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Is it ok to get reoccurring tonssil infections?
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Tonsillitis
All children get recurrent tonsillitis as they develop their own immunity.
The rule of thumb for school age children is to consider having the tonsils removed if they have more than 5 tonsil infections in a year and are missing a lot of school. Adults can make their own decision about whether their recurrent infections are sufficiently interfering with their life to try surgery.

In brief: Tonsillitis
All children get recurrent tonsillitis as they develop their own immunity.
The rule of thumb for school age children is to consider having the tonsils removed if they have more than 5 tonsil infections in a year and are missing a lot of school. Adults can make their own decision about whether their recurrent infections are sufficiently interfering with their life to try surgery.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: Not really
At your age, having constant tonsil infections can be problematic.
I'd recommend seeing an ENT to evaluate you for possibly having them removed.

In brief: Not really
At your age, having constant tonsil infections can be problematic.
I'd recommend seeing an ENT to evaluate you for possibly having them removed.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dr. Kevin Owoc
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: NO
Recurring tonsil infections pose two problems one is medical and the other is social.
There are strict criteria for when to recommend tonsillectomy (5 infections in 1 year); (3 infections in two consecutive years); (2 infections per year over 3 or more years). Any patient with + strep regardless of above should consider tonsillectomy because streptococcus cause other issues related to toxins.

In brief: NO
Recurring tonsil infections pose two problems one is medical and the other is social.
There are strict criteria for when to recommend tonsillectomy (5 infections in 1 year); (3 infections in two consecutive years); (2 infections per year over 3 or more years). Any patient with + strep regardless of above should consider tonsillectomy because streptococcus cause other issues related to toxins.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Patrick Melder
The second issue (social) is usually more of an issue for an adult but it can also be an issue for children as well: missing a lot of school even with one or two infections may be a reason to consider tonsillectomy. Snoring and apnea in children is another reason to consider tonsillectomy (adenoidectomy). Bottom line - there are risks of surgery and this needs to be weighed with the other factors.
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