Tonsils are collections of lymphoid tissue that are located at the back of the throat. They act as the first line of defense against inhaled viruses, bacteria, and other disease-causing germs and organisms. The tonsils trap germs and create antibodies to help your immune system mount a defense against the invaders.
Given that tonsils are regularly exposed to disease-causing organisms, they occasionally succumb to infection themselves. When tonsils become infected, they swell and become inflamed; this condition is known as tonsillitis.
Additional symptoms of tonsillitis may include:
Properly functioning tonsils are an important part of a healthy immune system, so every reasonable effort should be made to keep them healthy and intact. If your tonsils become infected, your Ogden Clinic ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician will likely perform a throat swab. If the throat swab detects bacteria, your physician will prescribe antibiotics to cure the infection.
If you continue to suffer from chronic or recurring tonsillitis (three or more times per year), your Ogden Clinic ENT might recommend surgery for the removal of your tonsils (tonsillectomy).
Your Ogden Clinic ENT will perform the tonsillectomy as an outpatient procedure lasting between 30 and 45 minutes. You’ll likely be able to go home within four hours after the procedure is complete.