Will having your tonsils out help prevent throat infections?

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Arlen D. Meyers, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)

When to remove tonsils continues to be contoversial. The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (professional assn for ear nose and throat doctors) recently issued some guidelines. To see them , check www.entnet.org.

If you have a tonsillectomy for recurrent tonsillitis, it will usually lessen the number and severity of infections, but not necessarily eliminate sore throats,since you can still get colds or pharyngitis.

 

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