Reasons You Might Need a Tonsillectomy

A Tonsillectomy Might Be The Right Treatment For You 

Your tonsils are an important part of your immune system. They are clusters of lymphatic cells that function to fight off infection and prevent things from entering into your lungs. Unfortunately, there are times when tonsils can’t fight off certain bacteria and viruses, which often leads to tonsillitis. People who experience recurrent tonsillitis or other tonsil problems should consider a tonsillectomy, which is a procedure where the tonsils are removed. People who experience multiple bouts of tonsillitis during a one year period should seriously review the benefits of a tonsillectomy. Learn about the causes and symptoms of tonsillitis as well as the treatment and recovery process involved with a tonsillectomy to see if it is the right choice for you.

What Causes Tonsillitis? 

As previously mentioned, tonsillitis occurs as a result of bacterial and viral infections. One of the most common types of bacteria is the one that causes strep throat, also known as Streptococcus pyogenes. 

Symptoms of Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis can cause a multitude of uncomfortable symptoms. Common symptoms include inflamed tonsils, redness, soreness of throat, painful and difficulty with swallowing, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and white spots. Other tonsil issues can cause tonsil stones, snoring, and trouble with sleeping. 

Tonsillitis Treatment 

There are different types of treatments for tonsillitis depending on the infection and the severity. These include viral treatments, bacterial treatments, and tonsillectomies. 

 Viral Treatment 

If the infection is due to a virus, you’ll have to let it run its course. To help with the inflammation and pain, you can try at-home treatments like drinking extra fluids, taking over-the-counter medications, and other common methods for recovering from viruses. 

 Bacterial Treatment 

Tonsillitis caused by a bacterial infection calls for antibiotics. To ensure that the infection goes away, it is important that you take the medication as prescribed. 

 Tonsillectomy Procedure and Recovery

People who frequently suffer from chronic tonsillitis or illnesses like strep throat are good candidates for a tonsillectomy. Luckily, our bodies can still function properly without tonsils because of the other glands and lymph nodes we have to fight of infection. This procedure is commonly performed in the United States, mostly treating children, but adults can undergo it as well. The surgery takes about 45 minutes and is done in an operating room. The tonsils are removed through the mouth. The recovery process may be different for each individual patient. Children typically recover a lot quicker, while it can take adults about two weeks. It is important to rest, hydrate with fluids and popsicles, and take the medication as prescribed by your doctor following the surgery. You may feel pain in your ear, which is normal. Some other things that may occur post-operation include a white fluffy appearance at the back of the throat, mouth odor, and a change in voice. 

Make an Appointment With Breathe Clear Institute

If you or a loved one are experiencing frequent tonsillitis or tonsil problems, a tonsillectomy may be the best solution. With the procedure, you’ll be able to reduce the number of sore throats and uncomfortable symptoms associated with tonsillitis. To find out if this procedure is right for you, contact Breathe Clear Institute today to schedule an appointment. We will help you get the relief you need.