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Is it possible to get a tonsil infection after having your tonsils out?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

There are "tonsils" that live behind the tongue called "lingual tonsils".
These can also become infected. It is unusual, but does happen.

In brief: Yes

There are "tonsils" that live behind the tongue called "lingual tonsils".
These can also become infected. It is unusual, but does happen.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Russell Faust
Also, what many people assume is tonsillitis may simply be "pharyngitis", and a tonsillectomy will not prevent you from future pharyngitis - you will still experience sore throats (sorry).
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
And even without tonsils, you can get a sore throat that hurts pretty badly!
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No-unless...

Can't get a tonsil infection if you do not have any tonsils.
Only thing is if the surgery did not remove all of the tonsillar tissue.

In brief: No-unless...

Can't get a tonsil infection if you do not have any tonsils.
Only thing is if the surgery did not remove all of the tonsillar tissue.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: No

It is very rare to get a primary tonsil infection after the removal and recovery from tonsil surgery.

In brief: No

It is very rare to get a primary tonsil infection after the removal and recovery from tonsil surgery.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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Dr. Patrick Melder
If there is any residual tonsil ... then technically you can get tonsillitis again... very uncommon.
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