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Years ago, young children had their tonsils removed. Surgery was once the standard treatment for tonsillitis, an inflammation of the tonsils caused by a viral or bacterial infection. It commonly occurs in preschool and school age children.

Many had their healthy tonsils removed without even having inflammation; just because the doctor recommended it.

Tonsillitis typically causes a child’s tonsils to become visibly red and swollen. You may also notice patches of white discharge on infected tonsils.

Symptoms of tonsillitis include:

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