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What is the purpose of the tonsils?

The tonsils are part of the body's defense system. Because of their location at the throat and palate, they have a kind of guardian function. They come into contact with germs especially soon after they enter through the mouth or the nose. This allows them to activate the immune system early.

Moreover, why do you need your tonsils?

As part of the immune system, the tonsils fight infection; they are first line of defense in the throat, and when they are doing their job fighting infections, you get a sore throat. The connection between tonsils doing their job and strep throats is that a common cause of tonsillitis in children is a strep infection.

What happens if you do not remove your tonsils?

That's when your tonsils, in the back of your throat, get sore and infected. If tonsillitis happens to you a lot, the doctor may suggest you have an operation to remove your tonsils. The surgery to remove tonsils is called a tonsillectomy (say: tahn-suh-LEK-tuh-mee).

How much does it cost to have your tonsils taken out?

For those not covered by health insurance, a tonsillectomy -- with or without an adenoidectomy -- typically costs from $4,153 to $6,381, with an average cost of $5,442, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
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