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What to do if I can still get strep throat if I don't have tonsils?

What to do if I can still get strep throat if I don't have tonsils?

Yes: A tonsillectomy removes the prominent palatine tonsils on either side of the back of the throat. However, there is tonsil like tissue located in patches around the throat and roof of the throat. That and the rest of the throat tissue can become inflamed with a strep infection. Removal can reduce the intensity of symptoms but does not eliminate the risk of strep. ...Read more

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Why for the past few years do I get strep throat 3+ times a year when I don't have tonsils? Possible causes?

Why for the past few years do I get strep throat 3+ times a year when I don't have tonsils? Possible causes?

Strep or not strep?: Germs can infect the walls of your throat, even when you don't have tonsils. Cold viruses can cause a sore throat, so 3+ episodes of these a year are common. If you have true streptococcus bacterial infections (verified by testing) often, you or a member of your household may be a carrier. That is, your immune system lets strep bacteria live like squatters in your throat, instead of killing them. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get strep throat if you don't have any tonsils?

Is it possible to get strep throat if you don't have any tonsils?

Yes: A tonsillectomy removes the prominent palatine tonsils on either side of the back of the throat. However, there is tonsil like tissue located in patches around the throat and roof of the throat. That and the rest of the throat tissue can become inflamed with a strep infection. Removal can reduce the intensity of symptoms but does not eliminate the risk of strep. ...Read more

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Can I get strep even without tonsils?

Can I get strep even without tonsils?

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 therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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Son has had strep 3-4 times in last 2-3 months. Should he get his tonsils out?

Son has had strep 3-4 times in last 2-3 months. Should he get his tonsils out?

TOnsils: Yes. Assuming a careful exam has been done and the tonsils identified as a harbor of bacteria. The handwriting is on the wall. ...Read more

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Can I get strep from someone who has tonsillitis. But I do not have tonsils?

Can I get strep from someone who has tonsillitis. But I do not have tonsils?

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 your adenoids were not removed during the initial surgery, strep may infect those as well. ...Read more

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I have these white spots on what I'm sure are my tonsils. What could it be? Strep? Nodes? How can I get them to go away?

I have these white spots on what I'm sure are my tonsils. What could it be? Strep? Nodes? How can I get them to go away?

Tonsillolithiasis: If your throat doesn't hurt or if you don't otherwise feel infected, these could be tonsillar stones, a condition called tonsillolithiasis - completely benign and of no real concern. ...Read more

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Tonsils swell and have white spots everytime I get a cold. Strep test comes back sometimes positive and other times negative. Is this normal?

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 pharyngitis (which is actually much more common than strep), and it can sometimes happen when you are not even sick. If it is causing you to miss work or school a lot, you may want to see an ENT to discuss getting your tonsils out. ...Read more

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Will I get my tonsils removed. I have had strep every year and tonsil stones which are symptomatic. They are the size of huge pea.

Will I get my tonsils removed. I have had strep every year and tonsil stones which are symptomatic. They are the size of huge pea.

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 3-4 per year. Nonetheless if it is obstructing your airway they may consider and clear you surgically. Please see an Ear Nose Throat Doctor. ...Read more

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As a child I was diagnosed as a strep carrier. Every year I get sick with swollen tonsils. But I don't get white splotches. I want it to stop.

As a child I was diagnosed as a strep carrier. Every year I get sick with swollen tonsils. But I don't get white splotches. I want it to stop.

Tonsillitis: Tonsils are there as part of your immune system to help protect against upper respiratory infections. Sometimes they are overwhelmed and become ineffective and more of a hindrance than a benefit, but you do not fit in that category. Without knowing the exact cause of the tonsillar inflammation it is difficult to advise. Would check with an ENT doctor and have them examine you when this occurs. ...Read more

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I have been sick for last 5 days. The doctor says I don't have strep, I get it every year. My tonsils swallow, ears hurt, and I can't eat or drink?

I have been sick for last 5 days. The doctor says I don't have strep, I get it every year. My tonsils swallow, ears hurt, and I can't eat or drink?

Viral tonsillitis: When caused by a virus, tonsillitis often goes away in a few days and treatments are designed to manage symptoms. This includes gargling salt water, drinking warm liquids such as tea and broth, sucking on lozenges, and taking over-the-counter pain killers such as acetaminophen. Your ear pain is due to blockage of the eustachian tubes from inflammation from the same virus. It will go away too. ...Read more

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I have an ulcer on one of my tonsils. I don't feel like strep, but have had some of my common allergy symptons:sneezing, eyes, etc. Should I get checked?

