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Need tonsils removed?
An_248376 posted:
Several times a year I get "yellow puss" on my tonsils, I end up with a sore throat and burning ear drums. When this occurs, I can feel the lumps of puss with the back of my tongue (it feels scratchy) and I can see it when I look in the mirror. These Puss spots stay on for 3-4 days then fall or are coughed off and leave a sunken area on my tonsils. A nurse told me that my tonsils were "rotting away". This is happening to me right now, and it's aggravating!! Should I have my tonsils removed?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Based solely on the information in your posting, I really could not tell you if you were a tonsillectomy candidate or not. You would need to see an ENT for a hands-on examination and an evaluation of your medical history as it pretains to your tonsils. Tonsils are only removed if: 1) Their size interferes with breathing or eating, 2) recurrent (and documented) Strep infection, 3) proven Strep carrier, 4) peritonsillar abscess.
Momof1DD replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
thank you!!

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