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i don't want my tonsils to be removed.What should i do?

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I am having infected tonsils from over a month,and i am regularly on my medications,but still my throat is not getting better.Doctor has suggested to remove the tonsils,but i don't want my tonsils to be removed.What should i do?(Also i had Tuberculosis 3 yrs back,and there is a swollen gland in my throat since then ,which i think causes this.)
Also can this infection spread to some other parts?

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replied December 1st, 2013
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A45225
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Actually the chronic tonsillitis could be causing the swollen gland. Also, since you have recurrent tonsillitis, please rule out allergy and gastric reflux as the cause of inflammation. If the swollen tonsil is not accompanied by fever, then it is unlikely to be infective. If there is recurrent fever, sore throat and swollen tonsil, then removing the tonsil may help.

Otherwise taking care of your throat: doing gargles daily with warm water, avoiding too cold/sour and sticky things at night and eating healthy may help educe the incidences. Please discuss this with an ENT specialist and take a second opinion before opting for the operation. Hope this helps. Take care!

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