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How do tonsils help the body

A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Tonsils: Tonsils are part of our immune system, are lymphoid tissue and fight infection. When they are objects of recurrent strep infections or are too enlarge... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
The sentry post: The palatine "tonsils" are specialized immune sentries. They are located at the entrance to the digestive tract where your tissue is more vulnerable b... Read More

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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Swollen Tonsils Hurt: If your whole body hurts with swollen tonsils, you probably are experiencing viral tonsillopharyngits. Warm salt water gargles, tylenol (acetaminophen... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Mathison
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Your tonsils and adenoids serve as an immunological filter, sampling antigens (foreign substances-bacteria, viruses, allergens, etc) that enter the bo... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Tonsils: Tonsils and adnoids are lymphoid tisse that serve as filters , thereby helping to prevent infection deeper in the chest.They are removed for a variety... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sudeshan Govender
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Tonsillitis : Suggest Myprodol 2 tds , andolex spray , fluids and bed rest . If not settling in 48 hrs , see GP for antibiotics - first line Augmentin SR if not all... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Not really: You can develop a tonsillar abscess which can "poison" your blood by causing sepsis, but this is an acute disease.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keshab Paudel
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
? Sinusitis/Rhinitis: It appears that you might have some kind of infection in your nostril, that could be due to sinusitis ( infection of nasal sinuses) or rhinitis ( infe... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Odd post: A temperature of 34.5 in not considered fever. It is subnormal & likely a sign of malfunctioning equipment or method. If the kid is otherwise acti... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Med-check up: If you have a lump in the armpit, it needs medical examination by a physician to confirm that it is real and of a size that may need a biopsy. Any lum... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Examine and treat: Without examining you it is not possible to predict what this is, but the overwhelming odds are that it is quite manageable by your doctor, or if not,... Read More

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