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Dr. Michael Jaindl answered:

Can I still have tonsillitis without tonsils?

Yes, you still

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have lymphoid tissue on the tongue and around the back of the throat that is not removed with a tonsillectomy.
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Can I still get tonsillitis without tonsils . I got my tonsils out when I was 7 and since than my sore throats are worse or they feel like that?

No and Yes...

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

No

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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.
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I have a very sore throat,(several days)and it hurts to swallow. Im starting to see white spots on my tonsils but can't be sure. Tonsillitis or strep?

Could be both

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"Tonsillitis" is a nonspecific term for inflammation of the tonsils. "Strep" refers to a specific cause of tonsillitis. But you can get strep without having tonsils and you can get tonsillitis without having strep. Only a throat culture/rapid test can discern if strep is present. Usually there is fever, swollen glands without cold symptoms in strep infection. Important to treat strep - see doc
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Dr. Joel Gallant answered:

If you have had your tonsils out can you carch tonsillitis?

No

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You can have a sore throat (pharyngitis), but if you have no tonsils, you can't have tonsillitis.
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Can tonsillitis cause occasional bleeding of tonsils?

Yes

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In acute tonsillitis, bleeding is more common with streptococcal ("strep") infection. Antibiotics are the standard treatment. In chronic tonsillitis, bleeding is again more common with strep infections, but more importantly is an indicator that it's probably time to have a tonsillectomy.
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Dr. Harold H. Kim answered:

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

That's an option

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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.
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Dr. Michael E. Ein answered:

Can removing your tonsils completely cure tonsillitis?

Yes, But see below

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Tonsilectomy will prevent tonsilitis but this procedure is not recommended today unless all alternatives have failed. See an infectious disease specialist or an ear,nose and throat surgeon for advice and treatment.
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Chronic tonsillitis, what are signs you need your tonsils removed?.

Chronic tonsillitis

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Hello, signs of tonsillitis can range from large obstructive tonsils, to an abscess in the throat, to red infection filled tonsils. They could also look perfectly normal but still be infected. Indications for removal is usually 5-7 infections in 1year or 3-5 infections per year for multiple consecutive years. If snoring or interrupted breathing is noted while sleeping, then removal is needed.
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Dr. Tri Nguyen answered:

Can tonsil cancer first present as tonsillitis?

Yes it can.

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Tonsil cancer presents as a mass, ulcer or swelling of the tonsil. It can be infected and look like tonsillitis. But tonsillitis itself does not becessarily become cancer. Tonsil cancer occurs more in smokers, drinkers and persons with poor oral hygiene. It also occurs more in persons with certains types of genital virus infection.
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