When it comes to warding off viruses and bacteria that come in through your mouth, your tonsils can provide you with the protection you need.1
The tonsils are two lymph nodes found on the sides at the back of your throat that contain immune cell-produced antibodies, helpful in killing germs and preventing throat and lung infections.2 Sometimes, the tonsils can become infected, resulting in tonsillitis.
Repetitive cases of tonsillitis can call for a tonsillectomy, a surgical procedure done to remove the tonsils.3,4
You Could Still Have Strep Throat Even If You Don’t Have Tonsils
Some people think that once they have their tonsils removed, they’re immune to diseases like strep throat, but this is not the case. Children or adults who have their tonsils removed can still be diagnosed with strep throat.
They can also suffer from symptoms of an “isolated infection of the throat,” according to Steady Health.
Their only “advantages” over people who still have their tonsils are the lower risk of having the disease, and the fact that the tonsils can no longer be a potential source of the bacterial infection.5,6,7
Your Throat’s Structure Makes All the Difference
But how does this happen? It hasto do with the structure inside your throat. As noted in an article in Enki Village, there are four main clusters of lymph tissues in the throat: the pharyngeal tonsils, Eustachian tube tonsils, lingual tonsils and palatine toils.
The back of your throat is surrounded by a band of tissue called Waldeyer’s ring. If any of these tissues are infected by group A streptococcus bacteria, it can cause strep throat and bring about all the pain that goes with it.8
It’s safe to say that no one is 100 percent “protected” from strep throat. But there are different techniques you and your loved ones can practice in order to prevent strep throat from wreaking havoc on your system.
You can also avert further sickness by increasing your vitamin C intake, whether from real food or supplements, and optimizing your vitamin D levels by going out the sun.
As far as hygiene goes, ditch the anti-bacterial soap and use a gentle and triclosan-free soap when washing your hands to stop bacteria from spreading.