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Will removing my son's tonsils improve his allergies?

Will removing my son's tonsils improve his allergies?

No: Removing the tonsils won't change your sons allergies. However, they might help some of the symptoms. If your son snores badly and he is allergic, sometimes his snoring and airway symptoms might be in part due to allergies and in part due to his tonsils. Removing the tonsils might therefore be thought to help his "allergies.". ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Do kids with allergies ever need tonsils removed?

Do kids with allergies ever need tonsils removed?

Rarely: Some may benefit from tonsillectomy if they develop sleep apnea symptoms in early to middle childhood. Most allergic kids will not. ...Read more

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Can large tonsils be attributed to seasonal allergies?

Can large tonsils be attributed to seasonal allergies?

Unlikely: It is common to see children with chronic nasal congestion have enlarged tonsils and adenoids, some of them have allergies too, but one usually does not lead to the other. ...Read more

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Tonsils seem to accumulate allergy drainage. Can pop out pea sized 'things' almost once a week. Should i consult a dr to get my tonsils removed?

Tonsils seem to accumulate allergy drainage. Can pop out pea sized 'things' almost once a week. Should i consult a dr to get my tonsils removed?

Tonsil stones : This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the area with a soft brush, or using a water pik to dislodge them. Sometimes the tonsils may become chronically infected, painful, or swollen. Then it may be time to consider removal. You should see an otolaryngologist and discuss. ...Read more

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Will taking out my tonsils and adenoids help my allergies?

Will taking out my tonsils and adenoids help my allergies?

Not likely: Indications for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are usually for recurrent infections or obstruction (ents please feel free to expand). Treatment for allergies is directed at avoidance measures (as practical), medications and allergy injections. ...Read more