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Tonsillitis caused by cat bacteria???

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 29, 2009
  • 00:05 AM

Hi.... I live in a duplex an my neighbor has four adult cats and approximately 8-10 brand new kittens. I can smell dirty litter thru the screen door. Today I am sitting at home with very swollen and painful tonsils, pus and all. I went to the doctor yesterday evening, tested negative for mono and strep (the strep culture was sent to the lab to confirm since the quick swab is false 25% of the time). A pencillin shot, steroid shot and antibiotics were prescribed and I do feel slightly better today. No one else in my house is sick, and only one person in the "cat house" has a sore throat. I have always had huge tonsils that should have been out years ago. I am 29 now and not sure I want to do it.

Anyway, my questions is: Can the filth I have to breath from next door, specifically the cat feces, cause a bacterial infection on my tonsils. I did go pet a new kitty but washed my hands afterwords. That's not to say I didn't inhale something.

It could be my imagination but I wanted to know if anyone had experienced illness due living in such close quarters to someone with too many cats.

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