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If I don't have tonsils can I get tonsillitis?

If I don't have tonsils can I get tonsillitis?

Not usually: Tonsils and adenoids are usually removed at same time. Tonsils usually do not grow back. Adenoids not infrequently can regrow related to incomplete removal of all adenoid tissue. ...Read more

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I haven't been coughing, but suffer from tonsillitis! I want my tonsils out I get it twice maybe 3 times a year?

See an ENT: Having three episodes of tonsillitis a year for several years in a row meets criteria for tonsillectomy. I would suggest you set up an ENT appointment to discuss surgery. Keep in mind that all the risks as well as benefits need to be entertained prior to surgery. ...Read more

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Can you get tonsillitis if you have had your tonsils removed?

No: However, you can still get infections of the throat. It's really pharyngitis not tonsillitis since the tonsils are (or in your case, were) part of the pharynx. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many times do you have to get tonsillitis to get your tonsils removed?

Can you let me know how many times do you have to get tonsillitis to get your tonsils removed?

Depends: The most recent guidelines for tonsillectomy based upon frequency of tonsillitis are: 7 episodes in 12 months or 5 episodes per year for 2 years or 3 episodes per year for 3 years or 4 episodes of strep in a year. Other factors that may be taken into account are severity of episodes, days of school/work missed, etc. Patients who have had a peritonsillar abscess may be candidates as well. ...Read more

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Keep getting tonsillitis, should I get my tonsils taken out?

That's an option: Recurrent tonsillitis is an option for tonsillectomy. Consult your ENT who can quantify how frequently you get tonsillitis and you can get better informed about the process. Then you can decide if it is worth it for you. ...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 keep getting tonsillitis a lot but do not always go to the doctors but I want my tonsils out, will i still get tonsillitis?

Tonsillectomy: You need to consult with an ENT specialist. They will be able to determine whether the frequency of your infections (usually >3/yr) warrants tonsillectomy and give you the risk/benefit assessment. ...Read more

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I have tonsillitis for the first time. With it, i just got a tonsil stone. Does this mean that I will continuously get them, even once I'm better?

Not necessarily: Some infections may increase tonsil stones, but it is not inevitable. See this site for more information on this topic, including prevention. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention. ...Read more

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At 50 I still get tonsillitis several times a year and have from early childhood. My tonsils are permanently enlarged too. Doctor won't remove them.

At 50 I still get tonsillitis several times a year and have from early childhood. My tonsils are permanently enlarged too. Doctor won't remove them.

Tondillectomy: Hello, reasons for tonsillectomy are recurring infections, obstruction causing sleep troubles or swallowing problems, heart failure, abscess formation, asymmetrical size and cancer suspicion. You may qualify with sleep issues due to enlarged size and recurring infections. Sometimes the bacteria which causes the infections “live” within the tonsils and removal is indicated. See another ENT. ...Read more

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When you have infected tonsil and it's lymphoma can you kiss someone and they get tonsillitis?

When you have infected tonsil and it's lymphoma can you kiss someone and they get tonsillitis?

Needs clarification: Infected tonsils and lymphoma are two completely different things (lymphoma is a type of cancer). Having said that, yes if one has an acute tonsillitis, they can spread it to someone if they are playing tonsil hockey (kissing) with someone else....[unfortunately that will be the only hockey we will see for a while due to the nhl lockout :(]. ...Read more

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I get tonsillitis about once every 3-5weeks, it's not very painful, but my tonsils swell up to a considerable size. Should I get a tonsillectomy?

I get tonsillitis about once every 3-5weeks, it's not very painful, but my tonsils swell up to a considerable size. Should I get a tonsillectomy?

Consider it : Recurrent tonsillitis is not fun to deal with! The younger you are, the less painful the surgery is. If you are able to have an ENT doctor evaluate you for a tonsillectomy, it would be a wise idea. ...Read more

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I have white lines on my tonsils and I touched it a lil and it bleed a bit. I get tonsillitis 2xs a year is that related? My tonsils are swollen too

I have white lines on my tonsils and I touched it a lil and it bleed a bit. I get tonsillitis 2xs a year is that related? My tonsils are swollen too

Watchful waiting.: If you don't have a fever, don't have enlarged lymph nodes on the side of the neck, and you're otherwise feeling okay, you can probably wait a few days before seeing the doctor. The white lines could be pus... But not necessarily. Sometimes plain 'ole mucus can look like whitish lines on the tonsils. I would try gargling with warm salt water and some Ibuprofen for a few days, then see doc. ...Read more

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Had my tonsils and adenoids removed about 2-3 years ago. Can I still get tonsillitis?

Had my tonsils and adenoids removed about 2-3 years ago. Can I still get tonsillitis?

Not usually: Tonsils and adenoids are usually removed at same time. Tonsils usually do not grow back. Adenoids not infrequently can regrow related to incomplete removal of all adenoid tissue. ...Read more

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Tonsillitis: can your tonsils swell shut and prevent breathing and what to do if this happens? Obviously call 911 but what to do until they get here?

Tonsillitis: can your tonsils swell shut and prevent breathing and what to do if this happens? Obviously call 911 but what to do until they get here?

