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What increases my risk for tonsillitis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Adults rarely get tonsillitis, due to changes in the tonsils after puberty. Children are more at risk for tonsillitis into their teen years. Exposure to everyday germs and bacteria at school or with playmates increases a child's risk for developing tonsillitis. Additionally, exposure to someone who has developed tonsillitis after a strep throat infection may increase the risk of getting tonsillitis.

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