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How can i tell if i need my tonsils to be taken out

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Tonsils: The tonsils are part of the immune system. They help you fight infections of all sorts. The reason we can take tonsils out without much concern for ... Read More

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Size based on age: Mostly, the size of tonsils depend on your age, with tonsils increasing in size until about age 7, after which they decrease in size. "Large" tonsils... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Tonsil Cyst: Tonsil cysts are usually visible on the surface of the tonsil and can be seen during an oral exam. If you are concerned about a tonsil cyst, make sure... Read More
Dr. William Lewis
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 51 years experience
Direct inspection: You can usually see a cyst on the tonsil. Other conditions such as papilloma can also be identified directly. Best to see your otolaryngologist for an... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Tonsil pain: Good question. Usually they don't hurt if you arent sick i.e. with a fever or a bad sore throat at the same time
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Not so simple: Usually considered for infections, blockage, tumors. See an ENT to assess.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Rhee
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Consult with ENT: There are two common indications for having a tonsillectomy: recurrent infections and airway obstruction. The goal of surgery would be to either decr... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Ask your surgeon: I have answered this question before. I do not understand why you do not ask your ENT surgeon. His diet may be different than other ENT doctors. Fo... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
1+ is small, 4+...: Touch in the midline, 2+ and 3+ in between. Useful to give a visual picture for documentation purposes. 4+ tonsils can elevate the concern for obstruc... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
FEVER, CHILLS, PAIN: And hard to swallow.

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