When is it time to have your tonsils removed?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

There are a number of reasons to take out the tonsils.  Tonsillectomy is usually indicated if you have recurrent infections of the tonsils, like more than 5-7 episodes a year or experience complications of enlarged tonsils like breathing problems or rare disease of the tonsils.  Your tonsils are important.  They produce white blood cells and act as a first line of defense against infections of the mouth; but if you’re having problems they may need to come out.  Talk to your doctor or an ear, nose and throat specialist about whether or not you’re a candidate to have them removed.  Recovery will take about a week.


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