Tonsils enlarged/dif: If have benedry/ advil (ibuprofen) and not allergic would take one of each as may decrease swelling by being antii-nflammatories and antihistamine. Salt water gargle 1 tsp in 1 glass water. Make sure you are not alone. Call 911 ...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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I get white stones in my tonsils every few days and they result in tonsillitis every few months. Do I need my tonsils out? How do I get rid of stones?

Prpbably: You are probably a chronic carrier of infection. Antibiotic therapy never completely eliminates the infection. Get a culture(not just strep). Treat with meds, reculture for test of cure. May need significanty longer treatment, or take tonsils out! ...Read more

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Is it possible to get tonsillitis from vomiting? Immediately after a case of food poisoning I got swollen, sore tonsils that haven't gone away.

Get a check-up: Tonsillitis is usually caused by an infection which is can be transmitted from another infected person by coughing, or close contact, including kissing. If your tonsils are swollen, it would be good to see your doctor. Lab tests can help to identify the cause, and in some cases it is important to take antibiotics by prescription. ...Read more

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I have yellow lumps at back of my throat, I have no tonsils and get tonsillitis, I can't get rid of my cough I have had these for 6 months now?

I have yellow lumps at back of my throat, I have no tonsils and get tonsillitis, I can't get rid of my cough I have had these for 6 months now?

Tonsillitis?: 17 F from UK: I have yellow lumps at back of my throat, I have no tonsils and get tonsillitis, I can't get rid of my cough I have had these for 6 months now? ANS: you may have regrown some tonsillar tissue. Show to your health care team and ask them what it is. ...Read more

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Beside having oral HPV will chronic tonsillitis turn tonsil cancer? Can you get tonsil cancer with no tonsils?

Beside having oral HPV will chronic tonsillitis turn tonsil cancer? Can you get tonsil cancer with no tonsils?

The tonsil is a: Location that houses lymphoid tissues called "tonsils", but the hpv virus inhabits the lining squamous mucosa of the throat, and the tonsils are part of that. Many are infected, few develop invasive cancer. The virus can spread by kissing. ...Read more

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Can I still get tonsillitis without tonsils. I got my tonsils out when I was 7 and since then my sore throats are worse or they feel like that?

No and Yes...: Once you have a tonsillectomy, you can't get tonsillitis anymore. Unfortunately, there are other structures in the throat that can give you a 'sore throat', including the adenoid and the lingual (tongue) tonsils. That surgery is intended to reduce throat infection frequency and intensity but, won't stop viruses or these other factors. Check with your doctor for tips to reduce your burden. ...Read more

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Green pus on tonsils. Ongoing problem due to tonsillitis and epstein barr virus. Should I get my tonsils removed? Need opinions please!!

See Specialist: If you have recurrent bouts of tonsilitis that require antibiotics, removing them could provide relief. Would make an appointment with an ENT specialist to get expert advice on whether you are a surgical candidate or not. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a prednisone pill lodged behind my right tonsil. How do I get it out? I have tonsillitis and i already tried gargling with warm water.

I have a prednisone pill lodged behind my right tonsil. How do I get it out? I have tonsillitis and i already tried gargling with warm water.

Spray: I would get a bulb suction (rubber -- the kind we suck our kids noses with) and fill it with water and try to squirt it at the back tonsil/pill to try to dislodge it with a spray action. ...Read more

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I get about 4-6 tonsillitis/pharyngitis infections/irritations a year. Left tonsil more frequent. 35 years old. Candidate for tonsilectomy or too old?

I get about 4-6 tonsillitis/pharyngitis infections/irritations a year. Left tonsil more frequent. 35 years old. Candidate for tonsilectomy or too old?

Not too old: Tonsillitis is certainly not a fun infection to deal with. Neither is tonsil surgery, but you might have fewer throat issues after surgery. Given the frequency and length of time you have been dealing with this, you are a candidate to consider surgery as an option. You need to expect the worst sore throat of your life for 2 weeks. If you are prepared for this, you will do fine. Best wishes ...Read more

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I have ulcers on my tonsils & around my mouth. I have seen the doctor and he said its tonsillitis. Is it normal to get ulcers in the mouth for that?

I have ulcers on my tonsils & around my mouth. I have seen the doctor and he said its tonsillitis. Is it normal to get ulcers in the mouth for that?

Mouth ulcers: Doesn't sound like tonsillitis. Sounds like 'aphthous ulcers' or 'canker sores' that can be caused by nutritional or vitamin deficiency, weakened immune system, infection, chronic disease, or unknown causes. Make an appt for an ENT or oral surgeon to examine you. ...Read more

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Treated for tonsillitis but whole throat/tonsils swollen & red. Glands in neck swollen too after 20 days. Should it get worse to get better?

Treated for tonsillitis but whole throat/tonsils swollen & red. Glands in neck swollen too after 20 days. Should it get worse to get better?

Culture: If the tonsils are red and swollen for 20 days and an antibiotic has been unsuccessful I would strongly recommend a culture of the throat to rule out a viral infection or a specific bacterial infection. Finally, infectious mono needs to be ruled out. No it should not get worse before it gets better. You need a specific diagnosis. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Tonsillitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the tonsil tissue, which can be either an acute or chronic process. Most of the time, it is caused by infection. In the acute phase, most cases of tonsillitis are viral. Once the problem extends beyond 10 days, it typically ...Read more