Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What Are Tonsils Good For?

Tonsils are no longer routinely removed, even in cases of tonsillitis.


Getting your tonsils removed used to be a common childhood ritual — and a great excuse to eat ice cream.
It turns out, however, that tonsils play an important role in preventing future infections.

Tonsils are twin round lumps sitting in the back of the throat, while adenoids – which, like tonsils, are part of the lymphatic system – sit behind the nose and the roof of the mouth. 

Together, tonsils and adenoids prevent infection by stopping germs from entering through the mouth and nose.

In tonsillitis, the tonsils become infected, swelling up and becoming sore. Tonsillitis can lead to problems including headaches, difficulty swallowing and bad breath. In rare cases, the condition can progress to rheumatic fever.

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