When I was 7, I had a sore throat but downplayed it to my parents because it was summer and I thought they might not let me go swimming. After a couple of weeks, it turned into a huge infection with high fever, hallucinations, vomiting, and all kinds of nasty stuff. This permanently damaged my tonsils. However, it was 1980 and tonsillectomies were no longer in fashion.
I had strep throat (not just testing positive for the bacteria, but incapacitating fever and dizziness and aching and throat so swollen I couldn't eat solids) 2-6 times a year for the next 12 years. There were two years when I missed >25% of school days. When I was 18, I got mononeucleosis, and my throat swelled to the point that I couldn't swallow liquids and had trouble breathing. I dropped to 99 pounds, and I am 5'8". The only reason I wasn't hospitalized was my parents' fear of secondary infection. At that point, the dr. agreed the tonsils needed to come out, but it couldn't happen until the swelling went most of the way down. That took 14 months.
I had my tonsils removed 10 years ago last month. Since then, I've been sick (not counting colds too minor to keep me home from work) exactly 5 times. It's true that every illness I've had has gone into my lungs and had me coughing up gunk for a couple of weeks, which never happened to that extent before my surgery. But I haven't had strep once, and it is so wonderful to be sick only once in a while instead of every few weeks!!!
I don't know anything about apnea. But for recurrent strep with problematic tonsil swelling, I think tonsillectomy may be the way to go.
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