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Few illnesses cause the kind of constant discomfort as a sore throat. Illnesses that cause scratchy, dry, just simply painful throat conditions can make eating, drinking, talking, and even breathing difficult or uncomfortable. Despite popular perception, recurrent sore throats don’t just affect young kids, as millions of adults suffer from regular bacterial conditions that cause inflamed tonsils.

If you suffer from frequent bouts of tonsillitis, a condition that causes swollen and sore tissue to develop at the back of the throat, or other chronic sore throat condition, the results of a new study conducted by Finish researchers at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oulu offers some advice. Researchers suggest that removing your tonsils could offer some much needed relief, and significantly reduce the number of illnesses you experience yearly.

Clearing the Throat

In addition to the pain and discomfort, individuals who suffer from reoccurring throat infections have a higher risk of developing resistances to antibiotics and of enjoying a low quality of life.

Fortunately for adults who fall into this category, researchers have discovered that any adult patient who suffers from pharyngitis (extremely sore throat) of the palatine tonsils at least three or more times a year benefited greatly from undergoing a tonsillectomy.

Individuals who underwent the surgery experienced a significant decrease in the number of bouts of tonsil inflammation they suffered from annually and had their symptoms last fewer days when they did get ill when compared to study participants who did not have their tonsils removed. Ultimately, this resulted in individuals enjoying a higher quality of life, as participants missed fewer days of both school and work, made less frequent medical visits, and enjoyed greater overall health after undergoing a tonsillectomy.

One of the reasons doctors frequently recommend children who suffer from chronic sore throats have their tonsils removed is that no one ever regrets undergoing the surgery. In addition to avoiding bacterial infections, individuals who have their tonsils removed no longer need to worry about the body spending energy to fight off the bacteria that routinely collects in the tonsils. Even if this bacteria never results in you feeling ill, the energy required by the immune system to fight off a potential infection can cause you to feel frequently tired and rundown.

As part of the study, researchers assigned randomly which of the 86 patients involved in the study would undergo tonsillectomy and which would keep their tonsils.

After the first five months following the surgery, none of the participants who underwent a tonsillectomy experienced a sore throat, while three percent of study participants who didn’t undergo the surgery had at least one bout of tonsil inflammation. Further more, researchers found that only four percent of participants who had the surgery needed to visit a doctor for sore throat compared to 43 percent who didn’t have the surgery. Additionally, while 80 percent of the cases involving participants who kept their tonsils resulted in pharyngitis, only 39 percent of those who underwent the surgery suffered from an acute sore throat.

Weighing the Risks

In most cases, doctors consider a tonsillectomy as a routine procedure that carries very little risk. However, the one condition that can arise is an increased bleeding from the tonsils shortly after the surgery is performed. While problematic early, this symptom tends to heal rather quickly.

Timothy Lemke is a freelance health and science writer. To read more of his work, visit the website of API/AMS, a CNC machining  Hillsboro shop.


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