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a young girl is getting her throat inspected by a doctor at a checkupIt is more common for a child under the age of 18-years-old to need a tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils) than an older adult. This is because a child’s immune system may not be as developed and has trouble fighting the bacteria that enters the mouth. Discover three common reasons why you or your child may need a tonsillectomy.

Snoring Issues

Snoring can be a sign of a condition that causes your breathing to pause for a concerning amount of time. Sleep apnea is often characterized by a gasping sound and loud snoring. Because of the airway obstruction, many people experience low-quality sleep and fatigue during the day. A tonsillectomy is commonly recommended, as enlarged tonsils can be the culprit of airway obstruction in children.

Frequent Infections

When your tonsils are functioning properly, they capture bacteria before it goes down your throat. Your tonsils will dispose of the bacteria appropriately and your health is better because of it. However, if your tonsils are unable to capture the bacteria and instead harboring the bacteria, frequent infections are likely. The best treatment for this issue is to remove your tonsils, further eliminating your chances of experiencing tonsillitis.

Abscesses or Tumors

Although not as common as snoring or infections, some people experience abscesses or tumors on their tonsils. To ensure they do not create future problems, a tonsillectomy is recommended.

How Our Doctors Can Help with a Tonsillectomy

Our team of doctors want to help your little one live a healthy life! One of the ways this can be accomplished is by eliminating the culprit of sleep apnea, frequent infections, or tumors. After determining exactly what is causing your child’s symptoms, we will discuss your options and answer any questions you have. If your child needs a tonsillectomy, you can be confident that he is in the best hands! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.