Recurring strep throat: When is tonsillectomy useful?

Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics. If a child has six or more severe throat infections in one year, his or her doctor might suggest surgery to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy). To be considered severe, each throat infection must meet at least one of the following conditions: Children can still get strep throat after having their tonsils removed. But for some children with recurring strep throat, tonsillectomy reduces the frequency and severity of strep throat infections. However, many children tend to stop having recurring strep throat as they get older...

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