Can you get strep throat without tonsils and adenoids?
Is Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy (T&A) Useful in Strep Throat Treatment? And,
Can you get strep without tonsils? Are related. In this article, we are going to discuss facts about tonsils and adenoids. In the end, you will be in a position to answer all the able questions by yourself.
To determine if tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy – an elective surgical procedure to remove tonsils and adenoids to prevent respiratory system infections – is useful or not, you have to understand what they are, what they do and how they relate with the respiratory system. Let’s get started.
Tonsils are small organs at the back of the human throat that are a part of the human immune system. They produce white blood cells and antibodies that help in preventing throat and respiratory organs infections. They also help in trapping bacteria and viruses you may breathe through the mouth.
Adenoids are also immune system organs found on the upper part, on the back of the nasal cavity. Like tonsils, they help in trapping virus and bacteria getting your respiratory system through your nose. They also produce antibodies that help fight bacteria and viruses.
The tonsils and Adenoid relations with strep throat
While the tonsils are the first line of defence as part of the immune system, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, bacteria such as streptococcus, bacteria that causes strep throat, easily infect them. The infections lead to tonsils inflammation and white pustules.
If the infections are not treated during the early stage, they may lead to Rheumatic fever, which in serious condition can lead to permanent heart damage.
Your doctor may recommend Tonsillectomy or Adenoidectomy if you experience recurring strep throat. However, the removal procedure does not guarantee immunity against of strep throat. The process may help reduce occurrence and severity. Note that the procedure is surgical and may have side effects like other surgeries.