Suffering from enlarged or sore tonsils is a very frustrating and painful thing. Having enlarged and/or sore tonsils may cause you to have difficulty eating, breathing and drinking. If a person has chronic tonsil issues, it may be time to visit an ENT (Ears, Nose, Throat doctor). The ENT will administer a number of tests that will allow him or her to determine the issue your tonsils are having. Sometimes it may just be a bacterial issue that will clear up, but other times it is just something that forces your tonsils to have to be removed.
The tonsils and adenoids are a mass of immune cells found in your lymph glands. Having infected or enlarged tonsils or adenoids may cause a person to have bad breath, sleep apnea, ear pain, difficulty swallowing, loud snoring and other similar symptoms. Your ENT may suggest a tonsillectomy which is the removal of the tonsils permanently. A tonsillectomy is usually advised to be done when the patient is younger, but clearly, that is not always the case. Along with a tonsillectomy, your doctor might suggest and adenoidectomy. The tonsils and adenoids do a lot of things together medical support group.
Before making the final decision of removing the tonsils, it is important to keep in mind some risk factors.