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A 34-year-old female asked:

I've had tonsillitis as a child. but now i have it as an adult. are the risk higher as an adult?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Common issue: Tonsillitis is a common, usually minor problem in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. It is somewhat more worrisome for kids 4-10 who may have some airway compromise due to tonsil & adenoid growth. At any age it can be complicated by abscesses or other issues. Individual experiences & therapeutic needs must be based on history & exam.

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Last updated May 14, 2013
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