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can you get strep if you have your tonsils out

A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Lockhart
8 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Streptococcus mutans is a bacteria that normally resides in the mouth. When it becomes out of balance, strep throat may result.

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes you can.: For significant sore throat with swollen lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therap ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabeeha Haque
20 years experience Pediatrics
Possibly: I would have your doctor check if he is a carrier of strep (do a throat culture when he is not sick ; off antibiotics). If he is not, likely he will ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marino Tavarez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes possible: although your symptoms will be much less severe. Even if your tonsils may not have grown back but you may have tonsil tissue left behind. Also, if you ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Tonsils: White spots on the tonsils may be due to a viral or strep infection(tonsillitis), but sometimes it's debris caught up in the crypts and this doesn't c ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Lykins
24 years experience Family Medicine
Can be: You may have pitted tonsils that collect debris, causing white spots. This may happen independent of catching the strep bacteria or a viral pharyngi ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
18 years experience Urgent Care
You could: Speak to an Ear Nose Throat doctor about all the risks and benefits. Sounds like you may not qualify if the strep is only once a year . Some prefer 3- ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Even in the absence of tonsils, you can still get a strep infection.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Possibilities: There is a sub-set of the population that always carries strep, but they do not respond to it with tonsil swelling/illness. Recurrent true strep disea ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chad Rudnick
9 years experience Pediatrics
Strep throat: It is still possible to get strep throat even if your tonsils are removed. There are also numerous other causes of sore throat, including many many di ... Read More
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