Can Your Tonsils Grow Back? The Answer Is Yes

If you just had a tonsillectomy you may be asking yourself: “can your tonsils grow back?”. Before trying to answer this question you should make sure that you know what tonsils are exactly. They are formations of lymphoid tissue that are situated in the aero-digestive tract.

In common speech the term tonsils refers to the palatine tonsils that are situated in the back of your throat, but there are two other types of them. The adenoid is a collection of lymphoid tissue in the back of the nasal cavity. Lingual tonsils are located in the posterior region of your tongue.

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They have a very important role in immunity, especially for children. At a young age, they have the role of teaching your body what is foreign to it and what is not.

After that, they play a major role in the making of antibodies. Also the most common question people ask is: ”can tonsils grow back when strep throat is present?” the answer is yes, in fact some doctors suggest that frequent occurrences of strep throat promote it regeneration.

When is a tonsillectomy necessary?tonsils grow back after surgery

Their important role in immunity makes them sensitive to bacteria which lead to infections and inflammation. Some people have extremely sensitive tonsils that, when swollen, obstruct the airways. If the obstruction is small, you can have a partial tonsils surgery as to not remove the entire tonsil.

This is the perfect time to ask: can your tonsils expand back? The answer is yes, especially for kids. After a period of time their almonds will start to regenerate.

But can tonsils expand back in adults? The answer here is: maybe. Sometimes, if the remaining tonsil tissue gets overly excited by a chronic allergy or a period with often colds, it will respond by activating its regenerative capacity.

What is a tonsillectomy?

tonsillectomy necessaryTonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that removes, partially or completely, your almonds.

Now you may be asking “how can your almonds expand back?” and especially “how can they  expand back after surgery if they where completely removed?”.

The answer to these questions is quite simple:

even in a complete tonsils surgery some lymphoid tissue remains which, in time, can regenerate in a neo-tonsil.

How often it happens for tonsils to grow back?

There are a lot of people out there that ask how often do almonds expand again. Well this is a hard question which doesn’t have an absolute answer.

For example if you look for how long dose it take for toenails to expand again, you will find an exact answer like 0.1mm a day. But for almonds the answer is a lot more complicated because there are a lot of circumstances variable that influence it regeneration and even doctors have disputes regarding this subject.

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  • Updated April 14, 2017
NOREEN GRANARD - March 11, 2016

Just been to the doctor today to discover I have tonsillitas,a surprise for me as I had them removed 44 years ago. I was not aware that they could grow again. Thank you for your article.

    Dawn - September 7, 2016

    I was in a similar situation 3 months ago. My doctor told me I had puss on my tonsils. My reaction was that I didn’t have tonsils. I had them removed 31 years ago.
    Nope they can grow back. And just my look I grow back infected ones.

    tammy - January 26, 2017

    Yeah same here 44 yrs old and doctor told me the same thing

    Madeleine Sharp - December 1, 2017

    Hello, I had mine completely removed in 1992 when I was just a little girl of 11 years old…..that was a long 27 years ago! Now, I have the Flu and my tonsils seem to grown back! No WONDER my throat is so sore 🙁

Jackie - December 3, 2016

I had my tonsils removed at the very late age of 41 after several years of infections, swelling and tonsil stones, and just today only 4 years later I had to have my left tonsil that grew back, removed again which apparently the tissue went very deep, almost to my main artery, which my surgeon is assuming it grew back because it went too deep before. So I now have a very deep painful hole, which hopefully will heal well and be the end of this!

    Angel - March 9, 2017

    I had mine removed at 23. It healed incorrectly and I had an eraser size hole in the back on the right side of my throat. I happened to be at the dentist -43 now and I made a comment about the hole. Hygienist thought I was crazy when I told her and low and behold they have grown back! OriginIlly it hurt so bad and took two months to heal. At the time I had Kaiser and had to fight with them to take them out after being constantly sick with toncilitus. In the recovery room the same surgeon returned to tell me I was right I was carrying toncilitus. I’m back now to soar throats and feeling like crap all the time. Going to ENT to be checked out. Better insurance this go around! Not sure after having experienced them being cut out once was bad. I may just have to keep them now!

