A couple of tonsil questions
I am considering having my tonsils removed but I am a little apprehensive about losing them since they seem to be a pretty important part of the immune system. I realize that many people have this operation and lead healthy lives after, but aren't the tonsils important in filtering out the bacteria and viruses? Won't the bacteria just be free to make its way into the lungs?
I have had a swollen right tonsil for about 3 months now. I had a strep test and a culture done and both came back negative. I went to an ENT who gave me some antibiotics and told me that if they didn't go down I would probably need to have them taken out. I took the antibiotics but the swelling is still there.
While my tonsils do not necessarily hurt, there is some discomfort. And it seems like I am having more problems then usual with my throat and nose. I had a weird soar throat near my Adam's apple, which has never happened before. I have also had a couple of soars in my nostril and on my nose. Plus I just do not feel 100% lately, although I am not convinced that this last part isn't in my head.
I guess I am wondering if I should keep the tonsils or have them removed for piece of mind. I just can't seem to make up my mind. In any event, thanks in advance for any and all advice.
Last edited by Charlieguy; 12-05-2010 at 12:01 AM.