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Tonsillitis - How common is tonsillitis?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

Sore throats are very common. It's hard to say how common tonsillitis is. This is because it's difficult to tell the difference between an ordinary sore throat and tonsillitis.

Each year, about 1 in 10 people go to see their doctor because of repeated sore throats.[5] And more than 1 in 10 people have repeated bouts of tonsillitis at some point in their life.[6] This is the severe form of tonsillitis (recurrent tonsillitis), when you get at least five bouts of the illness in a year.

Each year in the UK, about 50,000 people have their tonsils out. Just over half of these operations are for children under 15.[7]


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Last Updated: June 21, 2012
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