Are you experiencing a lot of pain on one side of the throat? Do you have a lot of trouble swallowing food? Well, you are most likely suffering from a tonsil infection, also referred to as tonsillitis.
You can opt for home remedies or medicinal treatment to handle the infection but tonsillectomy might be the ultimate resort to clear the infection completely.
Keep in mind that tonsillectomy is one of the popular minor surgeries performed on children; it can also be done on adults. For instance, are you missing work regularly or unable to perform your daily chores because of recurring tonsillitis or sore throat?
Well, you can remove the tonsils through the tonsillectomy procedure effortlessly. Here is how you can know whether or not you should get a tonsillectomy.
Signs That You Need To Remove Your Tonsils
Tonsils are lymph nodes located on both sides of the neck to the back. They are part of the immune system and assist in fighting infections in the body. However, you can lead a normal and healthy life with your tonsils out.
Since tonsillitis is a common infection among children, tonsillectomy is often performed on children but can benefit adults whenever necessary especially in the following situations.
1. Chronic Tonsillitis
You are likely going to experience tonsillitis when your tonsils are inflamed because of an infection. Along with the infection, you will experience symptoms such as fever and sore throat making it tough to swallow.
Viral infections such as measles and herpes simplex can cause tonsillitis but bacterial infections cause at least 30% of tonsil infections. That’s why tonsillitis if often treated with antibiotics. If it is dangerous or chronic, the infection can only be treated using tonsillectomy.
Note that, the infection will be considered dangerous if you get it more than 5 times a year or about 3 times within a period of 2 years. A research study identified that people who have their tonsils taken out have a lower incidence of the infection recurring than those with their tonsils intact.
Additionally, those who have had tonsillectomy are less likely to suffer from sore throat and related illnesses than those who still have their tonsils.
2. Problems With Antibiotics
Do you have a tonsil infection that is not responding to antibiotics? Do you have allergies to antibiotics? Well, in these situations tonsillectomy is the best choice to treat any tonsil infections.
Additionally, if your body has built up a tolerance to antibiotics, you can treat it by having the tonsils removed.
3. Enlarged Tonsils
Are your tonsils enlarged? Do you have trouble swallowing anything? Do you have trouble sleeping? Note that, with enlarged tonsils, you are likely going to experience sleep apnea, a sleeping condition where you will have a lot of difficulty breathing when you are asleep.
Therefore, you can remove the tonsils and treat the condition accordingly. Children with enlarged tonsils often suffer from sleep apnea and tonsillectomy is the best cure for the issue in this case.
4. Abnormal Growths
Many incidences have been reported of people suffering from cancer of the tonsils. That’s because it has been associated with HPV (the human papilloma virus). The virus can cause cancerous growths in the back of the throat, especially in the tonsils and at the base of the tongue.
Tonsillectomy can be performed to rule out cancer since it is recommended when there is a concern about the mass found in the tonsils or asymmetry, trouble swallowing or if you are experiencing chronic pain on one side of your throat. If there is an indication of cancer, we take the tonsils out immediately.
When Is The Right Time To Visit The Doctor
It is quite common to get a sore throat but it is tough to know the right time to visit your doctor. However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms outlined below, you need to make an appointment immediately.
a) Pain on one side of your throat
b) Difficult or pain when swallowing
d) Hoarse voice
e) A yellow or whitish coating on the tonsils
f) Swollen or enlarged lymph nodes or the glands found in the back of the neck
g) A recurring or severe sore throat
The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia and takes about an hour. There are a few risks such as infection or bleeding but they are quite rare.