      Dre - April 16, 2017

      Don’t cut them! They are necessary for your body to drain properly. They are the first line defense when it comes to recognizing foreign foods in your body. Eat cleaner and your toncilitis will go away, but please keep them. In the long run you will need them.

        Danielle Lavoie - August 7, 2017

        It’s not that simple…swollen tonsils can obstruct the airway, causing less oxygen to be carried through the body, which can cause heart and other health problems that can potentially be fatal. Do some research before giving out such poor advice.

Linda - December 13, 2016

I had my tonsils removed at five years old because I used to pass out for no apparent reason and again I had to have them removed for recurrent tonsillitis at age 25. I am now 59 years old and still suffer recurrent throat infections.

Pat - December 20, 2016

I am shocked, as I. Thought I was the only one. Does that mean you get throat infections alot, or strep throat, thank you for reading this.

Dreamnd - January 25, 2017

I had my tonsils removed when I was 6 yrs old and 47 yrs later I had an awful sore throat and noticed funny looking growths. I was sent to an ENT Dr. and he scheduled me for a biopsy 3 days later. I woke up with the worst horrific pain. I was told my tonsils spontaneously began to grow back because the roots were never thoroughly removed. He got them this time! What a difference between 6 and 53! If I hadn’t been afraid that it was throat cancer I never would have let him touch me. One of the worst experiences of my life. 10 on the pain scale and I thought it would never end! I drank liquid morphine for 9 days and it barely worked. Each breath felt like fire and swallowing anything felt like battery acid. The only thing I remembered from when I was 6 was being happy to get all the ice cream I wanted. If they grow back again I’m keeping them. I was just diagnosed with chronic leukemia and wonder if thatvhad something to do with it.

Tony Johnson - March 15, 2017

I had mine removed at 18 months adnoids as well , I have suffered from sore throats high tempertures , not being able to swallow my own saliva at times . I have 2 near golf size growths at the back of my throat and because my Mom’s Dad had throat Cancer and my own Dad passing of Cancer I really don’t care to g to the Dr about it . I did one time several years ago , no insurance . Dr said they needed removed . Argued with me and told me they were never removed to begin with . Well yesterday they were hurting severely . I go to mirror with flash light looking . I push on them puss starts oozing out followed by blood . This is left side ,right side just puss it shot out of them like crazy . The pain did ease up from 10 to a 5 almost instantly . I am a mechanic by trade so I keep a tool that’s used for reading temperature by pointing a laser and one side is 5.2 degrees hotter than the there side . I have always ran a low grade temp . 97.2- 97.4 is my 98.6 one side was 99.6 other 95.2 . I know it’s not normal for people to point temp gun at their tonsils but I have it so publish did . I felt feverish for 2 days . I still have no insurance

    Dre - April 16, 2017

    Change your diet. Eat cleaner and the swelling will go away

      Not Dre - September 14, 2017


      I’ll try to say this respectfully… You’re an idiot. Well I tried.

    Judy - August 15, 2017

    Look up Dr Morse On YouTube. His videos will surely help you!

Aleks - June 21, 2017

I am in quite a shock because I was told that one of my tonsils was bigger than the other one! Considering I’ve had them removed 20 years ago. Throughout all these years I have suffered with occurring sore throats and couldn’t quite understand how is possible to be in so much pain even though they were removed. Now I am trying to get to the bottom of it but my specialist won’t put this in writing so it looks like they are trying to cover up ?! After my tonsillectomy I had a nasty infection post-op and had to be admitted to hospital. They kept me on morphine and IV antibiotics for days…I am just confused because I have suffered for years …for nothing? Has anyone had their ones removed in Royal Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital in Greys Inn Road, Kings Cross area, London? Late 90’s or later? Please get in touch? Thanks!

Alisha - July 1, 2017

I have had the same thing happen! I had my tonsils out when I was 18, im now 32 and have been told the lump in the left side of my throat is my tonsil growing back. Relieved that its not cancer, but will need another tonsillectomy as some food gets stuck when I swallow.

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