I have an ulcer on one of my tonsils. I don't feel like strep, but have had some of my common allergy symptons:sneezing, eyes, etc. Should I get checked?

Never hurts: Always better safe than sorry. Without being able to see and examine you have no way to know what is going on, but this may be a part of your allergic reactions. ...Read more

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I used to get strep throat a lot when I was growing up. Finally they removed my tonsils and I haven't had it since. How do I know if I am a carrier?

Testing: Strep carrier status occurs when an individual tests positive for the strep a germ on multiple occasions but remains asymptomatic. (lack of physical illness & lack of a blood test showing an immune response)an estimated 5% of folks are year round carriers & as many as 25% may be transient carriers in the winter. Carriers do pose some risk to susceptible friends & family. ...Read more

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I have strep throat. Can't get my meds until tomorrow. My tonsils are almost touching. Will I be ok to go to sleep?

I have strep throat. Can't get my meds until tomorrow. My tonsils are almost touching. Will I be ok to go to sleep?

Go to sleep: If you can't get your medicine until tomorrow, have some salt water gargles first, and some pain killers if throat is really hurting bad, so long you can breath normally and no airway obstruction, are you really 114 years old? ...Read more

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I've read that many Doctors won't perform tonsillectomies anymore. I have tonsil stones, and often get strep throat. Can I ask for a tonsillectomy?

I've read that many Doctors won't perform tonsillectomies anymore. I have tonsil stones, and often get strep throat. Can I ask for a tonsillectomy?

Doctor's evaluation: Tonsillectomies are still performed but much less indicated than before, especially after childhood period, having malignancy in a tonsil for example, or more than 6 or seven documented tonsillitis per year are good indications for surgery among other rare indications, having tonsillar stones alone might not be an absolute indication, check with your doctor/ENT surgeon, ...Read more

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Is it possible to get strep throat with your tonsils out, been removed since like 2006. Having some throat pain and some mild nausea. Sorry for so? S

Is it possible to get strep throat with your tonsils out, been removed since like 2006. Having some throat pain and some mild nausea. Sorry for so? S

Certainly: The removal of the palatine tonsils reduces the volume of tissue involved & the intensity of most throat infections with strep A, but it does not stop them. Remaining tissues can still become infected by strep A or other germs. Only a proper evaluation with tests can sort through the cause. ...Read more

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Since I've had strep throat my tonsils haven't went down I have orange bumps in my throat that won't go away Is there a natural way to get rid of them?

See your doctor: If your tonsils are still enlarged and you still see something that appears abnormal to you, you should follow up with your doctor. Without a proper physical exam, we can't advise appropriate treatment or advise for your condition. All the best and feel better. ...Read more

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Sore throat 2 weeks not strep, 1 tonsil huge, pain when swallow, get lab back tomorrow but pain up a lot today could be something so bad can't wait?

Sore throat 2 weeks not strep, 1 tonsil huge, pain when swallow, get lab back tomorrow but pain up a lot today could be something so bad can't wait?

Large tonsil: Hello, your large tonsil could be a peritonsillar abscess. This would explain your worsening pain and persistent illness. See your doctor or er if swallowing your saliva is difficult or impossible. ...Read more

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If I have guttate psoriasis and I have flare ups when I get strep. I have no tonsils, could the be caused by my adenoids?

If I have guttate psoriasis and I have flare ups when I get strep. I have no tonsils, could the be caused by my adenoids?

Guttate psoriasis: Bacteria can still cause flares of psoriasis when tonsils have been removed. Some studies have shown tonsillectomy reduces flares, but others have not. A throat swab done by your doctor could show if you're carrying strep between episodes ...Read more

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I get strep infections 4-6 times a year and right now I'm on my 2nd case of strep in a 2 month period. Should I get my tonsils removed?

I get strep infections 4-6 times a year and right now I'm on my 2nd case of strep in a 2 month period. Should I get my tonsils removed?

