Dr Oz: What is Tonsillitis?
Did you know your tonsils are one of the body’s most important defense systems? Dr. Oz says they protect you from illness, so he asked for an Assistant of the Day to help him explain exactly how your tonsils work and they are so important to your health.
Dr Oz: How Many Tonsils Do You Have?
How many times have you been asked to stick out your tongue and say “ahhh” while at the doctor’s office? The answer is probably too many to count, but Dr. Oz says that exam is important because your doctor is checking to see how well your tonsils are working.
They are actually quite small, but they have an important job to keep you from getting sick. Also, did you know you actually have six tonsils, not two, working hard to prevent illness in your body? There are two primary ones, however, that work directly with the immune system to keep you healthy.
Dr Oz: Signs of Tonsillitis
The tonsils protect the body by preventing germs from getting in, but when you get bombarded they cannot fight them all off and one or two might get in and find a place to live and multiply. This can lead to irritation and inflammation of the tonsils, or tonsillitis, leaving you with discomfort and a sore throat.
Here are the signs of unhealthy tonsils:
Bad Breath – You can actually get small stones of bacteria in your tonsils, which can grow and cause a foul odor. Dr. Oz says gargling is an easy way to get the stones out, or if you are careful, you can take a little pick and poke it out that way.
Ear Pain – This happens because the nerves near the ears connect to the ones for the tonsils.