get tonsillitis, due to changes in the tonsils after puberty. Children are more at risk for tonsillitis into their teen years. Exposure to everyday germs and bacteria at school or with playmates increases a child's risk for developing tonsillitis. Additionally, exposure to someone who has developed tonsillitis after a strep throat infection may increase the risk of getting tonsillitis.

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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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