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How often do you have to have tonsillitis before they should be removed?

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

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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


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How bad do you have to have tonsillitis for them to be removed?

How bad do you have to have tonsillitis for them to be removed?

Tonsillectomy: Tonsillectomy is commonly performed for recurrent infection (4-5 episodes annually) or severe infection causing a complication or hospitalization. ...Read more

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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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Chronic tonsillitis, what are signs you need your tonsils removed? .

Chronic tonsillitis, what are signs you need your tonsils removed? .

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

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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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About 20 years ago I had my tonsils removed, but was just diagnosed with acute tonsillitis. Is that possible?

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

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Just went to dr for the 3rd time in the last 3-4 weeks - on amoxicillin twice, now taking a zpac for suspected tonsillitis... Do I need them removed?

Just went to dr for the 3rd time in the last 3-4 weeks - on amoxicillin twice, now taking a zpac for suspected tonsillitis... Do I need them removed?

Grade: If your tonsils are swollen to grade 3 or 4, you might want to see an ent, md right away. Also, if your tonsils block your airway, it would be important to get is checked out right away. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has enlarged tonsillitis. Dr says antibiotics won't work. He has to get them removed. I want all ideas to cure him naturally only. Thanks?

My 3 year old has enlarged tonsillitis. Dr says antibiotics won't work. He has to get them removed. I want all ideas to cure him naturally only. Thanks?

No Known Natural: For enlarged tonsils the only natural cure is time and patience to see if they shrink. If the child is not sick and has no sleep apnea or breathing problems, you may be able to give it some time. But there is no natural remedy. ...Read more

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My 4 yr old constantly gets tonsillitis every few month how do I no she will need her tonsils removed?

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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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 you tell me if on each side and I had my tonsils and adenoids removed about 2-3 years ago so can it be tonsillitis?

Can you tell me if on each side and I had my tonsils and adenoids removed about 2-3 years ago so can it be 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 tonsil stones cause tonsillitis? I have a tonsil stone that cannot be removed & tonsils are producing green tonsil stones. Should I worry?

Can tonsil stones cause tonsillitis? I have a tonsil stone that cannot be removed & tonsils are producing green tonsil stones. Should I worry?

Yes and no: Tonsillitis is an inflammation of tonsils and certainly can be triggered by tonsil stones. If they cause discomfort, pl see an ENT for proper advice on ongoing preventive care and regular assessment. Feel better. ...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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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?

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

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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!!

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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How to tell if you need your tonsils removed? My tonsils are so big you can't see down my throat and I'm sure I'm getting tonsillitis

How to tell if you need your tonsils removed? My tonsils are so big you can't see down my throat and I'm sure I'm getting tonsillitis

ENT: Have your doctor refer you to an Ear, Nose, Throat specialist to further evaluate your tonsils. There are certain criteria that will permit the ENT physicians to proceed with tonsillectomy. ...Read more

Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more