25th November 2019


Do your tonsils disappear as you get older?

Tonsils are merely lymph glands at the back of the throat. Under normal circumstances, the tonsils grow during the pre-teen years. Then, starting about the age of 12 or so, they begin to shrink. The reasons for this are not completely understood but, by adulthood, most people's tonsils are relatively small.

In this regard, is it worth getting your tonsils removed?

It is still possible to get strep throat or a similar infection after having your tonsils removed. Nevertheless, the majority of people either stop having infections or don't have as many. If you do get an infection after a tonsillectomy, the infection is usually not as severe as it would have been before the surgery.

Why do people have their tonsils removed?

The tonsils usually swell a bit and get red when that's happening. The connection between tonsils doing their job and strep throats is that a common cause of tonsillitis in children is a strep infection. Before we had antibiotics, removing the tonsils was one way to combat recurrent strep infections.

What are the side effects of having your tonsils removed?

The Risks. Aside from some life-threatening complications, there are also some expected tonsillectomy side effects. Many people experience nausea and vomiting, throat pain, difficulty swallowing, low grade fever, bad breath, earaches and fatigue.
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