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Can you get strep throat without tonsils?

It is possible to get strep throat after you’ve had your tonsils removed, although there is some evidence that you may get it less often . Strep throat is when bacteria called group A Streptococcus (group A strep) infect your throat and tonsils. Once you’ve had your tonsils removed (tonsillectomy) the bacteria can no longer infect them but can still infect your throat. What you can’t get after you’ve had your tonsils removed is tonsillitis — what doctors call an infection of the tonsils regardless of the cause. Most cases of tonsillitis are caused by a virus, but when it’s caused by bacteria, the culprit is usually streptococcus, or strep.

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