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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can i still have tonsillitis without tonsils?

Can i still have tonsillitis without tonsils?

Yes, you still: Have lymphoid tissue on the tongue and around the back of the throat that is not removed with a tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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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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Can removing your tonsils completely cure tonsillitis?

Yes, But see below: 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. ...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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If I have tonsillitis, will my tonsils have to be taken out?

If I have tonsillitis, will my tonsils have to be taken out?

Tonsillitis: The need for tonsillectomy is dependent upon the frequency and severity of tonsillar infections and this can be best assessed by an ENT doctor examining you. A single episode of tonsillitis virtually never requires removal of the tonsils. ...Read more

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Can you give tonsillitis to someone who got their tonsils out?

Sort of: You can give pharyngitis, which is an inflammation of the throat, caused by the same organisms; they have no tonsils, and therefore cannot get a tonsillitis per se. ...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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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 of the risks as well as benefits need to be entertained prior to surgery. ...Read more

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Many tonsillitis episodes can bring to chronic tonsils disease? And what about consequences? I'm very bored i'm always sick! :-( help me please

Possibilmente: Recurrent tonsillitis can lead to scarring in the tonsils so that they are unable to protect themselves. Chronic infection can lead to fatigue and malaise (my interpretation of your saying, "i'm bored.") and possible autoimmune disorders. Treatment is usually tonsillectomy when repeated cycles of antibiotics prove ineffective. See your doctor for referral to ENT specialist. ...Read more

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1 bigger tonsil I have had it for a few years it doesn't seem to be growing also had no problems , noticed size few years ago when i tonsillitis

Get it looked at: You could have one tonsil that is just larger than the other, but tonsillar cancer can occur. You might want to get a doctor to look at it. ...Read more

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Can tonsil cancer first present as tonsillitis?

Can tonsil cancer first present as tonsillitis?

Yes it can.: 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. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis cause occasional bleeding of tonsils?

Can tonsillitis cause occasional bleeding of tonsils?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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Will my tonsillitis go away i have red swelled up tonsils ?

Usually: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / 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. ...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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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