Should I have my tonsils removed if I keep getting viral throat infection?

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For many years doctors recommended a tonsillectomy for recurring viral throat infection. This is a less common practice today, but doctors will perform surgery to remove tonsils if complications arise in the tonsils from frequent sore throats. For most children, recurring viral throat infection will not require surgery. If your child experiences more than a few bouts of tonsillitis related to viral throat infection within a year or two, surgery may be considered.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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