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

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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Tonsillitis (Definition)

Tonsillitis is a condition in which there is a swelling of the tonsils due to a bacterial or viral infection. Common symptoms include fever, and sore throat, ...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?

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

Green pus on tonsils. On going 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've had tonsillitis for a long time, waiting to get tonsils removed, now noticed a nickel sized lump under chin on throat, i'm 24. What is it?

I've had tonsillitis for a long time, waiting to get tonsils removed, now noticed a nickel sized lump under chin on throat, i'm 24. What is it?

Lymphadenopathy: Infections of the tonsil or pharynx can be accompanied with cervical or submandibular lymph node swelling. An abcess or subcutaneous mass should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Im 21 and i have had swollen tonsils my whole life and frequent tonsilitis. Im also a singer. If i get them removed, will it affect my singing?

Im 21 and i have had swollen tonsils my whole life and frequent tonsilitis. Im also a singer. If i get them removed, will it affect my singing?

Very likely: Removing the tonsils will likely affect your resonance so your voice may be altered. You should discuss your concerns with an Otolaryngologist as well as your singing teacher/coach. ...Read more

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How to get rid of frequent tonsillitis and throat infection without getting tonsills removed? Getting resistant to antibiotics after taking too much

How to get rid of frequent tonsillitis and throat infection without getting tonsills removed? Getting resistant to antibiotics after taking too much

Difficult problem: Difficult problem as the core of the tonsil has poor blood supply and as a result antibiotics can't get there at a high enough concentration to kill bacteria. A prolonged course of antibiotics such as 4 to 6 weeks might be able to kill enough bad bacteria to change the tonsil for the better. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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