May be: The old school preached three reasons for the T&A are Cancer, cancer and cancer! . Other reasons may include multiple strep infections causing debility and time lost from work etc. A review of this history with your GP will help make informed decision including cons from surgery in recent cases. Good luck!
A trial of prophylactic treatment, for 6 months may be worth the effort. ...Read more

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Can U request to have UR tonsils removed? I get strep &/or tonsillitis regularly & I have dealt with chronic tonsil stone for 10 yrs. I'm 25 & Female.

Can U request to have UR tonsils removed? I get strep &/or tonsillitis regularly & I have dealt with chronic tonsil stone for 10 yrs. I'm 25 & Female.

Sure: See your primary care doctor to discuss this. He or she can refer you to an ENT surgeon if you meet clinical criteria for tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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Given long term risks (heart, obesity, etc), would it be better to not get 4 y/o's tonsils out? He gets strep often but responds to meds.

ENT: See an ENT doctor who has expertise with children. Tonsils are generally protective organs, but if the frequency of infections is truly excessive (you don't say how often they occur) the tonsils may need removal. It takes someone seeing your child, not on the internet. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a lot of white spots & swelling in my tonsils but when I went to a clinic to get a strep culture done it was negative. What should I do?

I have a lot of white spots & swelling in my tonsils but when I went to a clinic to get a strep culture done it was negative. What should I do?

Tonsilloliths: A 17 yo female with white spots on tonsils, recent strep culture negative. White spots on tonsils doesn't have to mean infection. Sometimes, debris (old food particles and mouth bacteria) can get stuck in the pockets of tonsils and form tonsilloliths (or tonsil stones). Lots of them can cause some swelling and pain. Gargle with salt water or see dentist/ENT to remove. ...Read more

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I have very large tonsils, since I was a kid. Many drs suggest removing them but I sing. I used to get chronic strep and I snore. Any suggestions?

I have very large tonsils, since I was a kid. Many drs suggest removing them but I sing. I used to get chronic strep and I snore. Any suggestions?

Sleep apnea: If you are an adult you tonsils are not as important anymore. You should get a sleep test to make sure you do not have sleep apnea where you stop breathing many times during the night. ...Read more

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My 5 yr old has strep again for the 3rd time. Dec, march and again now. How many times do little ones get them before talks of removing the tonsils?

My 5 yr old has strep again for the 3rd time. Dec, march and again now. How many times do little ones get them before talks of removing the tonsils?

You are there: After three bouts in such a short time you are now at the point to talk about removal of tonsils. This discussion should take place with a pediatric ear nose and throat doctor (ent). Ask your pediatrician for a referral if you do not already have one. ...Read more

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Can chronic EBV cause enlarged tonsil? . Ever since I had strep my one tonsil has been larger. It goes down then when I get sick goes up. Ent says ok.

Can chronic EBV cause enlarged tonsil? . Ever since I had strep my one tonsil has been larger. It goes down then when I get sick goes up. Ent says ok.

Asymmetrical Tonsil: EBV is a known commensal in the oropharynx and can be associated with tonsillar hypertrophy. Generally, tonsil size being larger during infections and then subsiding is quite normal.
However, if there is a persistent asymmetrical enlargement of the tonsil, i.e. one tonsil being larger than the other, then in that situation further examination and removal may be indicated. ...Read more

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I have noticed that my tonsils are very swollen, there is no major pain just a tightness when I talk and occasional pain in the morning, I had strep late last year. Is this something I should get checked out again?

I have noticed that my tonsils are very swollen, there is no major pain just a tightness when I talk and occasional pain in the morning, I had strep late last year. Is this something I should get checked out again?

EnlargedTonsilsAdeno: Your tonsils might be just enlarged. Just because Tonsils are enlarged does not mean this is caused by infection. Sometimes there is associated enlargement of adenoids as well. I advice you get it checked by your doctor at your next doctor's visit, or if pain gets worse or affects your speech, or swallowing ...Read more

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I just got over strep about 2 wks ago now I have one white spot in back of throat. What could it be I bsrelyever get strep. Do I have to tonsil out?

I just got over strep about 2 wks ago now I have one white spot in back of throat. What could it be I bsrelyever get strep. Do I have to tonsil out?

Strep: It is possible to have a recurrence of strep. It is also possible you could have mononucleosis. Another alternative is you may just have a tonsillar stone in the fold of your tonsils that appear to be pus. If fever, throat swelling or worsening throat pain then get reevaluated. ...Read more