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Tonsillitis (cont.)

What about surgery for tonsil problems (tonsillectomy)?

In certain people with acute or chronic tonsillitis, a peritonsillar abscess can develop. This condition generally requires needle aspiration or incision and drainage in order to drain the pus and cure the condition. It can usually be done in an office setting.

Surgical removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) is sometimes recommended for certain people with chronic tonsillitis, recurrent tonsillitis not responsive to antibiotics, or difficulty breathing because of enlarged tonsils. An ENT specialist is consulted for treatment of these people.

What is the aftercare for tonsillitis?

  • Make sure to follow-up on all the tests your health-care professional performs and take all of the medications prescribed until finished.
  • Children and adults are not contagious 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment for strep throat. The child or adult can return to school or work after this period of time while taking the antibiotic.
  • If symptoms persist or get worse, contact a health-care professional.
  • If you have had a surgical procedure performed, follow-up with your specialist as directed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/30/2015
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In the first century AD, Celsus described tonsillectomy performed with sharp tools and followed by rinses with vinegar and other medicinals.

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