Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Ahh… the dreaded strep throat.  My eleven-year-old daughter has suffered multiple cases in the last three years.  So many that they have finally decided to take out her tonsils.  In fact, she is scheduled for a tonsillectomy today.  We’re both looking forward to and dreading the procedure.  Dreading the pain and recovery time, but looking forward to the infection free life she will hopefully have after the procedure.

Why do we even have tonsils?  It is thought that tonsils capture incoming infections in the first few years of life.  The tonsils, which are comprised of glandular tissue, then help develop antibodies against bacteria and viruses.  After the first few years of life, they are not really needed anymore.  In fact, studies show that after tonsil removal, patients don’t incur more infections than someone who keeps their tonsils.

So, it appears that tonsils serve a purpose early in life, but after they complete their duties, they don’t provide any more protection.  Aren’t our bodies fascinating?

Valerie J Connor, MA CCC-SLP, CHES

Source:  http://www.entassociates.com/tonsils.htm


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