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Do I need to get my tonsils removed?

By Anonymous August 26, 2012 - 5:19am
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As a child I never once had tonsillitis however in the past year- 18 months I've had it at least 5-6 times and also had a viral infection of the throat that lasted over a month, all I did my constantly cough until I vomited. Would having them removed help?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  This is something your health care provider or ENT will decide.  Before surgery,some doctors choose to try antibiotic treatment first. In some cases like

  • Fever of 101 degrees F (38.3 degrees C) or higher.
  • Enlarged or tender lymph nodes in the neck.
  • A pus-like coating, known as exudate, covering the tonsils or the surrounding throat area.
  • Evidence that the infection is streptococcal in origin

Surgery will be needed.  But the one to make that final decision is your ENT. 

Here are some resources for you

Tonsillectomy - Strep Throat Info



August 26, 2012 - 10:55am
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