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How Often Do You Have To Have Tonsillitis Before They Should Be Removed
3-4 times annually: There is no precise answer to this question. But if the diagnosis of true suppurative (pus) tonsillitis had been diagnosed by a specialist, and your quality of life is significantly altered and if you have been on multiple antibiotics, then tonsillectomy by an ENT is indicated. Very rarely, recurrent strep tonsillitis may be lead to cardiac and renal disease. My number is 3-4 times a year. ...Read more
Had tonsils removed July due to recurrent tonsillitis recently saw a doctor- told I have infected residual tonsil tissue- occurs often! What can I do?
See an ENT: Residual infected tissues may have to be removed surgically, perhaps in concert with long term antibiotics. This can only be determined by the doctor seeing and examining you. Good luck. ...Read more
I think I have chronic tonsillitis. I am 19, it is getting to be a bigger problem, what is the likelihood i could get them removed?
See ENT: You need to consult an ENT doctor and even get a 2nd opinion re. Removing your tonsils. ...Read more
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
Chronic tonsillitis: 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. ...Read more
About 20 years ago I had my tonsils removed, but was just diagnosed with acute tonsillitis. Is that possible?
Maybe it is pharyngi: This may be an infection in the tonsillar fossa where the tonsils were originally located. You can discuss this yor physician ...Read more
My 4 yr old constantly gets tonsillitis every few month how do I no she will need her tonsils removed ?
ENT Eval: Your child needs an ENT eval. That many DOCUMENTED Strep Sore Throats in that period of time, having tonsils out may definitely help. BUT, must see ENT surgeon for evaluation and discussion. Best of luck. Hope she gets better for good soon. Dr R ...Read more
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