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

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
38 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not so simple: Usually considered for infections, blockage, tumors. See an ENT to assess.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Check this site.: Here is a good explanation: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/tonsillectomy/my00132/dsection=what-you-can-expect.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Rhee
27 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
36 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
FEVER, CHILLS, PAIN: And hard to swallow.

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