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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)

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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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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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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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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