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Can I develop tonsillitis as an adult?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Yes, it's possible that you can develop tonsillitis as an adult, although it occurs infrequently. Tonsillitis is primarily a childhood issue. In youngsters, the tonsils act as part of the immune system, but that changes as you age. And tonsillectomies, which were once very common, are not performed on young children as often, so if you still have your tonsils as an adult, you might still get tonsillitis.

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